A brewery in northern Minnesota is trying something new — brewing beer age-appropriate for beer drinkers.
The Algonquin Brewing Company in Algonquins, Minnesota, is selling beer ages 13 and up, the same as in the U.S. for those under the age of 13.
It will also sell beer ages 6 and under.
Beer ages 13 or older are legal in the state of Minnesota.
But it’s not easy to get your hands on them.
For a start, there’s a lot of regulation.
And there’s no age limit on selling beer at home.
But Algonquer Brewing Co. has a much simpler way of selling beer than you might think.
Algonquin CEO and founder Joe McConkey said he was looking for a way to make the brewery more accessible to younger drinkers.
“I just wanted to make sure that I could have access to the ingredients that I need and I didn’t want to have to rely on a store that is so large and it was only going to sell one type of beer,” McConkeys said.
Alton Nieves, a brewery owner in Duluth, Minnesota and the owner of the Duluth Beer Store, said there are a lot more breweries like Algonques, with more people under 18 than there are breweries in the metro area.
“Algonquin has some of the lowest alcohol alcohol consumption in the country,” Nieves said.
“They don’t have that high of a beer list.
So that’s one of the reasons why they are so appealing to young people.”
Algonques beer is served in cans, bottles and tumblers.
The company will begin to sell beer with age restrictions this summer.
“It’s really exciting to see this as a new approach to getting beer age appropriate,” Nives said.
The new age limits will be a boon for beer lovers in the Twin Cities and beyond.
For starters, Algonque will be the first brewery in Minnesota to sell age-restricted beer.
Algonquet also plans to open more craft breweries in Minnesota and beyond, with the goal of having a full-service grocery store, grocery store and restaurant.
“We’re really excited about this, because the more breweries that have these age restrictions, the more consumers will get a better understanding of what the quality is of their beer,” Nines said.