We're open the 23rd, 30th, and 31st - and we have Worthy Adversary.

We're on the brink of Christmas, and New Year's is just around the corner. Which means, of course, that you probably have some social gatherings coming up, and nothing goes with gatherings like growlers. We've got you covered. Swing by the brewery during the following days, and we'll help you out:

Friday, December 23rd: 3 - 7

Friday, December 30th: 3 - 7

Saturday, December 31st: 12-4

We'll have growlers of Worthy Adversary, Sweet Child of Vine, and Lonely Blonde available, as well as Fulton gear for any of you last-minute shoppers out there.

Worthy Adversary growlers available on Saturday!

It's that time of year. Temperatures are dropping. Snow is falling. Days are getting shorter. The nights are getting darker...fortunately, so is the beer. Just in time for the Winter Solstice, Christmas, and New Year's, we're releasing the Worthy Adversary in growlers, beginning this Saturday at noon. Haven't had the Worthy Adversary before? Words hardly suffice, but you can expect a heavyweight Russian Imperial Stout clocking in at about 9.5% ABV. Rich, roasty, and redolent of chocolate and coffee flavors, it's surprising that a beer this big drinks this easy.

If you can't make it this Saturday, it will also be available in growlers on Friday the 23rd, Friday the 30th, and on into January. We'll be filling as many as we can for each day of sales, but we expect it to move fast, so your chances are best if you come earlier in the day rather than later. Later on in January, you'll also find it on draft in bars...but there's no reason to wait until then! A growler of the Worthy Adversary is sure to make you the hit of any holiday party. In fact, it's reason enough to start your own party. Just make sure to invite a friend or two, because this one lives up to its name.



Thanksgiving Weekend Growler Sales & Opening Weekend Recap

In case you haven't noticed, it's almost Thanksgiving. What does that mean? Among other thing: extended meal times with family, daytime football games on Thursday, Black Friday shopping, and the onset of a month-long indundation of Christmas commercials. If any of these strike fear in your heart,  fear not: we're here for you. We'll be open for growler sales no less than three days on this holiday weekend. We hope you can join us.

- Wednesday (Thanksgiving Eve), 11/23: 4:00 - 7:00 pm

- Black Friday, 11/25: Noon - 5:00 pm

- Small Business Saturday, 11/26: Noon - 4:00 pm

Also, a note on our opening last weekend. It's not really possible to fully express our gratitude for your support. After over a year of hard work building our brewery, it was amazing to have hundreds of people come to celebrate our first weekend of growler sales. Based on our turnout Friday and Saturday, it's easy for us to agree with what many are already saying -- that Minnesota is one of the hottest beer scenes in the country. While there are many factors that influence the growth of an industry, support from local government is one of the most important. Minneapolis is a perfect example this in motion. Before last year, our city hadn't had an operational packaging brewery for nearly 40 years. Now, thanks to the support of the mayor and the city council, Minneapolis is set to become one of America's great beer cities. We're honored to be in the middle of it, and most of all (in the spirit of Thanksgiving), we're thankful for Minnesota's fantastic beer enthusiasts. You make it all possible.


Growlers on sale tomorrow at 4!

Tomorrow is the day! We'll be opening the doors for growler sales at 4:00. We hope you're able to join us. A few notes on what to expect:

- Bring the family! All are welcome, but be sure bring an ID to partake in free samples or to purchase growlers.

- We won't be giving official tours, but the brewery will be open for walk-throughs, and we'll be hanging out to talk beer and answer questions.

- Sweet Child of Vine and Lonely Blonde fills: $13

- The Libertine (limited availability — when it’s gone, it’s gone til next year!): $18

- Refillable/exchangeable glass growlers: $5.

- Tax is included in all prices.

- We can only fill Fulton growlers (by MN law).

- Fulton merchandise will also be available for purchase.

- We accept cash and Visa/Amex/Mastercard/Discover credit cards. No checks, please.

To add to the fun, Mayor R.T. Rybak, Councilman Gary Schiff, Councilman Kevin Reich, and Councilman Don Samuels will be on hand to christen the brewery and proclaim November 18th as Fulton Beer Day in Minneapolis.

If you're unable to join us between 4 and 7 tomorrow, we're open from 12 to 5 on Saturday and 3 to 7 next Wednesday. Check out our calendar for hours on future weekends.

Visit our brewery for the first ever growlers on Friday, November 18th!

November, according to many people, is one of the most dreary and boring months in Minnesota. Well, not any more: Beginning November 18th, our new Minneapolis brewery will be open every Friday and Saturday for growler sales!

On the first weekend, we'll be open from 4-7 on Friday and 12-5 on Saturday. Come by to enjoy free samples, take a peek at the brewery, and pick up a growler or two for the weekend. We'll also have some new Fulton gear in stock if you're looking to bundle up for the winter.

Available beers, prices, and some notes:

- Sweet Child of Vine and Lonely Blonde fills: $13

- The Libertine (limited availability -- when it's gone, it's gone til next year!): $18

- Refillable/exchangeable glass growlers: $5.

- Tax is included in all prices.

- We can only fill Fulton growlers (by MN law).

- Fulton merchandise will also be available for purchase.

We'll also be open on Wednesday, 11/23 from 4-7, in case you need something to make Thanksgiving a little more interesting. We hear Sweet Child of Vine pairs well with turkey, and The Libertine may cause extended drowsiness in weird uncles and in-laws.

For a complete schedule of growler sales hours, please check out our calendar page.

Fulton Brewery Address: 414 6th Ave. N, Minneapolis MN 55401.


Fulton Bottles Are in Stores Now!

Today, almost two years to the day after we tapped our first keg, we're releasing Sweet Child of Vine and Lonely Blonde in bottles! Over the next few weeks, six packs of 12 oz Fulton bottles will begin to appear in liquor stores across the metro area. We'll keep a running list on the bottom of this page as we deliver to more stores this week, so check back if often if you don't see your local stop on the list.

We assume you read that last paragraph, ran out to your local liquor store, and returned to your computer, Fulton in hand. So, here's more reading material to go with your new beer...

We bottled our first batches of homebrew by hand in Jim's garage. As any homebrewer knows, cleaning, sanitizing, and filling bottles by hands is a slow, painstaking process. The process of getting our commercial beer has been an even slower process, though for altogether different reasons. Even tasks that seems relatively simple, like packaging, are deceptively complex: From designing labels, six-packs, and cases to getting set up with new vendors to going back and forth with proofs and color drawdowns to the government approval process, there's a lot to it. Let's just say we're glad that part is behind us.

Then there's operational constraints. Many of you know of -- and probably helped with -- the recent Minnesota law change to allow breweries to serve beer on-premises in a brewery taproom. The taproom will be a great opportunity, but like most opportunities, it came with a tradeoff: because of space constraints, we had to choose between installing a bottling line or putting in a taproom. We chose to pursue the taproom, which meant we still needed a place to bottle. Fortunately, contract brewing has worked well for our keg production over the last two years, and now it's helping us get Sweet Child of Vine and Lonely Blonde into six packs.

It will take several weeks, but we'll eventually have bottles in most liquor stores in the Twin Cities. If your favorite neighborhood store doesn't have them, be sure to ask them. Just try to be patient, because there's a lot of demand and they could already be waiting for an order, or may have even run out by the time you get there. In the meantime, we'll be pouring samples at several stores around town this week, so please check out our events page if you'd like to come by.

Delivered Monday, 10/24

Big Top – Moundsview
Big Top Liquor – St. Paul
Byerly’s – St. Louis Park
Cellar Wine & Spirits – Shorewood
Cellar Wine & Spirits – Woodbury
Central Ave. Liquor – Minneapolis
Chet’s Liquor – Lilydale
Cork & Barrel – Oakdale
Cub – Arden Hills
Dennis Brothers Liquor – Cottage Grove
Four Firkins – St. Louis Park
Glen Lake Wine & Spirits – Minnetonka
Haskell’s– Stilwater
Heritage Liquor – Maplewood
Jennings Liquors – St. Louis Park
Leaman’s Liquor – Hopkins
Liquor Barrel – Golden Valley
Liquor Barrel – St. Louis Park
MGM – Champlin
MGM – Coon Rapids
MGM – Hopkins
MGM – Minnetonka
MGM – West St. Paul
MGM – Woodbury
MGM Calhoun – Minneapolis
Minnehaha Liquor – Minneapolis
North Loop Wine & Spirits – Minneapolis
Northgate Liquors – Andover
Northgate Liquors – Blaine
Pairings Wine Market – Minnetonka
Premier Wine & Spirits – Osseo
Princeton’s Liquors – Maple Grove
Rapids Warehouse Liquor – Coon Rapids
Rum River Wine & Spirits – Ramsey
South Lyndale Liquor – Minneapolis
Strong Liquor – Minnetonka
Top Ten Wine & Spirits – Woodbury
Tournament Liquor – Blain
U S Liquor & Wine – Minnetonka
Village Wine & Spirits – Lakeland
Vinifera Wines & Ales – Plymouth
Zipps – Minneapolis


Delivered Tuesday, 10/25

Bacchus Wine & Spirits – Shoreview
Big Top – St. Paul
Cub Liquors – Bloomington
Dennis Brothers Liquor – Cottage Grove
East Lake Liquor – Minneapolis
Falls Liquor – Minneapolis
France 44 Wine & Spirits – Minneapolis
Gators Liquor – Oakdale
Haskell’s – Bloomington
Heritage Liquor – Maplewood
Lake Ridge Liquor – Vadnais Heights
Liquor Barrel – Crystal
Liquor Barrel – New Brighton
Lower Town Wine & Spirits – St. Paul
Mc Donalds Liquor – Minneapolis
McKnight Liquor – North St. Paul
MGM – Bloomington
MGM – Maplewood
MGM – Oakdale
MGM – Vadnais Heights
Nook – St. Paul
Perrier Wines & Liquors – Bloomington
Skol Liquor – Minneapolis
Thomas Beverage Co – St. Paul
Tower Glen – Roseville
United Penn Lake Liquor – Bloomington
Wine Street’s Spirits – North Oaks

Delivered Wednesday, 10/26

Big Discount – Eagan
Black Diamond Liquor – Eagan
Blue Max Liquor – Burnsville
Byerly’s Wine & Spirits – Eagan
Cellar Wine & Spirits – Eagan
Cellar Wine & Spirits – Roseville
Central Ave. Liquor – Minneapolis
Edina Liquor – Edina (York)
Fairview Wine & Spirits – Roseville
Haskell’s – St. Paul (Ford Parkway)
Haskell’s Liquor – Burnsville
Hennepin Lake Liquor – Minneapolis
Hum’s Liquor – Minneapolis
International Wine/Liquor – St. Paul
Kowalski’s – Eagan
Kowalski’s Wine Market – Woodbury
Liquor Barrel – Lino Lakes
Liquor Village – St. Paul
Lowry Hill Liquor – Minneapolis
Main Street Liquor Barrel – Centerville
Metro Liquor – St. Paul
MGM – Eagan (Pilot Knob)
MGM – St. Paul (Larpentuer)
Morellis Discount Liquor – St. Paul
Network Liquors – Roseville
North Loop Wine & Spirits – Minneapolis
Perrier Wine N Spirits – Eagan
Silver Lake Village – St. Anthony
Snelling Liquors – Roseville
Sorella Wine & Spirits – Minneapolis
St. Anthony Market – St. Anthony
Surdyks Liquor – Minneapolis
West End Liquors – Red Wing


Delivered Thursday, 10/27

B&G Liquors – Minneapolis
Big Discount – South St. Paul
Boozemart – West St. Paul
Buon Giorno – Lilydale
Byerly’s Wine & Spirits – Burnsville
Cub Liquors – West St. Paul
Edina Liquor – Edina (Vernon Ave.)
First Grand Ave. Liquor – St. Paul
Hasen’s Liquor – Stillwater
Haskell’s Liquor – Minnetonka
Haskell’s Liquor – Woodbury
Heritage Liquor – Maplewood
Kowalski’s Wine Market – Woodbury
Lake Wine & Spirits – Minneapolis
Liberty Village Wine – Stillwater
Liquor Time – Oak Park Heights
Little Wine Shoppe – St. Paul
Marshall Liquor – St. Paul
MGM – Hastings
MGM Calhoun – Minneapolis
Oaks Wine & Spirits – Oak Park Heights
Park Liquor – St. Paul
Ramaley Liquor – St. Paul
Rite Liquor – St. Paul
River Liquor – Minneapolis
Scotts Liquor – St. Paul
Selby Wines & Spirits – St. Paul
Sentyrz – Minneapolis
Sharrett’s Inc. – St. Paul
Williams Uptown Pub – Minneapolis
Wine Thief – St. Paul


Delivered Friday, 10/28

Arbor Pointe Liquor – Inver Grove Heights
Big Discount – St. Paul
Cheers Wine & Spirits – Bloomington
Chicago Lake Liquor – Minneapolis
Crossroads Liquor – Shakopee
Edina Liquor – Edina (50th St.)
Franklin-Nicollet Liquor – Minneapolis
Fridley Liquor – Fridley
Greenway Liquor – Minneapolis
Haskell’s – Minneapolis
Haskell’s Liquor – White Bear Lake
Liquor Barrel – Mahtomedi
Liquor Barrel – New Brighton
Liquor Barrel – St. Louis Park
Mc Donalds Liquor – Minneapolis
MGM – Inver Grove Heights
MGM – Prior Lake
MGM – St. Paul (White Bear Ave.)
MGM – White Bear Lake
On the Rocks Wine & Spirits – Hugo
Shakopee Wine Cellars – Shakopee
South Lyndale Liquor – Minneapolis
Tonka Bottle Shop – Minnetonka
Top Ten Wine & Spirits – Cottage Grove
Top Valu #1 – Columbia Heights
Zipps – Minneapolis

Bottles, breweries, and block parties? We're there...

Each day, the air gets colder. The leaves are about to change. Daylight savings time is drawing to a close. We've been working on our brewery for a year now. There are times when it feels like the new brewery will never be done. So why do we feel better than ever? Well, to paraphrase Joyce Carol Oates on the value of perseverance:

"I have forced myself to begin [brewing] when I've been utterly exhausted, when I've felt my soul as thin as a playing card, when nothing has seemed worth enduring for another five minutes... and somehow the activity of [brewing] changes everything."

Ok, we took some liberties with her words, but her point remains, and feels applicable here. We're not sure if Joyce is a beer drinker, but we think she would agree: After a long year of persevering, October will be incredibly rewarding. We think you'll agree too -- read on.

We're happy to say that our new Minneapolis brewery is (partially) licensed and operational! Rumor has is that all four of our tanks are filled with Sweet Child, Libertine, and even Worthy Adversary. We have our TTB (federal) Brewer's Notice, which allows to produce and sell wholesale. So, as soon as our filter arrives in the next couple weeks, we'll be shipping our first kegs out of the new brewery.  We're still waiting for our retail license for growlers. We expect to have that and be ready for growler sales and tours by early November. So, even though this is a huge month, next month might be even more fun! But wait, there's still more going on in October...

...after two long years of having nothing but draft beer, we are releasing bottles this month! Starting the week of October 24th, you'll finally be able to pick up six packs of Lonely Blonde and Sweet Child of Vine at liquor store, bars, and restaurants near you. If your local stop doesn't have it, make sure to ask them! We'll do our best to keep up with demand.

In case this all sounds like a lot of work, well it is. But on the spectrum of work, it's way on the good end. Need proof? Check out the fun stuff we get to do in this cool video by our friends at Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine. Need even more proof? Come join us this Sunday at the 1st Annual 12th & Hennepin Block party. The Bullfrog and the all new Butcher and the Boar are putting on the party, and our friends at The4ontheFloor will be headlining the music act.

Hosting industry luminaries at the new Fulton brewery

In our opinion, the entire week leading up to Autumn Brew Review should be a holiday week. Specialty beer tappings abound, we can't stop at a bar without bumping into an old friend, and of course, the actual ABR festival itself culminates an incredible - and exhausting - week. One of the absolute highlights of our week, however, was completely unplanned.

Following a round-table discussion with Hohensteins (our distributor) and representatives from most of the 18 craft brewers in their portfolio, we had the opportunity to take the whole crew on a tour of our new brewery. Brewers, sales reps, founders, and owners from Bell's, Great Lakes, Founders, Left Hand, Big Sky, Furthermore, New Holland, and Two Brothers all came by to check out the brewery--and of course, share a couple pints of Sweet Child of Vine. Our journey from garage to brewery over the last couple years has had its share of "is this really happening?" moments, but this was one of the biggest. Together, these guys brew more in a day than we have in the last year, but far cooler than the volume they account for is how humble, helpful, and fun they all are. Even though we've been in the business for two years now, we still have plenty of questions about what the future holds, so meeting and talking to industry icons was both inspiring and affirming.

In a weird, "things come full circle" way, we looked around the brewery and realized that in our garage brewing days, we washed and stripped labels from every one of these brewers' bottles, in order to bottle our homebrew. Surreal.

Minneapolis Brewery Taprooms are Officially Official

We had the pleasure of joining Mayor RT Rybak today for the official signing of the Minneapolis Taproom Ordinance. The ordinance completed what the  "Minnesota Pint Law" began when it was signed into law in May. The state law cleared the way for brewers to apply for an on-sale license with their municipalities; the Minneapolis ordinance carved out the specific license that breweries will apply for in the city. Cheers to Mayor Rybak, his assistants Andy and Janna, and the whole City Council for helping make this happen. It's great to live and work in a city that supports small business.

Now, back to work on actually building that taproom...

Another Brewery Construction Update

We'll keep this short and sweet, since the pictures are worth at least five thousand words. The production side of our brewery is almost complete. Both the hot side and the cold side are assembled, plumbed, and wired, and if you don't mind us saying it ourselves, they're looking good.

We've already improvised a few subsystems. Our tap water was coming in at over 70 degrees, which is too warm and can slow down the chilling process as we prepare to ferment. This likely would only be an issue during the summer, but in those months, could add several hours to the end of our brewdays. So, Pete and Steve, the contractor who's been helping us with our pipefitting, devised a glycol-cooled pre-chiller that will fill the two white tanks you can see below the brewstand in the top left photo.

We also installed our new (ok, used) coldroom over the last couple weeks. We now have nearly 450 square feet of cold storage. We'll use this to store newly kegged beer as it comes out of the brewery, though at the way beer has been selling this summer, it may go straight out the loading docks and never even get to stay in our cold room. We'll also be able to store specialty kegs we wish to age here (vintage Worthy Adversary, anyone?), growlers, and the kegs supplying the draft lines in our taproom.

Speaking of the taproom, see the finished space below! Okay, just kidding, it's not even close to finished. Since the taproom bill became Minnesota law in May, we've been working to incorporate it into our layout. It's been a bit of a juggling act since we hadn't originally budgeted for building a bar and seating area, but we think we'll still be able to make a cool space to share some beers with the neighborhood.

We've received our Certificate of Occupancy (CO) from the City of Minneapolis, and just passed our Minnesota Department of Agriculture inspection last week. We're still waiting on our Brewer's Notice from the TTB, and our Minnesota manufacturer's license. Those are at least 2-4 weeks out, but at that point, we're (finally) an officially licensed brewery -- but that's just the wholesale side. Taproom and growler sales each require their own license, which could take 4+ weeks after the manufacturer's licensing is complete. So, as much as we'd love to be slinging growlers in early September (ok, right now), it looks like the stars will have to align for it to even happen before October is done. Not to worry though - we're planning to be here for a long time, so it'll be worth the wait.

In the mean time, stay tuned for more updates, keep sharing Fultons at your favorite haunts across the metro area, read some good blogs when you can, and make the most of the nice weather we're having! Before you know it, the Vikings will be playing, the leaves will be changing, and the new brewery will be open.