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Best Local Beer Spots For Your Inner Beer Snob

June 23, 2011 6:12 AM

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Are you sick of drinking watered down, skunked beer? Do you crave flavor, hops and a refreshingly blended brew? Would you consider yourself a bit of a beer snob? While the majority of bars and restaurants in the metro carry the same selection of beer, some patrons with a more refined palate care for the finer things in pints. Here is a list of places to get your beer snob on and sip on a worldly selection of brews.

oldchicago Best Local Beer Spots For Your Inner Beer Snob

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Old Chicago-Uptown

2841 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55408
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Have you ever wondered what the popular beer in Ireland is? Or, what they like to drink in Holland? Wonder no more and venture over to your nearest Old Chicago for the World Beer Tour. With 110 brews to choose from, some on tap but most in bottles, it’s a beer connoisseur’s paradise. It’s easy as showing your I.D., getting the tour card and choosing a beer. The bartender keeps track of the beers you’ve selected and are tallied onto the World Beer Tour card. Each time you try a new beer, it gets you closer to the plaque! That’s right, you get rewarded for drinking beer. Once you’ve had the entire selection of foreign and domestic beers, you receive a plaque stating you’ve complete the world tour. It’s free to join and monthly promotions go out to cardholders. At Old Chicago, you Travel the World, One Beer at a Time.

gasthof zur gemutlichkeit Best Local Beer Spots For Your Inner Beer Snob

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Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit & Mario’s Keller Bar

2300 Northeast University Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55418
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Step into old Germantown and experience true German hospitality right here in Minneapolis. On the corner 23rd Avenue and University sits a German-esque haus with a distinctly German plaque that is hard to miss. And inside the traditional décor and architecture continue. Belly up to the bar with 11 true German beers on tap. Light, dark, wheat and amber drafts are available as well as a wide range of foreign wines to choose from. Possibly most famous at Gasthof’s is Das Boot. A two-liter boot shaped glass filled to the top with your choice of beer. If you want to drink like a true German, head over to Gasthof’s and prost to the great beer makers.

the bulldog northeast Best Local Beer Spots For Your Inner Beer Snob

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The Bulldog Northeast

401 East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55414
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Northeast Minneapolis has a great selection of bars and restaurants along Central Avenue and Hennepin Avenue. And the Northeast location of The Bulldog is no exception. The casual, mixed atmosphere offers an oasis for the younger to middle-aged crowd looking for a good pint of beer. Offering more than a dozen flavors of high-end imported beer, regional and foreign craft pints and beer flights with light, amber and dark pours, The Bulldog satisfies all your beer needs. Wash their well-known tater tots down with a seasonal craft tap or Belgian ale. Come see for yourself what The Bulldog is about and experience why Esquire Magazine calls this one of “the best bars in America.”

thenomad Best Local Beer Spots For Your Inner Beer Snob

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The Nomad World Pub

501 Cedar Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55454
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Domestic, Belgians, cans, Tallboys, crafts, worldly — The Nomad World Pub has it all! Featuring a unique blend of craft and imported beers is just the beginning with this pub. Bocce ball leagues, soccer leagues and dogs? Yes, dogs are even welcome at this establishment. Monday’s are especially great because the bar offers 2-4-1’s and hosts trivia. More than a dozen foreign taps line the back wall and entice beer drinkers of all walks. Stouts, IPAs and Porters are just a small selection of the different styles of pints Nomad’s carries. At Nomad’s it is always a great time to Travel the World and Never Leave Your Barstool.

rock bottom brewery Best Local Beer Spots For Your Inner Beer Snob

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Rock Bottom Brewery

800 LaSalle Plaza
Minneapolis, MN 55402
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Do you enjoy local beer? Do you enjoy when you get to see your beer being made? Then the Rock Bottom Brewery is the perfect place for you. Located in the heart of downtown, the Rock Bottom Brewery offers great food and sophisticated beer. Describing their brewmasters as part scientist, part beer geek, they take exceptional care when creating their Kölsch brews, white, red, brown and pale ales, and light and dark lagers. This brewery also offers a mug club to frequent visitors in which they receive special promotions and gifts each time they return. With different taps at each location, it’s impossible to not find a beer and love it. The Rock Bottom Brewery prides itself on brewing beer the old fashioned way, with local brewers and local ingredients.

Emily Buss is a music journalist from Minneapolis and author of On the Rechord blog. On the Rechord is a music site dedicated to the local music scene in the Twin Cities. Emily writes concert and album reviews, band and artist profiles, and provides information about local shows. A college graduate with a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on Journalism, Emily has been professionally writing for newspapers and online outlets for six years. You can find Emily at, on Facebook at On the Rechord and on Twitter @TheEmilyB.

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  • t

    The Happy Gnome, Muddy Pig, Town Hall?

  • JustSayin

    Uh, funny how Minneapolis ALWAYS takes over these posts…..there are hardly any of these “Best Of’s” that feature places NOT located in Minneapolis. Muddy Pig, HUUUUUUUUUGE selection, Bulldog Lowertown, COME ON!

  • Minnesodad

    This is perhaps the worst article on beer ever written. The ONLY one of the places above worth checking out is Bulldog, but Bulldog Lowertown, Muddy Pig and Happy Gnome are way better than anything listed above. As a matter of fact, Lyndale Tap House, should get more publicity than (ugh) Old Chicago, RBB or Nomad. I am guessing Emily Buss either never leaves Minneapolis or doesn’t even know what a good beer selection is comprised of.

  • Tolzy

    The Muddy Pig should have at least been mentioned…

    There’s nothing wrong with the ones she did mention but you’ve gotta dig the Pig if you’re talking beer selection…

  • Fat Tire

    That’s just, like, your opinion, man. Emily, I’ll take you to Town Hall or Muddy Pig sometime. Maybe Blue Nile.

  • Richard in Minneapolis

    I like the Herkimer brewpub at 29th and Lyndale South. Beers are brewed on site and the selection rotates seasonally.

  • Beer lover

    Stupid List. MacKenzie’s, the Happy Gnome, Williams, or the Muddy Pig?

  • Beer snob

    I just brew my own and I can make just as good of beer or even better. Porters, Bocks, Double Bocks…their all mine. Now that’s a true beer snob.

    • JustSayin

      “They’re*” We brew our own too, but sometimes it’s hard to control the temp in our apartment so as of right now, we can’t brew too much. :-/

    • Justin


  • Steve

    Ugggh? What about Williams? And Graveland Tap is a nice place for Summit Variety.

    • Steve

      Sorry Groveland Tap

  • Krizzatch

    Are any of you familiar with the concept of a OPINION ARTICLE????


      Apparently not.

  • paul

    hmmm…author is a music journalist commenting on craft beers…figures the list really BITES!!! And don’t forget Great Waters Brewing Co.

  • MacJess

    What about the Groveland Tap?

  • Johnson & Hand

    Rock Bottom? Are you joking? Town Hall? Pizza Luce (downtown)? the Gnome? the Pig?

  • Nicnec

    I HIGHLY recommend The Hanger Room in Willernie – just east of White Bear Lake. Check it out!

  • I. Smeilarat

    This article reeks of a paid advertisement. Read each review out loud- they all sound like 30 second radio spots. Were restaurants solicited for their advertising dollars in exchange for a spot on a “best of” list?

  • Old Rasputin

    Each place on the list offers something different than most bar experiences. The list could probably include a microbrewery like Herkimer or Townhall that isn’t a chain like Rock Bottom. I would also say replace the Bulldog NE with another location that has more brews and character like Happy Gnome or Muddy Pig.

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