This week, Dara celebrates the “Surly Law” and Minnesota’s growing list of Tap Rooms. Breweries are now able to sell their beers to customers straight out of the brewery. And thanks to that, many small suds makers are turning into major players in the beer world. The Minnesota “Giants” such as Summit, Schell’s and now Surly continue to churn out great craft beers but some of the lesser known makers are doing amazing things in small batches. With some national notice coming Minnesota’s way now (Minneapolis Ranked #6 Best Beer Cities in America according to Travel & Leisure Magazine), Dara is sharing what she thinks are the Top 5 Tap Rooms in Minnesota!

(credit: Bemidji Brewing Company Facebook Page)

(credit: Bemidji Brewing Company Facebook Page)

Bemidji Brewing Company
Beltrami Ave NW
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601
(218) 444-7011

Located right in downtown Bemidji, they opened in July using money raised in a Kickstarter campaign. It’s a cute, scrappy little place perfect for your photo next to Paul and his Blue Ox. They also serve Walleye straight out of Red Lake harvested by the Chippewa Band. Great local food with some great local beer at a great northern Minnesota Brewery? Sounds like a great road trip to us!

(credit: Brau Brothers Brewery Facebook Page)

Brau Bros Brewing
1st St.
Lucan, MN 56255
(507) 747-2337

Due west from the Twin Cities, about halfway to South Dakota, is Marshall, Minnesota. There lies a brand-new, shiny tap room from Brau Brothers. The beers are really great. Especially the Moo Joos Milk Stout (add ice cream, we’re not kidding). They also make a unique brew called Bancreagie (Bon-cray-gee) which means “Valley of the White Rock,” an homage to the granite aquifer sitting under the brewery. It’s a Peat and Cherry Wood Smoked Malt Blend and you have to try it. Brau Brothers in Marshall, another Tap Room worth jumping in the Family Truckster for a road trip!

(credit: Bent Paddle Brewery Facebook Page)

Bent Paddle Brewing
1912 W Michigan St.
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 279-2722

At number three on our list, we head back north to Duluth and Bent Paddle Brewing. Duluth is quickly becoming a hotbed for local brews. Bent Paddle opened last May and it’s already one of Dara’s favorite things about going to Duluth. Make it part of your brewery tours as you head to Duluth this fall (or, if you dare, this winter). One unique aspect to Bent Padde is that other than kegs, you can only get their beer in cans. They’re believers in using the aluminum can for those taking beer out on the water or on the trails when you can’t bring glass. Plus, they’re a little more friendly to the environment and don’t allow light to penetrate them making it just a bit more fresh once it hits your lips!

(credit: Crystal Grobe)

(credit: Crystal Grobe)

Dangerous Man Brewing
1300 NE 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 209-2626

Dangerous Man moves us back to Minneapolis and it’s a tiny little brewery but doing big things. It feels like you’re in an artist studio, which is perfect for Nordeast! You can also taste some artsy beers. They specialize in small-batch, specialty beers so don’t go in expecting a sports bar selection. This fall you’ll find things like an Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Vanilla Porter, and Dara’s personal favorite, Hopped Wheat Wine. It’s a high-alcohol content beer made primarily from Wheat. On top of that, they hop it up with 5 kinds of hops and make it a really big beer perfect for the fall weather.

Indeed Brewing

Indeed Brewing
711 15th Avenue NE
Minneapolis MN 55413
(612) 843-5090

Dara describes this Northeast Minneapolis Brewery as smart. Perfect description for arguably Minnesota’s top Tap Room. Their Day Tripper Pale Ale is really becoming a signature brew in Minnesota. For a craft beer, it’s extremely popular. Midnight Ryder is a black ale that takes the hoppiness of India Pale Ale and blends it with big flavors of caramel, chocolate and coffee. It really is a delicious drinking beer for a cold Minnesota day. Add in some really out there creations such as L.S.D. (Lavender, Sunflower Honey, and Dates!), Burr Grinder Coffee Ale (made with Dogwood Coffee) and the Hot Box Imperial Smoked Porter (it’s smoked over Jalapenos and Fresno peppers!). It all makes Indeed Dara’s best Tap Room in Minnesota!

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