East of Minneapolis

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  1. OMBeer

    OMBeer Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2014 North Carolina

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

    MykeJ Aspirant (251) Oct 6, 2013 Minnesota

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

    SudsSavant Aspirant (245) Jan 9, 2007 Minnesota
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    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. SlightlyGrey

    SlightlyGrey Zealot (531) Apr 4, 2011 Minnesota

    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 Initiate (0) Sep 16, 2005 Iowa

    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 Disciple (341) Apr 30, 2010 Minnesota
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    Heritage in Maplewood is only a couple miles north west of Oakdale. It is definitely worth a stop.
  7. JZossMPLS

    JZossMPLS Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2013 Minnesota

    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 Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2012 Minnesota

    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 Aspirant (279) Feb 13, 2013 Minnesota
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    Dave's Brewfarm near Baldwin, WI is open that weekend. It is seriously well worth the drive.
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  10. OMBeer

    OMBeer Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2014 North Carolina

    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 Aspirant (237) Jul 18, 2013 Minnesota
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    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 Aspirant (255) Feb 9, 2011 Minnesota
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    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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