We’re going to spare you the lengthy intro on this article and get right to the good stuff. Here are our favorite places to drink craft beer in Minneapolis-Saint Paul and why we like them.
We created this list by sending a dude who has committed his life to knowing craft beer and good food. He ranks the beer, the atmosphere and the food together to find the best possible brewery experience for you.
Have fun in Minnesota – maybe we will see you at the bar. Cheers!
BAUHAUS BREW LABS
1315 Tyler St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
This place has a HUGE covered patio with a wall of arcade games, a concert stage, and rotating food trucks that are on site regularly. They put their space to great use and are always hosting live music or other fun events like pop-up shops & yoga! Do we need to say more? Didn’t think so. Their patio welcomes puppers of all shapes and sizes – so come ready to pet some doggos if that’s your thing. They also have an air hockey table – so make sure you warm up. Done. Sign me up.
We Recommend: Wagon Party (West Coast Style Lager)
612Brew – PintPass Member Brewery
945 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
This place is known for their live music and was founded by a group of friends. It’s nested in one of the city’s most historic buildings, which has enabled the use of the basement as a venue for music acts and private parties. Their shuffleboard tables are a hit – so don’t forget to brush up on the rules so you know exactly your score. You don’t want to be cheated out of your win like I was.
We Recommend: SIX (American Pale Ale)
Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub
2716 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
This is where you want to be for a great beer along with some even better food. They put their smokers to good use and their menu features a myriad of dishes like: smoked trout dip, smoked cheese curds,a smoked turkey sandwich, smoked trout tacos, smoked chicken wings… you get the point. If you can’t make it to the brewpub – you might be lucky enough to see the Northbound Smokehouse food truck on the streets!
But the smoking isn’t just for their food. Their Smokehouse Porter is made with house-smoked malt, giving it a subtle campfire aroma behind the chocolaty roast.
We Recommend: The 18 Hour Porketta Sandwich practically falls apart – in the best way possible. Pair it with their Honey Wheat for a perfect balance of flavor.
56 Brewing – PintPass Member Brewery
3055 NE Columbia Ave Suite 102, Minneapolis, MN 55418
56 Brewing prides itself on its Minneapolis roots. It was born our of collaboration from a group of people that love their city, the community and most importantly – great beer.
Their motto is “We make beer we like to drink.” Their goal is quality, consistency, and the ability to rotate beer styles efficiently.They strive to use only locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, but always in their seasonal variations and infusions.
The brewery may be a bit small but their large selection of incredible beers would make you think otherwise. Wherever you are in the tap-room it will feel at home. The various pinball tables are perfect for bar-room bets – make sure you make it on Wednesdays for trivia night. Their new taproom is awesome for a night out with friends or somewhere to sit down and have a cold beer after a long day.
This one makes the list because the beer is top-notch. This brewery is on the PintPass app and also offers sweet discounts for Premium Members of Pintpass. Compliments of 56 Brewing, you can try one month free of PintPass Premium by downloading the mobile app and using code getdiscounts5122 when you sign up.
We Recommend: Mango Saison
2934 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
LynLake Brewery is located in a historic 100-year old theater complete with neon marquee and an AWESOME rooftop patio that has 2 large firepits that are perfect for chilly fall evenings. The taproom offers flagship beers, seasonals, casks, nitros, plus Big Watt cold press coffee on tap. They don’t have a kitchen but their partnerships with some favorite local restaurants who deliver curated bites right to your seat. World Street Kitchen and Taco Cat are just a couple of the awesome eateries that have made their way to LynLake Brewery.
They offer growlers, occasional tours, and trivia and bingo nights. Oh, and the ceiling lights will blow you away every time.
We recommend: Sideburns Milk Stout
Now before you go bananas and think that we missed a ton of good breweries…trust us we know. Minneapolis-Saint Paul has over 70 breweries in the immediate area so narrowing it down to this small list was one of the hardest things we’ve had to do in a while. This list is just a few of our favorites that have a great blend of food, atmosphere and really great beer. So get out there and try them yourself and let us know how right (or wrong) we were!