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.
Last week, I attended "It's Just Beer...Or Is It?" as part of the Urban Currents events series put on by the Cuningham Group. The speakers were: Gary Nicholas, craft brewing consultant, former Project Manager at Surly Brewing Co., and former Quality Manager at Bell's Brewery Sarah Bonvallet, Co-Owner and Creative Director at Dangerous Man Brewing … Continue reading Gary Nicholas of Bell’s and Surly: “There is no craft brewery bubble.”
Pros: Comfortable atmosphere, cool location Cons: Relatively bland beer, nothing-to-write-home-about sandwiches Number one reason you should go: Great Waters is the only brewery in the Twin Cities we've seen so far where cask-conditioned ales are offered so consistently and under such strident quality standards. If you're interested in trying this style, Great Waters is a … Continue reading Great Waters Brewing Company
Pros: Great location, vibes, and space; friendly staff; food in-house Cons: Middling beer Number one reason you should go: Having been around for almost a decade, Fulton is coming close to a Minneapolis mainstay. And with such a great location, you've got no reason not to go. Hit them up before your next Twins game … Continue reading Fulton
Pros: Perfect branding, great beer, excellent bartenders Cons: I honestly can't think of a con here. Stay open later, I guess. Come 10pm we didn't want to leave, even on a Wednesday. Number one reason you should go: If you're looking for a trendy, Minnesota-centric brewery to hang out at while drinking great beer and … Continue reading HeadFlyer Brewing
Pros: history-filled location, excellent porters Cons: spotty service, old brewery smell Number one reason you should go: If you've ever wanted to drink a quality porter in the Coliseum, Flat Earth will provide an experience pretty close to that. Go in the summer and have a couple on the patio. When it comes to breweries, … Continue reading Flat Earth Brewing Company