A year ago, for Lavender‘s 2018 Dine & Drink Issue, your friendly neighborhood managing editor decided to set out to find a week’s worth of Twin Cities breweries for you, our fine readers, to discover and delight in as the snow thaws and springtime beckons. And while that septet of taprooms were well worth the write-up (and still are, believe you me), the beautiful thing about our fine region is that there’s no deficit of delectable drinkeries to explore. Saddle up, Brew Believers! Here are seven breweries for seven days!
According to the Justesen family who imagineered this brewery into existence, “utepils” is a Norwegian term that essentially translates as “the longing and anticipation for the first beer enjoyed in the sunshine.” If you stepped into this massive taproom in between the Bryn Mawr and Harrison neighborhoods and sampled just one of their brews, you’d understand.
Lucky for yours truly, lagers are the name of the game for Utepils, and hot damn, there are a lot of them. But what Utepils also offers are a homey environment and a lot of fun activities, such as a cribbage tournament every Thursday, a bring-your-own-instrument acoustic jam session every third Monday; but the biggest cheers go to an inclusive Yoga + Beer session every Sunday morning. A pint of lager with spiritual exercise? Talk about nirvana.
Tarbox Suggests: The creamy Bavarian hefeweizen heartthrob known as Ewald the Golden; the rich heller bock Springbok
225 Thomas Ave. N., Suite #700
Pryes Brewing Company
Alright, you got through the first day of the work week. You need that pick-me-up, you need that kick in the butt to cure you of that case of the Mondays. Nestled on West River Road in North Minneapolis, this sophisticated, award-winning taproom boasts a bountiful boatload of beautiful beverages to slake your post-work thirst.
In addition, Pryes also has one of the nation’s few feather bowling lanes, with league play resuming this fall, as well as dog-friendly patios and a year-long guest kitchen in Cason Italian Eatery. And that beer! Each brew is a powerful punch to your taste buds that can’t be missed.
Tarbox Suggests: The tangerine dream of Sabro, straight from the mountains of New Mexico; the miraculous Miraculum, Pryes’ signature citrusy IPA with one hell of a hoppy bite
1401 West River Rd. N.
I love the North Loop. Personally, I’ve always considered Minneapolis’ Warehouse District to be underrated, which is a shame, considering the wealth of hidden and not-so-hidden gems this neighborhood contains. One such gem is the venerable taproom champion Fulton.
With a dog-friendly patio, a full-time Airstream food truck in the Taproom Kitchen (try the bratwurst), and Sporcle trivia every Tuesday evening, you’re guaranteed to have a terrific time with Fulton. On top of that, Fulton is wont to play host to meat raffles and Drag Queen Bingo, so you’re rather obligated to make a trip to the North Loop in the near future.
Tarbox Suggests: The seasonal Belgian Wheat beauty Blackberry Wit; the simple, succulent, and the to-the-point Standard Lager, wonderfully described by the brewers as a “lawnmower beer”
414 6th Ave N.
Indeed Brewing Co.
What better way to spend Hump Day than giving back to the community while enjoying a cold frosty one? A beloved Northeast Minneapolis brewery, Indeed not only offers up an insanely varied list of beers on tap, but every Wednesday they present their “Indeed We Can” initiative, with the night’s net proceeds donated to a different local nonprofit every week.
It helps that Indeed already benefits from a cozy, super-friendly environment with a lovely bar staff, and come springtime, you can down a Day Tripper while hanging out on their patio with your doggo at your side. Win-win.
Tarbox Suggests: The crisp and ultra-floral Mexican Honey Light lager; the signature Flavorwave IPA, with a persistent aftertaste that you won’t mind sticking around for a spell
711 15th Ave. NE
Lakes & Legends
One of the best parts about going out for a beer is just getting to RELAX. You don’t have to work, you don’t have to attend to any serious adulting; you just get to kick back and enjoy good beer and better company. Located right in the heart of Loring Park, Lakes & Legends know all about relaxation: as if the taproom wasn’t spacious enough, they have tons of comfy seats and patio-style furniture to let you stretch out and knock down a brew or two.
Speaking of which, L&L boasts some of the smoothest beer I’ve ever tasted in my life: it doesn’t matter if they’re IPAs, ales, or porters, the beers at Lakes & Legends are perfect for folks who don’t consider themselves beer people. And don’t forget to check their calendar for a myriad of events, ranging from comedy nights and trivia to ceramics markets and much more.
Tarbox Suggests: The smooth and easy 5-Weight Cream Ale, made with 100 percent Minnesota-grown barley; the tart and hearty raspberry honey ale St. Gail
1368 Lasalle Ave.
Dangerous Man Brewing Co.
Okay, first off, a brewery that values a damn good beard is worth looking into. Have you seen their logo? A mere couple blocks from the Mississippi River resides Dangerous Man Brewing Co., a Northeast Minneapolis institution since 2013. If you’re into lagers, stouts, IPAs, ales, or coffee porters (or all of the above), then Dangerous Man is the perfect way to end the work week.
Just be sure to claim a seat, because it’s not uncommon for Dangerous Man to get really packed really quick. That’s just the power of a damn good beer. And beard.
Tarbox Suggests: The roasty, sweet-tooth-friendly Peanut Butter Porter; the smooth and sweet AF Raspberry Milkshake IPA, with one of the most intoxicating smells a beer could ever have
1300 2nd St. NE
La Doña Cervecería
It’s Saturday. You’re feeling frisky. You have some pep in that step. Why not expel that energy with a beer in hand and both feet on the dance floor? La Doña Cervecería, a for-benefit brewery based out of the Harrison neighborhood of Minneapolis, is a brilliant blend of Northern-style brew sensibilities and Latin culture. A great many beers offered are brewed with a special flair reminiscent of Central and South America, and it shows.
And that’s not all! Every Saturday is Salsa night, where you can sacudir tu trasero while sipping on their flagship Doña Fría lager. And don’t forget to sign up for La Doña’s sports leagues, with fútbol and, soon, broomball open for anyone above drinking age!
Tarbox Suggests: The malty, caramel-y, brown ale mix of Europe, America, and Patagonia known as Sueños; citrus taste and piney smells galore with the La Reyna IPA
241 Fremont Ave. N