Fulton Beer signs lease for microbrewery in Minneapolis

The owners of Fulton Beer signed a lease Wednesday for a microbrewery in Minneapolis, likely making it the first production brewery in the city since James Page left around 2003.

Here’s the hook: The owners are not yet revealing the location of the new brewery. Instead, they will be giving clues via their Facebook page (Fulton Beer) and Twitter (fultonbeer). The winner, co-founder Ryan Petz said, will get a prize.

Fulton Beer was founded in 2009 by Petz, Jim Diley, Brian Hoffman and Peter Grande. They started brewing at their Fulton neighborhood home around 2005, and in 2009 they began brewing at a brewery in Black River Falls, Wis. That’s when they started selling kegs to Twin Cities bars. Fulton can now be found at about 60 metro bars.

Minneapolis has been without a production brewery since James Page left, and the only place to get beer brewed in the city is at brewpubs. Two other Minneapolis craft brewers — Harriet Brewing and 612Brew — also intend to open breweries. Harriet owner Jason Sowards already has a site picked out in the Longfellow neighborhood but is awaiting financing before signing a lease. 612Brew is searching for sites.

Petz said Fulton is still working on financing and could not yet specify how much beer the new site will produce. He said he hopes to be brewing from the new location by mid-Winter.