Note: We visited ENKI Brewing back on Valentine's Day, before Minnesota bars and restaurants were closed and the stay-at-home order was in place. Their taproom is currently closed, but they are still offering curbside pickup. More info here. Key takeaways: Balcony overlooking brewing area, sizeable renovated warehouse space and deck, delicious mint-infused Mocha Porter. On … Continue reading ENKI Brewing
Key takeaways: Knowledgeable and friendly brewing instructors, laid back setting to explore beer brewing and learn about beer. Fantastic tours 😉 Have you ever brewed beer? I once asked for and received a beer brewing kit for my birthday only to let it sit in the back of my closet and eventually expire. It wasn't … Continue reading Vine Park Brewing
Key Takeaways: Eden Prairie's 1st brewery, indoor food truck, better-than-average beer (for a new brewery), regrettable live music choices When we first moved to Eden Prairie in November 2018, the closest brewery was Unmapped, 7 minutes away in Minnetonka. August 2019 heralded the arrival of Boom Island Brewing, which picked up from its namesake location in … Continue reading Fat Pants Brewing Co.
Key Takeaways: 100% Minnesotan, live music done well, families, wood cabin vibes The slogan on 10K Brewing's website reads "Nice beer. Nice people." Simple though it may be, this phrase sums up well the sensibility of this popular, far-flung (by city folk standards) brewery: Minnesota nice. Whether it's because of it's northernmost location, the wood … Continue reading 10K Brewing
It's almost 2020, and Twin Cities A-to-Z Brewery Tour is back and better than ever. The brewery list has been revamped and expanded to include ALL breweries in the 7-county metro area. This move was propagated by the suggestions of many people both real and anonymous as well as my own desire, now that I've … Continue reading We’re Baaaack!
Since I started this blog in September 2016, I have visited and reviewed a little more than half the breweries in the Twin Cities. Some have closed, many have opened. It's a big project that's growing bigger. It's a project I intend to finish. But in order to reach her health and fitness goals for … Continue reading Going On Hiatus
Pros: Stellar location with easy parking Cons: Forgettable beer that sometimes runs out (?) Number one reason you should go: The beer doesn't take center stage at Clutch, but it offers an inoffensive backdrop to the enticing sights, tastes, and smells around it at Keg & Case Market. Make it part of your holiday shopping … Continue reading Clutch Brewing Company
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