There are so many great local craft breweries in the Twin Cities area that it can be a real challenge choosing which ones to visit! Some create more traditional, European style beers, while others concoct some creative brews for the brave! Whatever type of beer you enjoy, there is a brewery for you to enjoy in the Twin Cities metro area.
NOTE– This list is in no particular order. We had a hard enough time narrowing it down to our top 10, and we didn’t dare rank it any further!
2821 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Insight has a large indoor taproom with a lot of tables and booths to choose from. There is also a small seating area outside for the few months in Minnesota that it is nice enough for sitting outside.
This is one of those breweries that offers a wide variety of ales for you to try. Our favorites from here are the Dankbot IPA and their seasonal Doe Eyes Saison.
25 N 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
A few short blocks from Target field, you will find Clockwerks Brewing. They have a small taproom that has a steampunk vibe. There are tables, couches and a bar area with plentiful seating. They also have their own custom cribbage boards available to use while you are trying their beers!
Our favorite brews from here are the Clockwerk Orange Witbier, the Amber Alt, and the Equanaut IPA.
Finnegan’s Brew Co.
817 S 5th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Finnegan’s is a great brewery that donates 100% of its profits to charities that work to alleviate hunger!
They have a large taproom with an Irish sports bar theme. There are many large tables and many TVs, which a lot of breweries don’t have.
Try their flagship Amber Ale while you are visiting! The Dead Irish Poet stout is also very good.
Bad Weather Brewing
414 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
Not only is this brewery in a great location- by Cosettas in St. Paul and not far from the river- but they have great brews too! They have a very large, open taproom and lots of outdoor seating when the weather is nice (if you will pardon the pun).
There are a lot of good brews from here including the Sun Pillar Belgian blonde ale. If you like IPAs, try the Green Sky double IPA while you are here.
910 Montreal Cir, St Paul, MN 55102
Opened in 1986, this is one of the older craft breweries in the Twin Cities. They have had a lot of time to perfect their beers and have done a fantastic job!
This is another brewery with a large Ratskeller (taproom and patio) so it is a great place to visit if you are with a large group.
There are so many great beers here!!! The Keller Pills and the Extra Pale Ale are always good choices from here, but you can’t really go wrong.
712 Ontario Ave W, Minneapolis, MN 55403
This is a small brewery that is sort of hidden by the highway, but be sure to stop! It is only a short walk from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, so you can enjoy crafts and craft beers! The taproom is pretty small, but they also do have some outdoor seating available.
Did I mention… they have pinball machines??
The Neverlasting Gobstopper is not only a great name, but is a fruity, flavorful sour beer that I have never had anywhere else. The Peanut Butter stout is also worth a try!
2934 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Located in Uptown right off of Lyndale and Lake street, you will find LynLake Brewery.
If you stop here, you will find a cozy little taproom that is decorated with bikes, Edison light bulbs and lots of board games to play while you are visiting.
This brewery has so many good fruity, seasonal beers it is really hard to say what our favorites are. The Rubbish Red Ale is one of their flagship brews and is a great choice, otherwise the Take 6 IPA is good if you are looking for something a little different.
945 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
We like 612 because they have a nice large parking lot (free!). They also have a big open taproom and a cute outdoor beer garden with a fountain and lots of seating.
One of my favorites from here is the Honey Blonde. It is crisp, light and refreshing- perfect for the short Minnesota summertime!
225 Thomas Ave N #700, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Utepils is one of our favorite breweries of all time. They have a large parking lot, great food truck rotation and an extensive (but very good) tap list.
The style of the taproom is German/Czech old world and is decorated with flags, posters, and huge windows that let in a lot of light. There is also a firepit outside that is usually lit- even when it is freezing outside.
The Czech style pilsner here is fantastic. Paul really likes the Skölsch which is hard for him to admit because he is a huge Green Bay Packers fan.
414 N 6th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Last, but not least, we have Fulton Brewing! This brewery is one of my favorites to visit on warm summer evening. The outdoor patio is so cute and the food truck cooking right next to the patio always smells so tempting.
The Lonely Blonde is a very popular choice and you can find it at a lot of restaurants all over the Twin Cities. In addition to beers, they also make a variety of hard seltzers.
If you do find yourself in the Twin Cities and are looking for some budget friendly things to keep yourself entertained, check out our guides for free things to see and do in Minneapolis or Saint Paul!