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The Beer Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now in MPLS

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There's no shortage of great venues for beer in the Twin Cities, but for every Muddy Pig, Happy Gnome, or Surly Taproom, there are a ton of new potential standbys. Thus, we offer the Eater Beer Heatmap, which includes brand new/newish spots that are serving up notable brews or have an impressive selection on tap, and also a few older places which have something new going on brew-wise. So, without further ado, and listed in roughly geographic order, here are the 9 places to drink beer in the Twin Cities right now.

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


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Lake & Irving Restaurant and Bar

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This Uptown spot, led by brotherly duo Chris and Andrew Ikeda, opened up just last month. The beer is dispensed from a 14-tap tower with mostly local and seasonal beers. Keep an eye on local beer release events with food specials.

The Rabbit Hole @The Midtown Global Market

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The Korean gastropub, which opened up less than two months ago, has an impressive rotating tap beer selection. Tap beers include local beers and beers from breweries like Green Flash, Asahi, and, coincidentally, Left Hand (the Rabbit Hole owners started out with a Midtown Global Market stand called the Left-Handed Cook). While at the bar, also check out the 6 cocktails on tap with new custom tap handles.

Butcher & the Boar

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The downtown spot is by no means a new restaurant, but they rolled out a new beer garden menu a couple months ago. In the fully-inclosed, heated, winterized beer garden you'll find plenty of beer on tap, many of which are local and best paired with B&TB brand sausages.

The Freehouse

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This brewpub opened its doors earlier this week, offering up 4 of their own house brews, including Kölsch, IPA, brown ale, and soon a stout. Pro tip: stick to the house brews in $2 pony glasses or $6 pints and steer clear of the $7 cans of Coors Light and $8 guest beers (as good as the guest beer selection is).

Sociable Cider Werks

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Open less than a month ago, the Northeast taproom not only has beer but they also serve up ciders and graffs (mixtures of cider and beer). As production continues, the plan is to have six to eight taps with a selection of two or three graffs, plus a few small-run, taproom-only beers.

The Mill Northeast

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The Mill NE has a dozen beers on tap, two of which are nitro. They serve brunch, mid-day, and dinner menus at various times but the booze/beer menu is available "all day everyday."

Bang Brewing Company

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This 1,300 square foot grain bin taproom in St. Paul opened in September. Bang offers pints and growlers of Neat, their flagship pale ale, Minn (an amber ale), and a dark ale is yet to come. Hungry? Foxy Falafel now delivers to the bin.

Town Hall Lanes

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery opened Town Hall Lanes back in July. Knock down pins in Nokomis while sipping on the same award-winning beer from the Seven Corners brewpub. Although the brewery is closing for a month to renovate, the Lanes will keep pouring Town Hall brewed beer along with guest taps.

Seventh Street Social

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Open since October, Seventh Street Social is just a stone's throw from both Flat Earth and Summit Breweries. Both are typically offered on tap along with other mostly local beers. Not only can you drink beer here, but you can nibble on Summit EPA battered onion rings and Flat Earth Cygnus X-1 porter pot roast.

Lake & Irving Restaurant and Bar

This Uptown spot, led by brotherly duo Chris and Andrew Ikeda, opened up just last month. The beer is dispensed from a 14-tap tower with mostly local and seasonal beers. Keep an eye on local beer release events with food specials.

The Rabbit Hole @The Midtown Global Market

The Korean gastropub, which opened up less than two months ago, has an impressive rotating tap beer selection. Tap beers include local beers and beers from breweries like Green Flash, Asahi, and, coincidentally, Left Hand (the Rabbit Hole owners started out with a Midtown Global Market stand called the Left-Handed Cook). While at the bar, also check out the 6 cocktails on tap with new custom tap handles.

Butcher & the Boar

The downtown spot is by no means a new restaurant, but they rolled out a new beer garden menu a couple months ago. In the fully-inclosed, heated, winterized beer garden you'll find plenty of beer on tap, many of which are local and best paired with B&TB brand sausages.

The Freehouse

This brewpub opened its doors earlier this week, offering up 4 of their own house brews, including Kölsch, IPA, brown ale, and soon a stout. Pro tip: stick to the house brews in $2 pony glasses or $6 pints and steer clear of the $7 cans of Coors Light and $8 guest beers (as good as the guest beer selection is).

Sociable Cider Werks

Open less than a month ago, the Northeast taproom not only has beer but they also serve up ciders and graffs (mixtures of cider and beer). As production continues, the plan is to have six to eight taps with a selection of two or three graffs, plus a few small-run, taproom-only beers.

The Mill Northeast

The Mill NE has a dozen beers on tap, two of which are nitro. They serve brunch, mid-day, and dinner menus at various times but the booze/beer menu is available "all day everyday."

Bang Brewing Company

This 1,300 square foot grain bin taproom in St. Paul opened in September. Bang offers pints and growlers of Neat, their flagship pale ale, Minn (an amber ale), and a dark ale is yet to come. Hungry? Foxy Falafel now delivers to the bin.

Town Hall Lanes

Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery opened Town Hall Lanes back in July. Knock down pins in Nokomis while sipping on the same award-winning beer from the Seven Corners brewpub. Although the brewery is closing for a month to renovate, the Lanes will keep pouring Town Hall brewed beer along with guest taps.

Seventh Street Social

Open since October, Seventh Street Social is just a stone's throw from both Flat Earth and Summit Breweries. Both are typically offered on tap along with other mostly local beers. Not only can you drink beer here, but you can nibble on Summit EPA battered onion rings and Flat Earth Cygnus X-1 porter pot roast.

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