While we always appreciate the general convenience and accessibility of “big city” breweries, there’s something special about rural community breweries. Goat Ridge Brewing Co. is no exception.
Tucked away in the old Pantown neighborhood of St. Cloud, Pantown Brewing Co. brings the area’s history — and some old brewing equipment — to life again.
We can’t say with certainty how many new breweries opened in Minnesota this year — our best guess is about 30 — but it’s been enough for us to put together a list of our favorites. Here are five new Minnesota breweries that blew our minds — in a good way — in 2018.
For a small-town, northern Illinois community Hairy Cow Brewing, we thought, was easily comparable to anything we’ve visited and enjoyed in highly brewery-populated Minnesota. Here’s to coming home for the holidays, indeed!
“Wooden hill” — It seems an unusual name for a staircase and an even stranger name for a brewery. But once you know the story and the context behind it, it seems more than fitting — an homage to and memory of a man. And not just any man, one of the best kinds of men — a grandfather.
Rustech’s taproom is probably one of the most organized, cleanest and aesthetically consistent we’ve seen. The brewery’s slogan is “Gather Enjoy and Relax” — or GEAR — and the theme falls somewhere between rustic farmhouse and mechanical steampunk.
We left feeling impressed and confident that Nordic’s off to a really strong start. If their soft open is anything to go by, we’re going to be frequenting Nordic Brewing Company a lot more in the future.
Pryes is a solid NE brewery close to our hearts that’s about to be a little closer still to fans in the metro with their very own canned beers!
The BBP Pigalle taproom — an open space plan with both natural elements and modern artwork — is conducive for conversation, almost begging for questions like “What does ‘Leave the Abbey, Join the Playground’ mean?” and “What’s ‘#BeerForLife’ about?”
It would be an understatement to say that BrewDog has done what very few breweries have done; in fact, in most cases, they’ve done what no other brewery has done — establishing themselves as the punks who can and will overcome any and all obstacles, all the while not giving a ****.