So there I was, cruising down Hwy. 13 near the Rahr Malting facility when I drove by a Summit billboard ad. It was a simple ad asking the question (and I paraphrase), “If Minnesota can have a state flower, why not a state beer?” That got me to thinking. Would I want to see a state beer? More importantly, what criteria would one use to determine the state beer? Would you base it on consumption levels? Could it be produced out of state? Would longevity of the brand matter? Should other factors such as state employment by the brewery producing the beer be considered? What about hard to measure factors like the story of the beer and its history? Could it be focused on the brewery instead of the beer? Could you have the state beer change periodically versus sticking with the same one all the time?
Now, ignoring the fact that I’m opposed to pigeonholing Minnesota into ascribing its identity to things like a state beer, state flower, state motto, state bird, etc., it does make for an interesting discussion. I think Summit EPA would have a good case to make. I also think Schell’s and one of its products would fit the bill as well.
What beer reflects/represents/typifies Minnesota?