While just about every city that’s embraced the craft beer trend has declared that its beers are the best, in the Twin Cities, it’s actually true! The metro area has 48 breweries, in fact.
If you’re in town for business, a local wanting to get out and enjoy the metro, or just someone who is randomly visiting the Twin Cities – we’re here for you. These are the six brews you must try while you’re out and about in the metro:
1) Anything from Surly
We love Surly. You can’t really go wrong with any of their beers, but some of the best are Hell, Furious and Bender. Hell is on the lighter side, a real German lager. It’s hoppy but not too hoppy, and a true crowd pleaser. If you order someone a Surly Hell, chances are they won’t be mad. Furious is Minnesota’s defining IPA, so if you like IPAs, you know what to do.
Bender is a super smooth brown ale that’s a little heavier than Hell, but still delicious. It’s not quite a dessert beer, but it does have sweeter notes that are nice on a cold winter day.
Surly beers are sold in a lot of bars in Minneapolis and St. Paul, but if you’ve got the time, we highly recommend visiting the brewery and taking the tour. It’s only $5, and it’s a great time. We’d know…
2) Sociable Cider Werks: Freewheler
Hard cider is the sweet alternative to beer, and it can be off-putting for a lot of beer lovers. However, Cider Werks’ Freewheeler demolishes any preconceived notion you may have had about hard ciders.
Freewheeler’s crisp, not-too-sweet flavor is common across all of Cider Werks’ ciders. Their trick is to use hops and grains to balance out the sweetness from the apples. It’s a magic blend, and one definitely worth trying when you’re in the Twin Cities.
3) Dangerous Man: Peanut Butter Porter
This delicacy from Dangerous Man is a Northeast Minneapolis staple. A quick disclaimer: if you don’t like peanut butter and chocolate – first of all how dare you? Second of all, this beer probably isn’t for you.
The Peanut Butter Porter is literally peanut butter flavored beer. Not an “aroma” or a “note” or a “finish” of peanut butter, but a real punch of flavor. It’s a phenomenal choice to pair with a dessert, have in lieu of a dessert or if you just simply need to treat yourself.
4) Lift Bridge Brewery: Farm Girl Saison
“Farm Girl” sounds like the name of a beer for people who don’t like beer, but don’t let the name throw you. This Lift Bridge original is a star of all seasons. It is the little black dress of beers. It’s one of those beers that manages to be unique but still drinkable, so you can have three or four and forget all about the icy wind ready to greet you when you step back outside.
5) Summit: EPA
Summit’s Extra Pale Ale has filled our glasses with deliciousness at bars, restaurants, taprooms and block parties for more than three decades. Its light bronze color and its equally hoppy, malty flavor is everything a beer should be.
6) Fulton: Lonely Blonde
Available on tap in just about every restaurant and bar in the Twin Cities, Fulton’s blonde ale simply doesn’t contain a flavor to dislike. It’s a popular choice when you don’t really know what you want – a real go-to. Light enough to not be too much of a commitment, flavorful enough to enjoy until the last sip.
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