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Are you man enough to conquer 17 breweries?

Published On 05/03/2013 Published On 05/03/2013
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1. Summit Brewing Company 910 Montreal Circle, St Paul, MN 55102 (West Seventh)

The tap room at Summit Brewing Company is actually a giant beer hall with communal tables that features food trucks, live music, movie screenings, and 12 beers on tap ranging from seasonal and specialty to flagship. Sip on a limited release barleywine or the Coffee Milk Stout in the winter, or take the malty, toasty Maibock or the hoppy True Brit IPA for a spin on the patio. Bring your kids (and your loose pants) with you to enjoy flights, pints, and food truck fare.

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2. Flat Earth Brewing Company 2035 Benson Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55116

Flat Earth whips up a wicked selection of craft beers, fighting a self-proclaimed crusade against dull domestic brews. Stop by for a brewery tour to check out how the magic is made, or taste it for yourself and grab a growler of something delicious.

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3. Vine Park Brewing Co. 1254 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102 (Downtown St Paul)

Vine Park is the only place in the Midwest where you can brew your own beer on the premises. As if that wasn't enough, they also feature eight classic wine varieties and an assortment of blended fruit wines.

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4. Excelsior Brewing Company 421 3rd St, Excelsior , MN 55331

Excelsior's got a lineup of four no-nonsense brews, which means that you'll have plenty of time to sample each one before deciding on your favorite. Once you've picked a champion, fill your growler to the brim and take a tour of this Lake Minnetonka-inspired brewery.

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5. Lucid Brewery 6020 Culligan Way, Minnetonka, MN 55345

Previously only available at bars and liquor stores, Lucid's new, seasonal, and one-off beers're now also available in brewery-only growlers and 750s, including Craig's Ale (a 7.5% ABV chocolatey brown named after their biggest Kickstarter supporter), and a "high gravity" red called DUCE, which's pronounced "doo-chay", AKA how Craig's been acting ever since Lucid named a beer after him.

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6. Badger Hill Brewing Company 6020 Culligan Way, Minnetonka, MN 55345 (Downtown St Paul)

Badger Hill and Lucid Brewing share the same space, shattering the myth that lightning never strikes the same place twice. Although they've joined forces, the two breweries still maintain their own distinct identities. Drop by Badger Hill for a tour of the facilities, and while you're there you can try out one of its five signature brews.

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7. Bad Weather Brewing 6020 Culligan Way, Minnetonka, MN 55435

Bad Weather Brewing places great emphasis on variety, as well as being unrestricted by tradition or convention. All of this means that they've got a wicked seasonal selection, and they're in good company operating out of the joint partnership facilities of Lucid Brewing and Badger Hill.

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8. Harriet Brewing 3036 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (Longfellow)

Harriet Brewing is all about traditional European-style beer in this sea of American craft. The brewers produce winning Belgian ales and German lagers and the taproom is host to many events and activities like live music … like any good beer hall, Harriet is all about atmosphere because it’s almost as important as what’s on tap. You will also find a number of popular food trucks lined up outside that you and your dog can enjoy (although we can’t say that there are any pooch trucks).

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9. Fulton Brewery 414 6th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (Downtown)

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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10. Boom Island Brewing Company 2207 N 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55411 (Downtown)

Using several strains of yeast straight from their source breweries in Belgium, Boom Island crafts authentic Belgian-style beers that push the boundaries of traditional brew-making. Stop by for a free tasting, or to purchase any of the six Boom Island beers onsite at the brewery.

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11. 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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12. Northgate Brewery 3134 California St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 (Northeast)

Northgate specializes in British-style session beers, which basically means that you can drink a bunch of them at lunch without having to worry about being soused at work afterward. Growler purchases and refills are available every Saturday, and there are detailed directions to the brewery available on Northgate's website. Trust us, you'll need them. This place gives "out of the way" a whole new meaning, except it's pretty much the same as the old meaning.

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13. Indeed Brewing Company 711 15th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 (Northeast)

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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14. 612Brew 945 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 (Northeast)

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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15. Pour Decisions Brewing Co. 1744 Terrace Dr, Roseville, MN 55113-1315

The fellas at Roseville's newest brewery sling bottles and growlers of their Patersbier and Pubstitute, aka the UK's version of higher education.

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16. Steel Toe Brewing 4848 W 35th St, St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Steel Toe Brewing's St. Louis Park tap room offers visitors a taste of its current lineup of beers, as well as growler sales and refills for those who don't want to leave empty-handed. The four brews available year-round, combined with the rotating seasonal selection, ensure that there's always something special for you to sample. By sample, we of course mean guzzle.

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