Photography by Caitlin Abrams
The year started out with one of the biggest happenings in local beer: Surly launched its destination eight-acre brewery complex last December in Prospect Park, and they haven’t slowed down for a second. Beyond supporting production for 100,000 barrels a year, the brewery’s beer hall is packed nightly, often overflowing into the adjacent patio and lawn on great weather days. Upstairs, the finer dining Brewer’s Table plates beautiful food to go with complex beer pairings, and the event space is booked with meetings and weddings ready to toast to the future of the Surly nation. Despite the shiny new digs, Surly’s annual massively attended Darkness Day on October 24 will be held at the original Brooklyn Center brewery because tradition is just as important as innovation to these guys.
More than 25 new breweries have opened since last October, and most of these are located outside the metro. Small town breweries and taprooms harken to the pre-prohibition era, when local towns had their local brews. If you’re planning on heading out for a fall color drive, don’t forget to grab a few growlers along the way. Here’s a recap of where we saw the first pours in the last year:
In the Twin Cities
Sidhe Brewing in East St. Paul • Wabasha Brewing in West St. Paul • Insight and 56 Brewing in Northeast • Eastlake in the Midtown Global Market • Northgate (reopened in a new space in Northeast).
Big Axe Brewing in Nisswa • Lupulin in Big Lake • Spilled Grain Brewhouse in Annandale • Union Pizza & Brewing in Fergus Falls • Beaver Island Brewing in St. Cloud • Blacklist Brewing up in Duluth • Gun Flint Tavern & Brewpub and Voyageur Brewing in Grand Marais • 10K Brewing in Anoka • Bad Habit Brewing in St. Joseph • Omni in Maple Grove.
F-Town Brewing in Faribault • Grand Rounds Brewpub and Forager Brewing down in Rochester • Montgomery Brewing in Montgomery • Take 16 Brewing Co. in Luverne.
Foxhole Brewhouse in Willmar • South Fork Brewing and Lupine Brewing in Delano • Bank Brewing in Hendricks • Goat Ridge Brewing in New London • Schram Vineyard Winery & Brewery and Waconia Brewing out in Waconia • Hayes Public House in Buffalo.
Joseph Wolf Brewing in Stillwater.
Barley John’s, the New Brighton brewpub that’s been brewing remarkable and intricate beers longer than almost anyone in town, opened its brewery this summer in New Richmond, Wisconsin. That means you’ll finally be able to get Barley John’s beers in stores and other restaurants. Look for the wild rice brown ale called Wild Brunette, she’s a stunner.
Get ready for these new tap openings and expansions before next fall.
- Able Seedhouse + Brewery in Northeast Minneapolis—A malting house and brewery.
- Birch’s on the Lake Brewhouse in Long Lake—The lakeside supperclub will have a destination brewery on the lower level.
- Lakes & Legends Brewing in Loring Park—Belgian and farmhouse style brews.
- Bryn Mawr Brewing—Plans include rehabbing the old Glenwood Inglewood water plant.
- Modist Brewing in the North Loop—A huge brewery and taproom is planned by a former Dangerous Man brewer.
- Three Kettles Brewing Company in Stillwater—Brewery and “Bruniversity” teaching lab where you can learn and brew your own beer on site.
- Lucid Brewing—Building a new brewhouse and taproom in the North Loop.
- Dangerous Man in Minneapolis—Expanding at its current location in Northeast.
The Next Big Beer?
Are sour beers the next IPAs? Plenty of brewers don’t like to mess with crazy yeast strains, but to the adventurous go the spoils!
Fair State Brewing in Northeast has become a hot spot for sour lovers to sip some small-batch sours, like the award-winning Cromulence: a sour wheat beer with citrus zest. Schell’s released a range of great sours in its Noble Star series and is launching a separate taproom and brewery dedicated to sour beers and the historic cypress tanks in which they’re made.
Let’s Go team!
Last summer, brewers teamed with other brewers to create specialty beers for the In Cahoots! beer festival. And food trucks partnered with breweries for the Beer Dabbler at the Pride celebration in June.
Collaborations are hot right now, check HefeWheaties beer, a partnership between Fulton and General Mills. Or try some beery ice cream, like the Honey Chamomile Ale Ice Cream, made with a combination of Sweet Science ice cream and Tin Whiskers Wheatstone wheat beer. In that spirit, we teamed up with Indeed Brewing to give you a recipe for Yamma Jamming Pot Roast, made with the latest version of the brewery’s sweet potato ale. It’s a Stephanie March special that keeps you warm and fed through the advancing brisk months. Find that recipe and a bonus one for beer ice cream at mspmag.com/potroast.
What’s on tap this month
- Where The Wild Beers Are Sour beer festival at Republic 7 Corners. Oct. 3, wherethewildbeersare.com
- Oktoberfest at Renaissance Festival Keg tossing, stein holding, bier pong, and more medieval beer madness. Oct. 3–4, renaissancefest.com
- Guzzle ’n Twirl Beer and brewery collectibles show at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood. Oct. 10, northstarchapter.com
- Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Harvest Beer Festival Beer fest and fresh hop throwdown at Bachman’s on Lyndale. Oct. 17, mspmag.com/harvestbeerfest