Ecosystem: State of brew

How the booming popularity of craft beer in Minnesota affects many

By Tom Johnson

Minnesota's beer market is estimated to be worth $1.13 billion a year, according to the Beer Institute, and not so long ago it was controlled largely by a few out-of-state titans with names like Budweiser and Miller. The meteoric rise of independent craft brewers changes that, making the industry more local and posing beer to be not just a social lubricant, but an economic lubricant in the state for years to come. Here, input from those affected by the rise of craft beer in ways both small and large.