Fulton in the News

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

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 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 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...

January 7, 2021

...Enriquez says this development may not arrive on a broad scale for another year or so, though some producers, such as Minneapolis’s Fulton Brewing, are already in on the action.

Hops aren’t the only way in which craft producers are trying to entice beer drinkers with familiar techniques and terms...

January 6, 2021

...And yet, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted supply chains—beer included—leaving plenty of brewers stuck with draft beer that had been earmarked for bars. Without the option to sell this kegged beer directly to consumers in growlers, breweries argue that, in the short-term, the current rule can leave them literally pouring beer down the drain. "I have over 800 half-barrel kegs in my warehouse that, as soon as the governor made the announcement of the shutdown, no longer had a home," Jim Diley, chief operating officer of Fulton Beer, was quoted as saying, last month. "If I had growlers, I could do something with that product… We have breweries a block away that are able to sell growlers."...

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