Beer lovers who visit Minneapolis for the Final Four won’t have to travel far to find Minnesota’s favorite beers. Exit in any direction from the US Bank Stadium, and you’ll probably find a bar or restaurant serving your favorite beers from twin cities, the North Shore and other parts of the “Country of 10,000 Beers”. But for those out of town looking for a more direct experience of the state’s brewing culture, there are a few places that should be on the radar because they’re worth a ride on the Lyft from downtown.
Surly is a monster in Minnesota, and its flagship Furious IPA is one of the most iconic beers in the state. So, this is more or less a must-drink for any beer lover who visits Minnesota. Surly’s popularity is due to the fact that it has been in the game for a long time, as previously Minnesota breweries could even serve a pint on their premises. But thanks to the Surley Act, breweries and plates have grown across Minnesota like a variety of spring flowers, and the bill’s namesake has also built a massive own brewery. Surly’s Brewery is a huge building with an attractive outdoor beer garden, a pizzeria upstairs and up to 35 Surly draft beers. It is about a 10 minute drive on the Lyft from US Bank Stadium.
This microbrewery and room is located in the harbor of breweries in northeastern Minneapolis. It presents small brews and a constantly changing toplist. (At the time of writing, among other things, they are serving ale with double cream with coffee and sour guava grapefruit). The atmosphere inside is comfortable; after all, it’s a neighborhood place. However, on weekends the place is crowded, often with a line behind the door, indicating the quality of the beer and the location of the brewery, as it is close to the famous Young Joni pizza and another product of the Northeast region, Anchor Fish and Chips. Dangerous Man is about a 10-minute Lyft drive from US Bank Stadium.
This is another operation in northeastern Minneapolis. The Fair State Brewery has a small room on Central Avenue, but its beers have gained international recognition. Sour lovers should definitely try Roselle Fair State: it’s the perfect way to experience the taste of spring in Minneapolis. Although the co-op has no food to order, you are encouraged to bring food from nearby restaurants, including the large Holy Land Deli, Khao Hom Thai and Taco Riendo. Fair State is about a 10-minute drive on the Lyft from US Bank Stadium.
This experimental brewery is located in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis, home to many of the most popular restaurants and bars of the twin cities. Stop here to have an IPA milkshake with fruit punch or a cold-pressed coffee camp before trying some of Minneapolis ’favorite dishes, such as Black Sheep Pizza, Parlor (home of the famous Parlor burger) and Bar La Grassa. Modist Brewing is approximately a 7-minute drive on the Lyft from US Bank Stadium.
It’s the only St. Paul brewery on the list, but still a 10-minute drive to Lyft from US Bank Stadium. The first female microbrewery in Minnesota is loved for its delicious brews and varied menu – it’s not just an IPA list of varying intensity. Also, the food is incredible. From homemade burgers (including vegetarian options) to fried chicken to poppies and cheese – every beer has a dish.