Last Updated: July 30, 2020
You want Twin Cities Breweries?
Oh, have we got Twin Cities Breweries…
One of the coolest things about Minneapolis & St. Paul is our exploding craft beer scene. New breweries are opening all the time, and sometimes, it can be hard to keep up!
That’s exactly why we wanted to take on the monster task of cataloguing every brewery in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding suburbs.
Every. Single. One.
And of course, since we’re trying to build the best Twin Cities travel guide on the internet, we’ve also added some handy local’s tips, too.
Minneapolis & St. Paul Brewery Map (with every single Twin Cities brewery!)
Yeah, pinning all those breweries wasn’t easy!
All told, we counted over 80 different microbreweries in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.
Our criteria for a brewery to make the list:
- Had to be a microbrewery (Duh!)
- Needed a true taproom feel. Restaurants focusing on food and brewing one or two beers don’t count. We admit there were some judgment calls here.
- Within a reasonable drive of the Twin Cities.
- Minneapolis & St. Paul Brewery Map (with every single Twin Cities brewery!)
- Minneapolis Breweries
- 56 Brewing
- 612 Brew
- Able Seedhouse + Brewery
- Bauhaus Brew Labs
- Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative
- Clockwerks Brewing
- Dangerous Man Brewing
- Day Block Brewing Company
- Eastlake Craft Brewery
- Fair State Brewing Cooperative
- Falling Knife Brewing Co.
- Finnegans Brew Company
- Fulton Beer
- HeadFlyer Brewing
- Herkimer Pub & Brewery
- Inbound Brewing Company
- Indeed Brewing
- Insight Brewing
- La Doña Cervecería
- Lakes and Legends
- LynLake Brewery
- Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
- Modist Brewing
- Northbound Smokehouse
- One Fermentary & Taproom
- Pryes Brewing
- Sisyphus Brewing
- Socialable Cider Werks
- Steel Toe Brewing
- Surly Brewing Co.
- Utepils Brewing Company
- Venn Brewing Company
- Wild Mind Artisan Ales
- St. Paul Breweries
- Bad Weather Brewing
- Bang Brewing
- Barrel Theory Beer Company
- Blackstack Brewing
- Burning Brothers Brewing
- Clutch Brewing Co.
- Dual Citizen Brewing
- Lake Monster Brewing
- Saint Paul Brewing
- Stacked Deck Brewing
- Summit Brewing Co.
- The Lab
- Tin Whiskers Brewing Company
- Urban Growler Brewing Company
- Vine Park
- Wabasha Brewing Company
- Waldmann Brewery (and Wustery!)
- Yoerg Brewing Company
- Breweries in the Twin Cities Suburbs
- 3rd Act Craft Brewery (Woodbury, MN)
- Alloy Brewing Company (Coon Rapids, MN)
- Angry Inch Brewing (Lakeville, MN)
- Badger Hill Brewing (Shakopee, MN)
- Back Channel Brewing Co. (Spring Park, MN)
- Bald Man Brewing (Eagan, MN)
- Bent Brewstillery (Roseville, MN)
- Big Wood Brewery (White Bear Lake, MN)
- Boathouse Brothers Brewing (Prior Lake, MN)
- Boom Island Brewing Company (Minnetonka, MN)
- ENKI Brewing Taproom & Eatery (Victoria, MN)
- Excelsior Brewing Company (Excelsior, MN)
- Forgotten Star Brew Co (Fridley, MN)
- Hammer Heart Brewing Co. (Lino Lakes, MN)
- Inver Grove Brewing (Inver Grove Heights, MN)
- Invictus Brewing Company (Blaine, MN)
- Lakeville Brewing Company (Lakeville, MN)
- Lift Bridge Brewing Company (Stillwater, MN)
- LTD Brewing Company (Hopkins, MN)
- Lupine Brewing Company (Delano, MN)
- Maple Island Brewing (Stillwater, MN)
- OMNI Brewing Co. (Maple Grove, MN)
- Roets Jordan Brewery (Jordan, MN)
- Schram Haus Brewery (Chaska, MN)
- Shakopee Brewhall (Shakopee, MN)
- Spiral Brewery (Hasting, MN)
- u4ic Brewing Inc. (Belle Plaine, MN)
- Unmapped Brewing Co. (Minnetonka, MN)
- Waconia Brewing Company (Waconia, MN)
- Wicked Wort Brewing Company (Robbinsdale, MN)
- Wooden Hill Brewing Company (Edina, MN)
Beer lovers, rejoice! At the time of this writing, Minneapolis has an incredible 33 craft breweries. Here’s our guide to every single one.
Over time, 56 Brewing has come a long way. We first visited this taproom in its early days, when their primary marketing efforts were Groupon sales hoping to coax people into a tiny, difficult to find warehouse location.
Today, 56 Brewing has expended into a beautiful taproom in Minneapolis’s trendy Northeast neighborhood, and they’ve even started canning some of their most popular varieties!
Northeast Nectar (Honey Wheat Ale) or Nosehair Bender (Dry Hopped IPA)
3055 Columbia Ave NE Ste 102
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55418-1860
Able Seedhouse + Brewery
First Light (American IPA)
BLK WLF (Stout)
Supergiant (Cream Ale)
1121 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis MN55413
Bauhaus Brew Labs
For our money, Bauhaus has one of the coolest brewery taprooms in the city.
The old warehouse building just oozes character. Inside, you’ll concrete floors, graffiti walls, and old machinery lifts. Outside? A beautiful patio with original brick walls, green landscaping, and even more rustic warehouse touches. It’s an impressive sight sure to woo any local or out-of-towner alike.
Wonderstuff (Bohemian Pilsener)
Sky Five (Ameircan IPA)
Stargrzer (German Schwarzbier)
1315 Tyler Street NE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413
Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative
3134 California Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Monday: 4pm – 10pm
Wednesday: 4pm – 10pm
Thursday: 4pm – 10pm
Friday: 2pm – 12pm
Clockwerks Brewing specializes in drinkable, sessionable beers in a low-key setting. We’re not sure if it’s the intimate bar, the tasteful string lights, or the pool table in the back, but the Cockwerks taproom gives off the unmistakable vibe of a casual hangout. And that’s just fine by us.
25 N 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
- Sunday 2–8PM
- Monday 4–10PM
- Tuesday 4–10PM
- Wednesday 4–10PM
- Thursday 4–10PM
- Friday 3PM–12AM
- Saturday 12PM–12AM
Dangerous Man Brewing
In the hoop-la of ever expanding flashy taprooms, Dangerous Man Brewing might fly under the radar.
That’d be a mistake though. Ask any Twin Cities beer connoisseur, and they’ll consistently include Dangerous Man in their short list of best beer in the cities. The rotating taps here consistently have delicious options across the entire tasting spectrum. Fans of everything from chocolate milk stouts to light fruit cobbler are sure to find something they like here.
Whether that's the amazing pizza next door at Young Joni, the awesome fish and chips down the street at Anchor Fish and Chips, or even just a burger from the nearby McDonald's. Go ahead, have a few Dangerous brews while you decide...
1300 NE 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55413
- Tuesday 4pm – 10pm
- Wednesday 4pm – 10pm
- Thursday 3pm – 10pm
- Friday 3pm – 12am
- Saturday 12pm – 12am
- Sunday 12pm – 8pm
Day Block Brewing Company
Housed in a building originally built in 1883, Day Block’s current owner first began restoration of the building in 2005. By 2014, Day Block Brewing opened to the world, with a promise of serving fresh beer and delicious pizza.
Here you’ll find a rotating beer list with pizza, salads, and sandwiches served in a brewpub vibe.
Frank’s Red (Amber Ale)
1105 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Tuesday – Wednesday: 11am – 10pm
Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 1am
Sunday: 11am – 9pm
Eastlake Craft Brewery
Eastlake Blueliner (American Pale Ale)
Noon – 11 PM, Everyday.
Fair State Brewing Cooperative
Mirror Universe (Hazy IPA)
Pahlay (Tropical Pale Ale)
- Monday 4pm – 11pm
- Tuesday 4pm – 11pm
- Wednesday 4pm – 11pm
- Thursday 4pm – 11pm
- Friday 12pm – 12am
- Saturday 12pm – 12am
- Sunday 12pm – 9pm
Falling Knife Brewing Co.
Falling knife is one of the newer breweries in Minneapolis. Opening in Summer 2019, this brewery opened to rave reviews from Twin Cities beer fans, and the owners already have plans to begin their owning canning process.
Get to this soon, and you can say you caught the Falling Knife before it was cool!
Verbal Tip (N.E. IPA)
Mon – Wed: 3 pm -10 pm
Thu: 3 pm -12 pm
Fri-Sat: 12 pm -12am
Finnegans Brew Company
If a classic Irish pub were to mix with a state-of-the-art brewery taproom, you’d have Finnegan’s. Dark wood-paneled bars meet views of the hundred gallon brewing tanks. And in true Minnesota microbrewery style, there’s a huge patio that opens up when the weather’s nice.
Grab yourself their micro take on an Irish Ale, and you’ll start planning your return trip for the St. Paddy’s day party.
Finnegans (Irish Ale)
Sun: 2 PM – 8 PM
Mon – Thur: 3 PM – 11 PM
Fri – Sat: 12 PM – 12 AM
Fulton is a Minneapolis classic.
It seems like the small indoor taproom, which sits in the shadow of nearby Target Field, has been serving up Lonely Blondes since before microbreweries were really a thing.
Over time, Fulton’s other offerings have built up passionate followings too, like their Sweet Child of Vine IPA, and more recently, their successful jump into the hard seltzer world.
Lonely Blonde (American Blonde)
Sweet Child of Vine (IPA)
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 3 PM – 10 PM
- Wednesday: 3 PM – 10 PM
- Thursday: 3 PM – 10 PM
- Friday: 3 PM – 11 PM
- Saturday: 12 PM – 11 PM
- Sunday: 12 PM – 6 PM
Just when it seems like Minneapolis’s Northeast neighborhood couldn’t have any more breweries, they score another brewery.
Headflyer opened in 2017 with the goal of creating a variety of beer for all types of beer drinkers. To that end, they’ve been quite successful. They first came out swinging with a Juicy IPA, but have also added some quality sours, wheats, lagers, and stouts.
It Was All A Dream (Juicy IPA)
861 E. Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
- Tuesday-Thursday: 3 pm – 10 pm
- Friday: 1 pm – 12 am
- Saturday: 12 pm – 12 am
- Sunday: 12 pm – 9 pm
- Monday: 3 pm – 10 pm
Herkimer Pub & Brewery
To us, Herkimer seems like the ultimate brewery mashup. Part microbrewery, part restaurant, part pub. This place has got it all and then some.
Alt (German Altbier)
2922 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55408
- Mon-Fri: 12pm-2am
- Sat & Sun: 10am-2am
- Brunch Sat & Sun: 10am-3pm
- Happy Hour Every Day: 3pm-6pm
- Late Night Happy Hour: Sun-Thurs 10pm-2am
Inbound Brewing Company
Inbound is another brewery that sits near Target Field, although with a totally different vibe than say, the nearby Fulton Brewery. Inbound is a large industrial space, with towering ceilings, exposed duct work, and a live music stage that can really get pumping on weekends.
The beer here seems to rotate quite frequently, which has it’s pros and cons. It’s always fun to try something new, but there’s some seriously fantastic drinks that inevitably get cycled like, like their season German Hefeweizen. #BringItBack!
Apricot Pale Ale (Pale Ale)
Super G Lovshake (Milkshake IPA)
701 N 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Indeed, we love you… indeed.
Indeed is a true local’s favorite. In part, that’s from their impressive collection of year-round flagships across the whole palate spectrum – like their IPAs, Lagers, and Sours – but also their seasonal releases, which have developed a cult following for every season.
In the Summer, there’s the easy drinking Shenanigans wheat beer. In the Fall, the Yamma Jamma (RIP). The Winter? Stir Crazy Porter. And by Spring, there’s always some sort of fruit sour to thaw out and welcome the warmer weather.
Day Tripper (Pale Ale)
Shenanigans (Seasonal – Wheat Ale)
Let It Ride (IPA)
Mexican Honey (Imperial Lager)
711 15th Ave NE
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55413
- MON – THURS : 3PM – 11PM
- FRI – SAT : 12PM – 12AM
- SUN : 12PM – 8PM
Although it’s still got the feel of an undiscovered secret, Insight Brewing seems to have a made a name for itself in liquor shops all over the state. So maybe that’s why their big, open concept taproom is more often than not packed to the gills, in the best way.
With classics like An Obstruction on the Toll Way, The Wisdom of Old One Eye, and The Return Voyage of Banshee Cutter, you might feel like you climbed out of a Tolkien novel while placing your order. It’s all part of the charm. So take a journey to this adventure-themed brewery, where delicious brews and good times await.
An Obstruction on the Troll Way (Citrus IPA)
2821 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55413-2916
La Doña Cervecería
Minneapolis has a lot of breweries, but one brewery type the city didn’t have, until now? Una cerveceria Mexicana.
That’s all been fixed with the recent opening of La Dona.
And we’re happy to report La Dona includes everything we hoped to see from a Mexican microbrewery.
- Delicous craft takes on Mexican lagers? Check.
- Refreshing Micheladas? Check.
- Weekly salsa dancing, Spanish/English conversation clubs, and an outdoor soccer field? Can’t say that was on our list, but it’s still pretty awesome to see!
Doña Fría (Mexican Lager)
Michelada (Beer Cocktail)
241 Fremont Avenue North Unit B, Minneapolis, MN, 55405
- Monday – Tuesday: 4 pm – 9 pm
- Wednesday – Thurday: 4 pm – 11 pm
- Friday: 2 pm – 12 am
- Saturday: 12 pm – 2 am
- Sunday: 12 pm – 8 pm
Lakes and Legends
When we heard a brewery was going into the first floor of the new high-rise condo developments near Loring Park, we weren’t sure what to think.
When we visited the first time, and took one look at the long list Belgian Witbiers, strongs, and sours, we knew Lakes and Legends was going to be a force to be reckoned with in the Minneapolis brewery scene.
St. Gail (Raspberry Braggot)
Great Wit North (Belgian Wit)
Marigold (Belgian Strong)
1368 Lasalle Ave
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55403
- Monday – Thursday: 3 pm – 10 pm
- Friday: 3 pm – 12 am
- Saturday: 12 pm – 12 am
- Sunday: 12 pm – 10 pm
LynLake Brewery is kind of that brewery we always forget is there.
Not because it isn’t popular. On the contrary, this big space can find itself absolutely packed with Uptown youngin’s and hipsters ready to party. No, we forget about it only because it doesn’t feel all that much like a craft brewery, and instead, more like a hopping bar that also happens to serve microbrews.
For the uptown neighborhood, it couldn’t be a more perfect fit.
Sideburns (Milk Stout)
Rubbish (Red Ale)
Take 6 (IPA)
2934 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55408
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday – Thursday: 5pm – 10pm
- Friday: 4pm – midnight
- Saturday: 12pm – midnight
- Sunday: 12-10pm
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Sorry to bust any bubbles, but Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery isn’t actually in a town hall. But no worries! They still serve great beer. And who can complain about great beer?
Town Hall specializes in Cask Ales, but they’ve also got a wide selection for any drinker. There’s a sizable food menu too, but you’re here for the beer, remember?
Now do your civic duty, and get to sipping!
Masala Mama (IPA)
Dortmunder Lager (German Lager)
Black H20 (Oatmeal Stout)
1430 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55454
- Sun – Thurs: 11 am – 12 am
- Fri – Sat: 11 am – 1 am
Sitting in the shadow of Target Field and neighboring Minneapolis microbrew pioneer, Fulton Brewery, Modist is the new kid on the block. Who’s coming out swinging!
In its industrial warehouse style style tap room (which, for whatever reason, just seems to fit the neighborhood oh-so-perfectly) Modist is serving up absolutely fantastic brew in a fun and cool space.
Dreamyard (N.E. IPA)
505 N 3rd St
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55401
- Monday: Closed (Except for home Twins games)
- Tues – Thurs: 4 pm – 10 pm
- Fri: 12 pm – 12 am
- Sat: 12 pm -12 am
- Sun: 12 on – 8 pm
Admittedly, we’re nearly breaking our criteria by including Northbound on the list, since this spot is equal part restaurant as it is brewery taproom.
Sure, the food list is about three times as long as the beer list. That said, the small selection of craft beer here is surprisingly good! So we’ll make an exception. Just this once…
Big Jim (IPA)
Pravy Pilsner (Pilsner)
2716 East 38th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55406
- Sun – Thurs: 11 am – 1 am
- Fri – Sat: 11 am – 2 am
One Fermentary & Taproom
This chic and trendy taproom is bringing something different to the North Loop microbrewery scene. There’s craft beers, sure, but ONE equally specializes in craft wine, kombucha, and coffee.
Basically, if it’s fermented, you can find it at ONE! Hence the name. Oh, and don’t forget the impressive selection of food, like some awesome pulled pork sandwiches, cheese plates, olives, and pickles.
And We’ll See You Tomorrow Night (Bohemian Pilsner)
618 N 5th St. , Minneapolis, MN 55401
Sunday: Noon – 10 p.m.
Monday: 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tuesday: 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Wednesday: 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Thursday: 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday: Noon – 11 p.m.
When we heard Pryes was moving into a new location in North Minneapolis, we were’nt sure what to expect. Their spot was a bit on the outskirts of downtown, and to be honest, we still weren’t sure how on earth to say their name.
All those doubts went away when we stepped inside their new, beautiful, and trendy taprom. Here, you’ll find towering ceilings, chic design, beautiful lighting, and a giant beer list that will have you ordering again and again.
1401 West River Road North
Minneapolis, MN, 55411
Mon / Tues 3pm–10pm
Wed / Thu 3pm–11pm
Along with Pryes Brewing, Sispyphus Brewing is duking it out for the title of “Extremely Difficult to Pronounce” Minneapolis brewery names.
But fear not. Despite the syllable struggles, Sisyphus (which apparently references a story from Ancient Greek Mythology) sports one of the most laid back taprooms in the entire cities.
Not to mention, a fantastic collection of IPAs, Stouts, and lighter varieties.
712 Ontario Ave W
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55403
- Mon – Wed: 3 pm -10 pm
- Thurs: 3 pm – 11 pm
- Fri & Sat: 12 pm- 12 am
- SUN: 1 pm – 6 pm
Socialable Cider Werks
Sociable Cider Werks has been serving up delicious ciders to Twin Cities locals since before the cider thing was cool.
This O.G. cidery always has a collection of barley-less alcoholic offerings sure to impress even the most hardcore of cider fans.
Looking for a dry apple cider? Or maybe more of a hoppy apple cider? Scrumpy apple cider? No matter, Sociable’s got it.
1500 Fillmore St NE
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55413
Steel Toe Brewing
Just east of downtown, in St. Louis Park, sits a humble brewery that is anything but overlooked by the true beer lovers of Minnesota.
With a loyal, local crowd that doesn’t seem to care what day of the week or hour of the day it is, Steel Toe finds that perfect balance between buzzing microbrewery and chill local hangout.
A local that’s worth seeking out!
4848 W. 35th St.
St. Louis Park, MN
Surly Brewing Co.
What’s there to say about Surly?
Minnesota’s entire taproom scene could possibly be credited to them, since the bill allowing Minnesota breweries to serve pints onsite is literally called the Surly Bill.
Since then, Minnesota’s entire microbrewery scene has exploded, although Surly’s remained firmly in the lead that whole time.
Today, Surly remains far and away Minneapolis’s biggest taproom. (And the state’s too, for that matter.) In fact, everything about Surly is big.
A big taproom. A big fanbase. (Who’s known to camp out at liquor stores for the annual release of its Russian Imperial Stout) And most important of all, big flavor on all of their 26 taps available daily.
If you want to experience Minneapolis’s most popular brewery, you owe it to yourself to find a way to Surly.
Darkness (Russian Imperial Stout)
Todd the Axe Man (IPA)
Xtra Citra (Pale Ale)
520 Malcolm Ave SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55414
Utepils Brewing Company
Utepils sits a bit on the outskirts of Minneapolis, but if you make the trek, you’ll find a surprising German beer hall, with a cavernous indoor space and a beautiful, park-like patio.
For our money, there’s not a better spot on a clear Minnesota summer’s day. A seriously underrated brewery in Minneapolis.
Ewald The Golden (German Hefewizen)
Alt 1848 (German Altbier)
Pils (Bohemian Pilsner)
225 Thomas Ave N, Ste 700
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55405
MONDAY: 3:00PM – 10:00PM
TUESDAY: 3:00PM – 10:00PM
WEDNESDAY: 3:00PM- 10:00PM
THURSDAY: 3:00PM – 10:00PM
FRIDAY: 12:00PM – 11:00PM
SATURDAY: 12:00PM – 11:00PM
SUNDAY: 12:00PM – 8:00PM
Venn Brewing Company
In the world of Minneapolis breweries, Venn sits in South Minneapolis, far outside the clusters of Downtown or Northeast breweries.
That said, this little South Minneapolis spot has a hugely popular neighborhood following. On any given night, you’re likely to find a hefty crowd in this large, spacious taproom, all enjoying any one of Venn’s rotating taps.
Speaking of which, get it while it’s good, because Venn’s experimentation-friendly brewers have shunned the “flagship beer” model, and instead brew batches of whatever they fancy. When it’s out, it’s out!
3550 E. 46th St Suite #140, Minneapolis, MN 55406
MON | 4PM – 10PM
TUE | 3PM – 10PM
WED | 3PM – 10PM
THUR | 3PM – 11PM
FRI | 2PM – MIDNIGHT
SAT | NOON – MIDNIGHT
SUN | NOON – 9PM
Wild Mind Artisan Ales
Maybe no brewery in the cities tries more crazy beer experiments than the aptly named Wild Mind Artisan Ales.
The beer here is consistently funky, hoppy, and sour…y? But maybe the best word to describe the beer here? Delicious.
Pash Bash (American Wild Ale)
6031 Pillsbury Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55419
MONDAY: 4pm – 10pm
TUESDAY: 4pm – 10pm
WEDNESDAY: 4pm – 10pm
THURSDAY: 4PM – 10PM
FRIDAY: 2PM – 11PM
SATURDAY: 12PM – 11PM
SUNDAY: 11AM – 10PM
St. Paul Breweries
When it comes to the craft beer game, the second half of the Twin Cities is no slouch either!
St. Paul has a similarly exploding craft beer scene, with roughly 20 different breweries scatted in the city proper.
Bad Weather Brewing
When it comes to the explosion of breweries near downtown St. Paul, Bad Weather is, in many ways, a pioneer. The brewery’s revitalization of a humble industrial building along St. Paul’s exploding West 7th Street arguably revitalized an entire neighborhood. One delicious Amber Windvane at a time!
Today, Bad Weather leads the pack as one of St. Paul’s most popular breweries. On any given day at the Brewery, you’re likely to find a packed taproom, a bustling patio, and just for a good measure… a delicious smelling food truck.
That’s because strangely enough, Bad Weather is one of the best places to go anytime there’s good weather, thanks to the taproom’s massive garage doors, which they’re never shy about opening up during patio season.
414 7th St W
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55102
Monday – Thursday: 3-10pm
Friday: 3 – 12am
Sunday: 12 – 9pm
Beer inside a grain silo? You can make that obscure dream come true at Bang Brewing!
2320 Capp Road
Saint Paul, MN 55114
4pm — 10pm
4pm — 10pm
2pm — 10pm
1pm — 7pm
Barrel Theory Beer Company
Barrel Theory’s warmly designed taproom has been churning out some of the city’s best sours and IPAs for years. So it’s no surprise this Lowertown spot has become a sort of mecca for St. Paul beer connoisseurs.
That’s thanks to a seriously impressive collection of unusual brews. Everything from the steady favorites to the wild experiments – we still haven’t seen a beer from Barrel Theory that hasn’t blown our socks off, in one way or another.
For any serious beer fan, it’s a must stop.
According to the Beer fans at beeradvocate.com, Barrel Theory is THE highest rated brewery in the Twin Cities, a position that we won't argue with. Every beer we've ever had here is fantastic!
Rain Drops (N.E. IPA)
MPG (Seasonal – Fruit Sour)
248 East 7th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Mon: 3pm – 10pm
Tue: 3pm – 10pm
Wed: 3pm – 10pm
Thu: 3pm – 10pm
Fri: Noon – 11pm
Sat: Noon – 11pm
Sun: Noon – 8pm
Looking for good beer? Follow the stack!
Blackstack’s towering decommissioned smoke-stack shoots towards the sky, like a beacon for anyone looking to try some of the city’s best beers. (Local 755 New England IPA was killing the hazy scene since before it was cool…)
Some other reasons to love Blackstack:
- Huge, airy industrial atmosphere with tons of natural light.
- Frequent food trucks.
- Can Can Wonderland is in the basement. Nothing like starting or ending a brewery visit with some tipsy mini golf, in one of the craziest courses anywhere!
Local 755 (N.E. IPA)
755 Prior Ave N
St Paul, MN 55104
Monday – Thursday
8AM – 11PM
8AM – 12AM
9AM – 12AM
9AM – 10PM
Burning Brothers Brewing
Hey, we couldn’t leave our Celiac friends out!
Yep, Burning Brother’s is the Twin Cities’ only glutten-free craft brewery. The menu’s packed with beers of all types, all made without the wheat, barley, rye, or glutten grains. (Plus takeout options from local glutten free restaurant menus, with a strictly enforced policy of no glutten foods in the taproom.)
Even for the glutten fans, it’s a unique experience that any beer connoisseur needs to try.
Pyro (American Pale Ale)
1750 Thomas Ave, St. Paul, MN, 55104
- Mon: Closed
- Tue: 4-10p
- Wed: 4-10p
- Thu: 4-10p
- Fri: 2-10p
- Sat: 12-10p
- Sun: 12-6p
Clutch Brewing Co.
Clutch Brewing lurks in the rafters of St. Paul’s Keg and Case Market. For the unfamiliar, Keg and Case is an awesome indoor market built in the legendary Schmidt Brewery’s keg house. The result is a historic brick building punctuated with newly renovated touches.
And one of those touches is Clutch Brewery. The whole “taproom” wraps around the upper catwalks of the market, so you can grab a pint and look down at all the happenings in the market below.
A very cool experience, and one of our favorite spots to bring out of town visitors.
Straight 8 (IPA)
928 7th St W #201
St Paul, MN 55102
Dual Citizen Brewing
Dual Citizen is a massive indoor taproom with high ceilings, tall windows and… tap beer!
What more could you want?
Dual Citizen’s tap offerings are ever rotating, with what seems to be an emphasis on the classics. At any given time, there’s usually a quality Kolsh, Saison, Pale Ale, and some type of Brown Ale on the menu. Plus, an increasing appearance of some deliciously funky sours!
We’ll ask again… what more could you want??
Well, we’ll let you in on the following local’s tip:
725 Raymond Ave, St Paul, MN 55114
Tue-Thurs: 3 p-10
Lake Monster Brewing
Lake Monster’s quirky, locally inspired beer names are both an homage to the place it calls home and the atmosphere of the brewery itself. Como Claw Pilsener, anyone?
Como Claw (Pilsener)
Empty Rowboat (IPA)
550 Vandalia Street #160, Saint Paul, MN 55114
Monday-Thursday: 3PM – 10PM
Friday: 2PM – Midnight
Saturday: Noon – Midnight
Sunday: Noon – 8PM
Saint Paul Brewing
Ever want to do some urban exploring with your beer? Head to Saint Paul Brewing!
Formerly known as Flat Earth Brewing, Saint Paul Brewing Company sits on the east side of town in what was the old Hamm’s canning factory. At first glance, you’re not sure if you’re walking into a vacant ruin or restored brewery. The building’s brick exterior oozes history, and that historic vibe continues inside with a sprawling taproom enclosed by brick walls.
Stacked Deck Brewing
Stacked Deck is one of St. Paul’s newest breweries. The taproom sits in the heart of downtown, on the first floor of the city’s tallest building. How the employees working in the 36 floors above it don’t call in every day for an early happy hour, we’ll never know.
Recently, Stacked Deck has come into its own with some impressive offerings that compete against some of the city’s best beers. It’s a welcomed addition to a town that’s already packed full of breweries (as you can probably tell from this list) and yet somehow, Stacked Deck has found a character of its own.
Weekend at Larry’s (NE IPA)
Snake Pilssen (American Pilsner)
Sunglasses at Night (Double NE IPA)
421 CEDAR ST
ST. PAUL 55101
Tues – Fri: 3 – 10 pm
Sat: 12 – 11 pm
Sun: 12 – 7 pm
Summit Brewing Co.
Sometimes, you just have to tip your cap to an early pioneer.
In the scene of St. Paul microbreweries, it’s hard to get more O.G. than Summit Brewing. With a history dating back to 1986, Summit’s been a craft brewery since before that was even a thing.
Today, Summit has grown into one of Minnesota’s largest craft breweries, shipping their legendary Sagas and Extra Pale Ales all over the country. And all those shipments still originate from their St. Paul taproom. And while that taproom no longer offers their borderline dangerous tours with far too many free samples (RIP) it still makes for an awesome spot to check out some of Minnesota’s most popular beers.
Extra Pale Ale (EPA)
910 Montreal Circle
St. Paul, MN 55102
Thursdays and Fridays 2–9 p.m.
Saturdays 12–9 p.m.
Sundays 12–6 p.m.
There’s a lot of breweries across the cities. There’s not a lot of “pour your own” pilot facilities.
That title is claimed by The Lab. This “pilot facility” was founded to showcase up and coming recipes from independent brewers and small business owners. The goal being to get feedback from customers, who are free to pour as much as a full pint glass or as little as tiny taste.
In a crowded brewery scene, it’s a cool angle!
Rotating. All the beers here are experimental “pilot” beers!
767 N. Eustis St., Suite 115, Saint Paul, MN 55114
Monday – Thursday: 3 pm – 10 pm
Friday: 2 pm – 11 pm
Saturday: 12 pm – 11 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 8 pm
Tin Whiskers Brewing Company
Legend has it… Tin Whiskers was founded by a team of electrical engineers who approached their beer making with the same scientific approach as engineering.
We have no idea if that story is true. But we believe it, because there’s no denying that Tin Whiskers consistently churns out some of the most drinkable, balanced, and unique beers in the cities.
The taproom’s comfortable location in the heart of Lowertown only makes repeat visits that much more tempting.
Wheatstone Bridge (Wheat)
Flip Switch IPA (IPA)
125th E 9th St. Unit 127
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101
Urban Growler Brewing Company
Two words: More. Cowbell. (Cream Ale!)
Or maybe you’re looking for the 2012 Minnesota State Fair “Blue Ribbon” winning Midwest IPA?
No matter your palate, Urban Growler is sure to please. And with an impressive food menu to boot (those nachos…) you really can’t go wrong at Urban Growler.
Cowbell Cream Ale (Cream Ale)
Midwest IPA (IPA)
2325 Endicott St, St Paul, MN 55114
Tues-Thurs 11:30a–9p (food until 8p)
Fri-Sat 11:30a–11p (food until 10p)
Not technically a brewery, but Vine Park is such a cool experience, we just had to include it here!
The brew your own beer process works like this:
- Make a reservation online or via phone.
- Select which beer you’ll be brewing (they have over 50 recipes covering all kinds of tastes)
- Attend a class, where you measure and combine all the ingredients into one of vine park’s brew kettles.
- Patience! Your beer will ferment over the next two weeks.
- Return to sample and bottle your very own creation!
1254 West 7th Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55102
Tuesday: Noon to 8pm
Wednesday: Noon to 8pm
Thursday: Noon to 8pm
Friday: Noon to 8pm
Saturday: Noon to 5pm
Wabasha Brewing Company
West St. Paul’s lone brewery is holding down the fort for residents across the river.
As a result, you’ll find that Wabasha has the unmistakable feel of a cozy neighborhood pub. That’s thanks to a loyal following of Wabasha fans, who collectively help create a neighborhood atmosphere that you can’t fake.
It’s an authentic and welcome change of pace from the growing “micro” brewery scene at so many other mega taprooms.
West Side Popper (Jalapeno Cream Ale)
Implosion (Mango IPA)
Red Bonnet (Amber Ale)
429 Wabasha St S, St Paul, MN 55107
- Monday Closed
- Tuesday 4pm-10pm
- Wednesday 3pm-10pm
- Thursday 3pm-11pm
- Friday 3pm-11pm
- Saturday 12pm-11pm
- Sunday 12pm-8pm
Waldmann Brewery (and Wustery!)
Waldmann’s building, built in 1857, is the oldest surviving building in the Twin Cities. That history oozes out of every corner of this painstakingly restored space.
The final product is the Twin Cities’ most authentic German beer hall. Want to grab some Bratwurst while sipping on some Berliner next to the toasty fire upstairs? Or maybe you want to enjoy the nice summer weather on the festive outdoor Biergarten patio? Waldmann’s got you covered.
PS – Don’t forget to grab a syrup flavored Berliner!
Berliner (Sour Wheat)
445 Smith Avenue, Saint Paul, MN, 55102
Monday 12pm to 9pm
Tuesday–Thursday 12pm to 9pm
Friday and Saturday 12pm to 10pm
Sunday 12pm to 9pm
Yoerg Brewing Company
Yoerg brewery is technically the oldest brewery in the Twin Cities. It’s located on somewhat of a brewery island in the unexpected East St. Paul, but no matter, this spot is worth the drive!
From the cast iron spiral staircase leading to a quaint and cute upstairs sitting area, to the true-to-the-era early 1900s pre-prohibition beer recipes, all topped with a fantastic selection of rare and difficult to find German imports on tap, Yoerg is without question of the most unique breweries in the Twin Cities.
Yoerg’s Beer (Steam Beer)
Yoerg’s Bock (Bock)
378 Maria Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55106
- Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Monday: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Breweries in the Twin Cities Suburbs
3rd Act Craft Brewery (Woodbury, MN)
That’ll be the day IPA (Red IPA)
4120 Radio Drive, Woodbury, Minnesota 55129
Monday-Thursday: 3pm – 8pm
Friday & Saturday: Noon – 8pm
Sunday: Noon – 6pm
Alloy Brewing Company (Coon Rapids, MN)
Erik’s Red (Red Irish Ale)
Brimley Stout (Oatmeal Stout)
2700 Coon Rapids Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
Angry Inch Brewing (Lakeville, MN)
Badger Hill Brewing (Shakopee, MN)
When you pull up into the Badger Hill parking lot and catch a glimpse of all the nearby roller coasters and thrill rides across the parking lot in Valley Fair, you get the feeling that Badger Hill is going to be a fun time.
When you step inside and try any one of their delicious beers, especially their famous IPAs, your suspicions are confirmed.
4571 Valley Industrial Blvd. S
Shakopee, MN 55379
Back Channel Brewing Co. (Spring Park, MN)
4787 Shoreline Dr, Spring Park, MN 55384
Bald Man Brewing (Eagan, MN)
Heart of Glass (Blonde Ale)
Tupelo Honey (Brown Ale)
Dark Side of the Moon (Porter)
2020 Silver Bell Rd # 28, Eagan, MN 55122
Bent Brewstillery (Roseville, MN)
Nordic Blonde (Amber Blonde Ale)
Nicked (Export Double Stout)
1744 Terrace Dr, Roseville, MN 55113
Big Wood Brewery (White Bear Lake, MN)
Morning Wood (Coffee Stout)
Jack Savage (American Pale Ale)
Cabin Daze (Hazy IPA) w
2222 4th St, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Boathouse Brothers Brewing (Prior Lake, MN)
In the land of 10,000 lakes, Boathouse Brothers just might be the king of the lakehouse vibe.
This taproom is decked out in all things boathouse, meaning you can sip your brews in a funky atmosphere of props and fishnets, all while sitting on a fisherman’s-style captain’s chair.
We love it. And don’t lie… we know you do too…
16211 Main Ave SE, Prior Lake, MN 55372
Boom Island Brewing Company (Minnetonka, MN)
Boom Island started as an early pioneer in Minneapolis’s craft beer scene, opening its downtown taproom in 2011 specializing in Belgian brews. After nearly a decade in that location, Boom Island moved out to a new taproom in Minnetonka.
But the party hasn’t slowed down just because Boom Island’s gone suburban. Their new taproom and beer garden still host all sorts of food trucks, live music, and even sporting events on the big screen screen.
5959 Baker Rd.
Minnetonka, MN 55345
ENKI Brewing Taproom & Eatery (Victoria, MN)
Victoria’s Gold (Cream Ale)
Cacao Porter (Porter)
Tailfeather IPA (IPA)
1495 Stieger Lake Ln, Victoria, MN 55386
Excelsior Brewing Company (Excelsior, MN)
Big Island (Blonde Ale)
Bridge Jumper (IPA)
Bitteschlappe Munich (Brown Ale)
Rip Rap (Peanut Butter Stout)
421 3rd St, Excelsior, MN 55331
Forgotten Star Brew Co (Fridley, MN)
One of the newest breweries in the Twin Cities, Forgotten Star, housed in a historic WWII production facility feels like an old favorite.
The building’s two massive smoke stacks act like a North star for beer lovers. Just look for the stacks in the horizon north of the cities in Fridley, and you’ll be rewarded with an awesome taproom and beer selection.
Hammer Heart Brewing Co. (Lino Lakes, MN)
This brewery rocks! Literally.
On our visit, this Nordic and Celtic themed brewery was blasting rock music. It was an unexpected twist for a brewery housed in a quaint, hobbit-like log cabin.
Specializing in smoky brews, stouts, and porters, Hammerheart is a must visit for anyone into those flavors.
Thor’s Porter (Hot Pepper Porter)
Dreki Longship (Scotch Ale)
Stjordal (Alderwood Smoked Norweigan Farmhouse Ale)
7785 Lake Dr, Lino Lakes, MN 55014
Inver Grove Brewing (Inver Grove Heights, MN)
9051 Buchanan Trail, Inver Grove Heights, MN
Invictus Brewing Company (Blaine, MN)
2025 105th Ave NE, Blaine, MN 55449
Lakeville Brewing Company (Lakeville, MN)
8790 Upper 208th St W, Lakeville, MN 55044
Lift Bridge Brewing Company (Stillwater, MN)
Lift Bridge in Stillwater is a Minnesota classic. You’ll find their flagship Farm Girl Saison at bars all across the state, and their flagship Hop Dish IPA selling can after can at liquor stores everywhere.
But we’ve got three words for you: Mini. Donut. Beer.
This Lift Bridge state fair special literally comes complete with a mini donut on the rim. Need we say more?
Farm Girl (Saison)
Hop Dish (IPA)
Mini Donut Beer (Seasonal)
1900 Tower Dr W, Stillwater, MN 55082
LTD Brewing Company (Hopkins, MN)
Night Falls (Russian Imperial Stout)
8 8th Ave N, Hopkins, MN 55343
Lupine Brewing Company (Delano, MN)
Prickly Nibbler (Hazy IPA)
Rout (Brown Ale)
Murder of Cranberries (Outmeal Stout)
248 River St N, Delano, MN 55328
Maple Island Brewing (Stillwater, MN)
225 Main St N, Stillwater, MN 55082
OMNI Brewing Co. (Maple Grove, MN)
FAD (New England Double IPA)
Lake Day (Session Pale Ale)
Night Cap (Double Stout)
9462 Deerwood Ln N, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Roets Jordan Brewery (Jordan, MN)
Who would expect Jordan, MN to house one of the state’s best breweries?
But for our money, Roet’s fits that bill to a T. Which is why we expanded our radius a bit for this one. Even though Roet’s sits 35 miles from the Twin Cities, we just had to include it, because it truly is one of our favorites.
The tap selection here is constantly rotating, and this brewery seems to specialize in whatever the friendly head-brewer is feeling. (Who, by the way, can usually be spotted hanging out behind the bar on any given day.)
That said, you’ll have to try their famous Michelada.
Roets Beer (Cream Ale)
Bearded Lad (Scottish Ale)
230 Broadway St S, Jordan, MN 55352
Schram Haus Brewery (Chaska, MN)
3700 Chaska Blvd, Chaska, MN 55318
Shakopee Brewhall (Shakopee, MN)
I bet you didn’t expect Shakopee to:
1. Have a quaint, small-town Main Street
2. Have that Main Street feature one of the coolest breweries in the Twin Cities.
Shakopee Brew Hall stays true to its name, with a beer-hall atmosphere that at any given time, is packed with friendly locals. There’s just something about this place. When you see the warm glow calling you into this brewery as you stroll downtown Shakopee, you’ll know what we mean.
124 1st Ave E, Shakopee, MN 55379
Spiral Brewery (Hasting, MN)
Another suburban brewery located a quaint Main Street, Spiral Brewery’s taproom certainly feels more “small town” than “suburb.”
That’s thanks to the historic location, which comes complete with sandstone brick walls, wooden accent beams, copper ceilings, and… a whole bunch of beer fermenting tanks!
It’s a cool vibe with a community atmosphere. Oh, and some great beer, too!
111 2nd St E, Hastings, MN 55033
u4ic Brewing Inc. (Belle Plaine, MN)
23436 Union Trail #9008, Belle Plaine, MN 56011
Unmapped Brewing Co. (Minnetonka, MN)
Topo Wit (Belgian White)
Disorientation (Belgian Tripel)
Saison Amelie (Petite Honey Sasion)
14625 Excelsior Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345
Waconia Brewing Company (Waconia, MN)
255 (Amber Ale)
Chocolate Peanut Butter (Porter)
Carver County (Kolsch)
255 W Main St, Waconia, MN 55387
Wicked Wort Brewing Company (Robbinsdale, MN)
4165 W Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale, MN 55422
Wooden Hill Brewing Company (Edina, MN)
Kold Shoulder (Kolsch)
French River (Saison)
Code 3 (Juicy IPA)
7421 Bush Lake Rd, Edina, MN 55439