A newly opened bar in uptown, a pub in St. Paul, a cozy pub on Selby and Dale, an oyster and whiskey bar in Minneapolis and a pub on 50th and France…what do they all have in common? They all have a tremendous craft beer list. Not only do these places serve delicious brews, they also have hefty selections of locally brewed ales, ciders, beers and more. Wherever you are in the Twin Cities, you’re sure to be somewhere close to one of these spots and a big frosty mug. With selections and lists as long as these, there’s sure to be something that can whet your whistle this season.
3001 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Having just opened in late summer, Prime Bar features a beer list that is yours for the taking. Its daily happy hour includes at least two beers with one of them being a craft brew. Prime touches on nearly all types of beer including pale ales, amber ales, belgian-style ales, lagers, fruit cider ales and seasonal brews. Its list is graced by brewers like Great Lakes Brewing, Rush River, Summit, Two Brothers Brewing Company, Breckenridge and Founders. If you’re unsure of what to get, just ask one of the friendly bartenders or staff. They are quick to tell you their favorites. Click here for a list of Prime Bar’s beers.
The Muddy Pig
162 Dale St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
The Muddy Pig, a neighborhood bistro, serves up a beer list that will make even the biggest beer lover say ‘what should I have?’ There are craft beers from all over the world on this roster of brews including some from Belgium, Quebec, Ireland, England, The Netherlands and of course, the US. If you’re in the mood for something frothy, hoppy and cold, The Muddy Pig has it for you. With beers from brewers like Surly, Boulder Cold Hop, Hoegaarden, Leffe Blonde and Northwoods Walters, the selections are endless. Who knows, you might just find a new favorite. Click here for a list of Muddy Pig’s beers.
2112 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Burgers, whiskey, oysters, eggs; that’s the tagline for The Lowry. However, it really should include beer too as it has over 35 of them on tap. The Lowry’s beer menu is almost as diverse as its food menu with selections from brewing companies such as Odell’s, Grand Teton, Deschutes, Angry Orchard and Victory. The servers can tell you what drinks to pair with what food to take the guesswork out of the equation for you. But if you’ve found yourself at The Lowry, you’re sure to be in good company with a delicious plate of food and a nice cold brew to go along with it. Click here for a list of The Lowry’s beers.
Pig & Fiddle
3812 W. 50th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55410
With 36 beers on tap, Pig & Fiddle is surely making a name for itself over in the area of 50th and France. Its beer menu is longer than some restaurants’ food menus. It changes monthly to feature new seasonal brews, so you’ll just have to make it a point to stop back each month to try the latest offerings. Pig & Fiddle’s long list includes brews from Left Hand, Timmermans, Boom Island, Indeed Brewing and Erdigner. Check the website for the most up-to-date list of beers.
1611 W. Larpenteur Ave.
Falcon Heights, MN 55113
Stout’s Pub is a place that’s great to meet a friend for happy hour, stop in to have a burger or to gather and watch the Vikings pull out a win. No matter what you’re there for, a beer will be in order and this spot has no shortage of craft beers for you to pick from. Some might say that its specialty is offering Minnesota-crafted beers since its list includes Summit, Brau Brothers, Fulton, Schell’s, Lift Bridge, Flat Earth and Surly. Stout’s does offer other craft beers as well such as Bockor and Lagunitas for those wanting to try something that’s not Minnesota made. Click here for a list of Stout Pub’s beers.
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