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 cabin aesthetic, or all of the clientele in Vikings jerseys on the night we went, 10K seems like the most “Minnesotan” brewery we’ve hit so far on our list.
Inside, walls of timber give 10K the feel of a rustic cabin. On a Saturday night in January, the place was busy, but not so packed we couldn’t find a seat. It helps that 10K is located on a main drag of historic Anoka with many other food and drink options in walking distance.
We took advantage of this option, bailing to a nearby dive bar called Billy’s when the music became too loud to bear. I don’t know if I’ve given this rant on this blog or not yet, but I’m of the belief that live music never requires amps when performed indoors at a standard-sized brewery. That being said, 10K presents the best-case scenario for amped live indoor music. They seem to book talented acts consistently (a phenomenal jazz band playing high school jazz band classics the first time we went and an americana band with a great lead singer this past time), and it seems as though clientele come there specifically for the music.
On a random note, the women’s bathroom was out of order on a semi-long term basis due to plumbing issues, but the shared bathroom in the hallway was available for use. Some children were playing hide-and-seek in the hallway when I went back there. The variety of space at 10K is good for families with children to run and play.
The first thing that struck me about 10K’s beer list was that it was more diversified than the previous time that we went (about 18 months ago). Having been mostly dark beers that time, this time it featured more light beers, ales, and sours. The second thing that struck me was the genius of the two beer names at the bottom of the following list. You can read my (and my family’s) reviews of the following beers at the Untappd links below:
- Chocolate Moose Nuts – Baltic Porter (3.75/5)
- Cranberry Cream Ale (3/5)
- Double IPA (4.5/5)
- ESB – Extra Special Bitter (3/5)
- Honey Hash – IPA (3.25/5)
- I Can’t Believe It’s Not Hard Cider – Apple Ale (4/5)
- Lotus IPA (4.75/5)
- Why Is The Carpet All Wet Todd? – Blonde Ale (3.25/5)
- I Don’t Know, Margo! – Stout (3/5)