DULUTH - Craft beer has really become popular in the last few years, and in Minnesota, Duluth is leading the way.
Political leaders were in Duluth Friday to show their support for the local brewing industry.
A new bill has been introduced to reduce excise tax on small breweries that produce 60,000 barrels or less per year, all in hopes of keep both jobs and drinking local.
“Collectively, with that small percent of beer money, we’ve already changed Duluth a lot. Our company alone employs 300 people. And all the other breweries combined, it’s obviously a lot more than that,” Brad Nelson, of Fitger’s Brewhouse, said.
“It’s also about pride and tourism and about getting people interested in the region. This is part of tourism now, trying to get more people interested in a region. This is part of tourism now. People want to go and try the beers of a town, if you don’t have your own beer, it’s not quite as exciting to people,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar , (D) Minnesota, said.
Fitger’s is the largest craft brewery in Minnesota, and Duluth has been declared the capitol of craft brewery in Minnesota.