Minnesota craft beer by the numbers

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Minnesota Craft Brewer’s Guild Land of 10,000 Beers at the Minnesota State Fair // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

With so much Minnesota-made craft beer out there today, it’s no wonder the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild (MCBG) sets aside 10,000 minutes each year to celebrate it.

10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer begins today, Monday, May 9 and runs through Sunday, May 15, with more than 175 special events and tappings taking place throughout the week (check back for daily rundowns of the events on growlermag.com).

With “10,000 Minutes” this week, more than 100 breweries in the state (and counting), and the knowledge that beer and math make such a perfect pairing (wait, what?), we thought we’d take a look at Minnesota craft beer by the numbers.

5: The number of gallons of craft beer the average 21+ adult consumes in Minnesota per year (11th highest in the nation)


The number is likely a tad higher for attendees of Beer Dabbler festivals // Photo by Aaron Davidson

6: The number of beers that have been released in Indeed’s Wooden Soul series


Wooden Soul // Photo via indeedbrewing.com

12: The number of barrel-aged beers Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery released for their 2016 Barrel Aged Week

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Barrels in Town Hall’s basement // Photo by Keith Grauman

59: The percentage of Minnesota bars/restaurants that serve Summit

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Photo via Visit Saint Paul

70: The number of craft breweries that have opened since 2011


Lakes & Legends Brewing Company opened in late 2015 // Photo by Aaron Davidson

104: The number of draft lines that Republic Seven Corners dedicates to craft beer

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Republic Seven Corners // Photo courtesy of Republic

105: The number of craft breweries operating in Minnesota at the end of 2015 (16th in the nation)


Able Seehouse & Brewery opened in late 2015 // Photo by Aaron Davidson

155: The number of years that Schell’s has been brewing beer in New Ulm

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Schell’s circa 1870s // Photo courtesy of Schell’s

250: The number of barrels of Peanut Butter Porter brewed by Dangerous Man in 2015

2,564: The number of barrels produced in 2015 by Steel Toe Brewing in St. Louis Park


Steel Toe tap handles

9,072: The number of attendees at the 2016 Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival, making it the largest craft beer festival in the Midwest

Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival 2016 // Photo by Aaron Davidson

Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival 2016 // Photo by Aaron Davidson

631,955: The number of barrels produced by Minnesota breweries in 2015

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Bent Paddle Brewing

12,000,000+: The number of pints brewed in first year at the new Surly brewery

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Taps at the Surly Beer Hall

$1,324,000,000: The economic impact of craft beer in Minnesota for 2015

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