Explore Minneapolis Craft Beer By Bike or on Foot
Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, exploring the best Minneapolis breweries never gets old. After much research and many pints, I’ve assembled five self-guided biking or walking neighborhood routes to the best breweries in Minneapolis including tips and suggested restaurants.
Use this key for each brewery to help plan your visit.
Already know which neighborhood you want to visit? Jump straight to that neighborhood:
- Route 1: Northeast Minneapolis by Bike – in blue
- Route 2: Northeast Minneapolis on Central Ave – in red
- Route 3: North Loop Minneapolis – in green
- Route 4: Mill City & Cedar-Riverside Breweries – in yellow
- Route 5: Prospect Park & Beyond – in purple
Route 1: Best Minneapolis Breweries in Northeast by Bike
Northeast Minneapolis is situated just across the Mississippi River from downtown. This unassuming neighborhood is peppered with breweries, both new and old.
In summer, my favorite way to visit these breweries from downtown is by bicycle. The Nice Ride MN bike rental program offers stations throughout downtown and Northeast, making it easy to get there. Helmets are not provided, though, so plan accordingly. Alternative options are to walk or grab a rideshare.
Indeed Brewing Company and Taproom | Website
Indeed Brewing Company offers two taprooms in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts district. Indeed is known for its unique beers and seasonal releases.
What many don’t know about them is that they have an employee driven charitable giving program. How can you beat drinking beer with a purpose?
Just off of the main taproom, you’ll find a secluded dog-friendly patio that’s perfect for enjoying a Minnesota spring, summer or fall.
Try the Daytripper Pale Ale, Let It Ride IPA, or anything seasonal.
Able Seedhouse + Brewery | Website
As one of the new(er) kids on the block, Able Seedhouse + Brewery features locally grown seeds in all of their beers. Beyond their beer, Able is passionate about promoting the benefits of Minnesota grown grains through partnerships in the community.
Their large outdoor patio is perfect for a sunny summer afternoon. Inside, the taproom features communal tables and lots of sunlight.
Try the First Light American IPA.
Dangerous Man Brewing Company | Website
Just a short walk or bike ride from both Indeed and Able, Dangerous Man Brewing Company offers unique brews in a renovated bank in the heart of Northeast. Today, you can still see elements of the bank in both the building and decor.
While Dangerous Man doesn’t have outdoor space, it’s cozy interior is a perfect place to relax, including communal tables and a comfy lounge area. In the lounge, you’ll find board games to play while you enjoy your brew.
Pro Tip: The taproom can get crowded on weekends, so if crowds aren’t your thing, go early.
Try the Peanut Butter Porter, Cran-Razz Sour, House IPA, or Coconut Milk Stout.
Featured Restaurant: The Anchor Fish & Chips | Website
After living in England for 3 years, I have a high standard for good fish and chips. The Anchor Fish & Chips is the closest to the real deal I’ve found in the Twin Cities.
It’s conveniently located a block from Dangerous Man Brewing Company, which makes it the perfect place to grab a bite along this route. Try the fish and chips with a side of curry sauce!
Pryes Brewing Company | Website
Whether you’re riding a bike or walking, Pryes Brewing Company is the perfect last stop on your way back into Downtown Minneapolis. Located in a converted warehouse across the street from the Mississippi River, Pryes offers an industrial interior, feather bowling, a lounge area and large outdoor patio.
Try the Miraculum Midwest IPA, one of their signature beers.
Route 2: Best Minneapolis Breweries in Northeast on Central Ave
This route features the best breweries in Northeast Minneapolis that are on or just beyond Central Ave. While you certainly can bicycle here from downtown, Central Ave does has a decent amount of traffic so walking may be a better option. These three breweries each offer something unique, making them the perfect combination for this route.
Bauhaus Brew Labs | Website
Tucked away off of Tyler Street in Northeast, Bauhaus Brew Labs is a pleasant surprise. Go through the tunnel to find this brewery featuring their unique take on classic german-inspired beer styles. Bauhaus doesn’t take themselves seriously, which makes for a fun atmosphere filled with communal tables and a large outdoor space.
Try the Wonderstuff Neu Bohemian Pilsner or the Sky Five! Midwest Coast IPA.
Fair State Brewing Cooperative | Website
Located right on Central Ave in Northeast, Fair State is a brewing cooperative. Become a member and join a community of brewing enthusiasts with a voice in the future of the organization.
Members worked together to design and build the beer and rain gardens at the back of the property. Filled with pollinator-friendly plants, this is a great place to make new friends over lawn games and a cold beer. Whether you’re a member or not, Fair State aims to create a sense of community.
Try the Roselle kettle sour saison with hibiscus.
Sociable Cider Werks | Website
Where are the cider lovers at? Sociable Cider Werks brews freshly pressed apples with all sorts of fruits, grains, hops and spices. Their unique and refreshing brews are perfect year-round.
Be sure to check out their recently expanded taproom and patio space. If you find yourself there Wednesday through Sunday, grab a bite from their resident food truck with a menu designed to pair well with their ciders.
Try the Burn Out Cucumber Habanero or Rusty Chain Cranberry Apple Cider.
Featured Restaurant: Holy Land Deli
Located just across the street from Fair State Brewing Cooperative, Holy Land offers authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. Their menu has it all, including delicious gyros, hummus with fresh pita, rotisserie chicken, kebabs and more.
Go hungry because portions are large! If you love it as much as I do, grab some food to go at their attached grocery store and bakery.
Route 3: Best Minneapolis Breweries in the North Loop
What once was a railyard and industrial center of Minneapolis, is now one of the up and coming neighborhoods of the city. Directly adjacent to downtown Minneapolis, the North Loop is made up of refurbished buildings mixed in with new developments for a new meets old feel. This neighborhood is also home to some of the best Minneapolis breweries and restaurants. The best way to explore the North Loop Breweries is on foot.
Fulton Beer | Website
One of the first breweries in the North Loop, Fulton Beer is not to be missed. From homebrewing in 2006 to now two breweries in Minneapolis, the owners live and breathe all things beer. It’s no surprise they’ve nailed some great tasting brews. Located just two blocks from Target Field, be prepared for a fun crowd on Twins baseball game day.
Try the Sweet Child of Vine IPA.
The Freehouse Brewpub | Website
The Freehouse is a brewery that also has a full-service bar and restaurant. They have four brews that are available year-round and additional rotating seasonal brews.
This is a great place to grab a bite along this route. Sadly, they’ve removed my favorite meal from their menu (please bring back the bison bleu burger)! However, the shrimp tacos are pretty amazing!
During the warmer months, there is a large outdoor dog-friendly patio. Expect a wait at peak meal times or reserve a table online in advance.
Try the IPA or Kolsch.
Inbound BrewCo | Website
Inbound BrewCo is one of the newest breweries in the North Loop but quickly becoming a favorite. Inbound’s taproom has an industrial but outdoorsy feel with its chunky wood tables and wraparound windows. In the warmer months, the walls open up to let the outside in.
Inbound often has live music in the evenings, making it a great place to wind down after an afternoon of beer.
Try the Passionfruit Gose Sour Ale or the Coffee Milk Stout on Nitro.
Modist Brewing Co. | Website
Modist Brewing Co. is all about pushing the beer envelope. Their taproom has a bit of unexpected luxury in its design with beautiful artwork, a plush lounge area and cool lighting. In the warmer months, their small patio offers afternoon sun and a view of Target Field. The Curious Goat is the resident food truck at Modist and their food does not disappoint.
Try the Salted Caramel Lager or Dream Yard IPA.
Featured Restaurant: Black Sheep Pizza
If you don’t get food at one of the breweries, Black Sheep Pizza is a North Loop staple. Their coal fired pizza offers a crispy crust and unique toppings. Make your own if you want, but I recommend trying the chicken and pickled pepper pizza. If you’re in the mood for some greens, add on a chopped salad.
Route 4: Best Minneapolis Breweries in Mill City and Cedar-Riverside
Mill City and Cedar-Riverside put you right next to the Guthrie Theater and the East Bank campus of the University of Minnesota. This route can be easily accessed from downtown Minneapolis by bicycle or on foot. If you decide to bike there, you can avoid busy Washington Ave and ride along the paved path on West River Parkway.
Town Hall Brewery | Website
Situated between downtown Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota campus, Town Hall Brewery is a long-standing favorite. Town Hall is located at the iconic seven corners and first served beer at this location in 1906! In 1997, they opened their own brewery at the beginning of the craft beer craze in Minneapolis. Today you can enjoy their tasty beers and full kitchen at this historic location. In the summer, share a pint with friends on the large patio.
Try the Masala Mama IPA or Blackberry Coconut Twisted Reality.
Day Block Brewing Company | Website
Day Block Brewing Company may look unassuming, but their beer and food packs a punch (in a good way). Their full kitchen features locally sourced ingredients and delicious offerings like bacon and pickle flights. What could possibly be better paired with a cold beer? If you want more than a starter, don’t miss the Bahn Mizza! Their hours are seasonal, so check their website for the latest info.
Try the Citrus Pale Ale or Leonard Day West Coast IPA.
Route 5: Best Minneapolis Breweries in Prospect Park and Beyond
These breweries are located beyond the West Bank campus of the University of Minnesota, on the way to St. Paul. Bicycling is an option, using the University of Minnesota transitway. These destinations aren’t the most walkable, so use the Light Rail system as an easy alternative.
Surly Brewing Co. | Website
Surly is the granddaddy of breweries in Minneapolis. It’s a destination in itself. Their kitchen features delicious food that pairs well with beer. What more can you ask for?
Well, in the summer their beer hall opens up to a large outdoor space with lawn games, sunshine and merrymaking. Order the Aki’s Breadhouse Pretzel with pimento cheese or the classic Surly Burger. It’s reminiscent of the classic In-N-Out burger! Take the Green Line light rail towards St Paul-Union Depot and get off at Prospect Park.
Try the Surly Furious IPA or Bender Oatmeal Brown Ale.
Urban Growler Brewing Co. | Website
As if the beer at Urban Growler Brewing Co. wasn’t delicious enough, pair that with their delicious tater tots in the beer garden and your heart (and tummy) will be happy. This brewery is also the first women-owned brewery in Minnesota, which I think is pretty awesome.
If going by bicycle, the University of Minnesota transitway will drop you just a few short blocks from the brewery! You can also take the Green Line light rail towards St Paul-Union Depot and get off at Raymond Ave.
More Brewery Inspiration
If you’ve tried all of these breweries and are still looking for inspiration, the Minnesota Craft Brewer’s Guild has you covered. Founded in 2000, this organization promotes the safe consumption of local beers and hosts local craft beer events throughout the year, among other things. On their website, you’ll find a list of over 100 breweries throughout Minnesota.