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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Sisyphus Brewing
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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)

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.

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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

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.

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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)

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.

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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.