Minnesota, and in particular Minneapolis, has always had a rich history of craft brewing. There has always been small, local brewers serving the community and bringing people together with their well loved family beer recipes. But before 2011 it was illegal for breweries in Minnesota to serve pints of their beer on site…
However after some serious campaigning this law was changed and breweries that produced less than 250,000 barrels per year were allowed to sell their produce on site and oh boy are we glad this law was changed, as it has allowed some pretty great craft breweries to grow, expand and share their beer with the people of Minnesota.
Here are seven of our favorite craft breweries in Minneapolis, so that when you’re visiting you know where to go to get a really great pint of locally produced beer.
Fulton first appeared on the brewing scene way back in 2006 when a couple of friends started homebrewing in co-founder Jim Diley’ garage. By 2009 they had created a few well-loved recipes that friends and family loved and managed to seek out a spare space to brew in a local Minnesota brewery. Whilst brewing at the local brewery they also managed to complete an apprentice with an experiences brewmaster, learn the basics of operating a production plant, build and managed to generate some revenue. On 28th October 2009 they sold their first pint and less than a year later their beer was being sold in over 100 bars in the Twin Cities. They opened their own brewery taproom in 2012 and visitors can enjoy a pint just 38 feet from there the beer is brewed.
Fulton, 414 N 6th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401, United States
Omar Ansari started Surly Brewing in 2005, by 2006 they were selling their first kegs to local bars and by 2007 they were named the Best Brewer in America by BeerAdvocate magazine. Surly brews some great concoctions like Coffee Bender, their coffee-flavored American oatmeal brown ale and Overrated, their West Coast IPA. You can also thank Surly for leading the change in a Prohibition-era Minnesota law that we mentioned earlier that stopped production breweries from selling pints of their beer at breweries. In 2011 Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the ‘Surly Bill’ into law, so you can all thank Surly Brewing for leading the this law change, yay for Surly Brewing!
Surly Brewing, 520 Malcolm Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, United States
Indeed Brewing Company
Rachel Anderson, Nathan Berndt, and Tom Whisenand founded Indeed Brewing Company, and they sold their first beer in August 2012. Located in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, Indeed has a wide range of beers to satisfy any beer craving. Visitors can get their hands on distinctive flagship beers, well-loved seasonal releases and adventurous specialty brews. You can only purchase Indeed brews in cans, because they are easier to transport and can go places bottles cannot, making it far easier to share the Indeed brew love with the world. The cans are also much better for the environment, as they are lighter to transport so use less fuel and are fully recyclable. The brewery is well known for its community-orientated vibe and always makes an effort to engage with its visitors. We also love their brew dog Walter, who looks like he could be Baxter’s long lost brew brother.
Indeed Brewing Company, 711 15th Avenue NE Minneapolis, MN 55413, United States
Dangerous Man is a brewery that is brimming with Minneapolis history, and has a real community feel to it. The taproom was formerly a bank that resided on the corner of 13th Avenue and 2nd Street in Northeast Minneapolis and the guys at the brewery have done their best to preserve as many as the original features as possible. The brewery still has the original pillars, an iron bank door and the bank’s name is still etched into the brick above the doorway. The bar and taproom tables are built from repurposed wood from a building in Minneapolis and around the bar you will find several iconic pieces of art, all from local artists. They are also dedicated to giving something back to the community and do so through volunteer group activities and charitable donations. You’ll always be able to grab a pint of beer from the wide selection on offer, but if you aren’t in the mood for beer you can still pick up a glass of homemade soda or a cup of nitro cold press coffee.
Dangerous Man Brewing, 1300 NE 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55413, United States
612 Brew is housed in the historic The Broadway building in downtown Minneapolis. The guys behind 612 Brew got together inside a restored warehouse space, set up an area for live music, got Minneapolis artist Adam Turman to paint a pretty awesome mural and started to create some pretty amazing brews. The taproom offers beverages like Unrated, a rye IPA and Gateway Park, as well as rotating seasonal beers that you can grab in flights, pints and growlers. If you fancy a tour then bring along a tin of canned goods to donate to charity and then the tour is completely free! There are also some awesome food trucks that stop by the taproom when it’s open, but you’re also more than welcome to bring your own food along too.
612 Brew, 45 Broadway Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 United States
Bauhaus Brew Labs takes its name after the Bauhaus School, one of the most famous art and design schools in the world in Germany. Bauhaus looks at classic German inspired beer styles and pays homage to the original Bauhaus School concept that art and craft is a joy and should be celebrated every day in life. The Bauhaus family is made up of musicians, scientists, artists and beer lovers who have revitalized the family brewery and want to share their love of beer with the world. You can take a visit to the Bauhaus taproom and taste some pretty great beers like the Wonderstuff Neu Bohemian Pilsner, Wagon Party West Coast Lager and Stargrazer German Style Schwarzbier.
Bauhaus Brew Labs, 1315 Tyler Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, Unites States
Harriet Brewing focuses on producing traditional European styles of beer, in particular Belgian ales and German lagers. The brewery first began in a garage on the West side of Lake Harriet (can you tell where they got their name from?) but now resides in the vibrant Longfellow neighborhood in Minneapolis. The guys behind Harriet Brewing take pride in their knowledge of brewing, their open minds and selective pallets to produce some of the most unique and enjoyable beers in Minneapolis. The taproom is centered around community and has been designed to bring people together, listen to some good music and drink some amazing beers.
Harriet Brewing, 3036 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406, United States