I stopped in at Pryes Brewing Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The most obvious beer to enjoy was the Mirculum IPA. And it did not disappoint. I see why it is an award winner.
I stopped in at Bald Man Brewing in Eagan, Minnesota. The brewery is not too far from the Minneapolis airport. Stopping in was the first thing I did upon leaving the airport. For a Sunday afternoon there was a nice size group of people in the brewery, some were watching sports, all were enjoying good beer. I tried the Spirit in the Sky Strawberry Rhubarb Ale. This was refreshing and both tart and sweet. I really liked the Tupelo Honey Brown Ale. Sweet and malty and delicious. I also felt compelled to purchase a t-shirt for a good friend who is bald, enjoys good beer and brews occasionally.
I stopped in at Indeed Brewing Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a beer. I could not resist Shenanigans Summer Ale. Clean. Fresh. Easy-Drinking. Delightful. And the taproom is cool – I enjoyed playing tabletop shuffleboard.
I stopped in at Lakes & Legends Brewing Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a beer. I decided to try St.. Gail Raspberry Honey Ale and Mango Lassi Milkshake IPA. I enjoyed both. Each was slightly fruity. The brewery/taproom is a really cool downtown space with plenty of room and various seating to enjoy by various size groups. Great vibe.
I stopped in at The Freehouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota for dinner and a beer. I enjoyed the deviled eggs and fried cheese curds appetizers with business colleagues. The shrimp tacos were an excellent dinner choice. All paired well with No. 1 Kolsch. Great food and great beer and a great atmosphere to enjoy both.
I stopped in at Finnegans Brew Co. in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a beer. Although the bartender recommended the Cluster Truck IPA I decided to go with the Irish Ale and was not disappointed. I found this amber ale to be very easy to drink and a very tasty representation of this style. I enjoyed it while listening to live music which was really nice. Great beer and great vibe.
I stopped in at Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub for a late light dinner and a beer. And what did a find? A beer named after me. Big Jim IPA. And I enjoyed this beer along with a Smoked Trout Salad. I’ve never had smoked trout before. Very savory. And the beer was also very tasty and these two complemented each other well.
I stopped in at Wild Mind Artisan Ales in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Saying I stopped in is really accurate because I got there just minutes before last call. I wanted to get in one more brewery stop before calling it a night. The bartender was quite helpful and suggested #4 (see list below) Sol Wild India Pale Ale. This may have been my first beer with wild yeast. It was delicious. I’ve been focusing on varieties other than IPA’s lately because I had been in an IPA rut a while back. This beer is on point. I love it. Very fresh. Citrusy without being resiny or fruity. Enough bitterness but not too much. Great beer.
And how about that tap backdrop. That’s art. Beautiful. I could have sat at the bar for hours just enjoying that and sipping all of their beers.
I stopped in at Modist Brewing Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. What a cool place. And the beer was equally cool. The bartender recommended First Call cold press coffee lager. I’ve enjoyed a number of coffee beers lately. This was awesome. So smooth and flavorful. I wish I had time to sample some of the other beers but had to move on. They all sound delicious.
I stopped in at Clockwerks Brewing in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a beer. After speaking with the bartender and brewmaster I enjoyed the Alt. I love the balance of malt and hops. Best of both worlds. Chatting with the brewmaster for a bit was a real treat. There’s a great vibe in this space with lots of local industrial art. Great place to hang out. Oh, and I also had a small pour of the Baltic Porter. Let’s just say that was dessert. Yum!