Southwest Minneapolis has long been a nest of homebrewers. Fulton Beer and Harriet Brewing both started as homebrew outfits in different Southwest Minneapolis garages, and Surly Brewing's Todd Haug is a longtime Linden Hills resident.
Now, these companies and Lynnhurst's South Lyndale Liquors are going head-to-head against scores of area companies in the "Kind of a Big Deal" contest organized by the beer enthusiasts at Growler Magazine. As Growler writes, the local beer scene is exploding, and even attracting a good deal of attention from city politicians:
The best thing about the Minnesota craft beer scene right now is the energy. New breweries are popping up, restaurants are widening their craft beer offerings, there’s seemingly a new beer-centric event every other weekend, and the people in our community are roused by all the happenings. So what better time to celebrate the men and women of beer?
South Lyndale Liquors, in particular, is one of four area liquor stores in the running for "Best Bottle Shop."