Brau Brothers Brewing Company
910 E. Main St., Marshall, 507-929-2337 braubeer.com
Open M—Sa 11 a.m.—11 p.m. Su 11 a.m.—9 p.m.
Relocated from Lucan to Marshall, the brewery has a nice shiny taproom that’s open all week, a small kitchen, and house-brewed sodas served from a fire truck. It remains a great road trip destination—but will they still let you camp outside? Just ask.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Yes
Lift Bridge Brewing Co.
1900 Tower Dr. W., Stillwater, 888-430-2337, liftbridgebrewery.com
Open Tu—Th 5—10 p.m. F—Sa 12—10 p.m. Su 12—6 p.m.
Refreshingly unpretentious, this humble taproom in Stillwater is known for throwing great music/beer-release parties. Considered a destination for beer fiends looking for experimental or limited releases.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No
1119 Center St., North Mankato, 507-386-2337, mankatobrewery.com
Open Tu, Th-F 4-7 p.m. Sa 12-7 p.m. Su 10 a.m.-4 p.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
Steel Toe Brewing
4848 W. 35th St., St. Louis Park, 952-955-9965, steeltoebrewing.com
Open W-Th 3-8 p.m. F 3-10 p.m. Sa 12-10 p.m.
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: Yes | Food: Yes. Check STB's Twitter feed to see which food truck will be on-site.
910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul, 651-265-7800, summitbrewing.com
Open F-Sa 4-9 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: No | Food: Yes. Check the website to see a schedule of food trucks.
American Sky Beer
1510 Swasey St., Hudson, WI, 651-503-3165, americanskybeer.com
Open W-Th 4—9 p.m. F 2—10 p.m. Sa 12—10 p.m. Su 12—4 p.m.
This all-American taproom, known as The Hangar features a great round bar with a down-home and patriotic vibe. Available beers include USA IPA, Tailgunner Gold, and Amber Salute.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Food trucks regularly park on-site and you can order take-out from several nearby places.
Dangerous Man Brewing
1300 NE 2nd St., Mpls. 612-236-4087, dangerousmanbrewing.com
Open Tu—Th 4—10 p.m. F 3 p.m.—12 a.m. Sa 12 p.m.—12 a.m.
Big with the bearded set, this cool hangout feels hand-crafted but slick. The communal tables get jammed, so expect to share space. The beer list changes all the time, and this is the only place to find their innovative small-batch beers.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Takeout menus for neighboring spots are available.
709 Rodeo Circle, Hudson, WI, 715-245-3675, pitchforkbrewing.com
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.
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.
Kinney Creek Brewery
1016 NW 7th St., Rochester, 507-282-2739, kinneycreekbrewery.com
Open M-Tu 12-6 p.m. W 12-8 p.m. Th-Sa 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Su 12-8 p.m.
Proudly laying claim as Rochester’s first brewery since Prohibition, Kinney Creek's taproom has since become a cool but casual social hub, with visits from TC food trucks and local bands.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No, but bringing your own or ordering delivery is encouraged.
Boom Island Brewing Co.
2014 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-227-9635, boomislandbrewing.com
Open W—F 4—9 p.m. Sa 1—9 p.m. Su 1—6 p.m.
These guys are serious about Belgian brewing, giving up musical careers to study and replicate the exacting technique. Seven Belgian-style beers now grace the Boom Room, Boom Island's bright, industrial taproom in North Minneapolis.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Check their Twitter account for rotating food trucks.
North Loop BrewCo
6020 Culligan Way, Minnetonka, 612-615-8243, northloopbrew.co
Open Th—F 5—8 p.m. Sa 12—8 p.m. and for scheduled tours
Two scientists ditched their offices to launch Minnetonka's North Loop BrewCo (previously Lucid Brewing). A reservation and two cans of non-perishable food for the food shelves or $5 toward the brewery's featured charity will get you on a tour.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No
Lake Superior Brewing Co.
2711 W. Superior St., Duluth, 218-723-4000, lakesuperiorbrewing.com
Open F 4—9 p.m. Sa 3—9 p.m.
Established in 1994 in Duluth, this humble Minnesotan brewery has been happily churning out four year-round craft beers, a handful of specialty/seasonal brews, and a root beer since before it was cool.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No
414 6th Ave. N., Mpls., 612-333-3208, fultonbeer.com
Open W-Th 3-10 p.m. F 3-11 p.m. Sa 12-11 p.m. Su 12-6 p.m.
The vibe at Fulton is unfussy, which seems about perfect for its North Loop location. The patio has doubled the size of the space, giving it a little breathing room. It's a hop from Target Field, so you'll find lots of pre/post-gamers here (in fact, it's often open specifically for home games).
Growlers: Yes | Food: Yes. Check the website to see which food trucks will be on-site.
Third Street Brewhouse
219 Red River Ave. N., Cold Spring, 320-685-3690, thirdstreetbrewhouse.com
Open F 4-8 p.m. Sa 12-5 p.m., plus scheduled tours
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: Yes. | Food: No.
Big Wood Brewery
2222 4th St., White Bear Lake, 612-360-2986, bigwoodbrewery.com
Open Tu-Th 4—10 p.m. F 3—11 p.m. Sa 1—11 p.m
This cheeky award-winning brewery's highly anticipated taproom is modern and woodsy, much of it built with reclaimed materials from around the area. The taproom pours Big Wood's three year-round beers (including the Morning Wood coffee stout), as well as a rotating menu of seasonal and experimental brews.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Snacks available for purchase
7929 Victoria Dr., Victoria, 952-300-8408, enkibrewing.com
Open W—F 4—10 p.m. Sa 12—10 p.m. Su 12—6 p.m.
Located in a former creamery in the sleepy town of Victoria, this taproom has a down home "Hey Norm" kinda feel. But with really good beer. It's just feet from a Minnetonka bike trail, making it a favorite for biking beer snobs.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Floyd's next door is a great bar, and School of The Wise offers home cooking, pizza and paninis.
Flat Earth Brewing Co.
688 Minnehaha Ave. E., St. Paul, 651-698-1945, flatearthbrewing.com
Open Daily 12-6:30 p.m.
This quirky operation is in St. Paul's historic Hamm's brewery, breathing a little life into this old brewing town's East Side. Check out Unfiltered Fridays and Food Truck Saturdays.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Occasional food truck visits and on-site food events
Vine Park Brewing Co.
1254 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-228-1355, vinepark.com
Open M 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tu-Th 12-8 p.m. F 12-9 p.m. Sa 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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
7785 Lake Dr., Lino Lakes, 651-964-2160, hammerheartbrewing.com
Open Tu—Sa 2—10 p.m. Su 12-8 p.m.
This place is Old World Nordic. The journey to Lino Lakes has all the fun parts of a road trip, but it's only 20 minutes north of the metro. Set amid the pines outside this taproom is a gravel patio, complete with a fire pit—all the better to warm your Viking blood.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Food trucks on weekends.
Jack Pine Brewery
7942 College Rd., Ste. 115, Baxter, 218-270-8072 jackpinebrewery.com
Open W-Th 4-9 p.m. F-Sa 2-10 p.m. Su 1-5 p.m.
In the cabin community of Baxter, the little brewery has a spacious and friendly taproom with small-batch beers, also available in fishing-trip friendly growlers.
Growlers: Yes | Food: No
3036 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls., 612-315-4633, harrietbrewing.com
Open Tu 4-10 p.m. W-Th 4-11 p.m. F 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Sa 12 p.m.-1 a.m. Su 2-9 p.m.
As much a music venue as a brewery, this groovy taproom in Longfellow features live bands nightly, plus a laid back little patio. The folks at Harriet love a fest, too: they throw Rauchfest and Food Truck Rally every year.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Yes, regular food trucks.
Indeed Brewing Company
711 15th Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-843-5090, indeedbrewing.com
Open W-Th 3-11 p.m. F-Sa 12-11 p.m. Su 12-8 p.m.
Tucked away in the Northeast artists quarter, this taproom has an old-school feel. It’s like discovering an old bar pouring very cool new beers. Indeed boasts one of the longest bars of all taprooms and a quiet little patio.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Yes. Check Indeed's online calendar for the schedule of food trucks on-site.
Bent Paddle Brewing
1912 W. Michigan St., Duluth, 218-279-2722, bentpaddlebrewing.com
Open W—Th 2—10 p.m. F 2—11 p.m. Sa 12—11 p.m.
In a great spot just off the lake, Bent Paddle's space feels shiny and new, with that reclaimed wood/corrugated metal look. The brewery often has limited edition and experimental versions of its beers on tap.
Growlers: Yes. Very cool stainless steel growlers. | Food: Hosts a couple different food trucks each Thursday during summer months.
August Schell Brewing Co.
1860 Schell Road, New Ulm, 507-354-5528, schellsbrewery.com
Tours sell out quickly, so plan ahead.
Schell has a line-up of specialty beers, including the historic Grain Belt brands. Tours and a quaint town make a great day-trip. Tours are offered F-Su from Sept.-May and daily from Memorial day through Labor Day.
Growlers: No | Food: No
401 Beltrami Ave. NW, Bemidji, 218-444-7011, bemidjibeer.com
Summer Hours: W-Th 4—10 p.m. F-Sa 2—11 p.m.
Way up on the shores of Lake Bemidji, this airy and bright taproom offers five to six beers on tap, flights, and growlers through the weekend, serving craft beer to Bemidji and to folks from the cities thirsty for a day trip and a fresh brew.
Growlers: Yes | Food: You can bring your own
Excelsior Brewing Co.
421 3rd St., Excelsior, 952-474-7837, excelsiorbrew.com
Open W 4-10 p.m. Th-F 4-11 p.m. Sa 12-11 p.m. Su 12-6 p.m.
This brewery feels a bit like a raucous garage party. Just off the Main Street drag, Excelsior Brewing's no-frills space packs in a lake crowd that spills out into the parking lot on nice days. It's the only taproom within spitting distance of Lake Minnetonka—just a quick stroll from the city's public docks.
Growlers: Yes | Food: The town has plenty of options within walking distance, including Jake O'Connors, Lago Tacos, and Haskell's.
945 NE Broadway St., Mpls., 612-217-0437, 612brew.com
Open W—Th 4—10 p.m. F 2:30 p.m.—12 a.m. Sa 12 p.m.—12 a.m. Su 11:30 a.m.—9 p.m.
Sitting inside an airy, rustic industrial warehouse, 612's taproom offers lots of beams and brick, a nice-sized bar, shuffle board, and plenty of tables. It might just have the best patio in the area, often featuring live music.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Check the calendar to see which food trucks (think: Anchor Truck, Gogi Bros) will be parked on-site.
Badger Hill Brewery
Open Tu 3—7 p.m. W—Th 3—10 p.m. F 3—11 p.m. Sa 12—11 p.m. Su 12—8 p.m.
Located in a valley in the Gopher State, Badger Hill has gone from being a humble tenant at Lucid Brewing to occupying their own space in Shakopee a mile away from both Valleyfair and Canterbury Park. Stop in for one of eight tap beers, two nitro lines, or a handcrafted soda.
Growlers: Yes | Food: Food trucks hosted on Fridays only
Surly Brewing Co.
520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Mpls., 763-999-4040, surlybrewing.com
Open Su-Th 11 a.m.-11 p.m. F-Sa 11-12 a.m.
The massive Surly Brewing complex is open and packing them in the shiny new beer hall, which has a fat menu full of beer-friendly nosh, a formal second-level dining area, and glassed-in brewing tanks against which you may press your nose.
Growlers: No | Food: Yes.