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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Tap Rooms

May 17, 2013 9:19 AM

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It’s time to celebrate the Craft Brew. This weekend is the end of Craft Brew Week in America. When it comes to Craft Brews, Minnesota is at the top of the class with several new breweries debuting in the last year. And while two big giants of Minnesota Craft Brewing, Summit and Surly, continue to make terrific beer, smaller start-up breweries have grown quickly thanks to Minnesota’s new laws regarding Tap Rooms. Breweries now have a quick and easy way to get their brews out to the masses! Dara took some time to sling back a few beers and here’s her list of the Top 5 Tap Rooms in Minnesota!

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Indeed Brewing
711 15th Ave NE.
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 843-5090
http://www.indeedbrewing.com/

A newcomer to the Minnesota Craft Brew scene but they have quickly become a favorite of beer drinkers. Founded in 2011 by three friends and former college roommates, Indeed Brewing Company has a penchant for adventure, both in the beers they brew and the way they go about brewing them. Using an approach like that of a fine restaurant, they use only the finest ingredients and are creative enough to combine their brews with things like coffee (check out the Burr Grinder Coffee Ale) and Smoked Peppers (Hot Box Imperial Smoked Porter). Besides the beer, Indeed has a fantastic Tap Room. Expect to find great food from local food trucks like Hola Arepa and Anchor Fish & Chips along with great beers from Indeed!

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Dangerous Man
1300 2nd St NE.
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 209-2626
http://www.dangerousmanbrewing.com/

Another really new beer, the Dangerous Man Tap Room opened this last January and should already be a destination for beer lovers. With specialty brews such as a Scotch Ale with it’s deep toffee flavors, Hefeweizen, the German summer beer and their own take on coffee combinations with Matchbox Porter (a partnership with Matchbox Coffee Shop). While Dangerous Man doesn’t do food, their location near Anchor Fish & Chips is good incentive to pick up some grub and they encourage you to BYOF (yes, bring your own food)!

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612 Brew
945 Broadway St NE #188
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 217-0437
http://www.612brew.com/

In a city full of new beers, this one is the newest on the list, debuting in late January at the Winter Carnival Beer Dabbler and opening their Tap Room in February. 612 Brew is yet another Northeast Minneapolis Brewery with a very hot tap room. You’ll find it difficult to belly up to their bar on a busy Friday or Saturday evening. The reason is the beer and a great atmosphere, set among the kettles and brewery in an old Nordeast Warehouse. Hopheads will love their Rated R, a terrific Rye IPA. And their seasonal brews put a spin on classic beers also. They’ve had great success with Mary Ann, a German Kolsch brewed with tons of fresh ginger for a spicy yet refreshing take on beer, and their newest beer, Main Stage. It’s an Amber Ale with low hops and lower alcohol so you can enjoy several on a nice hot summer day!

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Summit Brewing
910 Montreal Circle
St. Paul MN 55102
(651) 265-7800
http://www.summitbrewing.com/

The granddaddy of Minnesota’s Craft Beers, Summit has now been brewing beers since 1986 (!!!) and are often mistakenly referred to as a microbrewery, when actually they’re now one of the top 50 breweries in the US as far as output. The Extra Pale Ale and Great Northern Porter have long been local favorites and beer lovers all over the US have been fans of this St. Paul Brewery for years. In September 2012, Summit opened their long-awaited Tap Room in their brewery overlooking the Mississippi in St. Paul. Summit is another brewery that brings in food trucks so you can enjoy a bite along with your pint. The Summit Tap Room is called the “Ratskeller”, German for “council room”. Works for us.

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Steel Toe Brewing
4848 W 35th St.
St Louis Park, MN 55416
(952) 955-9965
http://www.steeltoebrewing.com/

Tucked away in an industrial park off of Hwy. 7 in St. Louis Park is Steel Toe Brewery. You’ve likely seen the giant boot on a tap or two around town. But their new tap room is a beer lovers destination. They make 4 beers year round (a giant sized IPA, a Double Red Ale, a richly flavored Dark Ale and a light and refreshing Ale). They also do occasional special brews throughout the year that are intense and magnificent beers. From Barleywine to beers aged in Templeton Rye Whiskey barrels to massive Winter Ales, Steel Toe is the true definition of “Craft Beer”.

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