New Belgium Brewing's Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) has bought out the remainder of the company shares, making it 100% employee-owned. These guys make some of our favorite beers (La Folie, Ranger IPA, and Le Terroir) and have some pretty awesome themes to their organization - bikes, sustainable energy, and umm... beer. Congrats, guys!
How many breweries do you think Minnesota had before prohibition...90? ...100? Nope, not even close: 400! Although Minnesota's current brewery count is just over 10% of what it used to be, at 43 breweries (and counting), the craft beer revelucion is manifesting itself all over the state and across the country.
Kare 11 recently did a piece on the growing interest craft beer which brings to light more interesting facts about brewing in Minnesota. Take a looksie:
My question for you: Does it really matter how many craft breweries we have in MN or across the U.S.? Or do you just care about drinking good beer no matter the variety of breweries?