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.
Fulton is probably one of the most recognizable breweries in the Minneapolis area. These guys started brewing a few years ago in a one car garage and have now graduated into a much bigger space. After battling years of debt just to open up their wonderful taproom and brewery, they continue to be a hot spot in downtown Minneapolis.There’s nothing better than getting a few Sweet Child of Vines (IPA) in you before walking over to Target Field to see the Twinkies give up 10 runs.
If the supply cannot meet the demand, you simply must expand. Good thing Indeed has already thought of this by initially buying a bigger space than needed. In just 15 months of its existence, the brewery is in need of some changes. While Indeed brewed roughly 5,000 barrels of brew this year, they are expected to more than double that in 2014, making them the 6th largest brewery in Minnesota. This is pretty insane considering these guys were only making 911 barrels of brew in their first 5 months of existence. Hopefully they can continue to make beer as constantly fresh as they have been. Drink On.
This weekend marks the 6th Annual Surlyfest. This is a day packed with music and booze at Surly’s brewery. The admission itself is quite steep, at least it does come with 4 beer tickets, a commemorative beer stein, and a day of live music featuring Crankshaft. You can still buy tickets at the brewery, but if not you can certainly order them here. If you are willing do spend the cash, it is sure to be a good time at Surly’s brewery this Saturday.
Hours: Fridays – 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m & Saturday- 12:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.
It seems like the trend will never die in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Yet again, we have another brewery, which opened up over the past weekend. Bang Brewery, is the latest brewhouse, owned by husband and wife Sandy and Jay Boss Febbo. Their first brew/only brew available, Neat, is considered to be a pale ale. The beer is brewed using some of the finest ingredients, and is considered an all-organic beer, which is the image they are going for. Make sure to check out their website below (which isn’t much yet), and also pop in for what is to be another great brewery.