Fulton in the News

April 5, 2021

Here’s today’s antiquated beverage alcohol law: Minnesota dictates that only breweries producing fewer than 20,000 bbls of beer per year are allowed to sell 750 bbls worth of 64-oz growlers and/or 750-milliliter vessels from their locations annually. This currently only affects the state’s five biggest breweries — Castle Danger BrewingFulton BeerSchell’sSurly Brewing Co. and Summit Brewing Co. — but it’s still a needless hurdle that’s impeding revenue opportunities for craft breweries that sorely need more to-go products during the pandemic.

March 22, 2021

What began many years ago as a quick-witted solve to a brew day that included some no-show wet hops, 300 entered the world in a whirl of single hop mastery by our (then) very small brew team. Our first iteration, named “Batch 300” after the number of that brew on our downtown brewhouse, was an instant hit. But with Mosaic Hops in super short supply, and no bottling line (at the time) of our own, Batch 300 soon lived only in memory and on Untappd reviews.

February 12, 2021

With Valentine's Day just a few days away, it's time to think about romancing your beer-loving sweetheart. Flowers are nice. A box of chocolates will do. But what they really want is beer. A mix-and-match six-pack of chocolate beers — brewed with actual chocolate — is the best way to express your sudsy affection.

Stouts and porters tend to be the favored styles for chocolate beer. The bitter chocolate and coffee flavors of dark roasted grains naturally complement the smooth tones of chocolate. The deep brown and black colors, along with the creamy texture...

February 11, 2021

MINNESOTA – A group called the Alliance of Minnesota Craft Breweries introduced new legislation today that would remove Minnesota’s growler cap. A state law that now prohibits bigger breweries from selling their beer in 64 ounce growler containers.

That law says Minnesota breweries cannot sell to-go growlers if they make more than 20,000 barrels of beer a year.

There are five breweries in the state that cannot sell growlers because they produce more beer than that...

February 1, 2021

...As a result, hundreds of kegs of beer in the tap room unable to be sold have expired and get dumped down the drain.

"For Fulton we have 30 employees. That is down over 25% due to COVID-19. It's going to take years for us to recover. Sixty percent of our business is draft, it's going to your local bar and restaurant," said Jim Diley, the co-owner of Fulton Brewing.

Brewery staff emphasized growlers help in promoting tourism and jobs,...

January 29, 2021

...recently got together to form the Alliance of Minnesota Craft Breweries, and a "free the growler" campaign to argue that the state's cap penalizes businesses for growing. Jim Diley, Fulton Beer co-founder, said he believes Minnesota's largest breweries are the only ones in the country prohibited by state law from selling off-sale beer.

"If we were a bakery, you would think it was crazy that you couldn't take a great doughnut home and you had to go to the grocery store to get it," he said...

January 29, 2021

Six local breweries are seeking removal of the “growler cap,” legislation that prohibits breweries that have reached a certain level of success from selling large containers of beer directly to consumers. The recently formed Alliance of Minnesota Craft Breweries, including Schell’s, Surly, Castle Danger, Fulton, Indeed, and Lift Bridge, aims to remove the 20,000-barrel cap on selling growlers, calling it a punishment against Minnesota small businesses for succeeding...

January 29, 2021

Castle Danger is not the only one feeling the frustrations.

..."We're struggling in this economy to make that up, and we will be for years," said Jim Diley, Co-Owner of Fulton Brewing.

Six brewery owners from across the state have joined together to call on lawmakers to lift the cap...

January 18, 2021

...Fulton Brewing has something to say about Pale Ale, not really a manifesto ... but. "Pale Ale is the quintessential American craft beer, arguably deserving of more credit for the success and growth of our industry than any other beer style. And in an era when breweries seem to be using more candy and cereal than malt and hops in their beers -- we think it’s time to rediscover the Pale Ale." BOOM! Like a carbonated gauntlet, they've launched  The Pale Ale Project. They plan to use only the four traditional categories of beer ingredients: water, malt, hops, and yeast, while experimenting and going nutso with releases within the style. The first version is on tap right now, and the taproom is open... 

January 12, 2021

Jim Diley is the co-owner of Fulton Beer, one of six breweries in the “Alliance of Minnesota Craft Breweries” pleading for lawmakers to remove the "growler cap" this legislative session.

“Fulton sells about 60% of all the beer it produces to bars and restaurants in draft, and the pandemic effectively shut all of that down,” says Diley...