Mankato Brewery launches this week

The new breweries just keep on coming in this exploding Minnesota beer scene. Last week saw the launch of the Minneapolis-based and Belgian-inspired Boom Island Brewing Company at Pig and Fiddle, the Edina beer pub recently opened by the owners of the Muddy Pig. This week brings a slew of release events for the state's newest suds maker, Mankato Brewery.

Mankato Brewery has been in the works for two-and-a-half years. It is the project of co-owners Tim Tupy and Tony Feuchtenberger, local entrepreneurs who decided to turn their home-brewing hobby into a business. Last year they stole brewer Mike Miziorko away from Summit and put him to work crafting the brewery's intial release, Mankato Original, a beer that Tupy has said is "a style that is really easy to drink. We wanted something coming out of the gate that people that were American light lager drinkers could appreciate for the complexity that it brought."

If you want to try the beers and meet the people behind them, check out these opening-week events.

Thursday, January 5, 5-7 p.m., Mankato Tim Tupy will be at Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen, 124 East Walnut Street Tony Feuchtenberger and Mike Miziorko will be at Pub 500, 500 South Front Street.

Friday, January 6, 6-8 p.m., St. Peter Tim Tupy, Tony Feuchtenberger, and Mike Miziorko will the at Patrick's on Third, 125 South Third Street.

Mankato classic will also be available at a number of other Mankato and St. Peter watering holes, including:

Big Dog Sports Café; North Mankato Blue Bricks; Mankato Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar (Downtown); Mankato Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar (Hilltop); Mankato Buster's Sports Bar & Grill; Mankato Circle Inn; North Mankato Hooligans; Mankato Jake's Pizza; Mankato Number 4; Mankato Pagliai's Pizza; Mankato Patrick's on Third; St. Peter (Friday 01/06/12) Pub 500; Mankato Red Sky; Mankato Rounders; Mankato Spinner's Bar; North Mankato The Tav On The Ave; Mankato Wine Café; Mankato

Cheers, Michael Agnew Certified Cicerone A Perfect Pint

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