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.
Let me be really clear here, I am not a fan of winter. I don’t like the cold. I don’t like snow at all. I don’t snowmobile, ski, ice skate or luge. The only good thing about winter is that there are no mosquitoes outside. Of course it’s too cold to be out there anyway.
So, what was I doing outside at nighttime in Minnesota? Well, for one it was unseasonably warm out. We had 3 days in a row of over 50 degrees. Which is entirely unheard of here in Minnesota in December. For another thing it was foggy and ridiculously beautiful out.
This is the first year for the St Paul European Christmas Market. The market is a short block between St Peter and Wabasha on West 7th Place in downtown St Paul. We stopped in last Saturday night to check it out.
You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a taproom anymore. There are new taprooms opening in Minneapolis and St Paul seemingly weekly. Which is awesome. So, without further ado, here are the top 10 I’ve been to so far. AKA the 10 I’ve been to so far.
612Brew – OK, this place is loud! To be fair though, I’ve only been there once and it was on Halloween. So it’s entirely possible that that isn’t the normal Friday night crowd. The place was packed and they had some pretty loud music going on. 612 serves up their beer (they had 5 the night I was there) and some craft soda. They have pints, flights and growlers for sale as well as the regular merch. Their outdoor area was really cool. They have a bunch of tables and chairs and it feels really secluded with the walls all around. I want to get back there on a night that isn’t Halloween.
612Brew – 945 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Bauhaus Brew Labs – Right then! This is a cool space. This has to be the biggest taproom in the Twin Cities. They have a huge bar, a billion or so tables and a huge stage. Outside there are even more tables and chairs. The brewing area is even bigger than the taproom and looks really cool with the stacks and stacks of empty cans back there. It was very crowded there when I was there, but it wasn’t overly loud beacause the ceilings are so high. I really like Bauhaus’ design and style. The room is industrial and the garage doors are seriously huge. They have pints, flights and growlers along with their merchandise.
Bauhaus Brew Labs – 1315 Tyler St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413