2018 Recap A lot happened in the Minnesota brewing scene during 2018. A bunch of breweries open up, a few closed, at least one was sold, and there was certainly talk of a couple others being put on the market. One trend I noticed was the proliferation of new breweries in the suburban and out-state regions--a proliferation, I think, that will make a lot of people happy, and a few people some money. Another trend I noticed was a near halt of breweries opening up in Minneapolis and St. Paul proper. I can't speak much for the state of things in St. Paul, but I'm of the belief that my home city of Minneapolis has about as many breweries as it needs. Perhaps, it has as many as it can support. My feelings are that the wisest/safest business model for a brewery these days is to stay small, become the neighborhood bar, and get ingrained in the local community. There aren't many neighborhoods in Minneapolis that aren't already served by such a brewery. The only part of the city that I think lacks such a brewery is the city's Southwestern corner, but I suspect that's more due to lack of adequate real estate than any other factors. The upsetting state of affairs in which far too many breweries are brewing bad beer upon opening, and far too few are brewing better beer as they age continued throughout 2018, and I don't see it changing anytime soon. I base this up to a couple reasons. First, it doesn't take any knowledge of brewing beer to open up a brewery. It only takes a few million dollars. Second, the demand for well trained brewers in the state far exceeds the number of qualified applicants. (I challenge anyone to name another manufacturing industry in which the head production manager (head brewer in the beer world) has 0-5 years of professional experience.) 2019 Intro Moving into 2019, let's keep talking about the breweries in our state that are opening up, closing down, expanding, and changing ownership. Let's try to stay on track better this year too. There was a fair amount of posting in last year's thread that didn't belong there, and a few people BM'd me asking me to speak up about it. I'm in agreement with those people so here you have it people. Beercentric bars and restaurants that are opening up but don't make beer should be talked about elsewhere. Fargo, North Dakota, and Hudson and Superior Wisconsin are clearly not in Minnesota, and their breweries should be talked about elsewhere. Capiche?