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The Hottest New Minneapolis and St. Paul Breweries and Craft Beer Destinations

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There's no shortage of great venues for drinking beer in the Twin Cities. We've got Bauhaus, Happy Gnome, and Republic to name a few. But what about the hot, new places offering killer beers and beer selections? New places need love, too. Thus we've updated our Eater Minneapolis Beer Heatmap to include brand new or newish spots that are serving up notable brews or have an impressive selection on tap. Here now — listed in alphabetical order — new and hot craft beer destinations to check out.

Don't see your favorite new spot on the list? Heard about an older place that's made some baller changes? Get at the tipline or let us know in the comments.

* Editorial disclosure: the author of this piece is an employee of Surly Brewing Co.

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Fair State Brewing Cooperative

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Fair State is creeping up on its one-year anniversary and remains a hot new NE Mpls spot for all things lacto. Sour beers reign supreme at the co-op brewery and the LÄCTOBÄC series is not to be missed. Pair that with pretzels from Aki's BreadHaus and it's a win-win.

Surly Brewing Company

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Open since December, the Prospect Park destination brewery remains a hot spot for beer drinking. There are typically twenty beers available in the beer hall plus awesome food to pair with it. Grab a beer and sit in the beer garden and grab some grub from Surly Bites, the new food truck. For a more sophisticated fine dining experience paired to to some special craft gems, also check out the Brewer's Table Kitchen upstairs.

Insight Brewing Company

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Also less than a year old, Insight might look a little different as of lately. They've gone through a re-branding with a new logo and design but the NE Mpls taproom is still producing great beers with a side of food truck, trivia, and live music.

Omni Brewing Co

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OMNI opened just this past week in Maple Grove. The suburban brewery and taproom is still very new but worth checking out if you call the northwest 'burbs home.

Ox Cart ALE HOUSE

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The Lowertown spot opened late in the summer and has a ton of craft beer on tap. Located just steps from CHS Field, the sports bar with elevated food is the go-to spot for pre-Saints gaming, post farmer's market drinking, and a spot for downtown St. Paul city dwellers to get their drink on.

Bar Luchador

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The Dinkytown taco and booze restaurant opened just last month and has some beer worth checking out. Although the selection isn't massive, the deals are worth the visit. $3 taps during happy hour and pitchers of Summit, Lift Bridge, ODell, and Deschutes should be paired with tacos and avocado toast rápido.

Red Wagon Pizza Company

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Less than a year old, this relative newcomer is doing their beer menu right in South Minneapolis. The pizza and brunch dishes are killing it but the beer menu is stacked with awesome craft beer options.

Steel Toe Brewing

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The St. Louis Park taproom has been around for about four years but they've recently undergone some expansion. They've pushed into the adjacent space adding a new bar and additional cooler space. The IPAs coming out of Steel Toe are also some of the best in town.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

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Bad Weather just announced that the grand opening for their new taproom space will be October 9. The brewery has transitioned from the shared Minnetonka space to a kick-ass new spot on St. Paul's W 7th complete with vintage arcade games to go with their fine beers.

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Fair State Brewing Cooperative

Fair State is creeping up on its one-year anniversary and remains a hot new NE Mpls spot for all things lacto. Sour beers reign supreme at the co-op brewery and the LÄCTOBÄC series is not to be missed. Pair that with pretzels from Aki's BreadHaus and it's a win-win.

Surly Brewing Company

Open since December, the Prospect Park destination brewery remains a hot spot for beer drinking. There are typically twenty beers available in the beer hall plus awesome food to pair with it. Grab a beer and sit in the beer garden and grab some grub from Surly Bites, the new food truck. For a more sophisticated fine dining experience paired to to some special craft gems, also check out the Brewer's Table Kitchen upstairs.

Insight Brewing Company

Also less than a year old, Insight might look a little different as of lately. They've gone through a re-branding with a new logo and design but the NE Mpls taproom is still producing great beers with a side of food truck, trivia, and live music.

Omni Brewing Co

OMNI opened just this past week in Maple Grove. The suburban brewery and taproom is still very new but worth checking out if you call the northwest 'burbs home.

Ox Cart ALE HOUSE

The Lowertown spot opened late in the summer and has a ton of craft beer on tap. Located just steps from CHS Field, the sports bar with elevated food is the go-to spot for pre-Saints gaming, post farmer's market drinking, and a spot for downtown St. Paul city dwellers to get their drink on.

Bar Luchador

The Dinkytown taco and booze restaurant opened just last month and has some beer worth checking out. Although the selection isn't massive, the deals are worth the visit. $3 taps during happy hour and pitchers of Summit, Lift Bridge, ODell, and Deschutes should be paired with tacos and avocado toast rápido.

Red Wagon Pizza Company

Less than a year old, this relative newcomer is doing their beer menu right in South Minneapolis. The pizza and brunch dishes are killing it but the beer menu is stacked with awesome craft beer options.

Steel Toe Brewing

The St. Louis Park taproom has been around for about four years but they've recently undergone some expansion. They've pushed into the adjacent space adding a new bar and additional cooler space. The IPAs coming out of Steel Toe are also some of the best in town.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

Bad Weather just announced that the grand opening for their new taproom space will be October 9. The brewery has transitioned from the shared Minnetonka space to a kick-ass new spot on St. Paul's W 7th complete with vintage arcade games to go with their fine beers.

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