Wild Mind Artisan Ales

Wild Mind Artisan AlesWild Mind Artisan Ales
Wild Mind Artisan AlesWild Mind Artisan Ales
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

6031 Pillsbury Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55419-2328
United States

(612) 345-4498 | map
wildmindales.com

Notes: Wild Mind Artisan Ales specializes in wild, sour, farmhouse, saison, and rustic ales through barrel aging and blending. All of our beers are brewed with wild Minnesota yeast cultured from around the state by our head brewer.
BEER STATS
Average:
4.04
Beers:
135
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
298
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.12
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
30
pDev:
6.31%
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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 30
Reviews by morimech:
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3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Not the prettiest or most gentrified location being located in a low density industrial zone. Small parking lot so most people will have to find street parking. They need better signage as it is easy to drive right by the place. They did a nice job on the building giving it a clean, modern look with wooden long tables inside and picnic tables outside. Long bar with about 8 seats and left open on both ends for people to walk up and order beer without crawling over the people sitting at the bar. I like nice touches like this. Plenty of people working behind the bar so there is never a wait for help. A lot of options for beer, if you like saisons, wild/sour beer. I had two beers and the kombucha. They looked different but all tasted identical. The house fermentation seems to dominate the other flavors. It tasted good but I hope for some different flavors to come out once they get more established.

2019 Edit: Although I have not been back to the taproom since my initial visit, I have had many Wild Mind beers. All they have done to make up for the lack of fermentation flavor, is inoculate it with fruit. And a whole lot of fruit. (I do not do hazy IPA so cannot comment on those). Still far from Side Project, Russian River, Allagash, and many more when it comes to quality American sours.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of REVZEB
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of andrew8626
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The brewery is tucked into a light industrial area near the south Minneapolis border. It has an industrial look with exposed ceilings, concrete, steel and unpainted ductwork and pipes, and wood. The place is family friendly. I often see children, parents and grandparents siting together eating food from the food truck in the parking lot and talking together. There are often groups of women, groups of men and couples enjoying beer at the long tables. The crowd is a mix of neighborhood types and beer lovers.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

If you like sours this is a must see in Minneapolis. Wild Mind is making some of the most interesting and highest quality sours in the US. They are specializing in coolship beers and have a lot of fun with adding interesting fruits. They have some hoppy an malty beers as well (which are of high quality) but the thing to get here are the sours.

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Photo of sgttibbs
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Vidblain
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

There were about eight years of my beer journey where I was absolutely convinced that I did not like sour ales. I don't know what the fuck I was thinking, honestly - I love sour candy, I love sour soda, I love sour fruits... why not sour beer? Then again, I used to despise IPA. Palates change, I suppose?

When Wild Mind came in to the MN beer scene, I was, in all honesty, mostly indifferent. Several of my friends signed up for the Forgotten Barrel Society, and I sniffed at their odd choice of brewery to invest in. And now, goddamnit, I'm really kicking myself.

Wild Mind has one of the nicer, more open, sunny, bright, quiet brewery spots in the Cities. Parking isn't great, as the surrounding area has been under construction for ages now. That aside, the outdoor patio is beautiful, with plenty of space for outdoor games, picnic tables with awnings for us fair-skinned northerners, and always a ton of dogs standing about, waiting to make friends. The owners, as I understand, are passionate about greyhound rescue and rehabilitation, so there are frequently more greyhounds in this one little spot than you'll see at a race track. If that's your thing (dogs are the best), then you'll dig it. If not... the dog noise and dog smell and dog leashes criss-crossing everywhere may not be your thing.

The selection of beer is sort of an interesting bag - there days when I've visited and only found IPAs, mediocre dark beers, and cider. Not really why I'd make the drive, honestly - if I'm taking a trip to WM, I am hopeful that there will be sours. Generally speaking, there are usually sours! Just not all of the time - because they're really good, they sell out. It just happens. As noted, the dark beers are not my favorite at Wild Mind. Their recent anniversary beer, 2nd Round, was a rye barrel aged stout - which lacked much rye presence, was a bit thin, and had a bit too much pronounced bitterness for my liking. But the sours they featured at the anniversary party! Pash Bash, La Reine, and etc. - read the reviews and they'll speak for themselves.

I'll also note that Matt, the head brewery, and the bar staff at Wild Mind are really friendly, cool people, who all seem to like to talk about beer. The general atmosphere and feel of the clientele and the staff is pretty hip. Again, if that's not your thing, you may not be impressed. But hey, like I said, they're friendly people - a bit of eccentricity is acceptable.

Wild Mind is fast becoming my favorite brewery in Minneapolis (eclipsing even Barrel Theory - yes, I know that's sort of a faux pas these days, but fuck it, it's true). I cannot recommend it enough.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Cool space. Lots of outdoor seating and yard games like corn hole. Very long bar in the back with long tables to sit at inside. There were about 15 beers on tap. Heavy with IPAs and wild ales.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Set in an industrial area of south Minneapolis, and close to some nearby apartment complexes, Wild Mind offers a welcoming vibe, with its wide front grassy lawn, view of foeders behind glass, and open garage doors (when the seasons allow). Small parking lot, with street parking available nearby (but pay attention to nearby businesses' lots and street entrances). Most seating is large communal tables but also has a front bar with individual chairs. Dogs and children welcome. Separate room for off sale crowlers, bottles, and swag/clothing. Good sound system and video displays, mostly of local sporting events. Frequent stop for food trucks. Limited area for corn hole. Good access from nearby freeways and major highways. Tap list has no real standard offerings but just depends upon what is available from the brewer, with frequent changes as to what is on tap. All Wild Mind beers are influenced by the wild yeast used in brewing; look for farmhouse/saisons and brewery created IPA's and dark beers. Also serves cider.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of AndFle86
3.54/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Photo of IMFletcher
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited on a weekday afternoon. There was a food truck parked outside. The building is very nice, the taproom is open and fairly spacious. There were about a dozen beers on tap with room for close to double that. Beers were tasty, bartender was friendly. Crowlers are limited to a few beers, sadly.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

this place is way cool, one of the neatest taprooms i have seen, with some really rad modern art and paintings, high color, but minimalist, a huge view of wood vessels in the front window, a coolship table, long bar, picnic tables inside and out, and a food truck posted up on a saturday afternoon, great crowd for how new hey are, and while it seems a little sterile in here, i like the vibe a lot. the beer was good too, although for all the "native wild yeast and microflora" they talk about in every beer, they were all pretty tame. none were even close to bad, but they didnt taste much like wild ales either, maybe missing the maturity of oak ageing and brett development. i liked them, but i think the better beers are the ones in the puncheons and foeders in the front. i liked the kiwi pils, and the fleur was nice as well, they were all good actually, but just seemed like tame saisons with sort of a boring yeast culture, less wild than i hoped for, but i think its coming. a few criticisms to voice in the early going too. they had all this heady glassware behind the bar, but seemed to serve ever beer in a pint glass. then i asked for half pours, and they just fill up the pint glass half way. this is either me being a beer douche (which i can be guilty of at times i know), or them being completely clueless. pour the damn saison in a stemmed glass and present it to me nicely. nothing grosser than a half filled english pint glass sliding down the bar with some "wild ale" in it, come on guys. this was true will all of the flavors i ordered here, which was most of them. the bartenders seemed sort of clueless too, either humble to a fault in that they didnt answer any of my questions, or just not really qualified to work in a brewery like this. they were slow, they had very little information, and were not friendly. they werent unfriendly either, but greet me warmly when i enter your brand new establishment right? not trying to be critical, but i could see a quality saison coming out of this place and it becoming an instant snob factory, nobody wants that. for now, its a real cool spot to check out with beer that is palatable but not tasting anything like its advertised as. we had fun, and count on me coming back, but a little evolving needs to happen for this place to really live up to its potential...

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Photo of jpbolton
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of mkhartnett
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Wild Mind Artisan Ales specializes in wild, sour, farmhouse, saison, and rustic ales through barrel aging and blending.

And man do they do a good job with them. Not my favorite styles but I'm always able to find something to try that I enjoy. Rotating taps keeps it different. The vibe is cool. Giant garage doors open in the spring/summer, dog friendly, good music, Comedy and Trivia nights. Can get loud with not too many people in there. Great place to kick back and enjoy one.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Wild Mind is one of the best additions to the Twin Cities beer scene in the past couple years. The atmosphere is inviting enough. I like how their barrels are visible through a glass wall. They have a large patio, however, I can't see myself occupying it as the surrounding nieghborhood is a grimy industrial area. The beer at Wild Mind is really, really good. They esclusively brew Belgain style beers, and they do so with traditional techniques. The service has been alright on my visits. It is never been fast, but it hasn't been excruciatingly slow either.

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Photo of Ilafan
3.75/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.74/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I'm writing this review on my 3rd stop here. The place is pretty good sized. Plenty of seating, with seating outdoors weather permitting. They have 16 taps, so they have plenty of options. My second trip here the place was packed. They brew with wild yeast, hence the name. Beers are solid. Staff is friendly and amazing. This place is a must stop if you're in the twin cities metro.

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Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mattmarka1
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of tgates
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of jera1350
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Bunuelian
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Wild Mind Artisan Ales in Minneapolis, MN
Brewery rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 298 ratings