Pros: Mafia-like lounge area, stellar northeast pale ale Cons: Hard to find parking Number one reason you should go: Charming and welcoming, Insight is a necessary stop on any tour of Northeast Minneapolis breweries. Located on the same stretch of East Hennepin Avenue as Headflyer, Insight Brewing is the easternmost outpost of what is otherwise … Continue reading Insight Brewing
Pros: Large space, well-crafted beer Cons: A bit of a drive from the city Number one reason you should go: If you and your friends are tired of shouting over one another, consider grabbing a brew at this relatively quiet, suburban brewery with yard games and a large patio. Well, the Twin Cities A-to-Z Brewery … Continue reading Alloy Brewing Company
Pros: An old favorite in Twin Cities craft beer circles, mindfully-crafted beer Cons: Honestly, anything that goes in this list would just be nitpicking at this point Number one reason you should go there: The beer. The vibe. The everything. Indeed Brewing Company is a Twin Cities craft beer standard, and often the first TC … Continue reading Indeed Brewing Company
Pros: Unique theme, attention-grabbing beers Cons: A bit of a drive compared to other Twin Cities breweries Number one reason you should go: HammerHeart Brewing Company offers up a well-executed, one-of-a-kind concept in a backwoods, log cabin space. Every good Minnesota Viking should go experience it, especially if you like smoky beers. If you ever … Continue reading HammerHeart Brewing Company
Pros: Solid beer, active brewery doing interesting things Cons: Expect crowds and noise (or try them at 6 p.m. on a Sunday) Number one reason you should go: FOMO Though the next brewery on the list was technically Indeed, we decided to skip ahead and hit up Modist Brewing Co., both because it completes the … Continue reading Modist Brewing Co.
Pros: Pleasing design and layout; congenial staff Cons: Unpredictable beer quality Number one reason you should go: Inbound is a brewery you don't hear mentioned a lot in Twin Cities craft beer conversations, or if it is, it's tucked behind "Insight, Indeed, and that other one..." Go see the other one. What is Inbound BrewCo? … Continue reading Inbound BrewCo
Pros: Chic venue, great beer, even better karma Cons: Probably going to be pretty crowded and loud, at least for a few months Number one reason you should go: Do you hate the hungry? No? Well go do your part as a charitable human and have a beer at Finnegans House. On St. Patrick's Day … Continue reading Finnegans
Pros: A haven for Badgers, Packers, and Wisconsin fans of all stripes Cons: Beer that's good, but not quite Wisconsin-level good Number one reason you should go: If you're a Packer fan, it's a necessity. If you're not a Wisconsin fan, it's a way to get a taste of Wisconsin without actually having to go there. Having … Continue reading The Herkimer Pub & Brewery
As the market for craft beer exploded over the hops business boomed. Until it didn't. If you're a podcast person (or even if you're not) check out this 6-minute episode from Planet Money's The Indicator, all about the changing and shifting market for hops.
Pros: Conveniently located on the green line, cool branding concept, a couple good beers Cons: Chilly space, a couple "meh" beers Number one reason you should go: Dual Citizen seems especially to committed to its concept, location, and identity. But as with any new brewery, they are still finding their footing. Give it a couple … Continue reading Dual Citizen Brewing Co.