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East of Minneapolis

Discussion in 'Midwest' started by OMBeer, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. OMBeer

    OMBeer Zealot (90) North Carolina Jan 24, 2014

    Going to Minneapolis, Oakdale, Hudson, WI area next week looking for local brew, any suggestions?
  2. MykeJ

    MykeJ Savant (280) Minnesota Oct 6, 2013

    Dennis Brothers in Cottage Grove has a great selection and very helpful.
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  3. SudsSavant

    SudsSavant Savant (300) Minnesota Jan 9, 2007 Verified

    Two essential stops that will pretty much get you about 80-90% of what you'd need for anything that gets bottled in the area.

    Four Firkins in St. Louis Park. Specialty beer shop that if it's distributed in Minnesota, they carry it. Drawback is they're out of the most popular stuff quick. Friendly helpful folks, tell them you want something local and what style of beers you're interested in and they can point you in the right direction.

    Casanova Liquors in Hudson. They even label a shelf of what you can't find in Minnesota.

    Almost anything else will be a have to be a brewpub or taproom tasting/pickup. I'm sure others will sing the praises of specific brews and breweries like Surly, Indeed, Steel Toe, Town Hall, Fulton, etc. Spend a few minutes looking at some other threads in here to see what's in season right now.
  4. Zipps Liquor in Minneapolis or Blue Max in Burnsville have a good selection of bottles. Lift Bridge Brewing is on the west edge of Stillwater not too far from Oakdale. If their Barrel Aged Silhouette is still on tap, it is definitely worth a stop.
  5. Erdinger2003

    Erdinger2003 Savant (475) Iowa Sep 16, 2005

    Casanova Liquor has a good selection. I'm not going to say what Iowa brewery they have exactly, but it rhymes with Smoppling Smoliath.
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  6. Ungertaker

    Ungertaker Advocate (540) Minnesota Apr 30, 2010 Verified

    Heritage in Maplewood is only a couple miles north west of Oakdale. It is definitely worth a stop.
  7. I'd also suggest Stinson Wine Beer and Spirits in Minneapolis. The best craft beer store in the Northeast Minneapolis area, hands down.
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  8. McRyan

    McRyan Savant (265) Minnesota Jul 25, 2012

    I agree! Daniel and his team are knowledgeable and they prices are spot on.
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  9. Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky

    Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky Advocate (580) Minnesota Feb 13, 2013 Verified

    Dave's Brewfarm near Baldwin, WI is open that weekend. It is seriously well worth the drive.
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  10. OMBeer

    OMBeer Zealot (90) North Carolina Jan 24, 2014

    Thanks for the options, now just have to convince the wife we're going to be taking a few side trips.
    When you're in Charlotte, stop by Olde Mecklenburg Brewery!
  11. SipIt

    SipIt Savant (300) Minnesota Jul 18, 2013 Verified

    Yes, Daniel is a great guy. I go out of my way to give them as much of my business as possible.

    Dude saw me carrying a fire pit down the line at Darkness Day, chased me down, and brought my friend and I back to his table to try some BC Rare.
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  12. billhelm

    billhelm Advocate (510) Minnesota Feb 9, 2011 Verified

    Ale Jail in St Paul is a little closer to the eastern burbs then some of the other options listed here, if you're looking for another bottle shop with a good local selection.
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