Summit Brewing Company

Summit Brewing CompanySummit Brewing Company
Summit Brewing CompanySummit Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar

910 Montreal Circle
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55102
United States

(651) 265-7800 | map

Way back in 1986, before craft brewing was even cool, Summit Brewing Company Founder and President Mark Stutrud set out in St. Paul, Minnesota, to make craft beers inspired by old-world brewing traditions and ingredients. Over 30 years have passed since he first brewed our flagship Summit Extra Pale Ale, and it’s safe to say he freaking nailed it.

Today, Summit Brewing continues to infuse traditional recipes with modern ingredients from around the world, crafting high-quality and consistent craft beer out of respect for the hardworking folks who enjoy our beer.

And because we’re independently owned and operated, we get to make craft beer our way.
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
Just found out today that Mark Stutrud is retiring in March of 2024. That is unsettling.
The brewery, in its second location, is quite nice, clean, modern and fun. Nice ratskeller, big patio. No kitchen. Food trucks or bring food. Great service and of course fantastic beers. A fairly wide variety. I had my first bottle of Extra Pale Ale in 1987. They had one other beer called Crystal Ale. The EPA is their flagship beer and is as beautiful tasting today as it was back then. In fact, I had quite a few scoops with Summit employees at the original location at the bar across the street called Johnny's. They had the freshest Summit in town! The new brewery has good parking and sits pretty much on the bank of the Mississippi River. It is a large capacity brewery. They have seasonal staple beers that are great as well. No dogs allowed in the brewery but okay on the patio and they have a gift shop. If you haven't had beers from Summit you are truly missing out on consistently great beer.
Jul 30, 2023
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
Circa 1986-1987, I have fond memories of going to the original Summit location on University Ave in St Paul for the Saturday afternoon brewery tour. Once complete, we were then provided with a beer glass and could pour our own beers out of what I remember to be three taps - Extra Pale Ale, Great Northern Porter, and perhaps another. If we could keep the tour leader entertained we could keep drinking for a couple of hours. After that we would cross the street and go to Johnny's Bar for more sampling.
Now Summit is all grown up and has its specially designed and constructed campus off of West 7th in St Paul. The tap room is open a few days out of the week and has the name of Ratskeller. This open spot has a short bar and community tables for sitting. Offers a view of some of the brewing equipment. Very good and solid beer, served by friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Mar 07, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by atlbravsrno1 from Maine

Oct 08, 2022
Rated: 3.85 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Dec 03, 2021
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Reviewed by MichaelInMA from Massachusetts

1.55/5  rDev -62.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3
A mostly negative review because they do not post the ABV on the bottle, can, or box. How can you drink responsibly if you do not know the alcohol content and better judge where you are at. They cannot be very good if they are trying to hide something.
Dec 25, 2020
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Rated by eithne from Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
Aug 19, 2019
Rated: 4.83 by U2Chaser from North Dakota

Oct 15, 2018
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Reviewed by Alefflicted from Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75
Summit's brewery is absolutely beautiful. Some of, if not the most advanced brewing technology I've ever seen being used practically. They are very committed to putting out a consistently excellent product. I had the amazing luxury of having a private tour done by Mark himself, and I was blown away. He's a great, down to earth, no bullshit, straight talking kind of guy, and his knowledge of both brewing, and the industry is remarkable. The beer hall is a nice place, and you can watch the brewers at work while you have a couple pints. One of the best experiences I've ever had at a brewery. I will definitely be returning!
Sep 10, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by runwild99 from Minnesota

Aug 10, 2018
Rated: 3.8 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota

Feb 22, 2018
Rated: 4.64 by evanschaaf from Minnesota

Feb 15, 2018
Rated: 4.33 by Sundin10 from Washington

Feb 06, 2018
Rated: 4.32 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Sep 10, 2017
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Reviewed by krowman2652 from Minnesota

4.86/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Nice place with ample parking and a good (brief) tour. The staff was friendly and overall I would have no problem going there weekly if I lived closer.
May 11, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by couchsitta from Minnesota

May 01, 2017
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4
this place is an institution, one of the older and more well known of the minnesota breweries, they have an awesome space, definitely worth checking out if you are in the area. they have a whole campus on their property, with a huge brewery mostly hidden from view, but some of the prettiest brewing equipment i have seen anywhere, all copper clad, well polished, and visible from an expansive taproom that has a gymnasium sort of feel. minimalist in there, with picnic tables for seating, a little gaming area, and some room for outside seating along a little river walk when its nice enough outside. the bar is in the front, smallish, without seats, you order there and drink at the tables. they had a nice selection of beers, all their classics and a few of the more innovative beers they do as well. i loved the double ipa, and thought the true brit english ipa was also quite good. all were fresh and well made, without exception. the folks pouring the beer were super nice, and they even had table service once we sat down were we could reorder, and they were super on top of it, really friendly. the place is big, when you walk in to the right there is also a shop and perhaps a private events room, we didnt do much exploring. the vibe in here is great, upbeat and relaxing, all about the beer. i love this kind of taproom, no frills and very comfortable. we had a great time, and i will certainly be back!
Mar 19, 2017
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Reviewed by runmn from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
Very nice and large taproom with kind of limited hours. The seating is numerous and they have food trucks quite often. They have lots of outdoor seating and plenty of outdoor games. They have events just about every weekend as well. Their beer is top notch. They do nothing big and over the top but their beer is spot on. It is definitely a place I have never had a bad beer form.
Feb 14, 2017
Rated: 3.48 by juanny from Minnesota

Sep 09, 2016
Rated: 4 by SeanMNCraftBeerLover from Minnesota

Aug 10, 2016
Rated: 5 by deniserat from California

Jun 15, 2016
Rated: 4.08 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

May 23, 2016
Rated: 3.53 by cadaugherty from Illinois

May 12, 2016
Rated: 4.14 by jakemn91 from New Mexico

Feb 28, 2016
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Reviewed by ctylinebeer from Pennsylvania

4.94/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Located in an industrial park off West 7th Street in Saint Paul. The tours bring in a good crowd so plan ahead. You also have to sign up online to get a tour. Their hours for their tap room vary. Overall, must-visit for MN beer lovers
Dec 08, 2015
Rated: 3.84 by green727 from Minnesota

Oct 07, 2015
Rated: 3.65 by invalid665 from Illinois

Sep 22, 2015
Rated: 3.74 by Ilafan from Minnesota

Aug 16, 2015
Rated: 4.23 by SCW from New York

Jul 26, 2015
Rated: 3.57 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jul 21, 2015
Rated: 4.79 by ANiklaus from Minnesota

Jun 10, 2015
Rated: 4.75 by saga

May 21, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota

Apr 15, 2015
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Rated by Rong04

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5
A must for beer lovers in the Twin Cities.
Mar 25, 2015
Rated: 4.19 by brewnic from Minnesota

Mar 06, 2015
Rated: 4.43 by HoistinBrews from Minnesota

Mar 05, 2015
Rated: 3.74 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Feb 23, 2015
Rated: 4.01 by David63Olson from Florida

Feb 15, 2015
Rated: 4.17 by Punchy_Munchie from Wisconsin

Feb 01, 2015
Rated: 4.01 by Connortripp from Minnesota

Jan 29, 2015