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Twin Cities Taproom Guide


The Taproom at 612 Brew in Minneapolis
612 Brew
@612brew
Sitting inside an airy, rustic industrial warehouse, 612's taproom offers lots of beams and brick, a nice-sized bar, shuffle board, and plenty of tables. It might just have the best patio in the area, often featuring live music.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Yes. Check their online calendar to see which food trucks (think: Anchor Truck, Gogi Bros) will be parked on-site.
Open W—Th 4—10 p.m., F 2:30 p.m.—12 a.m., Sa 12 p.m.—12 a.m.
945 NE Broadway St., Ste. 188, Mpls., 612-217-0437, 612brew.com

American Sky Brewing
American Sky Beer
@AmericanSkyBeer
This all-American taproom, known as The Hangar features a great round bar with a down-home and patriotic vibe. Available beers include American Sky, Tailgunner Gold, and Amber Salute. They're open on Sundays—thanks, Wisconsin!
Growlers: Yes | Food: Yes. Food trucks regularly park on-site and you can order take-out from several nearby places.
Open Th 4—9 p.m., F 2—10 p.m., Sa 12—10 p.m., Su 12—4 p.m.
1510 Swasey St., Hudson, WI, 651-503-3165, americanskybeer.com

August Schell Brewing Co., New Ulm Minnesota
August Schell Brewing Co.
@SchellsBrewery
Schell has a line-up of specialty beers, including the historic Grain Belt brands. Tours and a quaint town make a great day-trip. Tours are offered F-Su from Sept.-May and daily from Memorial day through Labor Day.
Growlers: No | Food: No
Tours sell out quickly, so plan ahead.
1860 Schell Road, New Ulm, 507-354-5528, schellsbrewery.com

Badger Hill Brewery
Badger Hill Brewery
@badgerhillbeer
Badger Hill is in the process of building a brand new taproom located a mile away from both Canterbury Park and Valleyfair in Shakopee. They currently share space and brewing equipment with Lucid, which allows them both to get the job done and help each other out—everyone benefits (and gets more beer).
Growlers: No | Food: No
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Lucid Brewing, 6020 Culligan Way, Minnetonka, badgerhillbrewing.com

St. Paul Bang Brewery silo in Saint Anthony lit up at night
Bang Brewery
@bangbrewing
Housed in a shiny grain silo, Bang Brewery looks like a beer spaceship that touched down in the middle of the industrial expanse of St. Anthony. The profiles of Bang's organic beers match the space's clean, minimalist appearance, and the circular setup of the brewery allows visitors to meander easily through the space.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No
Open F 5—10 p.m., Sa 12—5 p.m.
2320 Capp Rd., St. Paul bangbrewing.com

bauhaus brew labs cans
Bauhaus Brew Labs
@BauhausBrewLabs
This newbie in the Northeast taproom nest garnered attention way before it even opened for its poppy, bright, and so-very-mod can designs.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Different food trucks each night and you can bring your own food, too.
1315 Tyler St. NE., Minneapolis, 612-276-6911, bauhausbrewlabs.com

Bemidji Brewing exterior with glass of beer
Bemidji Brewing
@BemidjiBrewing
Way up on the shores of Lake Bemidji, this airy and bright taproom offers five to six beers on tap, flights, and growlers through the weekend, serving craft beer to Bemidji and to folks from the cities thirsty for a day trip and a fresh brew.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No, but you can bring your own
Open Th 4—11 p.m., F—Sa 2-11 p.m.
401 Beltrami Ave. NW, Bemidji, 218-444-7011, bemidjibeer.com

Bent Paddle Brewing
Bent Paddle Brewing
@bentpaddlebeer
In a great spot just off the lake, Bent Paddle's space feels shiny and new, with that reclaimed wood/corrugated metal look. The brewery often has limited edition and experimental versions of its beers on tap.
Growlers: Yes. Very cool stainless steel growlers. | Food: Sometimes. Hosts a couple different food trucks each Thursday during summer months.
Open W—Th 3—9 p.m., F 3—11 p.m., Sa 1—11 p.m.
1912 W. Michigan St., Duluth, 218-279-2722, bentpaddlebrewing.com

Big Wood Brewery
Big Wood Brewery
@BigWoodBrewery
This cheeky award-winning brewery's highly anticipated taproom is modern and woodsy, much of it built with reclaimed materials from around the area. The taproom pours Big Wood's three year-round beers (including the Morning Wood coffee stout), as well as a rotating menu of seasonal and experimental brews.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No
Open Th—F 3—10 p.m., Sa 1—10 p.m
2222 4th St., White Bear Lake, 612-360-2986, bigwoodbrewery.com

Boom Island Brewing Co.
Boom Island Brewing Co.
@BoomIslandBeer
These guys are serious about Belgian brewing, giving up musical careers to study and replicate the exacting technique. Seven Belgian-style beers now grace the Boom Room, Boom Island's bright, industrial taproom in North Minneapolis.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No, but you can bring your own
Open W—F 4—9 p.m., Sa 1—9 p.m., Su 1—6 p.m.
2207 N. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-227-9635, boomislandbrewing.com

Brau Brothers Brewing Company
Brau Brothers Brewing Company
@braubeer
Freshly relocated from Lucan to Marshall, the brewery has a nice shiny taproom that’s open all week, a small kitchen, and house-brewed sodas served from a fire truck. It remains a great road trip destination—but will they still let you camp outside? Just ask.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Yes
Open M—Sa 11 a.m.—11 p.m., Su 11 a.m.—9 p.m.
910 E. Main St., Marshall, 507-747-2337 braubeer.com

wall of burning brothers brewing gluten free beer cans
Burning Brothers Brewing
@BurnBrosBrew
Named for the former fire-eating habits of its two owners, this new St. Paul brewery (just along the Green Line) brings completely gluten free beer to the Twin Cities, made with residents' craft-accustomed palates in mind. Expect experimental, flavorful brews that tie the owners' kitchen skills to a passion for beer so great that even a celiac diagnosis couldn't tear them away.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No
Open Th—F 4—9 p.m., Sa 2—8 p.m.
1750 Thomas Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-444-8882, burnbrosbrew.com

Dangerous Man Brewing
Dangerous Man Brewing
@DangerousMan7
Big with the bearded set, this cool hangout feels hand-crafted but slick. The communal tables get jammed, so expect to share space. The beer list changes all the time, and this is the only place to find their innovative small-batch beers.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No, but takeout menus for neighboring spots available.
Open Tu—Th 4—10 p.m., F 3 p.m.—12 a.m., Sa 12 p.m.—12 a.m.
1300 NE 2nd St., Mpls. 612-209-2626, dangerousmanbrewing.com

ENKI Brewing
ENKI Brewing
@enkibrewing
Located in a former creamery in the sleepy town of Victoria, this taproom has a down home "Hey Norm" kinda feel. But with really good beer. It's just feet from a Minnetonka bike trail, making it a favorite for biking beer snobs.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No. But Floyd's next door is a great bar, and School of The Wise offers home cooking, pizza and paninis.
Open W—F 4—10 p.m., Sa 12—10 p.m., Su 12—6 p.m.
7929 Victoria Dr., Victoria, 952-446-5214, enkibrewing.com

Excelsior Brewing Company
Excelsior Brewing Co.
@excelsiorbrew
This brewery feels a bit like a raucous garage party. Just off the Main Street drag, Excelsior Brewing's no-frills space packs in a lake crowd that spills out into the parking lot on nice days. It's the only taproom within spitting distance of Lake Minnetonka—just a quick stroll from the city's public docks.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No. But the town has plenty of options within walking distance, including Jake O'Connors, Lago Tacos, and Haskell's.
Open W—F 4—10 p.m., Sa 12—11 p.m.
421 Third St., Excelsior, 952-474-7837, excelsiorbrew.com

Flat Earth Brewing Co.
Flat Earth Brewing Co.
@flatearthbrew
This quirky operation is making a new home in St. Paul's historic Hamm's brewery, breathing a little life into this old brewing town's East Side. Check out Unfiltered Fridays and Food Truck Saturdays.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No
Open M—Sa 12—6:30 p.m.
688 Minnehaha Ave. E., St. Paul, 651-698-1945, flatearthbrewing.com

A growler inside Fulton Brewery
Fulton Brewery
@fultonbeer
The vibe at Fulton is unfussy, which seems about perfect for its North Loop location. And with a freshly added patio, the space has almost doubled in size, giving it a little breathing room. It's a hop from Target Field, so you'll find lots of pre/post-gamers here (in fact, it's often open specifically for home games).
Growlers: Yes | Food: Yes. Check the website to see which food trucks will be on-site.
Open W—Th 3—10 p.m., F 3—11 p.m., Sa 12—11 p.m., Su 12—5 p.m.
414 Sixth Ave. N., Mpls., 612-333-3208, fultonbeer.com

HammerHeart Brewing
HammerHeart Brewing
This place is Old World Nordic. The journey to Lino Lakes has all the fun parts of a road trip, but it's only 20 minutes north of the metro. Set amid the pines outside this taproom is a gravel patio, complete with a fire pit—all the better to warm your Viking blood.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No. But the Tavern on Main just up the road has decent bar food and live music.
Open W—Sa 2—10 p.m.
7785 Lake Dr., Lino Lakes, 651-964-2160, hammerheartbrewing.com

Harriet Brewing
Harriet Brewing
@harrietbrewing
As much a music venue as a brewery, this groovy taproom in Longfellow features live bands nightly, plus a laid back little patio. The folks at Harriet love a fest, too: they throw Rauchfest and Food Truck Fest every year.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Yes. Visit the website to see which food trucks will be on-site.
Open Tu—W 4—11 p.m., Th—F 4 p.m.—12 a.m., Sa 1 p.m.—12 a.m., Su 2—8 p.m.
3036 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls., 612-315-4633, harrietbrewing.com

Indeed Brewing Company and Taproom / Photo by Scott Cohen
Indeed Brewing Company
@indeedbrewing
Tucked away in the Northeast artists quarter, this taproom has an old-school feel. It’s like discovering an old bar pouring very cool new beers. Indeed boasts one of the longest bars of all taprooms and a quiet little patio.
Growlers: No, but you can score a 750 ml bottle | Food: Yes. Check Indeed's online calendar for the schedule of food trucks on-site.
Open W—F 3—11 p.m., Sa 12—11 p.m., Su 12—5 p.m.
711 15th Ave. NE., Mpls., 612-843-5090, indeedbrewing.com

Beer at Jack Pine Brewery
Jack Pine Brewery
@JackPineBrewery
In the cabin community of Baxter, the little brewery has a spacious and friendly taproom with small-batch beers, also available in fishing-trip friendly growlers.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No
Open F—Sa 4—7 p.m.
7942 College Rd., Ste. 115, Baxter, 218-270-8072 jackpinebrewery.com

Kinney Creek Brewery
Kinney Creek Brewery
@kinneycreekbrew
Proudly laying claim as Rochester’s first brewery since Prohibition, Kinney Creek's taproom has since become a cool but casual social hub, with visits from TC food trucks and local bands.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No, but bringing your own or ordering delivery is encouraged. Open Th—Sa 12—10 p.m.
1016 NW 7th St., Rochester, 507-282-2739, kinneycreekbrewery.com

Bottles and a growler from Lake Superior Brewing Co.
Lake Superior Brewing Co.
Established in 1994 in Duluth, this humble Minnesotan brewery has been happily churning out four year-round craft beers, a handful of specialty/seasonal brews, and a root beer since before it was cool.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No
Open F 4—9 p.m., Sa 3—9 p.m.
2711 W. Superior St., Duluth, 218-723-4000, lakesuperiorbrewing.com

Leech Lake Brewing Company
Leech Lake Brewing Company
@LeechLakeBrew
Leech Lake proudly proclaims that the small batch beers you can sip in their tiny taproom in the woods are unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally carbonated. It’s your taproom up at the cabin.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No
Open Th—Sa 2—8 p.m.
195 Walker Industries Blvd., Walker, 218-547-4746, leechlakebrewing.com

Lift Bridge Brewing Co.
Lift Bridge Brewing Co.
@LiftBridge
Refreshingly unpretentious, this humble taproom in Stillwater is known for throwing great music/beer-release parties. Considered a destination for beer fiends looking for experimental or limited releases.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No
Open Tu—Th 5—10 p.m., F—Sa 12—10 p.m., Su 12—6 p.m.
1900 Tower Dr. W., Stillwater, 888-430-2337, liftbridgebrewery.com

Lucid Brewing
Lucid Brewing
@lucidbrewing
Two scientists ditched their offices to launch Minnetonka's Lucid, which shares a big brewing space with both Badger Hill and Bad Weather. A reservation and two cans of non-perishable food for the food shelves or $5 toward the brewery's featured charity will get you on a tour.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No
Open Th—F 5—8 p.m., Sa 12—5 p.m. and for scheduled tours
6020 Culligan Way, Minnetonka, 612-615-8243, lucidbrewing.com

A beer flight at Mankato Brewery
Mankato Brewery
@MankatoBrewery
Proudly known as the first brewery in the area since 1967, this little upstart supports the community through lots of events and good times at the taproom.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No
Open Tu, Th—F 4—7 p.m., Sa 12—7 p.m.
1119 Center St., North Mankato, 507-386-2337, mankatobrewery.com

Pitchfork Brewing
Pitchfork Brewing
@PitchforkBeer
This Hudson hangout is brand new and features the less-is-more sensibility common among many local taprooms. Among the rotating taps of small-batch beers available, you'll find a few firkins and even a root beer. And did we mention it's open on Sunday?!
Growlers: Yes, for some of the beers. | Food: No, but Paddy Ryan's Irish Pub is right next door.
Open W—Th 3—8 p.m., F 3—10 p.m., Sa 12—10 p.m., Su 11:30 a.m.—7:30 p.m.
709 Rodeo Circle, Hudson, WI, 715-245-3675, pitchforkbrewing.com

Sisyphus Brewing Taproom
Sisyphus Brewing
@SisyphusBrewing
Down the street from the Walker Art Center, Sisyphus Brewing proves that Sisyphus would've been a lot happier with a beer in hand. With an abundant supply of board games and a shuffleboard table, entertainment is plentiful.
Growlers: No | Food: No. Check for food trucks on Fridays.
Open W—Th 3—10 p.m., F—Sa 12 p.m.—1 a.m.
712 Ontario Ave. W., Mpls., sisyphusbrewing.com

The taproom at Sociable Cider Werks
Sociable Cider Werks
@SociableCider
A typical Northeast warehouse a little off the beaten path, the first cider taproom in the state actually features graffs: fermented apple ciders with some hops mixed in. They've also got a few beers of their own.
Growlers: Not yet | Food: Yes. Food trucks regularly park on-site.
Open Th—F 4—10 p.m., Sa 12—10 p.m., Su 12–6 p.m.
1500 NE Fillmore St., Mpls., 612-758-0105, sociablecider.com

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