MINNEAPOLIS - It seems the landmark Grain Belt beer sign can be added to the list of structures damaged due to storms that rolled through the Twin Cities metro Tuesday night.
Viewer Carol Paulnock emailed a photo of the sign to the KARE 11 newsroom Wednesday afternoon. It shows a section of the 'G' missing from the iconic Grain Belt sign. KARE 11 sent the photo to August Schell Brewing Company, owners of the sign. They confirmed it appears the 50 foot wide and 40 foot tall sign was damaged in the storm.
"We do plan on fixing the part that is broken and will be sending out a company to fix the broken piece as soon as possible," said Kyle Marti of August Schell Brewing Company. August Schell Brewing, based in New Ulm, purchased the Grain Belt brand in 2002.
Definitely Not a friendly storm that went through last night- a little damage to the sign! pic.twitter.com/IyL16rciCL— Grain Belt Beer (@GrainBeltBeer) July 6, 2016
Earlier this year, the company bought the 75-year-old porcelain sign on Nicollet Island with the intention of restoring it. Marti says the damage will not hold up the restoration, which they hope to have complete in the summer of 2017.
Several other structures, including the new U.S. Bank Stadium, sustained damage in the storms Tuesday night.