Food & Drink

The 10 Best New Breweries in the Twin Cities

Published On 01/22/2015 Published On 01/22/2015
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If the Minnesota Vikings had won as many games in the last six months as Minnesota beer-slingers opened sweet new MSP breweries (in warehouses, retail spaces, and even old theaters), then they... um, still wouldn't have made the playoffs, so you might as well drown your sorrows at one of the Twin Cities 10 best new sud-spots...

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Eastlake Craft Brewery

Midtown
Opened December 2014
One of the newest members of the TC brewpub club is specializing in both modern-American and traditional-European beers. This place boasts several tap options, including their Blueliner Pale Ale and the Slop City American Rye Stout, plus there're several of their offerings available by the bottle and they actually deliver on their promise of a little something for everybody.

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Insight Brewing Company

Northeast
Opened November 2014
What all started with a trip to Denmark and a taste of the world’s highest-rated beer has now turned into one of NE’s newest beer destinations, where they're pouring 10 different varieties of beer ranging from their Chiswick Porter to a Yuzu Pale Ale.

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Bauhaus Brew Labs

Northeast
Opened July 2014
Despite only opening this summer, BBLabs has quickly become a local beer-lovers favorite, and with help from 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. Pro-tip: start with their Wonderstuff Neü Bohemian Pilsner and maybe work your way towards the Sky-five Midwest Coast IPA.

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Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

Lowertown
Opened June 2014
While this place may technically be located in Lowertown, it might be more appropriate to refer to their block as Nerdtown, because the folks behind this St. Paul brewery are all about technicality and they’ve all got the advanced science degrees to prove it. After deciding to leave their work in electrical engineering behind, they opted to pursue their love for craft beer. For these guys, no style is off limits, as long as it’s technically excellent.

Sisyphus Brewing

Sisyphus Brewing

Downtown
Opened July 2014
For those who are looking for an education in beer, check out the newest addition to Downtown’s brewery scene, where they aim to show off a range of what beers can be, starting with their Double Rye Imperial Brown Ale, which is a can't-miss.

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Urban Growler Brewing Company

University
Opened July 2014
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, so if you want to ease yourself in, check out their CowBell Cream Ale, or if you’re looking for something with a little more umph, try their Graffiti IPA. They’ve also got some seasonal fruit-based beers, including their Cranberry Ale and Pumpkin Saison.

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LynLake Brewing

Uptown
Opened October 2014
Boasting a badass location inside a renovated old theatre, LLB also boasts a wide variety of nitros, seasonals, and casked-beers in addition to all of their regular brews. Your best bet is to go with a sampler and try out a few different options.

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Fair State Brewing Cooperative

Northeast
Opened September 2014
This is Minnesota’s very first cooperative brewery, so if you really like it, you can help support it by becoming a full-fledged member. Either way, you can still enjoy any one of their standard rotation taps, like their IPA, or you can go in for something a little stronger like their FSB Russian Imperial Stout.

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NorthGate Brewing

Northeast
Opened October 2014
This Northeast brewery focus on easy-drinking session beers and classic British-style brews. Although their beers have been available for a while, they recently moved to their upgraded facility in order to ramp up production. There's a lot on tap, but go for a Wall’s End, which is their signature flagship English Brown Ale.

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Surly Brewing Co.

University
Opened December 2014
The folks that started it all are back with a brand-spanking-new “destination” brewery. This place is huge and incredible; they’ve added a lot of delicious food and you can get all of the Surly classics that you know and love along with a few other specialty beers that you can’t get anywhere else, like the Fiery Hell, which is aged in red oak with puya chiles.

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1. Eastlake Craft Brewery 920 E. Lake St. #123 , Minneapolis, MN 55407

Located in Midtown Global Market, this brewer offers both post-modern American and traditional European beers. With options like Shoot From The Hip Belgian IPA and Mud In Your Eye American Brown Ale, there is something for every type of brew lover. And for everyone else? There's also Dean kombucha on tap and several flavors of botanically brewed soda in bottles. Bombers and growlers are available for purchase as well, and their location in the Global Market means you can pair their brews with everything from a camel burger to custom pizza. The best part is, you can bring your food right into the taproom!

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2. Insight Brewing Company 2821 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55413 (Northeast)

With 10 different varieties of beer ranging from Chiswick Porter to a Yuzu Pale Ale, there’s definitely going to be a little something for everyone.

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3. Bauhaus Brew Labs 1315 Tyler St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 (Northeast)

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.

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4. Tin Whiskers Brewing Co. 125 9th St E Ste 127, Saint Paul, MN 55101

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.

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5. Sisyphus Brewing 712 Ontario Ave W, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Downtown)

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.

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6. Urban Growler Brewing Company 2325 Endicott St, Saint Paul, MN 55114 (Summit University)

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.

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7. LynLake Brewery 2934 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

This old theatre spot was turned into a brewery that's offering a wide variety of casked beers and seasonal beers all on top of their regular brews. Your best bet is to go with a sampler and try out a few different options.

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8. Fair State Brewing Cooperative 2506 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 (Northeast)

This Minneapolis brewery is one of the few brewery co-ops in the country where members get part-ownership rights and help design the beers. Fair State is the dream project of a group of college kids who wanted to start a community around their love of beer, and it's gone so far to make RateBeer's 2015 list of the best new breweries in the world. From a traditional black lager -- the Schwarzbier -- to plenty of sours and a pilsner, there's a wealth of Central European brewing going on at Fair State.

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9. Northgate Brewing 783 Harding St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 (Northeast)

This Northeast brewery has chosen to focus on easy drinking session beers and classic British-style brews. They’ve got a lot on tap, but go for a Wall’s End, which is their signature flagship English Brown Ale.

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10. Surly Brewing Company 520 Malcom Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Summit University)

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.

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