The modern Minneapolis beer scene was born in Northeast Minneapolis, a formerly industrial corridor northeast of the Mississippi River, where warehouses have been converted into artist studios and, in many cases, breweries. Close to downtown, history practically seeps from the brick buildings as the freight trains rumble outside. Local activities include ample bike trails, enjoying the river, and an abundance of artist studios. The Solar Arts Building and Northrup King building are artist spaces open to the public.
Indeed Brewing Company, founded in 2012, is in the Solar Arts Building and has a quaint old world charm, with a railroad-adjacent patio. Their popular beers range in style but began with Day Tripper pale ale, a hop-forward bitter near-IPA, though their Mexican Honey lager and sour beers have won awards too. Pistachio Cream Ale is a popular cream ale with a notable malt-driven nuttiness, no nuts added, that’s a perfect sipper for fall.
A short walk away is Bauhaus Brew Labs. Spend time in their incredibly colorful taproom sipping on German-inspired beer styles. They often host large concerts, local makers markets, trivia nights and more. Also find Animales Barbeque Company, one of the best food trucks in town, parked in the lot. Order delicious brisket, ribs, pork pastrami, birria tacos early, because the crowd-favorites will sell out.
Across I-35, Falling Knife is a slightly out-of-the-way popular brewery that does a bit of everything, drawing praise for their big imperial stouts, their hazy IPAs, and for Tomm’s Lager, which is a classic light and sweet “beer that tastes like beer,” with big, familiar flavors of bread, honey, and some herbal and floral notes. Their IPA, Hidden Temple, is thick and hazy with orange juice, pineapple, papaya, and berry flavors.