Brewery Review: Copper Trail Brewing Co.

Copper Trail Brewing — located in one of Minnesota’s former Best Small Towns — is the first brewery in Alexandria in over 70 years and becoming one of our favorite travel stops.

I, Katie, have enjoyed visiting Alex over the years, as I call nearby Fergus Falls home. The downtown is filled with cute shops, restaurants and a theater. Being a musician, I’ve had opportunities to perform various โ€œgigsโ€ in the area. Lately, Adam and I have found another reason to stop during our travels — Copper Trail Brewing.

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Copper Trail Brewing — included in both our Hop Passport and Northern Ale Guide — is the first brewery in Alexandria in over 70 years. When the Surly Bill passed in 2011 and brewers could begin serving their beer on site, head “dudes” Adam and Dave jumped at the chance to re-introduce Alexandrians to craft beer.

We’ve stopped in Copper Trail a couple times now on our way to or from visiting family in Fergus Falls and are yet to be disappointed. Our first time in, Ty stole our hearts as one of the friendliest and most generous beer-slingers we’ve met yet.

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His suggestions of the Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy and Indigo Blueberry Wheat were spot-on for each of our particular palates; the Wee Heavy wonderfully caramel-y and earthy and the the blueberry wheat pleasantly true to taste — the blueberry definitely perceivable while not overpowering and wonderfully balanced by the wheat.

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Ty really outdid himself, though, when he brought us the beer-cocktail of the week — a limited-release made to look and taste like sangria (without spirits or wine).

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Light, refreshing and very unlike beer, it could make a beer-enthusiast of anyone. On our second visit, Ty was not — unfortunately — working, but the ladies behind the bar were as warm and generous, and the the Nuttin’ Better Brown Ale (and Blueberry Wheat…again!) did not disappoint.

For a brewery located in a strip mall, Copper Trail is one of the more pleasant we’ve visited. The clean-cut craftsman and industrial style taproom creates a relaxing environment, and beer barrels visible just behind the bar make you feel that much closer to your beer. While still limited in terms of square feet, your choice of bar, high table, bench or couch seating makes the space seem larger (the couch has the added bonus of fireplace comfort); various games will keep you around for another pint or two more.

 

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Growlers and crowlers are available to take home (have we mentioned the Blueberry Wheat is really good?); if you’re in the the Alex and St. Cloud areas, you can find their beer in a liquor store near you.

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“Enjoy the Journey” is Copper Trail’s motto, and as long as we keep stopping in-transit to and from Fergus Falls and the Twin Cities, we will!

Hereโ€™s our full review (categories are rated out of fiveย ๐Ÿบ):

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Cheers!
โ€“ Adam & Katie, Ale Adventures

 

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