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Date Published
December 07, 2021

Minnesota is officially the land of 10,000 lakes, but some consider it the land of 10,000 craft beers. Nearly 200 craft breweries cover the North Star State with many breweries in the Twin Cities.

How many breweries are there in Minneapolis? More than 30 breweries are spread across the city’s eclectic neighborhoods. If you’re moving to Minneapolis or just a local hop lover, this guide to the best breweries in Minneapolis will connect you to top local brews.

Minneapolis Breweries You Have to Try If You’re a Beer-Lover

Surly Brewing Co.

This Minneapolis destination brewery is behind the 2011 “Surly Bill” that allows microbrewers to sell their own beer onsite. Pay homage to this early pioneer with a stop at this sprawling beer hall and beer garden near the University of Minnesota campus. More than 40 revolving taps offer up something for everyone. Try the iconic Surly Furious IPA or seasonal Surly Darkness.

Getting there: Free parking lot, bike access from the Dinkytown Greenway/University of Minnesota Transitway and near the Light Rail Green Line Prospect Park stop

Insight Brewing

This adventure-themed Twin Cities brewery is conveniently located just north of Surly. Insight’s open-concept taproom is just enough off the beaten path to make it seem like an undiscovered Minneapolis brewery. The lively atmosphere will tell you otherwise as beer lovers enjoy favorites like Insight’s Troll Way Citrus IPA.

Getting there: Free parking lot with bus routes 30 and 61 stopping out front

Indeed Brewery

Head by bike or car over to the Northeast neighborhood to experience another one of the best (and earliest) breweries in Minneapolis. Indeed’s cozy taproom is perfect for playing one of the many board games they keep on hand during a cold winter evening. Throughout the summer months, head to their dog-friendly outdoor patio and enjoy an Indeed Shenanigans Wheat or Indeed Day Tripper Pale Ale.

Getting there: Free lot or street parking, bike racks 

Bauhaus Brew Labs

This Northeast Minneapolis brewery is within walking distance of Indeed, plus other popular spots like 612 Brewing and Able Seedhouse. Bauhaus Brew Labs is known for its German-inspired brews and playful and bright Minneapolis brewery. Locals in the Twin Cities brewery scene recommend Bauhaus Brew Labs’ Wonderstuff Neu Bohemian Pilsner or Sky Five! Midwest Coast IPA.

Getting there: Free lot or street parking, bike racks 

Inbound Brew Co.

Make your way across the river to this urban Minneapolis brewery in the North Loop neighborhood in the shadow of Target Field. Inbound offers an industrial yet outdoorsy feel with soaring ceilings and wraparound windows. Take in some live music as you sip on a Passionfruit Gose Sour Ale or try the Coffee Milk Stout on Nitro.

Getting there: Free two-hour parking on 10th Avenue, street metered parking or bike  

More Top Minneapolis Breweries

If you’re moving to Minneapolis and want to enjoy the vibe at even more Twin Cities breweries, don’t miss:

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