Hey everybody. We're very excited for the chat today.
So far, we have a handful of confirmed guests, including Tim Nelson from Fitger's in Duluth, Dan Schwarz from Lift Bridge in Stillwater, Julia Herz from the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado, and local food writer extraordinaire, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl. We've invited lots more people. We hope you'll join us, too.
Hi everyone, we will get going here at 11:30, but please jump in now to introduce yourself. And as an additional question... what is the most important thing to making good beer?
Tim Nelson, Fitger's Brewhouse Brewery
Hi my name is Julia and I'm a beer lover...and I happen to also be the Craft Beer Program Director for the Brewers Association and in charge of CraftBeer.com and American Craft Beer Week.
Hi Julia, glad you made it in!
Hi, Dan Schwarz from the Lift Bridge Brewery in Stillwater. I am looking forward to today's chat.
Great to see so many people here.
Hi Michael and Jennifer, thanks for putting the event on.
Go small businesses and small breweries!
It’s no secret that the beer beer culture in Minnesota is changing radically. All the new taprooms and microbreweries are not only creating entrepreneurial opportunities, but some think we're developing a distinctive style. We’re hoping to cover those topics and more today.
But first a few logistical matters. For those of you who can’t stick around for the whole chat, this window will turn into an archive version of the chat when it is over. The Twitter hashtag for this chat is #mnbeer. I’ll keep tabs on that stream as well. After the chat MPR’s Minnesota Today @mntoday will continue to update that hashtag with related news.
When you get into the chat, jump on in. Introduce yourself. Also, if you have a question not for the general group, but for a specific person, please start it with “@” and the person’s name. Same goes for replying to questions. That’ll help keep the chat a bit more readable.
Let’s start with a larger question. What’s driving all the growth in craft beer in Minnesota? Why is this industry growing when so many others are suffering in this economy?
i think the new movement toward localism and quality matters has driven our business forward. its been a slow growth thing and we've seen it happening since we opened in 1995
@Tim - So you think it's related to the growing organic foods movement. Quality over quantity?