Location: 920 E Lake Street #123, Minneapolis Hours:Sun-Thurs: Noon-10PM, Fri-Sat: Noon-11PM
The Twin Cities are currently going through quite the wave of gentrification. Almost everywhere you look across both cities, working class and art based neighborhoods are being transformed into higher end enclaves for the fortunate. One look around Uptown, Lowertown, Northeast, the North Loop, or Dinkytown neighrboods will quickly confirm this. Low and behold, the southside’s Phillip’s West & Powderhorn neighrborhoods remain relatively unscathed by the ever-reaching arms of gentrication.
East Lake street still stands as one of Minneapolis’ most diverse stretches, many of these qualities converge at the Midtown Global Market on Chicago Avenue. A world’s fair of sorts, the market doesn’t initially come off as a good place for a brewery; all fears were quelled upon arrival. Most breweries don’t have an abundance of food options for their patrons, this in turn makes the Midtown Global Market the perfect place for a brewery. The guys keep a solid rotation of beers on tap as well as bombers; the Blue Liner, Pomegranate Sassy, and Kirby Sour all being top notch. The space feels bright and warm, with yellow accents and all wood everything. I also like the fact that this taproom has TVs unlike a lot of the other spots around town, they also offer a few arcade games tucked away in the back. Throw in a spacious sidewalk patio on Lake Street and you’ve got a place that’s hard to resist, especially for beer drinkers who want to steer away from the hustle & bustle of some of the more crowded taprooms.
East Lake Brewery might not have the glitz and glam, but they do offer good beers in a comfortable environment. The fact that they have access to such an abundance of awesome food really sets this place apart in my book. East Lake isn’t a “place to be seen” per say, but a place to gather with friends over some damn good food and damn good beer. Check it out for yourself and make sure to keep an eye out for more from the guys at East Lake Brewery.
Bauhaus Brew Labs. Aesthetically pleasing, tasty brews, all tucked neatly in the heart of the Brew District (NE Minneapolis). If you were to ask me what my favorite brewery is to attend, it is now Bauhaus Brew Labs. With open space, a large covered outdoor area with lights hanging overhead; it is the perfect place to go with larger groups.
Bauhaus also has an outdoor/indoor stage for live music, board games, bag toss, and a kid play area. These are all things that make this brewery unique to the scene around it. Just a block down from 612 Brew, placed alongside the railroad tracks, Bauhaus Brew Labs is just the new brewery we needed to liven up the brewery scene yet again.
If you are a beer drinker in Minnesota, then you know there is no shortage of solid breweries around the state. The Twin Cities enjoy access to some of the best around, one of which being Dangerous Man Brewing in the Northeast neighborhood. A local favorite, it came as a slight surprise when Keigan Knee parted ways to create a new brewery by the name of Modist. No hard feelings of course, Keigan and his fellow founders have gone on to build one of Minneapolis’ more promising young breweries. Located in the North Loop, Modist is a short walk away from Fulton Brewery and Inbound Brewing, you’ll also find a few of the cities more buzz’d about restaurants within the neighborhood. Their space is massive, a long bar that can accommodate what feels like at least 20 patrons stretches across the room while extra large picnic tables flank the middle of the room. Large glass garage doors open to reveal more picnic tables on the breweries outdoor patio, a favorite spot for Twins fans having a brew before the games. If you aren’t up for communal seating, there are a few single couches and tables laid out further from the main area. One look at their tap list and you’ll notice that it doesn’t offer the widest variety quite yet, but their Salted Caramel Lager and Haymaker IPA are two beers worthy of a try, you can even opt for $3-$4 10oz glasses. One thing we especially love about this place is their knack for infusions, they provide a uniquely infused beer each week. If you enjoy trying new things you should keep an eye on Modist, we’re sure they’re just getting started. Clink the link below to check out their website and stay tuned for updates.
Location: Located in the Historic NE Bank Building.
1300 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
One of the better breweries in MPLS is Dangerous Man. Once you walk in you will notice the place is full of life, and full of good beer. Dangerous Man offers a variety of beers, which are all reasonably priced from $3-5. The slightly modern place, with its towering columns, provides a rather aesthetically pleasing place to drink as well. The guys at DMB encourage anyone to bring in their own food, claiming to be a BYOF establishment (since they do not offer food). Most importantly, the guys at DMB will only sell their beer at their establishment – so there is literally no other way to find these brews unless you step foot into the micro-brewery. As long as it is not a Monday, make your way down to Dangerous Man Brewing Company for some tasty brews for an affordable price.
Where: South 10th Street, Minneapolis, MN | M-F 11am – 2am, Sat & Sun 10am – 2am |
Devil’s Advocate is a one of a kind establishment in downtown Minneapolis. First off, the restaurant has 40 beers on tap, which come from all around the world. Every week, Devil’s Advocate finds a way to bring in a great mixture of brews into their door, leaving beer connoisseurs coming back for more; the fun doesn’t stop here though.
DA has a very unique menu, allowing its wide variety of beers to be paired well with their delicious food. Those who come to eat at DA, they think of their world class meatballs. You have never had real meatballs until you have tried these wonderfully scrumptious…balls. They offer falafel, pork meatballs, polenta, buffalo meatbealls and many other dishes that don’t feature the ball.
Whether you are coming in for a quick bite, or simply looking for a new brew to try, Devil’s Advocate does it as well as anyone else.
As craft beer becomes more and more of a “thing” in commercial America, states like Minnesota, Portland, California, Michigan, and Texas continue to push the bar. Minnesota’s 2nd craft brewery, Surly, has now graduated into it’s $30 million dollar behemoth in Prospect Park, if you’ve never been, I’ll be the first to tell you it’s fucking insane. A brewer, beer drinker and food connoisseur will all find themselves at home at Surly. Their tap list usually consists of their classics (Furious, Hell, Bender) as well as a few rare brews ( #10, #4, Hell Chili Pepper). If you came for more than beer, you’ll be glad to know that they offer 2 world class menus, one of which is among America’s top 10. The Brewer’s table is reservation by group only, but the organizing and money is WELL worth it, at $70 a pop (6 guest minimum) we promise every dollar is well spent. The entire facility beckons the word “haven,” as if the gods bestowed us Minnesotans with this specific Eden of beer drinking, if you live in the state and haven’t visited; make sure to check it out next time you’re in the cities. Click the link below for their official website.
Awhile back, we stumbled into Bent Brewstillery to try some of their brews. Located just Northeast of NE Minneapolis, Bent Brewstillery separates themselves from most of the breweries in the Twin Cities. The brewery feels as if you are drinking in an upscale garage that belongs to your crazy homebrew friend. Whether this was the vibe they were going for or not, it is legit.
After trying a few of their brews, one of the brewers came over and chatted with us about the brewery. It turns out, Bent not only makes a wide variety of brews, but they also make their own whisky and bourbon on site. Aside from this, they have a large area dedicated to brewing in oak aged barrels, allowing for some unique higher percentage brews. So, if you are looking for some of the best sour beers around, some fresh liquor, or just looking to enjoy a tasty brew – Bent Brewstillery is a must try.
Talk about a dive bar at its finest. Mayslack’s bar has it all with local music playing weekly, great drink specials, and the best of all, greasy one of a kind bar food. The establishment started in 1955 by Stan Myslajek, a former pro-wrestler. Stan created a gigantic garlic-infused roast beef sandwich which has not changed to this day. The sandwich is absolutely HUGE, I mean it takes a real man to stomach one of these down. While just about all of the food delivered infront of me looked delicious; the pizza, the nachos, and other sandwiches – when the decision came, I had to go with the original. I won’t be the first to say it but. . . “Nobody Beats Mayslack’s Meats!”
Location: 2506A Central Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55418 Hours: M/W/TH: 4-11 | TU: CLOSED | FR: 4-12 | SA: 12-12 | SU: 12-9
Last year, Fair State Brewing Cooperative emerged in Northeast Minneapolis. The co-op brewery is Minnesota’s first, and also happens to be one of the very few in the United States. Everything about the brewery is community driven, as they offer a variety of benefits.
What exactly does a co-op brewery have to offer, you might ask? Well, quite a bit if you want to purchase a share of the brewery and become a member. The cost, $200. If you are a beer nerd, this is actually a VERY fair price. Members will have first dibs on new releases, special discount on happy hours, the ability to have recipe input and voting rights within the brewery (and many other features). For the full article and definition listings, click HERE. Also, if you aren’t a Minnesota resident, don’t bother trying to buy a share, because you must be a resident.
The Golden Nugget IPA, is the first IPA I have sought after in sometime, and it was definitely worth the wait. Made by Toppling Goliath Brewing Co., out of Iowa, I’m surprised to have never seen this on our shelves here in MPLS.
The beer is as advertised: pours a solid golden color and is packed with flavor. The brew has a medium body with citrus flavored hops. While this brew is lighter in hops, it allows for one smooth and refreshing IPA that can be drank for any occasion.