Lupulin Brewing

Lupulin BrewingLupulin Brewing
Lupulin BrewingLupulin Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

570 Humboldt Dr
Ste 107
Big Lake, Minnesota, 55309-4868
United States

(763) 263-9549 | map

Notes: Lupulin Brewing is a family owned and family run craft brewery. Co-founders Jeff and Matt did not go out and hire an outside head brewer to brew beer for them. All of the recipes are created by the founders and are still brewed with the same care and craft spirit that survived in the “garage era” of Lupulin Brewing.
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Reviewed by SaxmanRick from Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
I have been coming to Lupulin in Big Lake, MN from the Twin Cities for years now. Always glad I came. Their beers and beer selection are phenomenal. Even varieties I would not seek out are done above expectations and these have opened my world of beer.

Quaint taproom is always welcoming. Most of the year there is a beer garden just out the door; fireplace when needed. And, they have a much larger room past the pinball alley (they have FOUR pinball machines!). They have regular special releases, discount crowler bundles and once-a-year Big Beer Week (going on now). OMG, fabulous barrel aged beers that compare to the country's best.

I would be remiss to not mention the fabulous staff. Again, so welcoming and knowledgeable. This takes my rating over the top. Obviously, I highly recommend visiting Lupulin.
Mar 08, 2022
Rated: 4.3 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota

Sep 20, 2021
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Rated by eithne from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
Jan 14, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Burgy from Minnesota

Jul 30, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jul 16, 2019
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Reviewed by Alefflicted from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
Not bad for a strip mall brewery. Legitimately sits at the end of a little strip mall. And given the area, it's pretty much the last place you'd expect to find a brewery. That said once inside it's actually a pretty damn nice place. Decent atmosphere, plenty of seating, a few televisions so you can watch the game, classic rock on the speakers. Nice amount on tap usually 15+, and varied pour sizes, with reasonable pricing. Their beers range from above average, to really f***ing good. Definitely worth the trip, been a few times now, and will be back many more I'm sure.
Sep 10, 2018
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Reviewed by Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
They really make the most of the strip mall space. The taproom space is attractive, especially the patio. Excellent service, and the beer, if of course, first rate.
Mar 25, 2018
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
Second visit to the taproom.

They have a fairly decent taplist. 2 sets of taps for each beer, so you get your beer fairly fast. Staff is amazing. Beer quality is top notch. They are well known for their NEIPAs, and they are stellar. They also have outdoor seating.

Highly recommended.
Nov 26, 2017
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
Great looking space right off of Highway 10 on the Northwest side of town. Lots of tables, games and there was a food truck. They do flights at great prices. 6 pours for $8 for example. The beer ranges from good to phenomenal. Their IPAs are the star attraction.
Aug 07, 2017
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
The vibe is a little "off" (it's very "strip mall" esque), but the service is great and the beer is phenomenal.

It's a bit off the beaten path, but well worth the trip if you're in the MSP area.
Jun 24, 2017
Rated: 4.22 by SlightlyGrey from Minnesota

Jun 18, 2017
Rated: 4.68 by vobr0002 from Minnesota

May 26, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by Taybeh from Minnesota

Apr 15, 2017
Rated: 4.94 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Mar 18, 2017
Rated: 4.71 by fishermanrobb from Minnesota

Dec 31, 2016
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Reviewed by PlatonicOtterLuv from Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
Slick brewpub right off of Highway 10, at the end of a newer strip mall. Interior and bar design are better thought out than some taprooms in the twin cities proper! Beer is generally above average to very good, but only 8 taps or so when we visited. The double/"triple" IPAs were best quality.

Had low expectations going in, but these folks know what they're doing. A pleasant surprise!
Oct 12, 2016
Rated: 4.26 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota

Jun 26, 2016
Rated: 4.42 by Ilafan from Minnesota

Apr 09, 2016
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Reviewed by Bluegrass49 from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
First time there. Service was great! Bought a growler of Polarnattens Paradis American Stout. Shared it with family members. Enjoyed by all. Will definitely stop by for a refill.
Mar 28, 2016
Rated: 4.57 by jakemn91 from New Mexico

Feb 24, 2016
Rated: 4.08 by couchsitta from Minnesota

Oct 01, 2015
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Reviewed by morimech from Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
Solid is what I would say if one word summed up my impression of this place. Nothing remarkable and nothing deficient. Very modern and clean, but a bit antiseptic feel about the place. Lacking a bit of character as it all feels artificial.

The beers were all good but nothing that I felt I wanted another. Found the session IPA rather sloppy. My favorite might have actually been the raspberry/blueberry concoction. The apricot wheat beer was also remarkable and if they could capture that essence into a better base beer, it would be phenomenal. The Belgian Blonde was also tasty.

Nice glassware. I wanted to buy on of their 16oz glasses, but it was prohibitively expensive ($10). Insane glass prices. But they sell a shit ton of glass. They have a lot of space to expand into, so should be interesting to learn what the ultimate plan turns out to be.
Sep 14, 2015
Rated: 3.94 by TheFizzinator from Minnesota

Aug 16, 2015
Rated: 4.46 by DaveMiller from Minnesota

Jul 24, 2015
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Reviewed by ZAP from Minnesota

4.32/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
Can't remember how many beers they had going but it was around eight and I tried every one. Every one was very solid. Some were outstanding. I just reviewed a growler of their Imperial Red IPA that I found really top notch. I got a couple other reviews to plug in still. It is right off the highway. Very easy stop. Really nice tap room. People seemed very nice and service was good. Growler prices were reasonable but not low. I think it was $18 for the Imperial Red IPA but the others were in the 12-14 range if I remember right. They do fill growlers from anywhere which is very smart for any brewery but particularly for one where tourists are traveling past frequently. Let's just say this blows away the St. Cloud places I visited. Not that they were bad. This is just really good. It's worth a stop if you are going past but I'll say this as's also worth a trip up from the Twin Cities for a few pints if you got someone to drive back who isn't drinking because you will want to have more than a pint or two.
Jul 19, 2015
Rated: 3.82 by sgttibbs from Minnesota

Jul 06, 2015
Rated: 4.01 by HoistinBrews from Minnesota

Jun 29, 2015
Rated: 4.65 by TooGood from Minnesota

Apr 29, 2015
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Reviewed by jera1350 from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
Brand new and located right on Highway 10 in Big Lake. Located in a strip mall, but they have transformed the space into something really cool looking inside. Old and rustic feel with the use of raw wood and benches, yet new and fresh with the speckled colored flooring that matches the logo, leather chairs and traditional tables and chairs. Lots of seating and a decent sized bar. The urinal cut out of an actual keg was really cool looking. Service was friendly and prompt.

Only three beers on tap, but being two weeks in, I'm guessing this number will slowly increase. A couple of sodas and coffee also available for those not partaking in the beer. All three beers- American Stout, IPA and Belgian Blonde were all very well done and tasty. Kudos to them for putting out a solid product right out of the gate and having equipment dialed in. I will also add that I think their logo and colors are very eye catching. Everything from their apparel and glassware (4 different) they were selling utilized the bright and colorful logo.

Overall, a really nice new brewery and one that I will visit often as my in-laws live nearby. Definitely worth a stop if in the area.
Apr 13, 2015
Lupulin Brewing in Big Lake, MN
Brewery rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1671 ratings