Ten Taprooms Worth a Trip

Minnesota's craft beer boom isn't confined to the Twin Cities. Here, ten great taprooms worthy of a brew-centric getaway.

Indeed Brewing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota / Photo by Eliesa Johnson
Photo by Eliesa Johnson
Pitchfork Brewing | 709 Rodeo Circle, Hudson, WI, 715-245-3675,  pitchforkbrewing.com
This Hudson hangout is brand new, and offers rotating taps of small-batch beers, plus a few firkins and even a root beer. Bonus: It's open on Sundays. Open W-Th 3-8 p.m. F 3-10 p.m. Sa 2-10 p.m. Su 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

American Sky Brewing | 1510 Swasey St., Hudson, WI, 651-503-3165, americanskybeer.com
This taproom, known as The Hangar, has a down-home, patriotic vibe along with a great round bar and decent patio that packs them in. Open Th 4-9 p.m. F 4-10 p.m. Sa 2-10 p.m. Su 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 
Jack Pine Brewery | 7942 College Rd., Baxter, 218-270-8072, jackpinebrewery.com
Located in the cabin community of Baxter, this spacious and friendly taproom offers super small-batch beers, which are also available in fishing-trip friendly growlers. Open F-Sa 4-7 p.m.

Mankato Brewing | 1119 Center St., North Mankato, 507-386-2337, mankatobrewery.com
As Mankato's first brewery in more than 40 years, this little upstart supports the community through lots of events and good times at the taproom. Open Tu, Th, F 4-7 p.m, Sa 12-5 p.m.
Bent Paddle Brewing | 1912 W. Michigan St., Duluth, 218-279-2722, bentpaddlebrewing.com 
The Bent Tap is shiny and new, with that reclaimed wood/corrugated metal vibe, and you can look forward to food truck Thursdays, limited edition taps, and the option of stainless steel growlers. Open W-Th 3-10 p.m. F 3-11 p.m. Sa 1-11 p.m.
Bemidji Brewing | Beltrami Ave. NW, Bemidji, 218-270-8072, bemidjibeer.com
Way up on the shores of Lake Bemidji, this airy and bright taproom offers four beers on tap, flights, and growlers Friday through Saturday. Open Th-Sa 4-9 p.m.
Kinney Creek | 1016 NW 7th St., Rochester, kinneycreekbrewery.com
Rochester’s first brewery since prohibition, this taproom has become a social hub of the city, with visits from TC food trucks and local bands. Open Th-Sa 12-10 p.m.

Brau Bros. | 910 E. Main St., Marshall, 507-747-2337, braubeer.com
Though they've yet to open in their new Marshall location, these brewers are working on a shiny new taproom. It will be open all week (save Sunday), have a small kitchen, and be a great road trip destination. Will they still let you camp outside? Just ask.
Third Street Brewhouse | 219 Red River Ave. N., Cold Spring, 320-685-3690, thirdstreetbrewhouse.com
Cold Spring has had a long brewing tradition, and this new brewery has helped to drive it forward with this modern taproom. Offers a selection of regular and seasonal taps. Open F 4-8 p.m.

Dave’s Brew Farm | 2470 Wilson St., Wilson, WI, 612-432-8130, brewfarm.com
Not too far across the river, the working farm/brewery has changing tap room hours, but feel free to drop by, bring a picnic, and watch the beer grow. Open select weekends each month, usually 3-7 p.m. Check the blog for most current taproom weekends and hours.

See also:
Twin Cities Taproom Guide
What The Pros are Drinking
Think Global, Drink Local

For more on Minnesota's booming beer scene, check out the October issue of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, on newsstands now.