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 W—Th 5 p.m.—12 a.m. F—Sa 5 p.m.—1 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
| Food: No. Check for food trucks on Fridays.
Open W—Th 3—10 p.m., F—Sa 12 p.m.—1 a.m.
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 12–6 p.m.
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:
Usually. 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., Su 12—6 p.m.
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:
Yes, on Fridays and Saturdays. Check the website
to see a schedule of food trucks. Open F—Sa 4—9 p.m.
Surly Brewing Co.
This makeshift room will have to suffice for Surly fans while they wait for the brewery's mega-complex to be completed this year. Available beers rotate between seasonals, specials, and regulars. Bonus for beer geeks: The occasional chance to get a free tour of the brewery.Growlers:
Yes. Check Surly's website
to see a schedule of food trucks. Open W—F 3—9 p.m., Sa 12—9 p.m., Su 12—5 p.m.
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: Not yet | Food: No
Open F 4—8 p.m., Sat. 12-5 p.m.
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 W—Th 4—10 p.m., F 3—11 p.m., Sa 12—11 p.m.
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 |
Open T—Th 4—9 p.m., F 3—10 p.m., Sa 12—10 p.m., Su 12—8 p.m.
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 Tu—Th 12—8 p.m., F 12—9 p.m., Sa 9 a.m.—5 p.m.
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 that pours four flagship brews, plus a round of seasonals, and brewhouse exclusives.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Yes
Open W—Th 2—10 p.m., Sa 11 a.m.—10 p.m., Su 11 a.m.—6 p.m.