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Minnesota Credit Union Network Announces Exclusive State Fair Beer with Indeed Brewing and Freehouse

Tuesday, July 30, 2019  
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On Monday, the Minnesota Credit Union Network announced a partnership with Indeed Brewing Company and the Freehouse to create an exclusive beer for the Minnesota State Fair - The Great Minnesota Handshake, a strawberry milkshake cream ale. This sessionable cream ale comes in at 5.5% ABV, brewed with strawberry, vanilla, and cream, and will be available only at The Blue Barn.

$1 per cup sold at the Minnesota State Fair will fund financial literacy initiatives through the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation.

“Minnesota’s Credit Unions and Minnesota’s Craft Brewers have a lot in common - both are local, connected to communities, and invested in people,” Minnesota Credit Union Network President Mark Cummins said.  “The State Fair is the Great Minnesota Get Together and we are excited to bring Minnesotans together in the spirit of giving back and starting new traditions with a friendly handshake.”

This collaborative effort will leverage the visibility of the Minnesota State Fair to help more Minnesotans Open Their Eyes to Credit Unions and comes at no additional cost to the Awareness Fund. Open Your Eyes advertising will also appear throughout the State Fair, including a music sponsorship of the WOLF stage.

The Great Minnesota Handshake will be pouring only at The Blue Barn located in the West End Market for all 12 days of the State Fair (August 22nd to September 2nd).

Help spread the word

Social media assets are available for download. Share photos of yourself enjoying the Great Minnesota Handshake at the Great Minnesota Get Together with the hastag "MNHandshake."

Please be sure to “like” and “share” the posts promoting the Great Minnesota Handshake on MnCUN Social Pages:

For questions, contact Andrea Molnau, VP of Communications and Engagement.


Minnesota Credit Union Network
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St. Paul, MN 55102

(651) 288-5170
(800) 477-1034