Minneapolis-St. Paul Tap Room Directory

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Isabel Subtil / Heavy Table

In May 2011, the Minnesota Legislature passed H.F. 1326, popularly dubbed the Surly Bill as it contained an amendment to allow breweries to operate on-sale taprooms. Since then, multiple brewing ventures have opened and the taproom scene has become entrenched in the culture of the Twin Cities.

In an effort to organize the brewery news of note, and to let you know where you can drink a pint on site, we present The Heavy Table Minneapolis-St. Paul Tap Room Directory. We’ll keep this page updated with news about the established tap rooms and those upcoming. Also, save this list to your phone via Foursquare to keep track of how many you’ve been to.

Last Update: October 26th, 2014. WARNING: Page Under Construction. Please excuse our dust (and inaccuracies) while we tidy up.

NORTH AND NORTHEAST MINNEAPOLIS:

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612Brew

945 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Twitter: @612Brew

Open Since: February 2013

Taproom Hours: Wed-Thu 4-10pm, Fri 2:30pm-midnight, Sat noon-midnight.

Beer: The brews at 612 are generally lighter-bodied, hop-forward and sessionable. The two mainstays are Six, an unobtrusive pale ale, and Rated R, a well-balanced Rye-PA. You’ll also probably encounter Zero Hour, a squeaky-clean American Black Ale. They’ll have another seasonal or two on hand as well. Growlers are available; grab them from the cooler by the mural.

Food: They’ll have a food truck in the parking lot – check their calendar for this month’s lineup.

Details: 612Brew’s beautiful taproom is recessed into the crossing of Broadway and Central in Northeast. It’s an inviting hangout, featuring the building’s original brick and exposed beams in contrast to their mirror-polished fermenting tanks. There’s only a long high-top and a switch to fluorescent lighting to delineate where taproom ends and brewery begins in the single, expansive room.

The seating area, with room for about 70, is presided over by an Adam Turman mural and a sound system the owners snagged from downtown’s erstwhile Envy nightclub. The bar and tabletops are reclaimed lanes from a bowling alley in Iowa and the bar’s foot rail is stainless steel piping left over from their tank setup. In the summer, you can lounge outside on their amphitheater patio, which hosts live music during neighborhood events like Art-A-Whirl.

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Bauhaus Brew Labs

1315 Tyler St. NE
Minneapolis, MN

Twitter: @BauhausBrewLabs

Grand Opening: July 18th, 2014

Hours: Wed-Fri 3pm-11pm, Sat noon-11pm

Details: Our own Paige Latham chatted with Bauhaus, the Northeast lager specialists, shortly before their opening.

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Boom Island Brewing

2014 Washington Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN

Twitter: @BoomIslandBeer

Grand Opening: Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Hours: Wed-Fri 4-9pm, Sat 1-9pm

Beer: Boom Island specializes in bottle-conditioned Belgian-style beers. Their dubbel and tripel are serious sips, but we prefer the lighter offerings. We love sipping on the hazy, tart Witness wheat, and the rich, tangy LoMoMoPalooza, their benefit beer for the musicians of the locked-out Minnesota Orchestra. Expect six to eight beers on tap.

Details: Kevin and Quixia Welch are movin’ on up in the north side. Brewing operations have migrated from their tiny original space, to the new brewhouse that faces Washington Avenue just north of Broadway. Enter the taproom through the back of the building, where there’s additional parking.

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John Garland / Heavy Table

Dangerous Man Brewing

1300 2nd St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Twitter: @DangerousMan7

Open Since: January 2013.

Hours: Tue-Thu 4-10pm, Fri 3pm-midnight, Sat noon-midnight

Details: In the shadow of the old Grain Belt brewery, Dangerous Man has become one of the Cities’ most lauded and popular taprooms over the course of its first year. Owner/brewer Rob Miller, who sports a beard that his company logo barely does justice to, has no plans to release his product to tap or retail accounts. You’ll have to visit the Northeast brewhouse for a taste.

Food: At each table, you’ll find small clipboards with takeout menus from the area, and patrons are encouraged to bring with them any food they like. Check out our roundup of the best food/beer pairings from the neighborhood over at Growler Magazine.

Beer: Expect six ever-changing choices of small batch suds on tap. Not only will there be lots of experimentation with ingredients and styles, but variations between batches of the same style.We’re partial to the Matchstick Coffee porter, but don’t miss the chocolate milk stout – Miller’s justifiable pride and joy. It’s lighter on the palate than the aroma lets on, but it’s definitely verging on milkshake territory, as he’s fond of saying. His array of brews will likely balance style and strength, ranging from a lighter cream ale or Kolsch to a 10% Belgian strong.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

2506 Central Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Twitter: @FairStateCoop

Details: Minnesota’s first member-owned brewery and taproom cooperative.

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Isabel Subtil / Heavy Table

Indeed Brewing Company

711 15th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Twitter: @indeedbrewing

Hours: Thu-Fri 3-11, Sat noon-11pm

Open Since: August 2012

Beer: We get a kick out of their Daytripper Pale Ale and that rush of citrusy hops on the nose. Also, their Midnight Ryder American Black Ale is one of the more successful Black IPAs (or whatever you want to call it) in the area. It’s silky with a deep roast character and a crisp, bitter finish. Expect to see those two and a few seasonals – boy, we love that Sweet Yamma Jamma. They offer glasses in three sizes, with one draft nitro-charged and another couple on cask.

Food: Food trucks are always scheduled to be on hand – check the schedule on Indeed’s website.

Details: Indeed Brewing was the first in a rush of Northeast Minneapolis breweries that opened in 2012-13. Josh Bischoff is the brewer, coming off an award-filled tenure at Town Hall. The Solar Arts building delivers a great neighborhood atmosphere for the brewery. The space is like an artist’s studio meets old-school club room. Check out the tables, emblazoned with signatures from the guest registry of the old Miller Publishing Group. The room has a shuffleboard table, and a small patio flanks the building facing the railroad tracks.

Northgate Brewing 

783 Harding St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Twitter: @northgatebrew

Details: The Northeast brewers, makers of the Wall’s End brown ale and Maggie’s Leap Sweet Stout, have signed a lease on the Harding St. space. Current plans call for a 20 barrel brewhouse complete with a 1,500 square foot taproom.

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John Garland

Sociable Cider Werks

1500 Fillmore St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Twitter: @SociableCider

Hours: Thu-Fri 4pm-10pm, Sat Noon-10pm

Taproom Open Since: November 2013

Details: This Northeast taproom opened quietly in the last weekend of November. They specialize in graffs – hard ciders with a small amount of brewers malt or other adjuncts for body and tannin. Right now, you can taste a few ever-changing, one-off batches of beer from Fair State Brewing Cooperative’s Niko Tonks. As for the graffs, they’ll probably have one on hand for you to sample before their full lineup becomes available at the taproom in January.

DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS:

Day Block Brewing Company

1105 Washington Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN

Twitter: @DayBlockBrewing

Grand Opening: Monday, January 27th, 2014.

Hours: 11am-1am, daily

Beer: The suds are courtesy of head brewer Paul Johnston, who comes to Day Block by way of Harriet Brewing and Lucid Brewing. They’ll have six on tap, including a Wit, Red Ale and a terrific Porter (made with roasted midnight wheat) as the year-round mainstays. Right now, be sure to get a pint of their spectacular IPA, one of the only beers currently in existence to utilize a rare, tropical fruit-scented Wisconsin hop called Northern Discovery.

Food: Helming the kitchen is Joe Williams, a Punch veteran, who’s composed a menu of seven signature pizzas with a few salads and snacks. They’re fired in a rack oven, which gives the crust some heft to handle the interesting mix of toppings. We dig the Hungry Hungarian (pictured above) with sausage, dill, pickled onion and ricotta. But people will be beating a path to their door to get the Bahn Mizza, which deftly emulates the classic Vietnamese sandwich with marinated pork, pickled slaw, cilantro and a spicy gochujang mayo. And (because why not?) you can pair your flight of beers with a flight of three different types of bacon.

Details: Day Block is set to open in the former Spill The Wine space, next door to Grumpy’s Downtown on 11th and Washington. They hope to be a cornerstone of the Downtown East resurgence and will provide hungry workers dismantling the Metrodome with a hotspot for beer and pizza. Aside from beer, Day Block features a wine list curated by the Wine Company (we love us some Juan Gil Monastrell) as well as a good selection of N/A drinks. They also have a hard liquor license and plan to add cocktails in the near future. Minneapolis, get ready for Hot Scotchies – Scotch whisky mixed with a draw of the sugary, grainy brewing mash straight from the boil.

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Fulton Brewing

414 6th Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Twitter: @fultonbeer

Hours: Wed-Thu 3pm-10pm, Fri 3pm-11pm, Sat 12pm-11pm, also opens 2 hrs. before Twins home games.

Tap Room Open Since: March 2012

Beer: Their two mainstays, Lonely Blonde and Sweet Child of Vine IPA, are always on tap, along with a handful of others – we especially like rich, malty Libertine red ale and the unique brews coming out of their Garage Series. They tap a specialty firkin every Thursday – the way their Worthy Adversary Imperial Stout mellows in the cask is magical.

Food: A most agreeable assortment of food trucks set up shop in Fulton’s front lot – check their website’s schedule. Or, if you want to sit down somewhere, it’s just a few blocks to Black Sheep Pizza and, soon, the brick-and-mortar Smack Shack.

Details:  A warehouse brewery for the Warehouse District. A three-minute walk from Target Field, it’s a terrific pre-game location at which to commiserate with fellow Twins fans. Heck, skip the first inning or two – they’ll have the game on their TVs. Plus, you’re going to need another pint to watch that team. Growlers and other swag items are also available for purchase.

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Isabel Subtil / Heavy Table

Sisyphus Brewing

712 Ontario Ave. W.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Twitter: @sisyphusbrewing

Grand Opening: July 11th, 2014

Hours: Wed-Thu 3-10pm, Fri-Sat noon-1am

Details: Sisyphus Brewing occupies a warehouse space next door to Dunwoody College (students, rejoice), just up a side street from the Walker sculpture gardens. The owners are husband and wife team Sam Harriman and Catherine Cuddy, who have commissioned an Adam Turman/Josh Lemke mural for their exterior.

They’re following the Dangerous Man model by keeping the brews in-house with no plans for expansion into retail.  We like their lovely IPA with a touch of sour Brett, and mellow Kentucky common. Harriman doesn’t plan to have house styles always available, but something Brett-fermented should be around. Their taproom space is also set up for live music, stand-up comedy, and live podcast recordings.

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Town Hall Brewery

Minneapolis, MN

SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS:

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Harriet Brewing

3036 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Twitter: @harrietbrewing

Hours: Tue-Wed noon-11pm, Thu-Fri noon-midnight, Sat 1pm-midnight

Open Since: March 2012

Beer: Three to five of Harriet’s brews should always be available. Their West Side Belgian IPA is always on and as well it should be.

Food: Harriet features a regular lineup of food trucks – check their tap room calendar.  If you’re looking for something else in the neighborhood, we’d suggest Gandhi Mahal for some great Indian around the block.

Details: There may not be a tap room in the city that looks as comfortable in its own skin as Harriet’s. The brewery’s rear annex, cordoned off by a bright yellow wall full of local art, has a small corner stage featuring live music every night. In the summer, you can sip your beer on the patio and enjoy the downtown skyline view. Be on the lookout for Harriet’s more involved brew festivals when their entire lineup will be poured . Growlers are available for purchase in the small tasting room at the front of the building. Park in the gravel lot to the left of the brewery.

LynLake Brewery

2934 Lyndale Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN

Twitter: @LynLakeBrewery

SAINT PAUL:

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Bang Brewing Company

2320 Capp Road
St. Paul, MN

Twitter: @bangbrewing

Open Since: September 2013

Hours: Fri 5-10pm, Sat noon-5pm

Details: Housed in a corrugated metal grain bin north of the University Corridor, Bang Brewing is committed to brewing only 100% organic beers with as-local-as-possible ingredients. With its off-the-beaten path location, unique space, thoughtful product and overall ethos, they have admirably transformed a sliver of forgotten industrial wasteland into a bright, warm, and promising organic brewery.

Beer: ‘Neat’ is a pale ale with a modest recipe: single malt, single hop, water, and yeast. It’s so named because, like any spirit served neat, there’s nothing extra to hide behind. And here it works. Neat is bright and bitter and hoppy (95 IBUs) with a medium body and clean, almost vanishing aftertaste that lends the beer an I-could-drink-this-all-day quality.

Burning Brothers Brewing

1750 W. Thomas Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104

Twitter: @BurnBrosBrew

Grand Opening: April 4th, 2014

Hours: Thu-Fri 4-9pm, Sat noon-5pm

Details: The gluten-free brewery in Midway St. Paul has officially debuted their Pyro American Pale Ale both at retail and their newly-opened taproom. They look to expand taproom offerings in the near future.

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Sarah McGee / Heavy Table

Summit Brewing Company

910 Montreal Cir
St. Paul, MN 55102

Twitter: @summitbeer

Hours: Fri-Sat 4pm-9pm

Tap Room Open Since: September 2012

Beer: About 10 of Summit’s brews are on tap. All of their year-round beers are available – the Saga IPA is our favorite right now. They’ll also feature their current releases from the Unchained Series (when stocks allow), as well as some special casks and limited runs from their pilot brewing system.

Food: They will feature a rotating mix of food trucks during drinking hours. Check out Summit’s website for the lineup of food trucks and special firkins.

Details: The venerable St. Paul brewery has begun hosting open tap room hours. The large Rathskeller hall is frequently used for events and opened up to nonprofits for fundraising, so they’re keeping hours limited to Fridays and Saturdays. They haven’t changed the space much, just built out the bar a touch. They’ve also added a brewery tour on Fridays at 1pm, which lets out just as tap room hours begin.

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Sarah McGee / Heavy Table

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

125 E. 9th St.
St. Paul, MN, 55101.

Twitter: @TinWhiskersBrew

Grand Opening: June 14th, 2014

Hours: Wed-Thu 4-10pm, Fri 3-11pm, Sat 12-11pm

Details: Our beer writer Liz Scholz recently sat down with the Tin Whiskers crew for a pint and a chat.

Urban Growler Brewing Company 

2325 Endicott Street
St. Paul, MN 55114

Twitter: @UrbanGrowlerMN

Grand Opening: July 30th, 2014

Hours: Tue-Thu 4-9pm, Fri 3-10pm, Sat noon-10pm, Sun noon-8pm.

Details: The first female-owned and -operated brewing in Minnesota is now open, but you won’t find pink barstools, or anything overtly girly like that. Owner Jill Pavlak tells us it’s about the little touches: a powerful heating and cooling system, purse hooks at the bar, etc.

And even the Rhubarb beer isn’t pink. It’s a hazy wheat beer with some astringency and bitterness from the rhubarb, part of their Plow To Pint series that seeks to partner with local farmers. CowBell Cream Ale is their flagship, light and smooth, a perfect transition for the macro drinker.

WESTERN SUBURBS:

Enki Brewing

7929 Victoria Dr.,
Victoria, MN 55386

Twitter: @enkibrewing

Hours: Wed-Fri 4pm-10pm, Sat noon-10pm, Sun noon-6pm

Open Since: Late 2012

Excelsior Brewing Company

Excelsior, MN 55331

Twitter: @excelsiorbrew

Hours: Thu-Fri 4pm-10pm, Sat noon-10pm

Open Since: July 2012

Beer: You can taste four of Excelsior’s brews at their tap room. We prefer the crisp XLCR Pale Ale, followed closely by the Bitteschlappe brown ale. Pints are $5-6 and growlers and other swag items are on sale as well.

Food: Nothing at the brewery, though there’s plenty of eating on Water Street. We’re pretty excited to see what Victor’s has to offer this spring.

Details: Located off the parking lot behind Water Street. Enter off Third (you’ll see Petunia’s Home & Garden shop at 421 from the street). It’s a pleasantly rowdy atmosphere in their warehouse-turned-brewery, with a couple stacks of bar Jenga and two small tap tables where you can sample their lineup. The brewer is Bob DuVernois, a former president of the Minnesota Craft Brewer’s Guild. He comes to Excelsior after a well-regarded stint at Great Waters in St. Paul, where he developed a reputation for excellent cask beers. A few firkins have come out of Excelsior so far, with a more regular program most certainly on the way.

LTD Brewing

725 Main St.
Hopkins, MN 55343

Twitter: @ltdbrewing

Hours: Wed 4pm-10pm, Thu 3pm-10pm, Fri 2pm-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-7pm

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Steel Toe Brewing

4848 W. 35th St.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Twitter: @SteelToeBrewing

Hours: Wed-Thu 3-8pm, Fri 3-10pm, Sat Noon-10pm

Tap Room Open Since: February 15th, 2013.

Beer: Steel Toe’s four main beers are likely to always be on tap. If Size 7 isn’t the finest IPA in the Twin Cities, it’s squarely in the top 3. We also can’t get enough of Rainmaker, their wonderfully balanced double red ale. Provider is their standard golden ale and Dissent, their oatmeal-ish stout.

Food: They may have a food truck out front on Fridays. Check their website calendar.

Details: The same week that saw the opening of 612Brew’s megalithic taproom also featured the quiet conversion of Steel Toe’s front room for pint service. They’ve built out a bar and seating along the walls, with room for about 30 guests. What’s most striking about their taproom is the absence of flourish – no artwork on the monochrome walls, no fancy tap tower, just chairs and beer. But we find this aesthetic, or lack thereof, to suit them perfectly. They’re located in an office park, not in a trendy neighborhood. The Steel Toe brand has always been modest and workmanlike, never boastful or flashy. This taproom proves they’re justifiably content to continue letting their outstanding brews do the talking.

Waconia Brewing

255 Main St. W.
Waconia, MN

Twitter: @WaconiaBrewing

Grand Opening: October 22nd, 2014

Hours: Wed-Thu 2pm-9pm, Fri-Sat noon-10pm, Sun noon-6pm

EASTERN SUBURBS:

Isabel Subtil / Heavy Table

Isabel Subtil / Heavy Table

Bent Brewstillery

1744 Terrace Rd.
Roseville, MN

Twitter: @BentBrewstiller

Grand (Re)Opening: August 21st, 2014

Hours: Thu–Fri 4–10pm, Sat 2–10pm

Details: On New Years Eve, Bartley Blume announced that his Bent Brewstillery would be subsuming the Pour Decisions name/beers/location, and the taproom would be shut down for an expansion and remodeling. Expect head brewer Kristen England to continue to brew obscure, unique beers for taproom-only service, alongside Blume’s Dark Fatha, a vanilla-ish, light-bodied, roasty stout, and the crisp, amber Nordic Blonde.

Big Wood Brewery

2222 4th St.
White Bear Lake, MN

Twitter: @BigWoodBrewery

Grand Opening: Friday, February 7th, 2014

Hours: Thu-Fri 3-10pm, Sat 1-10pm

Details: The makers of Morning Wood coffee stout and Bark Bite IPA are now hosting taproom hours.

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John Garland / Heavy Table

HammerHeart Brewing Company

7785 Lake Dr.
Lino Lakes, MN 55014

Hours: Wed-Sat, 2pm-10pm

Beer: They refer to their beers as “hoppy, smoked, and sometimes oaked. Unfiltered and balanced.” They generally stick to English styles – no Belgians or German Lagers – and have about a dozen on tap. We especially like the Flaming Longship, a mildly smoked Scotch ale and the well-attenuated British Invasion pale ale. They’re also running a pretty aggressive barreling program – you will notice a lot of oak stamped with logos from Elijah Craig, Heaven Hill and Buffalo Trace.

Food: Nothing in the brewery, but the occasional food truck will pull up outside. They do not have a regular schedule as of yet.

Details: The Lino Lakes brewery is nearly always packed – the North Metro is coming from all over to get a taste of their unique suds. Other than the erstwhile Pour Decisions, HammerHeart boasts the oddest, least-categorical lineup of brews anywhere in town. There’s lots of smoked malt, lots of oak, lots of tastes you can’t find anywhere else.

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John Garland / Heavy Table

Lift Bridge Brewing

1900 Tower Dr
Stillwater, MN 55082

Twitter: @LiftBridge

Hours: Tue-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat noon-10pm

Tap Room Open Since: September 2011

Beer: You’ll find six of Lift Bridge’s brews on tap. You know and love the citrusy haze of Farm Girl Saison. We also quite like the spectacularly resinous Hop Dish IPA and the crisp Pathway Pilsner. Expect a couple seasonals to be on hand. In the winter, check out their stout series – milk, oyster, and Irish coffee. Also on tap: house-made root beer (ask for a taste, it’s incredible).

Food: No food trucks out in Stillwater, but there’s plenty of solid eating within a couple minutes’ drive. We recommend the laid-back Patriots Tavern for soups / sandwiches and the same goes for Chilkoot Cafe & Cyclery (especially their more elegant dinner menu). We dig the small plates at The Green Room, favor Roma Restaurant for good old-fashioned Italian favorites, and Phil’s Tara Hideaway for great Mediterranean.

Details: There’s no better way to wait out the Highway 36 rush hour than having a pint at Lift Bridge. They’ve won the people’s choice Golden Firkin at Happy Gnome’s Firkin Fest multiple times, so they’ve wisely installed a beer engine in the bar and will begin to feature rotating casks in the near future. If you want their cask beer now, you may find some at Ngon Bistro, Republic, or Groveland Tap.

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Paige Latham / Heavy Table

Maple Island Brewing

225 Main St. N.
Stillwater, MN 55082

Facebook: mapleislandbrewing

WESTERN WISCONSIN:

American Sky Beer

1510 Swasey St.
Hudson, WI

Twitter: @AmericanSkyBeer

Hours: Wed-Thu 4pm-9pm, Friday 2-10pm, Sat noon-10pm, Sun noon-4pm.

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Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Dave’s BrewFarm

2470 Wilson St.
Wilson, WI 54027

Twitter: @DavesBrewFarm

UPDATE: Dave’s BrewFarm is officially for sale.

Hours: Typically open twice a month, usually on weekends with the occasional Friday or Monday thrown in around a holiday weekend. Check for the monthly schedule on the BrewFarm blog.

Beer: You’ll find eight beers on tap at the BrewFarm. What they’ll be is anyone’s guess, but you can expect them to be stylistically all over the map. Just look at the lineup above – everything from a light saison to a 9.2% brew called Mocha Diablo? You’ll be tasting something interesting, that’s for sure. You can get a flight of all eight taps (2 oz pours) for $10, or a 10.5 oz snifter of any for $5. You can also take away 1 liter swing-top bottles for $10, with a $5 deposit (and no, they won’t fill other folks’ growlers). Make sure to bring cash – no cards accepted and no ATM on site.

Food: BYO! The BrewFarm encourages people to bring in snacks, lay out big spreads and potluck, or bring a grill and tailgate.

Details: A laid-back farm where the living is easy and the beer is wind-brewed. We first visited late in 2010 (read our write-up) and it has since maintained is reputation as a convivial and welcoming respite for lovers of good food and good brew.

Oliphant Brewing

350 Main St. #2
Somerset, WI

Twitter: @OliphantBrewing

Hours: Thu-Fri 4pm-9pm, Sat noon-9pm, Sun noon-7

Pitchfork Brewing

Hudson, WI

Twitter: @PitchforkBeer

****UPCOMING TAP ROOMS****

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Insight Brewing Co.

Minneapolis, MN

Twitter: @InsightBrewing

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Surly Brewing Company

Malcolm Ave. & 5th Street SE
Minneapolis, MN

Expected Opening: Late 2014.

Latest DetailsThe Minneapolis City Planning Commission approved the plans for the brewery’s 50,000 square-foot, $20 Million destination brewery in Prospect Park. The construction is now well underway.

Eastlake Brewery and Tavern

920 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN

Twitter: @EastLakeMGM

Expected Opening: Late 2014 – Early 2015

Details: The Southwest Journal reports a small brewery may be in the works for Midtown Global Market. Owner Ryan Pittman is looking to operate a seven-barrel brewing set up within a 2,000 square foot taproom space.

Courtesy of Lucas Gluesenkamp / lucasgluesenkamp.com/

Courtesy of Lucas Gluesenkamp / lucasgluesenkamp.com/

Bad Weather Brewing

W. 7th. St.
St. Paul, MN

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Badger Hill Brewing

Shakopee, MN

Lake Monster Brewing

550 Vandalia St.
St. Paul, MN

Twitter: @LakeMonsterBrew

Expected Opening: Summer 2015

Amity Brewing

1075 St. Clair Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Twitter: @AmityBrewing

Expected Opening: Mid-to-late 2015

Lucid Brewing

6020 Culligan Way
Minnetonka, MN

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Expected Opening: ??

Details: We met up with Lucid owner Jon Messier (above, right) at a North Coast Nosh a while back, and he let on that they aspire to host taproom hours at their Minnetonka brewery in the near future. An ordinance needs to be changed to allow for this, so as of right now, it’s a theoretical taproom at best.

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John Garland is a freelance writer living in the East Isles neighborhood of Minneapolis. His area of expertise is wine - thanks to schooling from the International Sommelier Guild and more than a few winery visits during his time at the American University of Rome. He also contributes to Beer Dabbler's Growler Magazine and is always available for writing opportunities and happy hours.

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3 Comments

  1. Mark Photography Tips01/31/2013

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  2. Wayne Kohnen02/12/2013

    Check out Jack Pine Brewery in Baxter, Mn.

  3. Ken BeBault03/06/2013

    Please add me to you mailing list; I am interested in know who is getting into the business as well as who may be closing shop for anyone in the Food, beer and liqour sales.

    Ken BeBault