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.
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.