This part of town has long been a haven for the artistic sort of people, with plenty of warehouses, nestled near the still in use freight train tracks. Growing in the heart of this area, is an impressive brewery district worth exploring. This highly walkable part of town, radiating from Central and Broadway out is home to some of the most interesting small breweries in Minneapolis.Read More
Explore the Northeast Brew District in Minneapolis
So many of the best breweries in Minneapolis are located in one easy-to-walk neighborhood.
1. Dangerous Man Brewing Co
A destination brewery, Dangerous Man beers are only available in the taproom and at the next door takeout Growler Shop. With a rotation of experimental brews, Chocolate Milk Stout and Peanut Butter Porter have become their flagships but owner Rob Miller (and his should-be-patented beard) have an ever-changing creative line-up.
2. Indeed Brewing Company
With a tavern-style taproom in the Solar Arts Building, it’s brick and railroad that define their heart of the city aesthetic while the beers are bold, hoppy, and sometimes sour. Day Tripper is a bitter pale ale that’s surprisingly only 45 IBU and the Wooden Soul sour series continues to showcase a different side to their beers. The feel inside is fun and vibrant, with a working class bent.
3. Able Seedhouse + Brewery
Able makes Minnesota beers that are crisp and flavorful from BLK WLF stout to First Light IPA. There’s a full range of color coming out of these taplines. Able is focused on Minnesota grown ingredients when possible. Plus check out the new Animales BBQ Co, trailer located on site.
4. Fair State Brewing Cooperative
The state’s first brewing coop has a community feel; the kind of place where they really will know your name when you walk up to the bar. The beers are bright and varied, from an impressive line-up of sour beers and a stable of German influenced recipes. It’s well-lit and welcoming, barroom meets coffee shop meets art gallery in design.
5. 612 Brew
One of the most colorful breweries around, this fantastic space and amphitheater is a hotbed of weekend activity. The Unrated Rye IPA has an entertaining back story (it cannot be Rated R) and the beers are accessible and playful overall, focusing on familiar styles with a reasonable alcohol content.
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6. Bauhaus Brew Labs
One of the most glorious patios around, Bauhaus features an impressive flower garden to boot. German meets American craft in beer style, Wonderstuff is a wonderful pilsner and Stargrazer is a roasty and effervescent schwarzbier. The taproom is always lively whether it’s a movie screening, live music, trivia, or just a thrilling vintage video game throwdown.
7. HeadFlyer Brewing
Located on Hennepin in the historic Miller Textiles Building, Headflyer has a chill taproom vibe with a cozy fireplace and 13 draught lines. The brewery is family-owned and kid and dog friendly.
8. Sociable Cider Werks
A cider maker operating as a brewery, Sociable Cider Werks makes both cider and beer, using grains in the cider build which makes them unique in the apple scene. The ciders lean dry and crisp and the beers showcase a stable line-up of common American craft styles like stout and IPA.
9. Insight Brewing
Insight is a story of legends, and each story reads like the launch of a Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Each of their brews is connected to a global story that have spread and morphed over barroom pints across the world. Twists on traditional beer styles include Hell Chicken is a session summertime pale ale using yuzu juice and Sunken City features a white wine yeast that gives a deeper body to the farmhouse ale style.