Best Minnesota beers

Discussion in 'Midwest' started by dhannes, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. dhannes

    dhannes Feb 14, 2010 Wisconsin

    Heading to Minnesota and want to pick up about 6 singles of the best Minnesota beers...any (1) must pick ups? (2) Which place has the best selection AND sells mix sixes (and is somewhat near The Mall of America)?
     
  2. Steimie

    Steimie Jan 7, 2012 Michigan

    Suggest you ask mods to move this to Midwest forum.
     
  3. mnphish

    mnphish Aug 19, 2012 Minnesota

    The Four Firkins in St. Louis Park and The Ale Jail in St. Paul both have amazing singles selections. I'm not sure if you can find all these beers in singles but look out for these:
    Surly Furious/Coffee Bender/Abrasive Ale
    Indeed Day Tripper or Midnight Ryder
    Steel Toe Size 7
    Summit Saga IPA
    Fulton War and Peace
     
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  4. darky

    darky Apr 16, 2010 South Dakota

    Schells Stag Series Barelywine is fantastic.
     
  5. gatornation

    gatornation Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Surly
    Schells
    Summit
    Steel toe
    Fulton
    Indeed
     
  6. gatornation

    gatornation Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Mix sixers ? IMO
    Zipps
    4Firkins
    Lyndale Liquors
    Elevated
     
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  7. VDODSON

    VDODSON Feb 5, 2013 North Dakota

    Easy, Surly.
     
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  8. Mnmaverick

    Mnmaverick Mar 23, 2013 Minnesota

    I largely agree with MNphish's beer recommendations:
    Surly Abrasive & Furious
    Indeed Day Tripper & Midnight Ryder
    Steel Toe Size 7
    Fulton Worth Adversary & War and Peace​
    I'd skip the Schell's and Summit. There are some phenomenal tap room's if you're up for trying those: Indeed, Dangerous Man, Steel Toe, Harriet Brewing to name a few. The good bottle shops have already been listed.​
     
  9. Wasatch

    Wasatch Jun 8, 2005 Colorado

    I can't believe no one has mentioned any brew's from MTHB.

    Cheers!
     
  10. 1Sundown2C

    1Sundown2C Jan 13, 2012 New York
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    You're only heading to the Mecca of sought-after beer...you're screwed :-/
     
  11. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Does Blue Max do mixed sixers?
     
  12. gatornation

    gatornation Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Yes
     
  13. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    Skipping Schell's and Summit would be a mistake in my opinion. Both make high quality products. I for one and very glad we have them as local breweries. Easy to find and easy to drink. ;)
     
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  14. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    Also Princeton's if in the northwest part of the metro area.

    EDIT: I should've read a little more thoroughly since you mentioned the MOA. But Princeton's is worth stopping at if you make it up in that corner.
     
  15. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Yeah...skipping Summit and Schell's is just plain dumb. But.....if the OP is from Wisconsin, I'd assume they have those beers readily available in WI too.
     
  16. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    I guess this thread is relevant to my interests as well, because I am coming up the first week in April. I know of all of the great beer to be had in the Twin Cities, but does anybody know of any special/limited/seasonals to be on the lookout for around then?
     
  17. tstigz

    tstigz Dec 6, 2010 Illinois

    I will be in the twin cities soon as well. How available is Surly Abrasive in the area? Would Blue Max or 4 Firkins typically have that in stock? I've been to both stores before and liked them both a lot.
     
  18. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    Probably not since it was released about 4 months ago and those are high traffic stores. You may find it in a smaller store though. Cue in the fresh IPA debate...
     
  19. tstigz

    tstigz Dec 6, 2010 Illinois

    Ah, I didn't know the release date. Thanks.
     
  20. roostor07

    roostor07 Jul 24, 2012 Minnesota
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    If you're here in the next 2-3 weeks it shouldn't be a problem at all. They just did a canning run 2 weeks ago, and there was still plenty on the shelves before that.
     
  21. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer May 10, 2012 Illinois

    I enjoy surly abrasive more than heady... so you should find some, and enjoy it.
     
  22. DBijnagte

    DBijnagte Dec 7, 2012 Minnesota
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    That is the original release date they canned the last batch a couple of weeks ago.
     
  23. PieOhMy

    PieOhMy Feb 23, 2013 Minnesota

    Crossroads Liquor in Shakopee still has Abrasive. Get your ass down there. Yes it is way down there, but shit, it's Abrasive!
     
  24. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry Dec 7, 2007 Minnesota
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    Surly's Abrasive last canning date was 3/4, but if you find anything post 2/15 you are money until the end of April.
    FYI...if you see any without a date, don't hesitate to buy those - they are from around 2/21 - 2/28 (problem with the date machine). This is MN best beer, IMO.

    Also, Pentagram is still available in most shops - but the price range is not very consistent (from $17 - $30).

    Fulton's The Worthy Adversary (R.I.S.) & War & Peace (R.I.S. - Coffee) are rock solid stout offerings.

    Steel Toe has very good beer - but limited distribution.

    Indeed Brewing has a good following here as well, although I'm not their biggest fan.

    You should be able to find most of these beers at either Four Firkins, Zipps, Liquor Barrel/Golden Valley, France 44, Blue Max - none of which is extremely close to MOA.

    ***Odell IPA is awesome, although not a MN brew - but not available in WI.
     
  25. theHoff77

    theHoff77 Aug 1, 2012 Minnesota

    Lift Bridge Hop Dish is probably one of the better IPAs I've ever had.
     
  26. gatornation

    gatornation Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    last canning date was 03/04
     
  27. dhannes

    dhannes Feb 14, 2010 Wisconsin

    I'm in Madison, WI...we get Schell's and Summit here, at least some of their more popular styles.
     
  28. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Dec 19, 2010 Colorado

    Check out Surly, Town Hall, Indeed and Steel Toe.
     
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  29. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Dec 19, 2010 Colorado

    Abrasive, Furious, Darkness, Czar Jack, Masala Mama, Russian Roulette, Three Hour Tour, Midnight Ryder, Size 7. Top 9 beers that I've had?
     
  30. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    Didn't realize it was canned that late. Thanks for that information. OP may be in luck if he can find some on the shelves.
     
  31. PieOhMy

    PieOhMy Feb 23, 2013 Minnesota

    Where are you seeing Worthy Adversary? I dig that beer, but I haven't seen it around for a while.
     
  32. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    Makes sense. Anything that you may not get distributed like the Stag Series mentioned above is worth trying.
     
  33. Rizalini

    Rizalini Jan 20, 2011 Nevada

    Totally agree with the Four Firkins! I stopped there on vacation, and I was like a kid in a candy shoppe! Southern Tier, Founders and Bells oh my!
     
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  34. RowJimmy85

    RowJimmy85 Mar 24, 2013 Minnesota

    Blue Max, Ale Jail and Four Firkins are your best options in the Twin Cities. Blue Max has an awesome selection but mostly six packs and bombers of local brews but are known for their singles of international brews. They typically are dialed in with the local distributors and are one of the first stores to get the latest and greatest. Other two stores have great but sometimes spendy selection of single us/midwest/international beers.....limited singles 12oz MN beers but good selection of six/four packs and bombers.

    Surly Abrasive is spectacular but don't forget about the Furious! One of my favorites and is year-round!!!
    Other suggestions include:
    Summit Saga (west coast ipa)
    Schells Stout
    Steel Toe Size 7
    Fulton Worth Adversary & War and Peace (Tasty stout)

    Harriet Brewing and Boom Island Brewing if you like Belgian's
    Flat Earth beers are pretty tasty too....
    Lift Bridge Hop Dish

    Have fun shopping!!!!! :)

     
  35. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry Dec 7, 2007 Minnesota
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    Forgot about this one - definite MN must have!
     
  36. VDODSON

    VDODSON Feb 5, 2013 North Dakota

    Surly Abrasive is my number one beer. A true hoplovers dream. When drinking one I tend to smell the glass several times before taking a sip, a truly fantastic DIPA.
     
  37. runfoodrun

    runfoodrun Jun 18, 2008 Minnesota

    Yes, but only kinda. They have some options for mixed sixes, but not like Ale Jail, Firkins, etc…they need to do so IMHO.
     
  38. runfoodrun

    runfoodrun Jun 18, 2008 Minnesota

    You can find fresh Furious most places, and fresh Abrasive probably the 3/4 canning or fresher all around as well. There is a lot of Abrasive on the shelves, you may have to ask for the most recent canning as stores are trying to sell off what they have of course.

    MGM in Eagan has the 3/4 canning, had to ask. Soooo gooood.
     
  39. runfoodrun

    runfoodrun Jun 18, 2008 Minnesota

    For OP

    Surly:
    Furious, Abrasive, Bender. Cynic is good too, and I've seen Hell on the shelves recently.

    Indeed
    Day Tripper, Midnight Rider…great new brewery

    Lift Bridge
    Commander Barley Wine…still on the shelves plenty of places. Hop Dish is solid.

    Fulton
    War and Peach and Worthy Adversary …still on the shelves plenty of places

    Town Hall
    they do very little wrong...

    For bottle shops to hit:

    Ale Jail, Four Firkins, Zipps, Heritage, Blue Max…for me the off the beaten path place is Booze Mart in West St. Paul, great stuff, often overlooked.
     
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