Seven taprooms on the Green Line that you have to try

Last Saturday we did the unthinkable, the unimaginable, the just plain crazy. We took the bus.

But wait there’s more.

We took the bus from our place in the burbs to downtown Minneapolis and from there we hit each of the 7 brewery taprooms along the Green Line light rail.

And we lived to talk about it.

The bus part is neither here nor there and you shouldn’t worry about that. You just need to wrap your head around starting at Fulton Brewing on a beautiful spring day with the Twins playing at home. Fulton was pretty busy, but that didn’t stop us.

fulton

Eastlake Brewery

I went into the new Eastlake Brewery last week. By new I mean they just opened. Not that they have been around and this is their new brewery. Eastlake has been open about a month at this point. They are nestled in a corner of the Midtown Global Market (which I’ll be writing about soon).

This is the place you put your foot when you bell up to the bar.
This is the place you put your foot when you belly up to the bar.

I started with their Blueliner. It’s an American pale ale, which is a style I really dig. This one was tasty and super balanced. Sometimes pale ales can be too hoppy or malty or just plain boring. This wasn’t any of those. Some of you are saying “woah woah woah, there’s no such thing as too hoppy.” And I say well kinda there can be. You know, depending on the style of beer. This beer had a distinct flavor that I can’t put my finger on. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out they use the same hops as LTD uses in their Australian IPA. Anyway, this was really good. And hit the spot with my burrito.

Next up I had a Stick Style. This is their India pale ale. It too was really good. I like their choice of malts and hops. I’m not sure which ones they use, but these go well with each other. So, it’s a good beer and I would be happy to have one right now.

That’s it. I didn’t have the time or driving ability to have any more than these 2 beers. I liked what I had and I will be back for more.

Eastlake is in the south east corner of the Midtown Global Market. They have a nice area that is a little bit sectioned off from the rest of the market. There must be about 50 seats. I wish I would’ve taken more pictures. Here’s the other picture I took.
Eastlakebrewery
This has to be the smallest brewing space in Minneapolis. It’s like a brewery, only little. But no matter the size of the brewery, they are putting out some really good stuff.

Also, I love their art. The coasters and glasses all have these pictures on them that are both a little creepy and kind of cute. They depict animal/human creatures doing things like sitting by a fire or carrying a hacksaw with an animal leg thrown over it’s shoulder. I don’t know whats going on and I don’t care. I think they are rad.

Surly Brewing Destination Brewery Minneapolis

Surly built their new destination brewery in Minneapolis and it just opened 2 weeks ago. Shellie and I went there last Saturday night at about 9 PM. Upon walking in we were carded and told the kitchen was closed, so beer only. Which wasn’t a problem since we just ate at Jerusalem’s. We got a couple beers and started poking around.

Of course I had read about this place, both before it opened and the recent reviews of it, so I kind of knew what to expect. But honestly, this place is bigger and better than I pictured. The Beer Hall, as they are calling it, is the main room of the building. I’m not sure how many people it seats, but there are a lot of tables in there. Most of them are bigger and shared with other groups of people, but there are a few smaller tables.  At one end of the room there are windows into the brewing area. At the other there are windows facing out to the patio (patio! this is an acre of soon-to-be-beer-garden that can seat another 500 people). These windows are actually doors and it looks like the whole wall can be slid to the sides and opened up.

Surly Brewing Beer Hall
Surly Brewing Beer Hall