Twin Cities Taproom Guide

Beer at 56 Brewing in Northeast Minneapolis
56 Brewing
The seasonal variations of 56 Brewing's four core beers, plus other seasonal brews, are made with local ingredients. The brewery strives to be environmentally friendly and civic-minded. The beers can be found on tap in eight Minneapolis locations, and on Saturdays you can get beer delivered by bike if you're in the Northeast area.
Growlers: Yes | Food: You can bring your own
Open F 5—8:30 p.m. Sa 12—8:30 p.m.
3134 NE California St., Ste. 122, Mpls., 612-404-0056,

The Taproom at 612 Brew in Minneapolis
612 Brew
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: Check the 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. Su 11:30 a.m.—9 p.m.
945 NE Broadway St., Mpls., 612-217-0437,

American Sky Brewing
American Sky Beer
This all-American taproom, known as The Hangar features a great round bar with a down-home and patriotic vibe. Available beers include USA IPA, Tailgunner Gold, and Amber Salute.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Food trucks regularly park on-site and you can order take-out from several nearby places.
Open W-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,

August Schell Brewing Co., New Ulm Minnesota
August Schell Brewing Co.
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,

Badger Hill Brewery
Badger Hill Brewery
Located in a valley in the Gopher State, Badger Hill has gone from being a humble tenant at Lucid Brewing to occupying their own space in Shakopee a mile away from both Valleyfair and Canterbury Park. Stop in for one of eight tap beers, two nitro lines, or a handcrafted soda.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Food trucks hosted on Fridays only
Open Tu 3—7 p.m. W—Th 3—10 p.m. F 3—11 p.m. Sa 12—11 p.m. Su 12—8 p.m.
4571 Valley Industrial Blvd. S., Shakopee, 952-230-2739, Sign up for a tour through the blog

Bent Brewstillery
After merging with Pour Decisions and remodeling the taproom, Bent Brewstillery is ready to go. The first microbrewery–microdistillery in Minnesota can be found in Roseville, featuring plastic and stainless steel growler options.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Rotating schedule of food trucks W-Th 4—10 p.m. F 2:30—11 p.m. Sa 2—11 p.m. Su 12—7 p.m.
1744 Terrace Drive, Roseville, 844-879-2368,

St. Paul Bang Brewery silo in Saint Anthony lit up at night
Bang Brewing Co.
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 4—10 p.m. Sa 12—8 p.m.
2320 Capp Rd., St. Paul, 651-243-2264,

bauhaus brew labs cans
Bauhaus Brew Labs
This 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.
Open W-Th 4—11 p.m. F 3—11 p.m. Sa 12—11 p.m
1315 Tyler St. NE., Mpls., 612-276-6911,

Bemidji Brewing exterior with glass of beer
Bemidji Brewing
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: You can bring your own
Summer Hours: W-Th 4—10 p.m. F-Sa 2—11 p.m.
401 Beltrami Ave. NW, Bemidji, 218-444-7011,

Bent Paddle Brewing
Bent Paddle Brewing
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: Hosts a couple different food trucks each Thursday during summer months.
Open W—Th 2—10 p.m. F 2—11 p.m. Sa 12—11 p.m.
1912 W. Michigan St., Duluth, 218-279-2722,

Big Wood Brewery
Big Wood Brewery
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: Snacks available for purchase
Open Tu-Th 4—10 p.m. F 3—11 p.m. Sa 1—11 p.m
2222 4th St., White Bear Lake, 612-360-2986,

Boom Island Brewing Co.
Boom Island Brewing Co.
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: Check their Twitter account for rotating food trucks.
Open W—F 4—9 p.m. Sa 1—9 p.m. Su 1—6 p.m.
2014 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-227-9635,

Brau Brothers Brewing Company
Brau Brothers Brewing Company
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, 507-929-2337

wall of burning brothers brewing gluten free beer cans
Burning Brothers Brewing
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: Food trucks rotate every Friday
Open Th 4—9 p.m. F 4—10 p.m. Sa 2—8 p.m. Su 2—6 p.m.
1750 Thomas Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-444-8882,

Dangerous Man Brewing
Dangerous Man Brewing
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: Takeout menus for neighboring spots are 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. 612-236-4087,

ENKI Brewing
ENKI Brewing
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: 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, 952-300-8408,

Excelsior Brewing Company
Excelsior Brewing Co.
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: The town has plenty of options within walking distance, including Jake O'Connors, Lago Tacos, and Haskell's.
Open W 4-10 p.m. Th-F 4-11 p.m. Sa 12-11 p.m. Su 12-6 p.m.
421 3rd St., Excelsior, 952-474-7837,

Exterior of Fair State Brewing Cooperative, Northeast Minneapolis, MN
Fair State Brewing
Fair State Brewing may just be our first co-op brewery. Join up, drink beer, make decisions, or just drink beer. No need to be a member to enjoy the taproom on Central, which is modern and cool with LCD menu boards and fresh hoodies for sale. Bonus: Aki’s bakery next door sells real German pretzels.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No, but you can bring in your own food from restaurants on the block.
Open M-Th 4-11 p.m. F 4-12 p.m. Sa 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Su 12-9 p.m.
2506A Central Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-444-3574,

Flat Earth Brewing Co.
Flat Earth Brewing Co.
This quirky operation is 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: Occasional food truck visits and on-site food events
Open Daily 12-6:30 p.m.
688 Minnehaha Ave. E., St. Paul, 651-698-1945,

A growler inside Fulton Brewery
Fulton Brewery
The vibe at Fulton is unfussy, which seems about perfect for its North Loop location. The patio has doubled the size of the space, 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 12-6 p.m.
414 6th Ave. N., Mpls., 612-333-3208,

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: Food trucks on weekends.
Open Tu—Sa 2—10 p.m. Su 12-8 p.m.
7785 Lake Dr., Lino Lakes, 651-964-2160,

Harriet Brewing
Harriet Brewing
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 Rally every year.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Yes, regular food trucks.
Open Tu 4-10 p.m. W-Th 4-11 p.m. F 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Sa 12 p.m.-1 a.m. Su 2-9 p.m.
3036 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls., 612-315-4633,

Indeed Brewing Company and Taproom / Photo by Scott Cohen
Indeed Brewing Company
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: Yes | Food: Yes. Check Indeed's online calendar for the schedule of food trucks on-site.
Open W-Th 3-11 p.m. F-Sa 12-11 p.m. Su 12-8 p.m.
711 15th Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-843-5090,

A flight of beer at Insight Brewing Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Insight Brewing
You’ll have to find them in an industrial park off of E. Hennepin, but you’ll be rewarded by an world view of beers from a brewer who has worked all over the globe. The comfortably modern taproom is airy and spacious, the beers play off different international influences, as with the rich London porter or the Japanese yuzu pale ale.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Yes. Check out their online calendar to see which food trucks will be on site daily.
Open M-Th 3-11 p.m. F 3 p.m.-12 a.m. Sa 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Su 12-11 p.m.
2821 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-722-7222,

Beer at Jack Pine Brewery
Jack Pine Brewery
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 W-Th 4-9 p.m. F-Sa 2-10 p.m. Su 1-5 p.m.
7942 College Rd., Ste. 115, Baxter, 218-270-8072

Kinney Creek Brewery
Kinney Creek Brewery
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 M-Tu 12-6 p.m. W 12-8 p.m. Th-Sa 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Su 12-8 p.m.
1016 NW 7th St., Rochester, 507-282-2739,

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,

Lift Bridge Brewing Co.
Lift Bridge Brewing Co.
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,

LTD Brewing
Living The Dream Brewing uses an 8 barrel brewing system, making it one of the smallest breweries in Minnesota. Dream-themed beers include Nightmare Irish Dry Stout, Sleepwalker Triple IPA, Hazy Dream Belgian Orange Ale, and more! LTD also offers hand-crafted soda.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No
Open W 4—10 p.m. Th 3—10 p.m. F 2 p.m.—12 a.m. Sa 12 p.m.—12 a.m. Su 12—7 p.m.
8 8th Ave. N., Hopkins, 952-938-2415,

Lucid Brewing
Lucid Brewing
Two scientists ditched their offices to launch Minnetonka's Lucid. 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—8 p.m. and for scheduled tours
6020 Culligan Way, Minnetonka, 612-615-8243,

LynLake Brewery Growlers
LynLake Brewery
LynLake’s first production brewery is housed in the former Theater Antiques building, and it is a stunner. The huge center bar pours a round of core beers, seasonals, a weekly nitro, and some interesting casks. Plus there’s a rooftop with fireballs, for real, and they have a neat relationship with Taco Cat for delivered tacos.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Delivery options
Open Tu-Th 5-11 p.m. F 2 p.m.-1 a.m. Sa 12 p.m.-1 a.m. Su 12-10 p.m.
2934 Lyndale Ave. S, Mpls., 612-224-9682,

A beer flight at Mankato Brewery
Mankato Brewery
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. Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
1119 Center St., North Mankato, 507-386-2337,

Pitchfork Brewing
Pitchfork Brewing
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,

Growlers for Sidhe Brewing Co. in St. Paul
Sidhe Brewing Company
East St. Paul’s first specialty taproom is also the Twin Cities’ smallest production brewery. Offering IPAs, ales, a stout, and a lager, the woman-owned and -operated business strives to provide a quality tap house atmosphere and drinking experience.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Yes, you can bring your own
Open Th-F 4-11 p.m. Sa 12-11 p.m. Su 12-7 p.m.
990 Payne Ave., St. Paul, 612-424-1534,

Sisyphus Brewing Taproom
Sisyphus Brewing
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: Yes. Check for food trucks on Fridays.
Open W-Th 3-10 p.m. F-Sa 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Su 12-5 p.m.
712 Ontario Ave. W., Mpls., 612-321-8324,

The taproom at Sociable Cider Werks
Sociable Cider Werks
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: Yes, but not on Sundays. | Food: Yes. Food trucks regularly park on-site.
Open Th-F 4-11 p.m. Sa 12-11 p.m. Su 12–9 p.m.
1500 NE Fillmore St., Mpls., 612-758-0105,

Steel Toe Brewing
Steel Toe Brewing
The working man’s taproom, this no-frills space in an industrial park is laid-back and focused on freshly made beer. Due to its size and suburban location (in SLP), this gem flies under the radar.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Yes. Check STB's Twitter feed to see which food truck will be on-site.
Open W-Th 3-8 p.m. F 3-10 p.m. Sa 12-10 p.m.
4848 W. 35th St., St. Louis Park, 952-955-9965,

Beer at Summit Brewing
Summit Brewing
The grand dame of breweries, Summit has built-out its Ratskeller Hall to become the St. Paul taproom. It's only open two days a week, but a limited edition beer is always on tap in addition to an extensive selection of the brewery's regular offerings.
Growlers: No | Food: Yes. Check the website to see a schedule of food trucks.
Open F-Sa 4-9 p.m.
910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul, 651-265-7800,

A keg of Surly Brewing Co. beer
Surly Brewing Co.
The massive Surly Brewing complex is open and packing them in the shiny new beer hall, which has a fat menu full of beer-friendly nosh, a formal second-level dining area, and glassed-in brewing tanks against which you may press your nose.
Growlers: No | Food: Yes. Open Su-Th 11 a.m.-11 p.m. F-Sa 11-12 a.m.
520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Mpls., 763-999-4040,

A glass of beer at Third Street Brewhouse
Third Street Brewhouse
Cold Spring has a long brewing tradition, and Third Street keeps pushing it forward in the brewery's spacious modern taproom. Another fun road trip from the cities, plus a lawn/patio set up for drinking and picnicking in the warm months.
Growlers: Yes. | Food: No.
Open F 4-8 p.m. Sa 12-5 p.m., plus scheduled tours
219 Red River Ave. N., Cold Spring, 320-685-3690,

two pints from tin whiskers downtown st. paul brewery
Tin Whiskers Brewing Co.
With a robot-inspired aesthetic and beers named after engineering inside jokes, this stylish cement and amply windowed space in downtown St. Paul welcomes nerdy beer lovers into its new taproom's warm embrace. Drink it all in while you tip back a Short Circuit Stout or Flip Switch IPA.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No, but feel free to order from nearby restaurants.
Open M-Tu 4-8 p.m. (during Saints games) W-Th 4-10 p.m. F 3-11 p.m. Sa 12-11 p.m. Su 12-5 p.m.
125 E. 9th St., St. Paul, 651-330-4734,

cowbell urban growler
Urban Growler Brewing Co.
Smack dab between St. Paul and Minneapolis in St. Anthony Park, this woman-owned and operated brewery in an old brick warehouse brings its award-winning beers to the thirsty masses, plus a "plow to pint" series that highlights the local farms the brewery sources from, such as the purple-froth-topped Blueberry Wheat.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No, but several nearby restaurants deliver to the brewery.
Open T-Th 3-10 p.m. F-Sa 12-11 p.m. Su 12-8 p.m.
2325 Endicott St., St. Paul, 651-340-5793,

Vine Park Brewing Co.
Vine Park Brewing Co.
Vine Park Brewing isn't really a taproom, per se, but at this West 7th spot in St. Paul you can brew your own beer, or pick up a growler of one of their six available brews to take home. The root beer is also great, and sometimes they pair up with Mississippi Market down the street for mini events.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No
Open M 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tu-Th 12-8 p.m. F 12-9 p.m. Sa 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
1254 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-228-1355,

Waconia Brewing Company
Two families started WBC way out west where the need is great. Barn wood and corrugated tin give the taproom a rustic, country feel, perfect for a brewery in the heart of a small town. The bar pours four flagship brews, plus a round of seasonals, and brewhouse exclusives.
Growlers: Yes. | Food: No, but food trucks stop by on weekends.
Open M-Tu 4-9 p.m. W-Th 2-9 p.m. F 2-10 p.m. Sa 11 a.m.—10 p.m. Su 1-8 p.m.
255 W. Main St., Waconia, 612-888-2739,