The craft beer revolution has hit its stride with new variations of the hip, relaxed microbrewery popping up all over the country. As you should expect, you’ll find some of the best of this hot trend right here in the Twin Cities. Most recently, I discovered Inbound BrewCo and decided to see what they were made of. Located near Target Field, Inbound’s industrial-style space welcomes customers and their four legged companions to come in and try one of their various tap selections every day of the week. If you’re heading to a Twins game or any other attraction downtown, consider adding this new spot to your outing.
The dark colored, fashionable brewery is usually contrasted by a colorful food truck just outside and standing by for hungry patrons, which is pretty much everyone after a few pints. The trucks rotate regularly, and fan favorites include The Fabled Rooster Truck, O’Cheeze, Outlaw Grill, and Market BBQ. Craft beer hounds can make themselves comfortable at one of Inbound’s many large wooden tables, perfect for meeting old friends as well as making new ones. The atmosphere is light and congenial, something more commonly found in breweries than at bars, though especially pronounced at Inbound. Inbound also boasts a large projector and a TV for sports, because cheering for the Vikings is much more satisfying in large groups.
Depending on when you visit, you can catch a really fun trivia night or great live music. Monday night from 7:00pm – 9:00pm is Trivia Mafia Monday. I can’t promise you won’t get “whacked,” but if you do it will be because of a strong IPA, not a mafioso. On Saturdays you can catch local live music. See which shows are coming up on Inbound’s event page at inboundbrew.co.
Inbound always also has a number of other one-off events on the way. Recent past events include Pet Portrait Painting (it’s exactly what it sounds like) and a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, where a portion of all sales were donated to that charity. There’s nothing like benefiting a charitable cause to relieve any nagging guilt about your drinking habits!
But what about the beer?! All I can say is that Inbound has what you’re looking for. Although their tap selections rotate, you can choose from a wide variety of delicious beers no matter when you visit. They have IPAs, tons of them, including sessions, doubles, and standards, as well as some wild specialties like Mango American IPA. They have pale ales including Apricot Pale Ale and grapefruit tinged Comet Pale Ale. They also have some curveballs like Oyster Stout, Raspberry Kolsch, and coffee and chocolate blended Cascadian Dark Ale.
Whatever you’re into, these guys have it covered. Inbound has joined the club of cool, exciting places in the Twin Cities for beer lovers to spend their time. If you’re a brew connoisseur, don’t wait any longer to go and check out Inbound BrewCo — you won’t regret it.
By Anthony Chiofalo