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).Read More
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
1. Utepils Brewing
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.
2. La Doña Cervecería
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
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.
4. Fulton Brewing Taproom
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.
5. The Freehouse
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.
6. Modist Brewing Co.
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.
7. Pryes Brewing Company
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.
8. Clockwerks Brewing
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.