HammerHeart 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

Modist Brewing Co.

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.

Inbound BrewCo

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

Gary Nicholas of Bell’s and Surly: “There is no craft brewery bubble.”

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.”

Great Waters Brewing Company

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