Fulton Beer began in 2009, with four guys home-brewing in a South Minneapolis garage. By 2009, they had an early core of crowd-pleasing recipes that kept the crew busy. With an IPA named Sweet Child of Vine, a complex blonde ale named The Lonely Blonde, an imperial red ale named Libertine, and a stout called Worthy Adversary, it was time to move into a proper space and expand their output.
Lacking the money to build their own brewery, the guys at Fulton discovered Sand Creek Brewing Co, a small brewery in Wisconsin. They had spare brewing capacity for contracting and allowed Fulton to brew there. The beers were a hit. Within a year, Fulton Beer was in over 100 bars in the Twin Cities area and secured a lease for their own brewery in Minneapolis. With new legislation passed in 2011 legalizing taprooms, Fulton opened the city's first taproom.
It took only three years to outgrow the brewing capacity, and Fulton Beer opened a new facility with eight times the space of their original brewery. The move allowed the taproom to become the place for experimental and smaller batch brewing, barrel aging, and unique brews only available in that location.
There are 20 different beers on tap, from American Pale Ale and Russian Imperial Stout to Pilsner and Session IPA. The Taproom Kitchen is a refurbished vintage 1969 Airstream land yacht serving a rotating menu of classic Midwest cuisine. Fulton offers sandwiches, burgers, snacks, and sides that pair with their beers. The quality food is simple and familiar to every beer lover.
Looking for a Sunday activity? The Sunday Music Series is a free event bringing a variety of live local music into the taproom every Sunday from 3–5 p.m. Fulton also organizes one of the biggest cycling rides in Minnesota annually. The Fulton Gran Fondo for bikes, bands, and beers is essentially a block party that involves either a 19-mile, 50-mile or 100-mile ride with beer breaks during and after the ride.
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