Brewery Review: Lakes & Legends Brewing Company

Adam and I love discovering breweries with a unique theme that creates a meaningful  experience. Lakes & Legends Brewing Company on Lasalle Ave in Minneapolis hits the nail on the head with their taproom and beer selection.

Lakes & Legends was born from the idea that we could create a high-quality, farm-to-table beer that would raise the expectations and expand the possibilities of what you could get from a beer. 

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We were excited by their farm to table beer. We were excited by their rustic, homey and Scandinavia-inspired taproom. We were excited to feel a sense of community the moment we sat down. In case you missed it, we were pretty excited.

We focus on quality ingredients, spotlighting our farming partners wherever possible. We take that quality and extend it to our taproom, creating a welcoming space where communities come together, slow down, and create those experiences that last a lifetime. We’re always experimenting and innovating, working on new beers to surprise and excite, with the hopes to elevate the experience every time you raise a glass. 

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The taproom had an open plan with many different seating options: hightop tables, dining/picnic tables with lawn and adirondack chairs. Lakes & Legends has a very North Woods cabin vibe — very rustic, very cozy. For the casual and competitive players alike, there were two sets of corn hole. Twinkle lights contribute to the soft and warm atmosphere, almost emulating a star lit sky by the lake.

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Let’s talk about Lakes & Legends’ funky logo. An eagle with antlers — a sort of nod to the mythical jackalope. One of the bartenders told us they wanted to create a creature as epic and “legendary” as their name. What could be more majestic than a horned eagle? It certainly caught our attention.  Low and behold! 👇

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Lakes & Legends’ brews are primarily inspired by Belgian Farmhouse beer and Trappist beers. (Think hoppy, crips, sessionable and dubbel/trippel characteristics.)

We love the improvisational spirit of Belgian farmhouse beers and the storied tradition of Trappist beers, and we couldn’t think of a better base from which to start (not to mention they’re our favorite beers to drink!) We focus on quality ingredients, spotlighting our farming partners wherever possible.

Adam and I loved the unique and fresh tastes we experienced as we sipped our flight. The Minneapple Ale was a highlight. Talk about Minnesotan pride! I’m not much of a cider fan, but this was a game changer. Not too sweet and just the right amount of delicious spices.

The Minneapple Ale is a malted cider brewed with pilsen malt and a cider base, then infused with Minneapple Pie filling and spices.

Another favorite was Marigold, a boozy Belgian Golden Strong ale with hints of apple. DELICIOUS.

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Lakes & Legends is a brewery we’re excited to visit again, especially in the springtime when their farm series is in season. With unique local ingredients like sweet corn,  rhubarb, wild rice, sweet potato and plums, this series is innovative and delicious. Lakes & Legends is inventive and innovative. It’s a brewery that any craft beer lover needs to frequent.

Here’s our full review (categories are rated out of five 🍺):

  1. Beer Selection (number and styles available): 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
  2. Beer Taste (expected of style): 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
  3. Location (find-ability/ accessibility): 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
  4. Atmosphere/Venue: 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
  5. Service (of staff): 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺

Other notable factors: Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 3-6, dog friendly, great staff, excellent location.

Cheers! 🍺

‘Til our next adventure,

-Katie

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