Food & Drink

The 8 best brewpubs and taprooms in the Twin Cities

Published On 03/05/2014 Published On 03/05/2014
The Herkimer
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Day Block Brewing
Great Waters
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1. Day Block Brewing Company 1105 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Day Block features a rotating menu of hand-crafted beer, but its the extensive menu of over-the-top pizza that really sets the Minneapolis brewery apart from the rest. Instead of plain ole' pies like pepperoni, Day Block tosses up crazy combinations, like the Taco Truck pizza that's topped with all the fixins of a carnitas taco and the Vietnamese pork Banh Mizza.

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2. The Herkimer Pub & Brewery 2922 Lyndale Ave S, , MN 55408

Uptown’s first brewpub, known for their selection of killer taps and comfort pub food.

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3. Town Hall Brewery 1430 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis , MN 55454

A casual brews and eats joint with tons of taps. They pride themselves on having "some of the best beer in America", so you should probably go and find out.

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4. Fulton Brewery 414 6th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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!

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5. 612Brew 945 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

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.

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6. Dangerous Man Brewing Company 1300 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Dangerous Man is our favorite type of gathering spot: great beer and a comfortable, warm atmosphere for groups or chatting up someone new. There are 12 rotating beers on tap behind the reclaimed wood bar that endeavor to cover the four major bases … hoppy, light, dark, and strong. For strong we vote for the malty, 10.4% Belgian Golden Strong and for hoppy the citrusy House IPA is smooth and bitter. There’s no kitchen, so feel free to bring your own food or order from one of the takeout places nearby. If you’re looking to take something home, stop by the growler shop next door for your beer mongering pleasures.

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7. Indeed Brewing Company 711 15th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Indeed is all about community from the fun-loving feel of its warehouse taproom and charming patio to its dedication to community outreach. There are frequently events going on like festivals with food and music to simple flight nights where you can sample some of the beers ranging from the hoppy flagship Midnight Ryder black IPA, to the highly drinkable Session Sour #3, to the formidable specialty Rum King imperial stout. Indeed hosts a rotating list of food trucks so that you can soak up those higher ABV beers with the likes of O’Cheeze’s gourmet grilled cheeses. Pro tip: it has a handy beer calendar on its website so you can easily tell when seasonal beers will be on tap.

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8. Great Waters Restaurant And Brewing Co. 426 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

A great place to grab a drink before a Wild game, Great Waters is a staple in the St Paul brewpub scene. The classic house beer is the Brown Trout Brown Ale, but more adventurous drinkers will appreciate the Invidia Barley Wine which sports an "intense malty" flavor and a whopping 9.9% ABV. Great Waters also rocks an extensive menu, championed by hits like the Rasta Wings, a spicy Jamaican Jerk chicken.