This week Minneapolis has been jarred out of the privileged existence in which so many of us live. Our whole city suddenly feels the fear and exposure that minorities in our country have endured for centuries. It may not be the duty of a brewery to speak out on every social issue in our community, but it is our privilege. And it IS our duty to acknowledge that privilege is a real thing that exists and if you’re born with it you have the freedom to choose how to live your life or run your business and then just do that. And if you’re not born with it, it’s uphill all the way to the start line, and after that too. And even then you might get killed like George Floyd was.
We founded Fulton with the belief that our business has a duty to act as a citizen of our community, and that duty extends to doing our part to make our community a better, happier place to live. Today, our community is hurting in a way it never has during our existence, and like all of our neighbors, we’re confused, hurt, angered, fearful. How do we make sense of the senseless death of a defenseless man? Then of the destruction of innocent businesses and workplaces and residences?
Like many of you, we are grappling with how we can turn this week’s shocking, saddening events into positive energy and constructive action that will make our community a better place now and for years to come. For everyone. As we all work through this, all we ask is for you to be there for each other, and be good to one another. If you choose to make your voice visible by protest, please do so safely and responsibly as a citizen of our community.
If you answered "yes", then get ready. We're opening up next Monday 6/1 and can't wait to host you at our newly renovated taproom. We've been working on our spaces, inside and out, for nearly half a year now. We may not be able to seat you indoors at a table or the bar yet, but we're eager to have you over.
We've created numerous safety measures for both guest and staff that we'll be sharing with you by this weekend. Stay tuned here (and on social @fultonbeer) for all the relevant updates to come regarding our re-opening next week.
SEE YOU SOON!
The people (yeah, you!) have spoken and we've heard you loud and clear. Minnesota loves our Blood Orange Hard Seltzer (a lot). So in the spirit of "give the people what they want" we're proud to report 16oz 4pks of our flagship flavor are coming your way. These little orange cubes of deliciousness are hitting stores beginning today here in the metro and will begin to work their way out from there in the weeks to come. Find them where you find all your favorite Fulton goodies.
A special "thank you" from all of us at Fulton Brewing. Without you, there's no us.
"Beer that tastes like beer." It's a familiar phrase to many (most?) beer drinkers and is symbolic of not only a style of beer but a particular mood and simplicity of beer enjoyment. It speaks to the pure and quick satisfaction a crisp, low ABV, straight-forward Golden Lager can provide upon that first sip (or gulp). "Beer that tastes like beer" leaves no room for guesswork when serving as a request, too. It says, effectively and succinctly, "Give me a beer and give it to me now, I'm thirsty".
So it is with great excitement we're pleased to announce the arrival of our newest year-round beer: Chill City Chugger. In these wicked, complicated times we believe a little escape from all of life's hassles is in tall order.
With that said, we'll take another one, please.
Somehow an otherwise ordinary beer release announcement seems like a well-deserved break from the less-than-inspiring news feeds as of late. With some warmer, sunnier days (hopefully ahead for all us!) we're just happy knowing that we can help offer a little relief 12 ounces at a time. Keep an eye out for 12packs arriving in stores this week across the metro and slowly beyond. Oh, and unlike last year's seasonal release we're happy to report Grapefruit Lonely Blonde is here to stay (year round!)
We are postponing the 2020 Fulton Gran Fondo until later this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It stings just a little more to add to the growing list of fun stripped out of our lives, but it's the right decision for the safety of each rider and our community. We're targeting late Summer/early Fall as a time period that hopefully ensures we'll be able to deliver the full-scale event we're so used to hosting and that you are used to attending. We're working diligently to hone-in a particular day for the event that will work for our partners, vendors, cyclocross team, and staff among many others (and including you!).
In the mean time, and on a more enjoyable note- we're looking into creating a virtual component to be held on Saturday, 5/2. Also, we want to ensure everyone who's registered for any of the 3 routes that your registration info and payment is secure and will carry-over 100% to the new date. We will be leaving our registration open between now and our new date announcement. Our pricing tier was previously scheduled to increase on 4/1, but we'll be holding out on that increase until the new date is announced (added bonus). Also related- for those who've ordered (or were planning to) their limited edition 2020 Fulton Gran Fondo jersey we want you to know that production is still going as planned. However, pickup won't be available till the new event date.
These times might be weird, but at least we have each other (and beer). Be safe. Be smart. Be considerate. Be well.
Bring on the ginger! Bring on the citrus! We're proud to introduce our 6th hard seltzer, "Citrus Ginger", which is hitting stores as you read this. Hot on the heels of last month's "Hopped!" flavor, our newest offering comfortably straddles the line between two beverage worlds: Easy, straight-out-of-the-can enjoyment and; delicious, 30 second cocktail ingredient. However you enjoy our new Citrus Ginger hard seltzer we're confident you'll relish the clean and finishe. Look for it at nearly 100 tastings across the metro during the month of March alongside our favorite drinking buddy (Jameson, naturally).
Our friends in the sky at Sun Country are celebrating the extra day we all get this year with Leap Year with a special dedication to all those leaplings out there. We're getting in on the action with them and hosting an afternoon of fun, giveaways, and some chances to win $229 flight vouchers. We're also handing out 2.29 ounce samples of Lonely Blonde, the only MN American Blonde ale on all Sun Country flights. The good times kickoff at 2:29pm Saturday 2/29. (Picking up what we're putting down here?)
We took something good and put a twist on it last year with our (then) new Grapefruit Lonely Blonde. And wow, what a reception. What was intended to be a multi-season beer release for us has come back in 2020 as our latest full-time offering. So we ask all of you out there counting down the days to Spring to get those coolers cleaned out, grab your koozies, and clear out your beer fridges for some sun-inspired beer drinking. Tall boys are out now and our brand new 12packs of 12oz cans are coming soon.
We've got bands!!! We're extremely excited to announce our 2020 Fulton Gran Fondo band lineup (and it's a doozy!) A quick google or youtube search on any of the above musical fun-makers is surely all it should take to get you marking that calendar "busy" on 5/2. In other important party news-we're happily working with NEMAA this year as our charitable partner. We'll donate 1$ from each beer sold all day long. So come thirsty and know that you're helping support NE MPLS' most important and long-standing arts community supporter.
If we've learned anything already in this new year it's that having options is a blessing. Whether it's this past weekend's Stupor Bowl, upcoming holiday gatherings (Valentines Beers anyone?), or just a sunny day as excuse to get outside- extraordinary lives thrive when there is room for some variety. And, coincidentally enough we just so happen to have the perfect Mixed 12 pack out now that's chocked-full of variety. Our Vol. 4 Sampler is comprised of Lonely Blonde, 300 Mosaic IPA, a Chocolate Oatmeal Milk Stout and our very first Maibock. A little something for everyone. We can certainly cheers to that.
Is it Spring yet? Wait, we don't care! We're bringing back everyone's favorite American Blonde Ale with a touch of grapefruit regardless of the season we're in. And, we're happy to report we're bringing it back full-time. Yep, we're going all year with this one and couldn't be happier about it. Just remember, it's not a fruit beer, it's a beer with fruit!
What happens at the Fulton Taproom afterhours? You'll never know unless you find out for yourself. Your next chance to is February's Fulton After Dark on 2/16 at 9pm. Maybe we'll see you there if you're curious enough...
The Fulton Gran Fondo is nearing! It's the year's first big, local block party, which in it's own right is reason to celebrate (Spring! Warmth! Sun!). But the 7th annual Fulton Gran Fondo is also so much more. It's 3 separate bike rides, it is a day filled-to-the-brim with a massive selection of Fulton beverages, it's a sunny afternoon with food from some of MPLS' favorite food trucks, and it's a charitable event with $1 from every beer sold going straight to our cherished neighbors (and one of MN's best arts organizations) NEMAA. If you're planning to ride with us, than now is the best time to register. Prices go up March 1st! Sign yourself up right here and secure your spot at one of MN's largest (and funnest) rides.
Is January Still Dry?
If variety is truly the spice of life then we are livin' well. Our first mixed 12 pack of 2020 is a celebration of the tried-and-true meets brand new. With Lonely Blonde and 300 we nod towards the familiar. The addition of a Chocolate Oatmeal Milk Stout, and our very first Maibock round it out in the exciting and new territory. These fresh new samplers start hitting stores very, very soon.
If you've been by our North Loop taproom in the past couple of weeks you would be forgiven if you thought we were closed. Our renovation plans kicked off last week and we're well on our way to a bigger, better taproom. Though, behind all the construction fencing, tools, workers and dust is our faithful staff awaiting your arrival. So, to answer your question- Yes, we're open. Still curious? Watch this video for a little teaser of what's to come.
It's heeeeere! And by "here", we mean all over the metro. It's crisp, clean, and pleasantly HOPPED! up enough to convert some of those beer diehards that haven't crossed over to the Hard Seltzer club yet. Go ahead, have more fun.
2019, you've been a big one. Any which way we dice it up this year has been an incredible addition to the Fulton story. At the center of this year's excitement has been the launch of our line of Hard Seltzers which made their debut back in May. We knew you were thirsty MN, but we didn't know you were THAT thirsty. Kudos to you for quenching thirsts in style and keeping it local at the same time. We've got a bunch of new hard seltzer packages coming your way in 2020 and kick that off right away in the new year with our Hopped! flavor. When you're done reading here, scroll down to see sneak peeks of our other varieties coming.
We took Lonely Blonde and developed our first brand extension with Grapefruit Lonely Blonde. Which, we're proud to say comes back this next spring as our newest year-round beer (with new packages!). The Fulton Gran Fondo got it's first route update since it began in 2014, we released a number of Barrel-Aged beers at GABF with our pals Jameson. Most recently we won gold at the Growler Magazine's KOABD awards for both Lonely Blonde and Blood Orange Hard Seltzer. Oh yeah, and we celebrated our 10 year anniversary in style at the Fulton taproom back in October. Whew, what a year.
Speaking of taprooms, we want to let you in on some big news first. Minneapolis' first taproom (ours!) is going to go through some pretty significant changes and upgrades in the months to come. We're focused on leveling up our space, service, offerings and expectations and will begin to do so with a remodel that begins soon. The first thing you'll notice is our shiny Airstream is going away. Fulton taproom kitchen food will go away with it, albeit temporarily. Next Spring we'll be delivering up new food favorites alongside familiar and forthcoming beers...all in a spiffy new space that increases our occupancy and your enjoyment. Stay tuned at our Taproom's Facebook or Instagram for news and BTS updates.
Attention Hop Heads, we've got something special for you. Fulton Hopped Hard Seltzer makes it's way to you early January. It's crisp, aromatic, and mega-refreshing.
A Maibock, IPA, Blonde Ale and Chocolate Oatmeal Milk Stout walk into a bar...this coming February we release our first Mixed 12 pack of the year. With shiny new brews and fan favorites. Like volumes 1-3 before it, there's a little something for everyone.
Holy Moly, Batman! Just in time for St. Patrick's Day and best paired with our favorite Irish Whiskey we're betting you're going to find a new green, permanent fixture in your fridge soon.
Growler Magazine (and you!) named it the best Hard Seltzer in MN this year. So why wouldn't we put it in a bigger can for you to sip and savor? Look for these in our brand new cardboard wraps this Spring.
We took our most recognizable beer and gave it the citrus treatment this past Spring and it turns out we were onto something. MN couldn't get enough and kept asking for more, so we had to oblige. Grapefruit Lonely Blonde makes it's way to our full-time roster this Spring! Not only that, we're releasing it in 12packs of 12oz cans. Oh, and a brand new cardboard wrap for our tallboy 4pks. Now that's alot of grapefruit.
If you've read this far than pat yourself on the back. Also, count yourself amongst those in the loop because we've got even more exciting releases in 2020 including more mixed packs, an ultra light Golden Lager, another local collab and maybe just maybe another Hard Seltzer flavor. Cheers to another year ahead!