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Barley John’s to Build Brewery in Wisconsin

barley_johns_frontNick Halter’s Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal article (Barley John’s Brew Pub plans Wisconsin brewery) rolled across my screen and brought up some truly mixed emotions. Barley John’s hosted one of MNBeer’s early get-togethers and I’ve been drinking their beer and enjoying their excellent food for years. I love those guys and that place. So while it’s awesome to hear that they’re planning to forge ahead with a production brewery, it’s really a bummer that it won’t be in Minnesota.

Barley John’s John Moore has made no bones about the fact that he wants to expand and that he’d go to Wisconsin if we didn’t change our laws in Minnesota. Under current state law, he can’t package and sell his beer to a distributor, retailer or bar. True to his word a Barley John’s production brewery will open in the spring in New Richmond, Wisconsin. The 13000 sq/ft location will include a taproom and an overall capacity of 10000 bbl. According to the article, Moore plans to produce around 7000 bbl in the first year.

“I would rather have done it here, two minutes away, but that’s not the way it is,” Moore said. “The law is not in favor of brewpubs. It’s in favor of breweries.”

Barley John’s still won’t be able to distribute beer in Minnesota, but will sell in Wisconsin. Moore said Minnesota residents will be able to buy his beer in border towns.

Brewpubs have been fighting this fight in Minnesota for years. Long before anyone ever thought the Taproom Bill would ever be a reality, legislation to allow brewpubs to distribute was moving along nicely, and may have even been railroaded by the desire to sell pints at the brewery. (To read a little more about unique brewpub legal issues, check out this article by Elliot Ginsburg and Erin Conway.)

In 2006, a fairly politically active Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild was very close to making this happen. Shouldn’t we change things before we lose another brewery and it’s associated employees, taxes & revenue to another state? What happens when Minnesota’s two largest brewpubs reach the cap of 3500 bbl/year?

Folks, let’s not lose another brewery to Wisconsin.

Barley John’s 13th Anniversary Celebration

Barley John’s is celebrating 13 years and giving you presents like growler and pitcher specials. Check out all the details.

It is our 13th Anniversary, and we’re ready to party with you! (Who said 13 is an unlucky number?)

This year we’re starting the celebration on Tuesday the 12th with a growler sale that lasts through Saturday.

Saturday, the actual day of our anniversary, we will have a special Irish menu available in addition to our regular menu. Also, all pitchers of our Pub-Brewed Beer will be $13. (or less)

Sunday the 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, we are doing something truly special: We’re opening our doors! Starting at noon and going until 9pm we will be serving our Irish Menu. We will be open until 1am. Party with us on a rare and auspicious OPEN SUNDAY! Happy Hour all day if you’re wearing green!

Growler Sale – Get $3 off a Growler of the following Pub-Brewed Beers:
Stockyard IPA
Wild Brunette
Steam Train
Sour Mash Rye
Kaffir Pale Ale
And starting Friday: 13th Anniversary Ale

Get $1 off: Little Barley Bitter

When you purchase any 3 growlers, get an extra $1 off

Growler Wednesday at Barley John’s

Barley John’s is switching up their Wednesday game plan for the rest of February starting today. Cask Wednesday is transitioning to Growler Wednesday. All day long you can get $2 off selected growler fills by buying a pint (limit one per person). Cask lovers need not worry as this is only a temporary change and casks will be returning in March.

Oktoberfest Bier Tasting and Dinner at St. Paul’s on the Hill

On Saturday October  20th at 6pm, St. Paul’s on the Hill (an Episcopal Church, btw) will host an Oktoberfest beer tasting with Brian Lonberg, a chef, and the head brewer at Barley John’s Brew Pub in New Brighton.

There will be a beer tasting and lecture covering most major styles of beer, and at least a dozen samples, followed by a Q&A with the brewer. Learn about how to best pair beer with meals, cheeses, desserts, and how to use beer in your own cooking. Find out how the major beer styles developed and what to expect to find in your glass, what it takes to get from the field to the Stein, and what you need to know when you go to a bottle shop. After the tasting enjoy appetizers, a short performance of German music by St. Paul’s Organ Master and select choir members, followed by a German themed dinner, silent auction, and of course, more beer.

Tickets are $30, and all proceeds benefit the the church.

Enter through the office doors on Saratoga St., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on the Hill – 1524 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

Ticket link

— Make your donation in increments of $30 per ticket desired. In the second box put your name and number of tickets you’re ordering.