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Minn. Craft Beer Industry Hopes to Benefit by Hops-Growing Expansion

August 09, 2016 08:41 PM

There is some good news for beer drinkers and the craft beer industry in Minnesota. A hops growing business is undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion this summer.

Eric Sannerud started Mighty Axe Hops in Ham Lake four years ago as a student at the University of Minnesota.

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This summer the company bought 120 acres of land near Saint Cloud and hired about 10 new employees, making Mighty Axe Hops the largest hops grower in Minnesota. 

"If we think of it as how many hops dollars are leaving our state that's almost 10 million every single year, that's appreciable size pie and I think we can have a healthy sustainable and a really nice local industry built around niche hops production here in Minnesota," Sannerud said.

Few hops are grown in Minnesota, forcing local breweries to buy from companies out of state. 

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Joe Mazan

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