The land that introduced the world to Schell's, Hamm's, and Schmidt's is in the midst of a microbrewery renaissance so massive that hitting all of the super suds slingers might take you the entire weekend. Fortunately, you have said weekend, which is why we produced this very handy, 15 stop/ 17 brewery crawl. Grab a designated driver and bite off as much as you can.
Stop 2: Further down West 7th, you'll find Flat Earth, where you can become a black hole of samples of the signature Cygnus X-1. Unfortunately, they don't have an official tap room license, but you can snag a growler for later
Stop 5: On to Minnetonka proper for the brewery trifecta of Lucid Brewing, Badger Hill, and Bad Weather, which all live under the same roof. At Lucid, you want an American IPA Foto; at Badger Hill, the complex Minnesota Special Bitter; and for Bad Weather, the super-hoppy flagship Windvane
Stop 10: Not just an insensitive nickname for Hiroshima, Boom Island is also a Belgian-only brewery on the shores of the Mighty Miss, and it makes for a worthwhile break while making your way Northeast to finish out the crawl. No tap room here, so sampling/ tour only, but that means you can try their Thoprock IPA, Hoodoo Dubbel, Silvius Pale, and Brimstone Tripel
1. Summit Brewing Company910 Montreal Circle, St Paul
2. Flat Earth Brewing Company2035 Benson Ave, Saint Paul
3. Vine Park Brewing Co.1254 7th St W, Saint Paul
4. Excelsior Brewing Company421 3rd St, Excelsior
5. Lucid Brewery6020 Culligan Way, Minnetonka
6. Badger Hill Brewing Company6020 Culligan Way, Minnetonka
7. Bad Weather Brewing6020 Culligan Way, Minnetonka
8. Harriet Brewing3036 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis
9. Fulton Brewery414 6th Ave N, Minneapolis
10. Boom Island Brewing Company2207 N 2nd St, Minneapolis
11. Dangerous Man Brewing Company1300 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis
12. Northgate Brewery3134 California St NE, Minneapolis
13. Indeed Brewing Company711 15th Avenue NE, Minneapolis
14. 612Brew945 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis
15. Pour Decisions Brewing Co.1744 Terrace Dr, Roseville
16. Steel Toe Brewing4848 W 35th St, St. Louis Park
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The fellas at Roseville's newest brewery sling bottles and growlers of their Patersbier and Pubstitute, aka the UK's version of higher education.
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.