If you know me in real life, you know that I am a frequent patron of Northeast Minneapolis breweries since they’re in my neighborhood. Breweries are great places to socialize. They’re also, so much more than a place to drink beer. Recently, I went to a vinyl record market at a brewery. Local vendors came with their crates of vinyl for sale, and we got to walk around browsing through some classic records while enjoying a beer. You can always find something fun going on at breweries in NE Minneapolis.
In case beer isn’t enough to get you there, there’s almost always a food truck. There are such a wide variety of options when it comes to food trucks in Minneapolis. Sometimes we like to pick the brewery, based on which food truck is there. And, if food trucks aren’t your jam, you’re allowed to bring your own food. Brewery picnic anyone?
Without further ado, here are my favorites in my neighborhood: Northeast Minneapolis
When we first moved into our house, we discovered Fair State was walking distance from our house. We decided to make a night of it and try it out and explore the neighborhood a bit. It quickly became our favorite. It’s a nice smaller, neighborhood hang out.
What it’s good for: Fair state is unique in that they’re a “brewing co op,” meaning that if you become a member, you can vote on what types of beer they produce. Because of that, they’re always rotating out unique types of beer that you might not see elsewhere.
Fair State also has a terrific patio out back, which adds to that neighborhood feel. You can hangout on their picnic tables, or play a game of bean bag toss. All in all, it’s a low-key place that can be fun to hang out at.
If you go: try the Roselle, a hibiscus sour ale.
More Info: fairstate.coop
Able Seedhouse + Brewery
A new kid on the block when it comes to Northeast Minneapolis breweries. I like Able because they have garage doors on the side of their building. On a hot summer day, you can get a nice breeze while still enjoying the shade.
What it’s good for: I’ve found that Able hosts a lot of unique events. So far, I’ve seen a mini performance by members of the MN Orchestra, a vinyl record market, and a vintage clothing sale. The space works so that you can enjoy events like these without feeling cramped. They also have an outdoor area as well.
If you go: try the Sparkle Brigade, a sparkling ale
More Info: ablebeer.com
Indeed brewing is a more well-known brewery on this list. They’re self-proclaimed “original Northeast Minneapolis Brewery.” Located in the Solar Arts Building, there’s always a good time to be had at Indeed.
What it’s good for: Indeed has a great patio with lots of shade for the summer months. They have a classic pub vibe, and unique artwork. They also have a decent seasonal rotation of beer to try.
If you go: try the Summer Shenanigans, a summer ale
More info: indeedbrewing.com
Sociable Cider Werks
Technically not a brewery, but a similar concept. Sociable cider werks is a cidery. They are just like a brewery, but serve ciders. Don’t let the sweetness of ciders fool you. Sociable offers a wide variety of ciders from sweet to sour and everything in between.
What it’s good for: Sociable has plenty of outdoor space, and is great for taking friends who don’t like beer to a brewery.
If you go: try an infusion, or the Scrumpy Apple.
More info: sociablecider.com
Honorable Mentions: This list would be incomplete if I didn’t at least reference the more popular Northeast Minneapolis breweries, BauHaus and Dangerous Man.
Do you have a favorite brewery near you? Let me know in the comments below!