Here are my local brewery recommendations for those visiting the Twin Cities this weekend.
Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub: Located just two blocks off the light rail in south Minneapolis, this brewpub is a convenient stop for craft beer lovers on their way downtown. Both the beer and the food are great here and are even more enjoyable on their outdoor patio. Go with the Smokehouse Porter and the porketta sandwich and don’t forget the waffle battered onion rings either.
Steel Toe Brewing: This is a necessary stop for those who enjoy a perfectly made brew. Size 7 IPA is a must try at this St. Louis Park brewery. This brew packs plenty of IBUSs and is considered by many to be the best one in town. You also do not want to miss out on their Barrel Aged Wee Heavy Scotch Ale available exclusively this weekend. This limited release tips the scale at 11.8 % ABV making the quick 10 minute drive from downtown well worth it.
Town Hall Brewery: This Minneapolis beer institution just remodeled and added a bunch of guest taps and a nice cider menu as well. Made famous by their Masala Mama IPA, this brewery takes pride in brewing high quality beers and they have the GABF medals to prove it. The talented brewing team led by Mike Hoops is ambitious and you will often find palate pleasing one offs that leave you wishing they were made year round.
Surly Brewing: You’ve most likely heard of this brewery even if you are from out of town. Surly was canning before it was cool in these parts and their brewmaster Todd is literally a rockstar. They are building a new destination brewery currently but for now you will have to make a short 15 minute jaunt to Brooklyn Center where their brewing operations and taproom are located. Get to the taproom and try everything they have to offer. They always have beers on tap that you won't find in stores or bars. Head banging is encouraged.
Dangerous Man Brewing: The coolest looking taproom in the Twin Cities brews a fantastic Chocolate Milk Stout and is conveniently located in Northeast Minneapolis. Also on tap now are a Black Lager and an Imperial Hemp Brown Ale. Don’t forget to grab a growler on the way out as the brewery/taproom is the only place you can purchase their beer.