Big Lake’s Lupulin Brewing Makes List of Top 150 Breweries in the US
America has spoken, and thirsty people agree -- "Work Sucks, Drink Beer!"
Pulling data from over 2,200 breweries across the country, House Method's team of researchers looked at four different factors to determine its final list of most popular breweries: number of Facebook followers, number of Instagram followers, Yelp score, and number of Yelp reviews. (Disclaimer: the article claims to have pulled data on "every craft brewery in U.S.," though 2,200 is a far cry from the 7,480 active small and independent craft breweries that were listed operating as of June 30th by CraftBeer.com)
Big Lake's Lupulin Brewing Co. not only made the list of 150 most popular craft breweries in the US -- ranking #103 -- but was the only Minnesota brewery to do so. Colorado's New Belgium Brewing Co. (Fat Tire, Voodoo Ranger IPA) topped the list, followed by Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams, Angry Orchard), Goose Island in Chicago, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in CA and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Delaware rounded out the top five.
It's been nearly five years since Lupulin Brewing Co. opened its doors in Big Lake just off Highway 10. Since then, they've expanded and begun canning (2017) and -- most recently -- acquired and opened a second location in Sioux Falls, SD. They've won numerous awards and been named one of the fastest-growing breweries in the nation. Ranking No. 103 on the list of Most Popular Breweries in the country is certainly well-deserved.
The article also looked at the top five most popular craft breweries in each state; oddly enough, Lupulin did not make that list. Minneapolis behemoth Surly Brewing Co. topped it, followed by August Schell Brewing Co. (New Ulm), Fair State Brewing Cooperative (Minneapolis), Dangerous Man Brewing Co. (Minneapolis) and Bent Paddle Brewing (Duluth).
Drekker Brewing Co. in Fargo was named North Dakota's most popular craft brewery; Crow Peak Brewing in Spearfish is South Dakota's; Toppling Goliath Brewery in Decorah is Iowa's; and New Glarus Brewing Co. was named Wisconsin's.