The craft beer craze is in full swing in the U.S. — more than 4,000 craft brewers, in fact — and it’s really flourishing in the Twin Cities. Fortunately, you can enjoy them at local restaurants, but it’s even more fun to make an event of it by touring one of the many local breweries. Unless you know what kind of beer you want to try, they can all sort of blend in together.
Mpls St. Paul Magazine’s Twin Cities Taproom Guide breaks it down for you, listing 45 breweries. But with so many, how do you decide which to try? Whether you’re a local or just visiting with a limited amount of time, the best way to get the most bang for your buck is on a bus tour. You drink; they drive. Beer-loving guides teach you what you need to know, make the experience entertaining and allow you to sample a lot of beer (safely) in a short amount of time. A simple Google search for “brewery tours Minneapolis St. Paul” returns several companies who offer public, private and corporate group tours.
What types of breweries will you find? “While pretty much all styles of beers are represented, from barrel-aged to sours, Belgians, real cask ale, gluten-free, and a growing cider scene, Twin Cities beers showcase an affinity for classic American craft styles, done clean, and with a love of the IPA—the more bitter, the better,” says Paste Magazine.
Don’t forget to help promote your favorite breweries and keep them in business by sharing your experiences on social media.
Please drink responsibly and arrange for transportation home.