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The tradition of brewing in Minnesota is a rich one that encompasses hundreds of breweries over centuries of industry. Today, only a couple of the old bottlers remain in business, but the rise of craft beer and its brewmasters is writing a new chapter in the region's history.

Whereas original settlers began brewing beer for practical reasons (it couldn't be preserved and transported without spoilage), modern brewers have embraced the art for its own sake.

This renaissance has reignited local interest in Minnesota brews. Those who are curious about this subject are encouraged to read Doug Hoverson's gorgeous and definitive Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota (2007).

"The Art of the Minnesota Brew" presents images from private collections and publicly available sources to beer lovers, breweriana collectors, local history buffs, and anyone with an appreciation for vinatage commercial art. The pictures in these galleries are chosen for their novelty, aesthetics, and rarity.

Please check back occasionally, as we will continue to add galleries to the site.

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