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.
Coming in at 12.8% ABV, we thought this one felt like a swift kick to the mouth…until we tried the barrel-aged.
RIS is dangerously smooth and subtly potent — between the two of us, we finished off the bottle a lot sooner than anticipated and were starting to feel more than just the Christmas spirit by the time we sipped our last drop.
Here are five things we’ve learned in our first year of beer blogging to help you on your own journey.
We never could have imagined what that beer adventure blog would lead to or what the next year would have in store for us! Of course, you’re welcome to read through all our previous blog posts for yourself, but here’s a quick recap of some of the highlights of our first year ale adventuring and beer blogging:
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!
Whether you’re an avid festival-goer or just a beginner, Dells on Tap is perfect for just about everyone — a great selection of distinguished craft breweries will draw a crowd but the event is also small enough in size to not be overwhelming. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a weekend in the Wisconsin Dells!