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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Brewery920 E. Lake St. #123 , Minneapolis
2. Insight Brewing Company2821 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
3. Bauhaus Brew Labs1315 Tyler St NE, Minneapolis
4. Tin Whiskers Brewing Co.125 9th St E Ste 127, Saint Paul
5. Sisyphus Brewing712 Ontario Ave W, Minneapolis
6. Urban Growler Brewing Company2325 Endicott St, Saint Paul
7. LynLake Brewery2934 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
8. Fair State Brewing Cooperative2506 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis
9. Northgate Brewing783 Harding St NE, Minneapolis
10. Surly Brewing Company520 Malcom Ave SE, Minneapolis
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!
At Insight Brewing flavor is king and every one of their beers on tap in the light-soaked, buzzing taproom is loaded with complex and complimentary notes. Go on a tour and then take one of the widely varying styles for a test drive, like the fruity and mildly herbal Sunken City saison, the lightly hopped Hell Chicken brewed with Japanese Yuzu fruit, or the malty, chocolatey Devil’s Companion London-style porter. Checkout the brewmaster vault beers for flavors like the light, biscuit-forward Golden Cutter ale or the tart, refreshing Blackberry Saison. If the jam-packed beers aren’t enough of a meal for your mighty stomach, there is a food truck to keep you sated and sober(ish) while you gab with the horde of hip beer lovers like yourself.
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.
Tin Whiskers is your typical American microbrewery in that they make a wide variety of styles, but what sets this brewing company apart is its founders and their dedication to science … and its wall to ceiling windows. All electrical engineers who bonded over their love of beer, the founders take all of their recipes through a scientific process that gets as nitpicky as shipping the right water and using different yeast for every brew. All of the beers are named after electrical engineering terms that make absolutely no sense to us, but what matters is that the Flip Switch IPA is drinkable but still hoppy and the Watts Wheat Wine is spiced, complex, and not overly sweet.
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.
Urban Growler’s taproom is a family friendly, high-ceilinged warehouse with warm lighting, American bar food, and 12 beers on tap. After becoming the first female-owned brewery in the state, it’s still making waves in the craft beer scene with unique flavors (i.e. the Jalapeño Cream Ale) and a dedication to darker beers. In the sea of microbrewery IPA’s, Urban Growler prides itself on the dangerously drinkable golden CowBell Creme Ale with its complex, malty flavor and the the special brews like heavy-hitting barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stouts (one aged in a red wine cask and the other in bourbon). Pair your pints with nachos, tater tots, or a pile of Midwestern mac and cheese.
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.
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.
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.
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.