NEW RICHMOND, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) Wisconsin has some award-winning brewpubs -- and it's about to get one more, thanks to a more restrictive law in neighboring Minnesota. Barley John's Brew Pub in New Brighton Minnesota expects to break ground this spring for a new 10,000 barrel brewery at New Richmond in Saint Croix County.
Barley John's has won some awards during its 14 years of production. But owner John Moore tells the Saint Paul Pioneer Press that many craft beer lovers have never heard of the brand, because it cannot be sold in other bars or liquor stores. Wisconsin also has a number of limits on brewpubs -- but it does allow limited amounts of brewpub products to be sold in stores.
Moore says he'll keep his New Brighton brewpub open, with plans for a tap-room in New Richmond -- but he's not sure when that will open.