As soon as we learned a brewery called Uncommon Loon was opening in Chisago City, we knew we were going to love it.
TWBC may be out in a craft beer desert, but maybe some deserts aren’t so bad!
Like my very Christian mother used to say, “It’s not what’s on the outside that matters but what’s on the inside.” She wasn’t wrong, and what’s happening inside Foxhole Brewhouse is certainly impressive!
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.
“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.
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.