BREWERIES & CIDERIESWelcome to the Land of 10,000 Brews
Check out these 10 unique Twin Cities hotspots that offer much more than a craft brew or cocktail.
Visit this cozy taproom in the historic building called The Broadway, complete with exposed brick and timber—a perfect nod to the Northeast vibe.
Brand new to Northeast Minneapolis and proud of its Minnesota roots, this brewery sources all its ingredients locally. Try the Blk Wlf stout and the Two Sparrows wheat pale ale for a good mix of what they offer.
Anchored by a flagship ale called Windvale, the rest of Bad Weather’s seasonal brews are as unpredictable and exciting as Minnesota weather itself. Visit the taproom for a range of beers and housemade sodas.
Only a mile from ValleyFair and Canterbury Park in Shakopeee, stop by for a pint of award-winning White IPA or a Foundation Stout after a day of rollercoasters or racing.
One of St. Paul’s most up-and-coming breweries is located inside an old grain bin, pouring pint after pint of awesome beer. The best part? They’re Minnesota’s first dedicated organic brewery.
Don’t blink or you’ll miss this gem that’s tucked away down the street from 612Brew. It’s a colorful mix of German-inspired beer in a modern-meets-industrial warehouse. Rotating food trucks and yard games to boot.
Conveniently located between Minneapolis and St. Paul, Bent is a small space with big heart—and a huge tap list. They get extra points for distilling fine spirits as well.
Hailing from the northern suburb of White Bear Lake is Big Wood, a brewery with a serious list of awards for beers like Morning Wood coffee stout and Bad Axe imperial ale.
Boom Island stands out as a Belgian brew hotspot, using nine strains of yeast the owner brought back from Belgium over a decade ago. Try the Django Hop Bier or Oude Funk, a “spontaneously fermented ale.”
There’s always something new thanks to Dangerous Man’s 12 rotating taps. Grab a pint and a board game and enjoy this bank-turned-brewery. Visit their new Growler Shop to take home a growler, crowler, mini growler or bottles of their popular beer.
The constant rotation of beers coupled with their brunch, lunch and dinner menus—not to mention near-nightly entertainment—make for a great few hours of fun.
Most breweries let you bring in food from neighboring restaurants, and this one is no exception. Lucky for you, it’s in the heart of an ethnic food paradise that is the Midtown Global Market—and it’s open seven days a week.
Located near beautiful Lake Minnetonka is this Excelsior microbrewery, complete with 16 tap lines. Swing by nearly any night of the week for live music and a taste of the lake life.
Minnesota’s first beer co-op is a total hit, bridging the gap between craft brewers and the community. Non-members always welcome in the taproom to try the long list of brews.
Order an Angry Planet Pale Ale or a seasonal specialty brew and hunker down for trivia, open mic or one of the other near-nightly events.
Now located just a few blocks from Target Field, Fulton started out in a one-stall alley garage and has evolved into one of Minneapolis’s favorite breweries. Staple beers include Lonely Blonde, Sweet Child of Vine and The Ringer.
Grab a pint or two after catching a concert or game at the Xcel Energy Center. Their menu is well priced and has been feeding beer and food lovers since 1997.
True to Minnesota’s Nordic roots comes HammerHeart, a brewery in Lino Lakes that pours beers fit for a Viking. Try Olaf the Stout, British Invasion, Jörmungandrsblod and more, then enjoy a few pints around the firepit.
This microbrewery a few minutes southeast of downtown specializes in European-style beer and has live entertainment practically every night.
Follow the cobblestone road down to Minneapolis’ first brewery built with a taproom in mind following the Surly Bill of 2011. Throw a few back on their 900-square-foot patio and visit their daily rotating food trucks.
This globally inspired brewery draws inspiration from places like Denmark, France and Japan. They also collaborate with breweries in England for unique brews from across the pond.
Housed in a former industrial warehouse, Lake Monster pours a variety of classics with a twist, including Calhoun Claw Pilsener and Empty Rowboat IPA. Swing by any Saturday morning for Yoga & a Pint.
Specializing in Belgian and farmhouse ales, this downtown brewery brings lake life to the city with Adirondack chairs and turf “grass” reminiscent of an evening near the water.
A short 25-minute drive from the Twin Cities will bring you to Stillwater, and trust us, it’s worth the trip. Aside from Lift Bridge’s famous Farm Girl Saison and HopDish IPA you can try a handful of other flagships as well as cask beers and special releases.
They say LTD stands for limited batches, unlimited possibilities—and they’re not kidding. The Hopkins taproom always offers something different, so you’ll have to drink it to believe it.
No matter which of their beers you try, you won’t be disappointed. Located in the historic Lyndale Theater, this brewery also has a rooftop patio perfect for taking in Uptown.
The owners of this brewery consider themselves modifiers, pushing past style guidelines of brewing beer. Try a brew from the custom-designed equipment in this repurposed North Loop warehouse.
Formerly located in the suburb of Minnetonka (and under the name of Lucid Brewing), North Loop BrewCo moved to the city and rebranded but kept their crop of top-notch beers like Air Citra Blonde and Foto IPA.
Along with serving up their own house brews, Northbound boasts a full restaurant menu and has liquor selections for the non-beer drinker. Join them for their Infusion Tuesday series when they tap one-off kegs of unique beer.
Their beers have a UK flare, from their Red Headed Piper Irish red ale to their Pumpion pumpkin ale. Don’t forget to indulge in one of the many rotating food trucks.
Located northwest of Minneapolis in the town of Buffalo is this up-and-coming cidery that continues to win awards left and right. Check their website for open taproom days.
This company (pronounced “She Brewing”) features beer “poured by women, enjoyed by all.” The whimsical selection of brews cater to the newest of craft beer drinkers to the heartiest of hops lovers.
They may be small, but their beer is mighty—and they’re gaining popularity fast with their great brews and comedy nights.
Sourced entirely from a Minnesota apple orchard, their hard ciders pack a delicious punch—and so do their beers if you’d like a little of both.
On the edge of Uptown in the suburb of St. Louis Park is Steel Toe Brewing. Looks can be deceiving; this tiny brewery brews some huge beers.
Summit was on the Minnesota beer scene 25 years before taprooms were allowed in the state. Now you can sip on a signature beer, play weekly trivia, eat your weight in food truck fare and do all things taproom-like.
The famed destination brewery is a sight to be seen with a beer hall complete with lunch and dinner menu, a separate fine dining restaurant, plenty of space to play yard games and an ever-growing list of beers to try.
If you’re looking for a low-key day in the country, make the hour drive to Sweetland Orchard in Webster. There, the main priority lies where it should: the produce.
This is one of the few restaurants in town that brews its own beer and serves it alongside other brands. Choose from more than half a dozen house beers or stick with your usual go-to if you must.
The Herkimer specializes in small batch craft beer but also brews quite a few English ales, stouts, porters, IPAs and more. Full bar as well as brunch, lunch and dinner.
A relative newcomer, Tin Whiskers is making a name for itself with a selection of unique, engineering-inspired brews and a bright taproom just blocks from CHS Field.
One of Minneapolis’ most beloved breweries continues to expand their tap list and menu—not to mention they recently opened a second location where the main star is a small bowling alley.
Experience the Twin Cities’ thriving local brewery culture with this weekend itinerary that features several of our favorite taprooms.
These gaming bars offer pinball, retro games, board games and more for a new kind of fun at your next happy hour.
Minnesota’s first brewery owned and operated by an all-female team is located in a historic stable-turned-brewery that also features some fantastic food and beer specials.
Get hands-on with your beer experience by brewing a batch from start to finish, choosing from dozens upon dozens of recipes. Visit their website to reserve your spot. Keep in mind the process takes two weeks.
They started with a bang by opening with a 15-barrel system and an intimate taproom, and it seems to have been smooth sailing. They have weekly happy hours, food trucks and the occasional parking lot event.