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A Warm Welcome for Minnesota’s Newest Brewery: Fulton

Fulton, a new Minneapolis beer company, will release their first beer on 10/28 at 7:00 at The Happy Gnome.  For more, check out and, and search for “Fulton Beer” on Facebook.


  1. Dan says:

    Whatever happened to Brainerd Lakes Brewery? It seems like we’ve gone a while without any news about their launch.

  2. Mag says:

    Woot! Pretty soon all the non-MN beer is my fridge is gonna have to be displaced to make room for new MN beers. Welcome to the scene.

  3. Jono says:

    Sweet! Looking forward to trying some very soon.

  4. Welcome and congratulations on your launch. Wish all the best. Cheers!

  5. Bill Roehl says:

    I am really excited to try their Imperial Stout. Yum yum.

  6. Trav says:

    Brainerd lakes ran into $$ issues last I heard. That one may not ever happen.

  7. Trav says:

    I also think its kinda a odd to call them a MN brewery if they brew all their product in Sconni. Lift Bridge at least brews some of there stuff at FE. I guess if you “base” your business in MN, its a MN brewery?

  8. beerfan says:

    Who’s behind this?

    Fairly standard range of beers. Nothing exciting.

  9. Jason says:

    I’d be happier without an autoplay video in the “about us” area of their site.

  10. beerfan says:

    I’d be happier if they had an original line up of beers. I hope they do well, but there’s nothing there to make me sit up and take notice.

  11. Cecil says:

    20 years ago the Beer landscape was mostly barren. In fact it was barren. If you wanted a “good” beer your choice was imports and they were even hard to find. I for one welcome any new brewery with open arms, even if their lineup is not “original”. My, how we forget, how good we got it.

  12. FlatEarth says:

    Looking forward to more new MN beer. Beerfan give them a break, they haven’t even sold a beer yet.

  13. chad says:

    How easy would it be to brew something truly original or mind-blowing in today’s beer scene, especially when a company is just starting?

    While I’d want to brew some crazy shit, it seems it would be almost impossible to gain customers that way.

  14. beerfan says:

    I’m not talking about crazy shit. I know it would be hard to start a new brewery. I think Lift Bridge, Flat Earth and Surly had the right idea in striking out into different styles or unique takes on styles.

  15. Jonny says:

    Congratulations to the folks at Fulton Beer!

    I’d think that congratulations are also due to Sand Creek for keeping their sometimes-underappreciated operation firmly in the black — thanks to them I’ve been able to enjoy offerings from Furthermore, Lift Bridge, and Lilja, not to mention a couple of old favorites like Oscar’s.

  16. ryan says:

    Trav – they’re starting out at Sand Creek but are planning on building a brewery in the Twin Cities. They’re a Minnesota business… their brewery may not be here yet, but I’m sticking with the Minnesota distinction.

    Let’s give these guys a chance… it’s disappointing to see people throwing down negativity when you haven’t even tried the beer yet. Give them a chance.

  17. beerfan says:


    Oh please. We don’t all have to mindlessly cheer.

  18. Marty says:

    I’m excited to see this, I think their beers have plenty of potential. I’d like to know some sort of time line and if bottling is a near or far term goal for them?

  19. Cecil says:

    The Beerfan handle must be a contradiction in terms.

  20. beerfan says:


    I’m so sorry I can form my own thoughts and have my own tastes.

  21. David Berg says:

    No, you’re wrong.

    (This comment not directed at anyone, I just wanted to be in on the ground floor of the inane argument that is starting to develop)

  22. ryan says:

    Marty – I believe they said they’re looking to bottle in the spring.

  23. beerfan says:

    Eff U, Dave! WTF do you know? You only brew….oh….wait….nevermind….

    Like I said, I hope they do well, but I’ll reserve my judgement, give their beer a fair, shake, and express MY OWN opinion and not just brainlessly shake my poms poms and give every local brewer a reacharond just cuz they’re local.

  24. David Berg says:

    Beerfan (if that is indeed your real name)-

    Now you are in fact wrong. I haven’t brewed a beer in years. Heck, I’m not even completely sure where the brewhouse is located….

  25. Jason says:

    Here’s a crazy thought, lets everyone put on their big boy pants and stop acting like 6-year-olds. There’s a crazy thought around here.

  26. Duke says:

    I wish I could be excited about this, but the little troll inside of my pinky forces me to proclaim that while I havent had any of their beers yet and will reserve judgement, that I think they have an unexciting line of beers and that damn it Im entitled to my inherently negative opinions. When people comfront me I will fein indignance but secretly revel in the heated discourse my superior, and original inteligance has generated.

  27. Chris says:

    Duke: best comment yet.

  28. kai says:

    the more beer, the better…as far as I’m concerned. Would love to see Fulton at the Blue Door in St. Paul!

  29. Brian says:

    Give their lineup a chance.

    I don’t think the Strong Red Ale with Rye is unoriginal. And it would be nice to have a Minnesota Imperial Stout other than Darkness, which is way too exclusive and expensive (but I do love it).

  30. beerfan says:


    Red’s Rye. Or ask any hombrewer, many of whom have made a Rye IPA, quite common.

    I will give their beer’s a chance, but the line up doesn’t excite me and I don’t give two flying f*&^% if d-bags like Duke think I’m a troll or negative for saying so.

  31. Andy S says:

    Wow….not quite the warm welcome Fulton was looking for.

  32. Sean says:

    What kind of lineup would excite you beerfan? (Besides one made up of those hairy cheeks you described earlier)

  33. Cecil says:

    I’m all warm and fuzzy inside !!

  34. DanK says:

    Good to know that the variety in this town keeps getting bigger. Congrats! Can’t wait to try it.

    You clearly don’t know what you’re talking about when calling Duke a slutty cheerleader or a smart girl with glasses. Nobody in their right mind would mistake him for either one. I don’t care how drunk you are.

    Clearly a single brewery can’t win with you. And to judge something you’ve NEVER TASTED, well, all credibility… GONE! I’m never responding to anything you say again.

  35. Duke says:

    Hey man, I was just like stating my opinion. Where in my comment did I even reference you? I certainly did not stoop to base name calling. Im entitled to my very own slutty views. Like I said, I going to wait until Ive tried Fultons beers until I pass judgement. I mean, why on Earth would I get excited about a new local brewery, especially if they are making such pedestrian styles of beer? Really, all of you would be Fulton fan boys need to stop bleeting the praises of a brewery that has yet to even officially release a product. I just wish everyone could see things as clearly as me.

  36. Brian says:

    beerfan – how can you possibly call anyone else a d-bag? Pot kettle black

    Anyway, the Strong Red Ale with Rye does not sound like Red’s Rye to me. That is more of an IPA. This, at 44 IBUs and 7.5%, is certainly not an IPA. Think before you post. Wait, first you have to actually think.

  37. Mag says:

    hee hee, wonder if this will take some of the fanboy/fanboy-hater pressure off of surly?

  38. Andy S says:

    That might be tough that hatred runs deep with some people….not with me I think there beer is the bomb.

  39. Jason B says:


    There, it’s been Godwin-ed. There’s nowhere to go from here but up.

    I am in that “the more, the merrier” camp, and I can’t wait to give their wares a try. I think that there are a few beers in their lineup that are initially intriguing as described, and if they nail or bring something to the table with the so-called standards they endeavor to brew, they’ll be enticing without the need of the “way out there kooky style” hook. If.

    I look forward to the opportunity to help prop up another local brewery! 😉

  40. beerfan says:

    Jason B said: “I look forward to the opportunity to help prop up another local brewery! ”

    Believe or not, I do too, but I don’t have to be excited by the lineup.

    Call me a troll, a hater or WTF-ever any of you like. Or play it coy like Duke and pretend you’re “just expressing an opinion.”

    Gee….that’s what I was doing….

  41. A says:

    It seems that other beers contracted out of Sand Creek are rated rather low on a certain other site. I wonder if this is due to the brewery itself or perception reguarding a WI brewery esesntially in the middle of nowhere (ie not East or West Coast). I’ve only tried one from BluCreek and it was pretty tasty so I hope Fulton does well and moves here soon. I’m going to keep an open mind and give them a shot.

    As for innovative brews, I see beerfans point and it makes me wonder about beers made from other grains. If Rye is becomming more prominant what is the next great brewing grain? Spelt? Quinoa? Wonder how that would taste…

  42. ryan says:

    The mentions of gratuitous sexual acts are being deleted. Let’s keep it somewhat civil.

  43. Ben says:

    A: There are others that are brewed at Sand Creek that people think fairly highly of. Furthermore is also contract brewed there. Cross Plains Beer Company is also out of Sand Creek and is fairly highly rated. They also do Harbor City Brewing Company and until recently I believe, Half Acre in Chicago. They’re kinda the king of contract brewing in WI.

  44. Jason B says:

    OK, Beerfan, but I think you’re wrong about the general tenor of “mindless cheer” existing here. I think that people are merely excited about the impending existence of a new brewery and thus a new fount of Minnesota-produced beer (not that that has any relevance to this website), rather than extolling the virtues of beer that hasn’t been tasted or even unfurling a banner saying “Mission ‘complished” with regards to the lineup, perceived shortcommings or no. If people can’t even show a smidge of enthusiam from anticipation, Dismal Doras may we all be.

    I get what you’re saying, it’s a lineup that is, to quote Peter Griffin quoting others, “shallow and pedantic”. My take – it’s not all that unambitious a slew of brews, and the primary aspect that makes me take notice is the fact they’re coming from a souce that heretofor has never been available. That’s the hook for me to drink initially; after that, Fulton brews will have to stand on their own merits.

    Also, when did opinions become unassailable? You’re apparently outside the bell curve on this one; it’s given you some notoriety at the very least!

  45. Duke says:

    So, are the bars that are listed on Fultons website pouring their beer/s now?

  46. ryan says:

    Duke – I got the impression that the event on the 28th would be the introduction of the beer to the general public.

  47. Joel Carlson says:

    I want my last 2 minutes back.

  48. chad says:

    This has to be close to the longest, most inane comment thread on mnbeer. Ever. Those stupid Surly debates didn’t even go this long, did they?(yes I’m adding to it. Gotta problem with it?)

  49. Jason B says:

    We’ve a long ways to go:

    I actually like these threads over the 2-comment “Gosh that sounds A-OK” thread – they remind me of the acrimony on the wunderground tropical weather threads.

  50. Willie says:

    Welcome Fulton! Brew what you want because we are thirsty for more. The beauty about brewing beer, even “pedestrian” styles, is that there are limitless ways to interpret and brew each style and ultimately add your own spin to it. Even the most rabid “beerfan” can enjoy a perfectly brewed American blonde and not be an elitist about it. I will wave my pom-poms and cheer loudly for these guys to succeed because they have the balls to lay everything on the line to start their own business to bring us more to the MN beer scene. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, however, no one enjoys listening to a Debbie Downer. Cheers!

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