Harpoon Brewery entering Minnesota

An East Coast favorite will soon be available in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Massachusetts-based Harpoon Brewery is partnering with J.J. Taylor Distributing Company, bringing the New England-brewed beer to the Twin Cities.

Known for its Harpoon IPA, Minnesota is the first new state in eight years for Harpoon Brewery to expand to.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled about bringing our beer to Minnesota,” said Harpoon CEO and co-founder Dan Kenary. “There’s a fantastic craft beer scene here, and we’re excited to add some New England flavor to it. Drinking beer in the Twin Cities and the north woods over the years, I’ve seen that there are many like-minded beer drinkers out here, who love beer and love life like we do.”

Harpoon Winter Warmer and a new year-round golden ale, called Harpoon Sweet Spot, are also expected to enter the market, according to the company. The brewery will also kick winter into high gear with its seasonal ‘Tis the Seasonal Winter Mix, which includes the aforementioned beers and its Vanilla Bean Porter.

J.J. Taylor is happy to add to its offerings.

“We are excited to expand our outstanding portfolio with the world class beers from Harpoon Brewery,” stated Chris Morton, President of J.J. Taylor Distributing Company of MN, Inc. “We look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

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