Jim Diley from Fulton Beer explains how the Surly bill becomes a taproom [VIDEO]
Jim Diley standing behind his future taproom bar.
Local beer lovers celebrated when Surly Brewing Co. owner Omar Ansari successfully got the taproom license bill passed.
But, that's not the end of the process. The guys at Fulton Beer could be the first proud owners of a taproom license, so we asked co-founder Jim Diley to show us around his new brewery and explain what happens next.
Starting last winter, Ansari pushed hard for a change to Minnesota law that would allow brewers to sell pints of their own beer. The idea was to allow him to build a $20 million destination brewery with a restaurant and an expansive beer garden. But Surly hasn't even committed a location yet, so it could be years before the dream is realized.
The founders of Fulton Beer, on the other hand, are much farther along in the process of building their first brewery. Diley and his friends are overhauling a modest brick garage just a stone's throw from Target Field, and are hoping to have their doors open by fall. Diley is also hopeful that by then the city of Minneapolis will have done its part of the work to make taproom licenses available.
"The real nitty gritty of how this thing works is still to come," he says.
For a sneak peek at the Fulton Brewery and a full explanation of what individual city councils have to do next to make taprooms a reality, watch below:
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