Lift Bridge Brewing will move production and open a second taproom in New Richmond, Wisconsin. The move allows the successful brewery to continue to grow its capacity beyond Minnesota’s so-called “growler cap.” In its current location, Lift Bridge cannot produce more than 20,000 barrels of its beer and continue to sell growlers at its taproom. Part of an alliance with other successful breweries in Minnesota, Lift Bridge had tried to change the laws, but that effort has thus far not achieved the desired result.
In New Richmond the new taproom, expected to open May 1, will be 1,800 square feet with indoor and outdoor seating. The original taproom will remain open in Stillwater.
Inside the new production facility, Lift Bridge will lease space to Big Watt, Five Watt Coffee’s cold canned coffee line.
Lift Bridge is the second major Minnesota beverage producer to take their production to Wisconsin. Earlier this month Tattersall, Minnesota’s most successful distillery announced plans to open a massive new production facility in the more booze-friendly state. In addition to fighting for these laws to loosen, Minnesota lawmakers have refused throughout the pandemic to legalize cocktails-to-go to aid the state’s beleaguered restaurant industry, firming putting out state near the bottom of drinker-friendly states in the country. Antiquated and restrictive liquor laws likely mean more alcohol producers will move business elsewhere.