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