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Thousand Lakes Brewing Company dominates statewide competition with a first-place victory and surprising third-place triumph!

by Karin L. Nauber

When Matt and Amy Harren took on the challenge of opening a family brewery in Parkers Prairie in late 2019, they were hoping to run a small brewery, serve some great craft drinks of their own creations, have fun and make a profit from their work.

They may not have anticipated how successful they would be and they probably didn’t expect to win a first place and a third place award in the Minnesota Brewers Cup professional blind taste-test. But they did!

On March 22, they took home two awards from the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild’s MN Brewers Cup Competition which is a blind taste-test competition for Minnesota breweries and brewpubs.

Taking first place honors was a concoction named Breakfast for Supper which is an oatmeal stout. That drink took the Cup being named best stout in the state.

Sassy Redhead, a raspberry sour also took home a bronze award in the fruit beer category....


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