There is something about that cool, crisp autumn Minnesota air that brings about a craving for a deep, amber beer while savoring those last few nights on the patio of a favorite bar. Some of the best local beers are seasonally featured in the fall and served at some great brewpubs throughout the state. Listed below are some of Minnesota’s best seasonal brewpubs that feature a special selection of beers that can only be found in the fall.

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Town Hall Brewery
1430 Washington Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 339-8696

North Loop’s most popular brewery, Town Hall Brewery, is a bustling restaurant/pub that offers a wonderful selection of locally brewed beers. With award-winning tap beers and a great selection of entrees, this place has earned the title as one of the best brewpubs in the state. This year, be sure to look out for Petunia’s Pumpkin Ale which will be offered starting the third week in October. Also, the restaurant’s anniversary is being celebrated from October 22-27 and will feature a new tap beer every night of the week.

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Fitger’s Brewhouse
600 E. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 279-2739

Located along the Duluth’s North Shore, Fitger’s Brewhouse has become a local favorite for unique brews in a relaxed, open atmosphere. Along with the dozen or so local tap beers, its Devil’s Track Pumpkin Ale is perfect for cooler weather. This malty lager is made with hundreds of pounds worth of pumpkin that have been nitrogenized for a fuller, richer flavor. Also try the Sasquatch Scotch Ale, a smooth dark beer that will go great with some of the best burgers in town. And don’t forget some of the everyday favorites such as IPA, Double IPA, Oatmeal Stout and Apricot Ale. This pub also offers live entertainment most nights of the week, so plan on having a few drinks over live music in the evening hours.

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The Herkimer
2922 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 821-0101

Located in Uptown Minneapolis, the Herkimer is a must for local beers. This restaurant is known for its eclectic collection of home-brewed beers, not to mention some memorable food selections. The local staple is the Alt Bier, a German pale ale that pleases most taste buds. Be sure to look for Herkimer’s Oktoberfest beer as only a few batches are produced right around the great Munich festival. Another fall favorite is the Schwartz, a “black” beer that is surprisingly light and refreshing.

Great Waters Brewing Co.
426 Saint Peter St.
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 224-2739

Great Waters Brewing Co. is located in the heart of downtown St Paul, nestled near the Ordway Theatre and the Xcel Energy Center. This local brewclub is home to a wide variety of patrons, all here to relax and enjoy one of its many local brews. Not only does Great Waters have an outstanding collection of daily tap beers, its seasonal selections are worth the wait. Looking for a fall beer? Grab a Howling Bones, a blonde ale that has hints of fruit and spices sure to keep you warm on a cool, crisp evening.

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Barley John’s Brew Pub
781 Old Highway 8 S.W.
New Brighton, MN 55112
(651) 636-4670

Slightly off the beaten path and north of Minneapolis in New Brighton is a highly underrated brewpub that has been creating quite a name for itself among even the most well-known breweries in the state. Barley John’s Brew Pub opened in 2000 and has slowly been expanding its customer base over the years. Its best-known, year-round brews include the Wild Brunette, a brown ale made with Minnesota-grown wild rice and vanilla overtones, and the Honey Ale, a sweet, light-bodied favorite. For a fall classic, reach for a Sterling IPA, a hearty beer that’s saturated with an herbal, lemon tone and was released in early fall.

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