8 Minneapolis Taprooms to Bring People Together
Brewery taprooms are not just the epicenter for a brewery tour - they are community hubs, bringing people together for good times, social events and, yes, beer too. Many breweries have unique gathering spots for large groups, making them a gathering space for family reunions, corporate events, happy hours, and large scale events like weddings.
Article by Loren Green
The 30-some breweries in Minneapolis all have unique spaces everyone can enjoy. In this listing we collect options for gatherings of every size, from large group tables to private enclaves and formal events. This list offers a snapshot of options, with even more distinct and accessible spaces offered at additional breweries throughout the city.
56 Brewing Co
Located in Northeast Minneapolis, this brewery gives a handcrafted vibe in its taproom, showcasing unique woodworking with an underlying industrial concept. There are two rental spaces available. The biggest space is called The Barrel Room and can host 130-200 people with a private patio, private restrooms, and a private bar, meeting that industrial theme with barrel-aging beers on display. While minimal in décor, the space has pinball machines, dart boards, and A/V hookups for entertainment and more. Events range from family gatherings to weddings, birthday parties and corporate events.
Food: Customers can work with their own food vendors and food trucks, or work with the brewery's own food truck calendar.
Parking: 56 Brewing Co has a dedicated parking lot.
Accessibility: The Barrel Room is handicap accessible. 56 also has a small space, The Mezzanine, which hosts up to 30, overlooks the main taproom. This space is semi-private, and also has pinball machines and a TV with HDMI hookups. The Mezzanine is not handicap accessible but the brewery will make concessions to accommodate smaller groups as needed.
Open since 2013 in the Broadway Building in Northeast, 612Brew was one of the early breweries of the taproom era. The brewery itself is in a distinct multiuse building, located a level below Spyhouse Coffee and has a colorful and contemporary color scheme that breathes new life into the industrial format. In warm months, the amphitheater/patio is a key draw.
The Cellar is a dedicated event space, offering a private room, patio access, and a private bar. It can host up to 60, with booth and table seating, and there are A/V hookups. With a casual feel, it’s a good space for birthday parties, happy hours, and organized get togethers among medium sized groups of family and friends.
Food: Guests can access public food trucks or bring in their own catering
Parking: 612 has a parking lot, shared with other Broadway tenants, with overflow street parking available nearby.
Day Block Brewing
This brewpub in the Day Block building, built in 1883, adds a touch of history to the taproom experience. Located near US Bank Stadium, a hub for both the Green and Blue light rail lines, Day Block offers open brick character and 19th century architecture with modern skyline views. Guests can reserve a private room that seats 40-75 and overlooks the brewhouse.
Day Block Event Center shares the building (as a separate company). The Event Center has capacity for 100 to 250 with an open catering policy. This larger event space gives views of downtown and US Bank Stadium. Day Block also offers reservations for smaller groups within the main bar and restaurant.
Food: Day Block offers in-house food menu and full bar, including house beer, cocktails, and a scratch kitchen. Day Block Brewing also caters, providing their food and beer offsite.
Parking: There is a dedicated parking lot, plus metered street parking, a rentable open lot nearby, and parking garages within a short walk.
Fulton Brewing Co.
Fulton presents a time capsule of the brewing boom of the 21st century, with its quaint, garage-themed taproom highlighting its transition from a small startup to a North Loop establishment. While the taproom now feels small, surrounded by multistory complexes in the shadow of Target Field, it’s a core piece of the neighborhood.
Besides the humble taproom ambiance, though, they also have designated space for groups of varied sizes. The Garagery holds 20-35, a side room with an optional door for added privacy. The décor is warm, despite the name (which is a reference to Fulton’s homebrewing origin story), with booth seating and wood walls. The Brew Room is another side space, this room holding 40-75 in a semi-private setting with basic A/V capabilities and easy access to the public bar and restrooms.
The setting is fitting for small to medium groups, hosting happy hour, bridal showers, birthday parties and more.
Food: Fulton has an onsite kitchen to partner with for events.
Parking: There is metered street parking and garages nearby, but no private lot.
Accessibility: The building is ADA accessible.
Indeed Brewing Co.
There are varied event packages at Indeed, located in the Solar Arts Building in Logan Park. The full taproom can be rented on weekdays, for groups of 70-100, with A/V equipment provided. But Indeed also has side rooms in the same building, including The Ox, an auxiliary taproom and private space with exposed brick and wood with similar character to the original taproom. For smaller groups, Indeed has The 400 Room, a private space which holds 15 standing and 8 seated. Rental includes A/V equipment, Nespresso machine, and a mini fridge.
Food: Guests can work with Indeed to choose food vendors or may bring in their own. Licensed catering is an option, which may include spirits and wine in some scenarios.
Parking: Free parking for Indeed customers can be found directly outside the taproom entrance off of 15th Street, in the back lot directly behind the brewery off of Monroe Street, and in the triangle lot off of Quincy Street. Street parking is also available in the area.
Accessibility: The building and bathrooms are handicap accessible.
Lakes & Legends Brewing Company
Located near downtown Minneapolis, between Loring Park and the Convention Center and a short walk from Walker Art Center, Lakes & Legends is an urban taproom on the floor level of a 36-story condo tower. The brewery itself is flexibly designed, built to rope off sections for groups of varied sizes – or the whole taproom. Partial room reservations are semi-private with a capacity up to 50. Full room reservations require drink minimums and vary based on timing.
The room itself is an open floor plan with planted foliage and glass windows, giving a contemporary urban atmosphere in the heart of the city. The ambiance feels somewhere between farm-to-table meets industrial chic.
Food: Food trucks are often available, and events can bring in their own food and catering.
Parking: Metered street parking is available, and free parking is available in the Emerson school parking lot when signs are posted. There are more parking options available.
Accessibility: The taproom, patio, and bathrooms are all ADA accessible.
Pryes Brewing Co.
Pryes is in Near North, just off the Mississippi River with a large river-facing patio. Inside, the brewery has many semi-private rooms and corners to be reserved and an in-house kitchen that provides casual service. Three different semi-private spaces are available, accommodating groups from 16 to 45 in total. These spaces are fitting for small celebrations, happy hours, and family gatherings.
A larger, private space is available overlooking the taproom. Called The Mezz, it holds 70 to 80 in total.
Food: Event reservations include a dedicated server and the option to work with the kitchen to pre-order food.
Parking: The brewery has a parking lot, with street parking nearby for overflow.
Surly Brewing Co.
In Prospect Park, close to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul border, the Green Line LRT, Allianz Field, and the University of Minnesota, Surly is a destination brew hall built for crowds. The brewery itself has an outdoor amphitheater, two in-house restaurants, and beer tents during warm weather. Additionally, the interior public space can seat large groups in the main restaurant, and also has a private event space called Scheid Hall, fitting 50-175 guests. This private space has a separate bar with full service. The space is ideal for corporate happy hours, family celebrations and private gatherings. Scheid requires food and drink minimums. Non-profit organizations may qualify for a discount, and Surly offers the option to include brewery tours.
Food: There are different food options depending on which space you rent (e.g., food trucks, seasonal menu selections, bites from Surly's main menu).
Parking: Surly has ample parking, including valet service.
Accessibility: The taproom is ADA accessible.
As the list above highlights, breweries offer gathering space for groups of many sizes, ranging from full-service and formal, to comfortable but minimal arrangements. Nearly every Minneapolis brewery offers some type of table reservation or large group capabilities. Breweries such as Utepils, Inbound, Town Hall, The Freehouse, La Doña, Modist, and Sisyphus all have customizable spaces, some large private rooms, others semi-private, with different levels of service, privacy and accommodations.
About the Author
Loren Green is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer. His work has appeared in All About Beer, The New Brewer, Star Tribune, Paste, City Pages, Scene Point Blank, and more. Besides beer, he also writes about music, culture, and related topics. Follow him on Twitter at @lorenmgreen or www.lorengreenwrites.com.