Ever since the so-called “Surly Bill” went into law in Minnesota, brewery taprooms have sprouted up across the state like toadstools. Taprooms are typically connected to the brewery and only serve the beer or cider made on site. Food trucks usually feed the crowds that come en masse to taste the newest pilsners, pale ales, and stouts introduced regularly by the nearly 40 taprooms in the Twin Cities metro. Here are some of the latest taprooms to open across the area that you will definitely want to try out.
Able Seedhouse + Brewing
1126 Quincy Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
This open-air taproom opened this past spring and is already a big hit, despite neighboring Indeed, Bauhaus, and 612 Brew all within a few blocks. The First Light American IPA is a hop-forward and clean tasting beer with a bit a sweet flavor in the finish. The BLK WLF Stout is described as, “complex and super easy to drink.” This stout mixes local cold-press info right after the pour, giving it a unique twist on a local favorite. Dogs are welcome on both the picnic-like patio and inside the taproom itself, so well-mannered, leashed pups are definitely welcome.
Lake Monster Brewing
550 Vandalia Street #160, Saint Paul, MN 55114
Nestled in a small industrial pocket off of Interstate 94 at the Cretin/Vandalia exit, Lake Monster Brewing has plenty to offer. There are currently seven beers on tap, including the aptly-named St. Paul Pub Ale, Untethered Sour Brown, and the tasty Murmur Milk Stout. Lake Monster also hosts several events, including “Yoga and a Pint” every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30am. The brewery is also available to rent for private parties and events.
701 N. 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401
One of the latest taprooms to open in the hot North Loop area of downtown Minneapolis, Inbound BrewCo aims to bring a rustic, beer drinking experience into the heart of a bustling urban neighborhood. Open from Noon-Midnight 7 days a week, Inbound features an extensive beer list guaranteed to make even the seasoned beer connoisseur excited. The menu divides beers among Hoppy, Dark(er), Polish and German Biers, and Belgian-esque, ensuring everyone gets exactly what they’re looking for. Public and private tours will soon be available, so stay tuned!
By Rachelle Gordon