The only thing expanding more rapidly than the number of sweet new breweries in the Twin Cites is the beer belly you're getting from drinking at all the sweet new taprooms. In fact, there are so many new places to drink beer straight from the source that it's hard to keep them all straight. So, to make things easy for you, we picked the 11 best taprooms in MSP and ranked 'em...
The 11 Best Taprooms in the Twin Cities, Ranked
Tucked away in a little cluster of warehouses, this newer addition to the North East brewery scene boasts a huge space that still manages to feel fairly intimate despite the old-school factory aesthetic, making it the perfect place to grab a few pints.
Located on an ambiguous little side street in St. Paul’s Lowertown district, this place is packed with modern, brick wall-style charm. Long wooden tables, couches, and bar stools fill up the seating area, which is basically set up for making new friends, so come prepared to talk to strangers.
This new addition to the outskirts of Downtown Minneapolis is basically a rec room designed for the (responsible) mass consumption of beer. There're a few shuffleboard tables and a stack of games for you and your friends to enjoy along with a few pints of the delicious brews.
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Located just a few minutes away from the new mega-Surly complex, this is a great alternative to MSP's new beer megaplex, thanks to an airy, high-ceiling'd drink space surrounding brewing equipment and sweet brews like the flagship Graffiti IPA.
If you’re looking for a great spot to mix and mingle with a lot of different people, 612’s big open taproom is a great place to be. There’s actually a fair amount of seating where you can congregate with friends, but it does tend to fill up, so grab a beer and say hello to the person next to you; I mean, you clearly have something in common.
One of the first to the Minneapolis taproom scene, the Fulton taproom has still got it and it’s a great spot to hit before venturing out and exploring more of Downtown. Aside from the line of excellent beers, there're also some of the best frequent food truck visitors, which makes for some pretty optimal snacking.
The classics are classics for a reason, and with all of the new breweries popping up it can be easy to forget the originals. This giant beer hall is just that, and it’s perfect for trying out the extensive catalog of delicious beers with a group of your closest compatriots.
For the art-minded beer-drinkers of the world, this is the place for you. It's littered with various photos and paintings by local artist and often host sweet musical guests, all of whom share an appreciation for the art that's on display at this South Minneapolis watering hole.
Dark wood, brick, and a lot of nice, natural light pair exceptionally well with the delicious roster of brews at this Northeast brew pub. There's also some nice outdoor patio seating for when the weather gets permissible, and frequent visits from delicious food trucks is never really a bad thing.
There’s just something about this simple beer hall that’s so filled with charm it's busting at its seams. It's got a great selection of beers, big tables for communal drinking, small tables for close conversation, and a cabinet filled with board games. Be warned, however, this place tends to fill up fast!
This place is basically heaven for craft beer drinkers. There're tons of delicious, frothy options and an entire food menu designed for beer drinking. The best part about the whole thing is that it isn't even done yet! There are more eating facilities, a giant beer garden, and various other little bits and pieces that are still coming together. At Surly, the good just keeps on getting better!
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1. Bauhaus Brew Labs1315 Tyler St NE, Minneapolis
2. Tin Whiskers Brewing Co.125 9th St E Ste 127, Saint Paul
3. Sisyphus Brewing712 Ontario Ave W, Minneapolis
4. Urban Growler Brewing Company2325 Endicott St, Saint Paul
5. 612Brew945 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis
6. Fulton Brewery414 6th Ave N, Minneapolis
7. Summit Brewing Company910 Montreal Circle, St Paul
8. Harriet Brewing3036 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis
9. Indeed Brewing Company711 15th Avenue NE, Minneapolis
10. Dangerous Man Brewing1300 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis
11. Surly Brewing Company520 Malcom Ave SE, Minneapolis
This brewery is a Twin Cities beer-lovers favorite. With a self-proclaimed family of musicians, scientists, artists, and beer lovers they’ve built a NE fortress dedicated to the exploration of classic German beer styles.
The folks behind this Lowertown brewery are all about technicality and they’ve all got the advanced science degrees to prove it. For these guys, no style is off limits, so long as it’s technically excellent.
Sisyphus, a Minneapolis brewery and taproom aims for diversity with a range of wheat beers. Try taking the Double Rye of Imperial Brown Ale for a spin in their large, industrial style taproom in Lowry Hill. Stop by and sample the goods or enjoy a local comedy show or trivia night while you sip your brew.
This is the first woman-owned brewery in the state and so far, they’ve been met with some pretty serious fan-fare. Their idea; craft beer for everyone. If you want to ease yourself in, check out their CowBell Crème Ale or if you’re looking for something with a little more umph, try the Graffiti IPA.
Located in The Broadway, a historic building with exposed brick interiors and a polished concrete floor, 612Brew has exactly the kind of atmosphere you'd want in a brewery and taproom. Enjoy the year-round staples and seasonal offerings inside, or take your brews out to the patio and bask in the glory of fresh-air drinking.
What began as a homebrewing operation in a one car garage has expanded into a full-blown enterprise. The taproom at Fulton is open every weekend, which is perfect for everyone who doesn't work on the weekend. And if you do work on the weekend, growler sales are also available. It looks like they've thought of everything, because they have!
The tap room at Summit Brewing Company features a different food truck every Friday, as well as a special beer on tap in addition to the standard selection. Visitors of all ages are welcome, so you can bring the kids along for lunch while you enjoy a pint or two.
Frequently throwing events with live music and food, Harriet Brewing is a welcome addition to the storied MSP brewery scene.
Indeed is a big proponent of the aluminum beer can, something which you'll learn all about if you take a tour of their facilities. Tours start and end in the taproom, so you'll be able to quench the thirst you've worked up from walking with some of Indeed's seasonal and flagship beers.
As a result of the extreme popularity of its beer lineup, Dangerous Man has limited its growler sales to 20 per day, one per customer. What this means for you, the "per customer", is that you should get to the brewery as early as possible. Preferably before it opens. If you're not into the whole "mass quantities of beer" thing, you can still enjoy it by the pint, or maybe sample some of Dangerous Man's homemade soda. Feel free to bring your own food or order from one of the takeout places nearby.
Based in Brooklyn Center, Surly offers a range of house-made microbrews, plus a solid food menu to soak them all up. Forget about pretzels and wings -- this sleek beer hall is serving elevated plates like pepita crusted catfish, charcuterie boards, ricotta gnocchi, and skillet cornbread. You'll even find a full restaurant upstairs, the Brewer's Table, which has a beer pairing menu to complement dishes that range from burgers to fish tacos to smoked pork shoulder.