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Last call for Minnesota Brewing

Associated Press

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Brewing Co. closed Monday, ending 150 years of beer-making at the last old-line brewery in the Twin Cities.

The company had filed for bankruptcy protection in February. Its chief brand, Grain Belt Premium, will live on only if another regional brewer buys it or agrees to make it under a production contract. The brewery had 120 employees.

With its bottling line operating under a leaky roof, bankers overseeing the company's bankruptcy reorganization gave up hope for a turnaround. Lisa Nasseff, a spokeswoman for Minnesota Brewing, said a piecemeal liquidation is likely.

The shutdown came four years and nine months after the Stroh Brewery was closed on St. Paul's east side.

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