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The first taproom in Minneapolis is still going strong
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Eight Breweries Ideal For Local Drinking in the North and North Loop

From restaurants, to futból, to fired pizza, these taprooms all make fantastic beer

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The first taproom in Minneapolis is still going strong
| Fulton Taproom [Official]

Downtown Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood is by far one of the Twin Cities fastest growing and most vibrant neighborhoods. With a massive new food hall, new music venue, and a seemingly constant stream of restaurants and bars popping up, the North Loop is the place to be to enjoy Minneapolis nightlife at its finest. And it wouldn’t be a Twin Cities neighborhood without a strong brewery scene, so here are the eight breweries you should be quenching your thirst in when visiting the North Loop (and a few just north of downtown).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Utepils Brewing

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225 Thomas Ave N #700
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 249-7800
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The German beers are the star of the show at Utepils. Ewald the Golden Eagle, a classic hefeweizen with notes of banana, is a perfect brew to enjoy on the newly opened beer garden that sits overlooking Bassett Creek.  

A warm, wood decorated taproom with a large copper light fixture, moderately filled with people
Following in the o.g. tradition of brewing: German style
Utepils Brewing [Official]

2. La Doña Cervecería

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241 Fremont Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 315-4613
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A community driven space located in the Harrison neighborhood, La Dona Cerveceria keeps its 10,000 square foot space chalk full of Latino and Minnesota influences. The outdoor patio space features a turf field, while the enticing and bright bar area brings a warm brewery experience well into the winter months. 

3. Inbound BrewCo

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701 N 5th St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 615-8243
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Floor to ceiling windows and high, industrial ceilings bring the former recycling facility to life. The tap menu is broken down into easy drinkers, hop lovers, dark beers, and funky flavors, with standouts Apricot Pale Ale and Super G Loveshake taking center stage. Be sure to check out the full calendar of food trucks including Market BBQ, Electric Noodle, and Butcher Salt.  

A crowded tap room, in low light
A former recycling facility is actually a great spot for beer and live music
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4. Fulton Brewing Taproom

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414 N 6th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 333-3208
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A massive bar, ample indoor and outdoor seating, and a refurbished Airstream land yacht acting as the kitchen make Fulton a must visit. The Lonely Blonde and Sweet Child of Vine are two impressive members of the Minnesota craft beer pantheon, with the Worthy Adversary imperial stout a must try as well.

A view looking up from below at Fulton’s patio with green landscaping and people drinking beer in the background
The original craft beer taproom remains one of the best
Fulton Brewery [Official]

5. The Freehouse

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701 N Washington Ave #101
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 339-7011
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Unlike most other breweries and taprooms, The Freehouse pours other breweries beers alongside their own. That is how confident the team behind the “breakfast to beer” brewpub is in their steady stable of beers. The tap list features four constant beers (the Kolsch, IPA, Brown Ale, and Stout) as well as a rotating selection including a light Blueberry Blonde and a Belgian Golden Strong swimming with spices.

A view of Freehouse’s empty dining room.
Inside the North Loop’s brewery and restaurant from the Blue Plate group
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6. Modist Brewing Co.

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505 N 3rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 454-0258
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Few Twin Cities beers evoke such immediate fond memories on name alone as Dreamyard. The citrusy New England IPA is one of many brews being concocted by head brewer Keigan Knee at this expansive site. While countless beers are brewed in house using the cities first mash filter (allowing for ample on site creativity) grab a pint of the First Call, an incredibly smooth cold press coffee lager.  

The bar and seats inside Modist with the brewing tanks in the background Modist Brewing Co. [Official]

7. Pryes Brewing Company

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1401 West River Rd N
Minneapolis, MN 55411
(612) 787-7937
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Located just off the banks of the Mississippi River, Pryes is a popular spot for straightforward beers and a fantastic indoor/outdoor feel. For its small batch, try the Main Squeeze, a bright ale brewed with flavors of lemon and lime, wonderfully crushable beer perfect for warm, long summer days.  

A view from the bike rack into the outdoor patio at Pryse.
A beauty of a patio paired with pizza made onsite, make this an ideal fall destination
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8. Clockwerks Brewing

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25 N 4th St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 339-9375
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Just blocks away from Target Field and Target Center, Clockwerks Brewing is the perfect pre or post game taphouse. The steampunk-inspired decor and long wooden bar pours in-house brews including a bright, orange witbier, and a deep and comforting Baltic Porter. Clockwerks uses one or two of their taps to support local home brewers, allowing local Twin Cities talent to shine.  

Four pint glasses of beer in ever-darkening shades
Enjoy the beer and the steampunk atmosphere
Clockwerks Brewing [Official]

1. Utepils Brewing

225 Thomas Ave N #700, Minneapolis, MN 55405
A warm, wood decorated taproom with a large copper light fixture, moderately filled with people
Following in the o.g. tradition of brewing: German style
Utepils Brewing [Official]

The German beers are the star of the show at Utepils. Ewald the Golden Eagle, a classic hefeweizen with notes of banana, is a perfect brew to enjoy on the newly opened beer garden that sits overlooking Bassett Creek.  

225 Thomas Ave N #700
Minneapolis, MN 55405

2. La Doña Cervecería

241 Fremont Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55405

A community driven space located in the Harrison neighborhood, La Dona Cerveceria keeps its 10,000 square foot space chalk full of Latino and Minnesota influences. The outdoor patio space features a turf field, while the enticing and bright bar area brings a warm brewery experience well into the winter months. 

241 Fremont Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55405

3. Inbound BrewCo

701 N 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
A crowded tap room, in low light
A former recycling facility is actually a great spot for beer and live music
Inbound BrewCo [Official]

Floor to ceiling windows and high, industrial ceilings bring the former recycling facility to life. The tap menu is broken down into easy drinkers, hop lovers, dark beers, and funky flavors, with standouts Apricot Pale Ale and Super G Loveshake taking center stage. Be sure to check out the full calendar of food trucks including Market BBQ, Electric Noodle, and Butcher Salt.  

701 N 5th St
Minneapolis, MN 55401

4. Fulton Brewing Taproom

414 N 6th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
A view looking up from below at Fulton’s patio with green landscaping and people drinking beer in the background
The original craft beer taproom remains one of the best
Fulton Brewery [Official]

A massive bar, ample indoor and outdoor seating, and a refurbished Airstream land yacht acting as the kitchen make Fulton a must visit. The Lonely Blonde and Sweet Child of Vine are two impressive members of the Minnesota craft beer pantheon, with the Worthy Adversary imperial stout a must try as well.

414 N 6th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

5. The Freehouse

701 N Washington Ave #101, Minneapolis, MN 55401
A view of Freehouse’s empty dining room.
Inside the North Loop’s brewery and restaurant from the Blue Plate group
Katie Cannon/Eater Twin Cities

Unlike most other breweries and taprooms, The Freehouse pours other breweries beers alongside their own. That is how confident the team behind the “breakfast to beer” brewpub is in their steady stable of beers. The tap list features four constant beers (the Kolsch, IPA, Brown Ale, and Stout) as well as a rotating selection including a light Blueberry Blonde and a Belgian Golden Strong swimming with spices.

701 N Washington Ave #101
Minneapolis, MN 55401

6. Modist Brewing Co.

505 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
The bar and seats inside Modist with the brewing tanks in the background Modist Brewing Co. [Official]

Few Twin Cities beers evoke such immediate fond memories on name alone as Dreamyard. The citrusy New England IPA is one of many brews being concocted by head brewer Keigan Knee at this expansive site. While countless beers are brewed in house using the cities first mash filter (allowing for ample on site creativity) grab a pint of the First Call, an incredibly smooth cold press coffee lager.  

505 N 3rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401

7. Pryes Brewing Company

1401 West River Rd N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
A view from the bike rack into the outdoor patio at Pryse.
A beauty of a patio paired with pizza made onsite, make this an ideal fall destination
Pryse/ Facebook

Located just off the banks of the Mississippi River, Pryes is a popular spot for straightforward beers and a fantastic indoor/outdoor feel. For its small batch, try the Main Squeeze, a bright ale brewed with flavors of lemon and lime, wonderfully crushable beer perfect for warm, long summer days.  

1401 West River Rd N
Minneapolis, MN 55411

8. Clockwerks Brewing

25 N 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Four pint glasses of beer in ever-darkening shades
Enjoy the beer and the steampunk atmosphere
Clockwerks Brewing [Official]

Just blocks away from Target Field and Target Center, Clockwerks Brewing is the perfect pre or post game taphouse. The steampunk-inspired decor and long wooden bar pours in-house brews including a bright, orange witbier, and a deep and comforting Baltic Porter. Clockwerks uses one or two of their taps to support local home brewers, allowing local Twin Cities talent to shine.  

25 N 4th St
Minneapolis, MN 55401

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