Although COVID-19 was hard on establishments industry-wide, the news that St. Paul’s Tin Whiskers is closing came as a surprise to many in the brewery business.
SAINT PAUL, Minn. — The announcement of the closure of downtown St. Paul’s beloved brewery Tin Whiskers came as a surprise even to industry professionals.
“I think we were just as shocked as anyone. Tin Whiskers was one of my favorite places to go and have a pint,” Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild director of government and industry relations Bob Galligan said. “The state of the union of breweries are — you know we’re coming out of a pandemic; no one is exceeding expectations. Having said that, very few of our member breweries had to close, which is, I think more than anything, a testament to some of the creativity and resilience of just the craft brewing industry in general.”
But that very industry wasn’t …