Saint Paul, Minnesota—[February 28, 2018] – Saint Paul’s Barrel Theory Beer Company is a reader’s choice contender for top spot on USA Today’s 10Best: Best New Breweries. As the only Minnesota brewery on this list, Barrel Theory currently ranks in first or second place ahead or behind Dancing Gnome Beer from Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania who has made a push for the number one spot through social and local media campaigning.

Craft breweries have opened locally and nationally in record numbers over the last few years and to receive this type of recognition is a huge honor for the Lowertown neighborhood taproom which opened 8 months ago. The top twenty new (founded in the past two years) breweries on the list were nominated by beer experts and the top 10Best are selected by readers.

Barrel Theory co-founder and president Brett Splinter commented, “All of us at Barrel Theory are extremely honored to be a part of this list—let alone at the top of it—but Minnesota can’t lose to Pennsylvania again…c’mon.”

Voting opened February 19 and ends 11am CT on March 19 and readers can vote daily. Winners will be announced Friday, March 23.

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