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: 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
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.
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: 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: Inviting lounge atmosphere, fantastic beer, home brewer promotion Cons: No distribution of said fantastic beer Number one reason you should go: Clockwerks Brewing may be new but they've already made an indelible mark on my own mental brewery map of the Twin Cities. And the best part about Clockwerks: the beer is driving the … Continue reading Clockwerks Brewing
Pros: Excellent sour beers, beautifully lit space Cons: A surfeit of sour/juicy beers, not a log cabin Number one reason you should go: In the words of my friend Evan, "No one goes to St. Paul." Which is true, but anyone who follows the Twin Cities beer scene knows Lowertown is popping off right now. … Continue reading Barrel Theory Beer Company