I don’t care what anyone else says…this is it. The official, Lauren Kortbein approved ranking of Twin Cities breweries. In the time I’ve lived here, I’ve visited a majority of them, and these are the worthy ones (in order!):
I’ve also included my specific beer recommendations at each location, but some of them are seasonal or rotational beers, so they may not always be on tap.
10. Able Seedhouse – Blk Wlf
They have a cozy patio with strategically placed trees, so you feel more like you’re at a cabin than in the middle of Northeast!
9. Lakes & Legends – Silky
They’ve designed the inside of their taproom to feel like you’re camping, even though you’re in the middle of the city!
8. Wild Minds – Rosé D’Orge
A great place to go in the summer, when the garage doors are open, picnic tables are out, and there’s a food truck parked in the street!
7. LynLake – Sideburns
In the warmer months, their rooftop patio shows off an awesome view of the cities, and in the winter, inside is spacious and welcoming!
6. Flat Earth – Belgian-Style Pale Ale
In the summer, they have live music on their version of a patio, which is actually a room of an old flour plant that exploded. (You have to see it to believe it!) Plus, this is the location of the car show where Tony won his first ever award for his R32!
5. Dangerous Man – Peanut Butter Porter
Their taproom gets insanely busy Thursday-Sunday, and you’ll have to find street parking, but their porters are incredible, specifically the Peanut Butter Porter.
4. Indeed – Stir Crazy
They always have a great food truck outside, and their cozy taproom makes for a great place to hang out!
3. Headflyer – Kingfield
My top tip: visit for trivia night on Wednesdays and be ready to see ALL. THE. DOGS.
2. Bad Weather – Ominous
Contrary to the name, this is one of my favorite places to go when the weather is nice. They have giant garage doors that open up, lots of picnic tables outside, and games you can play!
And the winner of this list…my favorite brewery ever…is…!!!
Barrel Theory – What The Fluff
I’ve never had a bad beer at this brewery. They brew a ton of IPAs which I’m usually not a fan of, but I love Barrel Theory’s beers so much I’ll drink them. (But I still recommend going for the dark beers!)