Your guide to the taprooms in the Twin Cities and beyond.
652 Jenks Ave., Saint Paul, Minnesota 55130
East St. Paul’s first specialty taproom is also the Twin Cities’ smallest production brewery. Offering IPAs, ales, a stout, and a lager, the woman-owned and -operated business strives to provide a quality tap house atmosphere and drinking experience.
688 Minnehaha Ave. E., Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106
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.
910 Montreal Circle, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
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
125 E. 9th St., Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101
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..
2325 Endicott St., Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114
Smack dab between St. Paul and Minneapolis in St. Anthony Park, this woman-owned and operated brewery in an old brick warehouse brings its award-winning beers to the thirsty masses.
1254 W. 7th St., Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
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.
550 Vandalia St., Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114
Frosty brews, a brand-new, industrial-style taproom, and events like yoga and a pint are all reasons to check out the mystical Lake Monster Brewing.
1750 Thomas Ave. W., Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
Named for the former fire-eating habits of its two owners, this new St. Paul brewery (just along the Green Line) brings completely gluten free beer to the Twin Cities, made with residents' craft-accustomed palates in mind.
2320 Capp Road, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114
Housed in a shiny grain silo, Bang Brewery looks like a beer spaceship that touched down in the middle of the industrial expanse of St. Anthony. The profiles of Bang's organic beers match the space's clean, minimalist appearance...
255 W. Main St., Waconia, Minnesota
Two families started WBC way out west where the need is great. Barn wood and corrugated tin give the taproom a rustic, country feel, perfect for a brewery in the heart of a small town. The bar pours four flagship brews, plus a round of seasonals...
219 Red River Ave. N., Cold Spring, City of, Minnesota
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.
520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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.
1500 NE Fillmore St., Minneapolis, Minnesota
A typical Northeast warehouse a little off the beaten path, the first cider taproom in the state actually features graffs: fermented apple ciders with some hops mixed in. They've also got a few beers of their own.
712 Ontario Ave. W., Minneapolis, Minnesota
Down the street from the Walker Art Center, Sisyphus Brewing proves that Sisyphus would've been a lot happier with a beer in hand. With an abundant supply of board games and a shuffleboard table, entertainment is plentiful.
709 Rodeo Circle, Hudson, Wisconsin
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...
1119 Center St., North Mankato, Minnesota
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.
2934 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis, Minnesota
LynLake’s first production brewery is housed in the former Theater Antiques building, and it is a stunner. The huge center bar pours a round of core beers, seasonals, a weekly nitro, and some interesting casks...
6020 Culligan Way, Minnetonka, Minnesota
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.
8 8th Ave. N., Hopkins, Minnesota
Living The Dream Brewing uses an 8 barrel brewing system, making it one of the smallest breweries in Minnesota. Dream-themed beers include Nightmare Irish Dry Stout, Sleepwalker Triple IPA, Hazy Dream Belgian Orange Ale, and more...
1900 Tower Dr. W., Stillwater, Minnesota
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.
2711 W. Superior St., Duluth, Minnesota
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.
1016 NW 7th St., Rochester, Minnesota
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.
7942 College Rd., Ste. 115, Baxter, Minnesota
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.
2821 Hennepin Ave. E., Minneapolis, Minnesota
You’ll have to find them in an industrial park off of E. Hennepin, but you’ll be rewarded by an world view of beers from a brewer who has worked all over the globe. The comfortably modern taproom is airy and spacious, the beers play off different int
711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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.
7785 Lake Dr., Lino Lakes, Minnesota
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...
414 6th Ave. N., Minneapolis, Minnesota
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...
2506A Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Fair State Brewing may just be our first co-op brewery. Join up, drink beer, make decisions, or just drink beer. No need to be a member to enjoy the taproom on Central, which is modern and cool with LCD menu boards and fresh hoodies for sale...
421 3rd St., Excelsior, Minnesota
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...
7929 Victoria Dr., Victoria, Minnesota
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.
1300 NE 2nd St, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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.
910 E. Main St., Marshall, Minnesota
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...
2014 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, Minnesota
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.
2222 4th St, White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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...
401 Beltrami Ave. NW, Bemidji, Minnesota
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.
1315 Tyler St. NE., Minneapolis, Minnesota
This Northeast taproom nest garnered attention way before it even opened for its poppy, bright, and so-very-mod can designs.
1744 Terrace Drive, Roseville, Minnesota
After merging with Pour Decisions and remodeling the taproom, Bent Brewstillery is ready to go. The first microbrewery–microdistillery in Minnesota can be found in Roseville, featuring plastic and stainless steel growler options.
4571 Valley Industrial Blvd. S., Shakopee, Minnesota
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...
1860 Schell Road, New Ulm, Minnesota
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.
1510 Swasey St., Hudson, Wisconsin, Wisconsin
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.
945 NE Broadway St., Minneapolis, Minnesota
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.
3134 NE California St., Ste. 122, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The seasonal variations of 56 Brewing's four core beers, plus other seasonal brews, are made with local ingredients. The brewery strives to be environmentally friendly and civic-minded. The beers can be found on tap in eight Minneapolis locations...
4848 W. 35th St., Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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.
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