Landing @MSP and heading North.

Discussion in 'Midwest' started by Tolann, Feb 9, 2013.

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  1. Tolann

    Tolann Devotee (433) Jul 9, 2007 Colorado

    I'm trying to figure out logistics for 2 quick stop next week; food somewhere with a nice taplist followed by a liquor store stop with good selection of what i can't get in Denver. preferably both stops not far off route going north on 35W. 694/494 may be ok too. i don't want to go into Mpls/StP. I was looking at Princton Liquors just off 494, but i haven't found where I'd want to meet a friend for eats. suggestions? After some food and beer shopping I have a few hours to drive north so I'm hoping to make quick and convenient stops. I've shopped before often @Dennis Bros, but they're in the wrong direction this trip. Next time!

    There are a few obvious beers i want to pick up (Surly, Bells, Founders ) anything out right now you'd highly recommend?
  2. minnesotaryan

    minnesotaryan Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Minnesota

    you should bring me some cans of Aspen Brewing
  3. Tolann

    Tolann Devotee (433) Jul 9, 2007 Colorado

    That would be amusing, but I don't think I've seen their distribution reach Denver metro area
  4. minnesotaryan

    minnesotaryan Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Minnesota

    that is too bad, I was quite impressed with what I had from them last spring, but none of my friends whom go to CO get out far enough to get me more.

    I would suggest stopping in at Town Hall and then hitting Republic, a block off of 35W. Also pretty close to their is Zipp's which has LOTS of great bottles/cans to purchase.
  5. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (1,724) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    A) HauteDish and Zipp's
    B) 3Squares and Princeton's

    Over in the 651:

    C) Happy Gnome and First Grand
    D) Ward 6 and Heritage

    *Plenty* of options and potential combos at any rate! :slight_smile:
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  6. Tolann

    Tolann Devotee (433) Jul 9, 2007 Colorado

    That might be closer to downtown than I care to deal with. Would that be easy to get in and get out of in the afternoon? I want to avoid tangling with rush hour as little as possible. My flight lands around 2ish on Friday, and diving into downtown at that time I think would put me in the thick of it by the time I start the real driving.
  7. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (2,966) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    If you are going to Princeton's, Three Squares gets a lot of mention on these forums. Never been there myself.

    Pick up some Indeed. Midnight Ryder is an awesome beer (Day Tripper is good as well).
  8. Tolann

    Tolann Devotee (433) Jul 9, 2007 Colorado

    3Squares/Princeton is what I was maybe thinking, but I'm up for suggestions! I'm pretty sure I've been to 3Squares before and drank Fulton's on tap.

    Any abrasive still around, or is it long gone? Enjoyed my last can last night. now I'm sad I have no more!
  9. herman77

    herman77 Meyvn (1,058) Jan 24, 2010 Minnesota

    Yep. It's still around. Should be here till March or hopefully thru March. They can it once a week or once every other week.
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  10. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (2,966) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    Further south there is the Golden Nugget in Glen Lake (Minnetonka). Hard to beat their tap list and food on the west side of 494. About 5-10 minutes from 494. Pairings is also an interesting eatery. Only a couple of drafts but you can go into the liquor store part of the facility and purchase anything you want and bring into the restraurant to consume. They have a decent to average selection but a little $$$.
  11. theHoff77

    theHoff77 Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 Minnesota

    Maple Grove is about 20 minutes from 35W North just to throw it out there. As a resident of Maple Grove though, I can say 3 Squares has the best tap list and best happy hour in the area that I know of. Princeton's also has Steel Toe and are the only place West of St. Louis Park that I know of to carry it. Other beer stores to consider in Maple Grove are MGM and Premier Liquor. MGM has the overall largest and most unique selection but is pricier, and Premier has the best prices with a selection comparable to Princeton's that tends to not sell out as fast, but they do not do mixed sixers like Princetons. You could probably hit both Princetons and MGM at they are both right off 494/94 and less than 5 minutes apart.
  12. caskstrength

    caskstrength Disciple (354) Nov 26, 2008 Minnesota

    if you're travelling on thurs/fri/sat, just after driving through the city on 35W, you can stop at indeed and dangerous man (open at 3 and 4 respectively). Nearby off 35 is Stinson Liquors, a good store.

    Only problem is food, but a food truck might be at Indeed when you're there.

    This is what I'd do. Could stop by Town Hall as well.
  13. Mista

    Mista Aspirant (203) Nov 10, 2011 Minnesota
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    I would recommend South Lyndale for a liquor store. It's close enough to the airport where you can get in and get out pretty fast mid afternoon.
  14. Tolann

    Tolann Devotee (433) Jul 9, 2007 Colorado

    I'm really tempted to search out Town Hall Tap. Would that be not so far from Lyndale? How is getting out of town from there on a Friday afternoon?
  15. biglobo8971

    biglobo8971 Devotee (480) May 6, 2010 Minnesota
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    it is actually not as bad as you would think. You will be going in to town, instead of out of. You will hit traffic, but not horrible traffic. I used to work down town and would have to be there at 6 (coming from Burnsville) and I would leave my house at 5:15 and get there a little before. So you shouldn't have much of an issue at all.
  16. Tolann

    Tolann Devotee (433) Jul 9, 2007 Colorado

    Well, going into town then getting waaaaayyy out. It's getting out I'm more worried about. At least it won't be summer bumper to bumper traffic all the way to North Branch.
  17. KarlHungus

    KarlHungus Poo-Bah (2,930) Feb 19, 2005 Minnesota
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    Town Hall Tap is only about a quick mile east of South Lyndale Liquor so you're good to go in that respect. Also, they are both about as far south in Minneapolis as you can get so driving there from the airport will be easy during the mid-afternoon. Traffic on 35W North usually doesn't start getting bad at that time until a couple miles north of the exit you'll take to get to South Lyndale.
  18. djschnabel

    djschnabel Initiate (115) Jan 30, 2010 Minnesota

    I'd suggest Grumpy's in Roseville. There is a liquor store next to it which has a big variety of goods, Cellars maybe? Just east of 35W on Snelling, pretty good beers, pretty good burgers.
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  19. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,416) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Lyndale Liquors would be a nice stop for you a mile or so off of 35 north nice selection and prices, pick up some Indeed brews and Steel toe brews (not available @ Lyndale) while here on visit
  20. Tolann

    Tolann Devotee (433) Jul 9, 2007 Colorado

    What specifically from Indeed should i look for? and isn't it coffee beer season? i read something recommending a BIPA and of course now i can't find the post. any specific recommendations?
  21. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (2,966) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

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  22. Tolann

    Tolann Devotee (433) Jul 9, 2007 Colorado

    Big Wood Brewery available at Lyndale? looks like they have my 2 favorie styles in cans. Their Morning Wood should be out the day I get in town.
  23. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (2,966) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    I don't think Big Wood cans are availble yet.
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