And Where They Stand on Beer
By Jeremy Zoss
Photos by Karen Boros, MinnPost
The Minneapolis beer scene has had its share of ardent supporters, including outspoken beer cheerleader Mayor R.T. Rybak. As mayor, Rybak has been supportive of the changes in local beer ordinances and has been spotted at every taproom in the city. After three terms in office, Rybak has decided not to run again. So far, six major candidates have announced intentions to run for the office. (A seventh, Jim Thomas, is running on the single issue of education.) The Growler spoke to the six leading candidates about their thoughts on the local beer community and related issues. What follows are excerpts from those conversations.
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Growler: What are your thoughts on the beer-related ordinance changes of the past few years?
MA: I love our new emerging economy of entrepreneurs and artists—
all of whom are solidifying Minneapolis as a craft beer powerhouse. As mayor I will do everything in my power to ensure Minneapolis continues to cultivate its brewing culture, and position Minneapolis as one of the world’s most prominent brewpub powerhouses.
G: What do you think will be the next beer-related issues to arise in Minneapolis? Where will you stand on them?
MA: I think we are going to have to continue to look at ordinance issues regarding local brewpubs, along with how they are impacting our neighborhoods. I welcome the opportunity to have these conversations in neighborhoods. I genuinely believe civic engagement at this fundamental level is essential to eliminating any outstanding barriers to entrepreneurial success in this capacity. Through efforts of this variety I know that Minneapolis will garner even greater recognition for its craft beer scene.
G: Do you support Sunday sales?
MA: I support loosening regulations that help entrepreneurs and local brewpubs. I also want to make sure we are respecting the small business owners and their ability to have a well-earned day off. As mayor I won’t be able to affect the outcome of this legislation.
G: What are some of your favorite local beers?
MA: I don’t drink anymore, but I polled our campaign staff—one that, keep in mind, is comprised of a far-ranging assortment of people from all across Minneapolis. Consistently, it’s fair to say that Fulton’s Lonely Blonde and Sweet Child of Vine, along with Surly’s Furious and Darkness are the top contenders. Additionally, the responses put forth for Indeed Brewery and Dangerous Man merit an honorable mention! We recently opened our campaign office roughly three blocks from Northbound Brewpub. That being the case, I have a pretty good lead on where I might find my campaign team if they’re missing from the office.