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MINNEAPOLIS - Craft beer enthusiasts are raising a glass to Minnesota's growing craft beer industry with an entire week devoted to the love of craft beer.

The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild is sponsoring "10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer. The event runs from Monday through Sunday.

Clint Roberts, the executive director of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, said with 10,000 minutes in a week, this second annual week-long event will hopefully boost Minnesota into another status making it the Land of 10,000 Beers.

"There is probably something made in this state for you. The brewery and brew pub count has doubled in the last two, two and half years which is amazing and 10 breweries are in planning right now, but there is still a long ways to go," said Roberts.

Tap takeovers will stretch from North Shore to beer tours of the Twin Cities to special firkin tappings in Southern Minnesota. Herkimer Pub on Lyndale in Minneapolis tapped a special firkin with a chili-lime infused IPA, a Cinco de Mayo inspired creation by assistant brewer Rachel Grey.

"I can't wait for (Monday) tonight when guests start drinking this and I can see their faces. That is the real prize," Grey said. "There is a reason they call it craft beer. It's an art form. We put our inspiration into it. It's not a canvas but it's a glass. It's just like buying a painting from a local artist. It's coming and buying a pint."

The Herkimer Pub also created a special passport where customers can try new beers and whiskey pairing, stamp their passports and be eligible for prizes. Grumpy's in Northeast Minneapolis dazzled customers with a special Surly event Monday evening with more in the works.

To learn more about the 100 plus events for 10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer week visit, www.mncraftbrew.org/10000minutes.

Check Instagram and Twitter with the hashtags: #10000Minutes, #MNCraftBeer, #MNBeerWeek

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