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Locally Brewed Craft Beer in Minneapolis and St. Paul

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Minneapolis and St. Paul have seen an explosion of local craft brewers in recent years. Here's who is brewing what in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Several have brewery tours and tap rooms to give beer-lovers access to the freshest brews. And you'll find many local restaurants are pouring local brews - great news for local breweries and beer lovers.

Here's a list of craft beer breweries in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and around the Twin Cities.

612Brew A new arrival on the Minneapolis beer scene, 612 Brew's fledgeling taproom is nevertheless generating a lot of buzz. A taproom, food trucks on hand, growers for sale, and a promising future.

Boom Island Brewing Company A Belgium-style brewery in Minneapolis. Beer for sale at the brewery on Fridays and Saturdays, and on tap at several restaurants and bars in Minneapolis and environs.

Dangerous Man Brewing A small brewery in Northeast Minneapolis, and for the time being, only for sale at the brewery/taproom. The plan is to brew small batches and sell in pints in the taproom, or growlers to go.

Excelsior Brewing Company A nautically-themed website for this west metro brewery. Restaurants and bars pouring their beer are clustered around Lake Minnetonka and Minneapolis, but hopefully they'll spread further east. Excelsior's taproom is open Thursday-Saturday, and free tours are held weekly.

Flat Earth Brewing Company One of St. Paul's excellent contributions to the local craft beer scene. Flat Earth's Angry Planet and Cygnus ales are highly regarded, popular in liquor stores, and you'll find it on tap and in bottles in several local restaurants. Flat Earth has free brewery tours, with reservations taken through their website.

Fulton Brewing Relatively new on the scene, but rapidly gaining fans for their delicious Sweet Child of Vine, Lonely Blonde, and many others. Very commonly seen in liquor stores, and widely available in bars and restaurants. Fulton is in downtown Minneapolis, near the Twins Stadium. Their taproom is open Thursdays-Saturdays, with growlers to go, at least one food truck parked outside, and order-in service from the nearby restaurants.

Harriet Brewing Company have growlers for sale at their Midtown Minneapolis brewery, weekly free tours, growlers for sale, and their taproom is one of the best in town - not just because the beer is great, but they have live music weekly, and food trucks on hand. You'll find Harriet Brewing on tap at many local restaurants and bars too.

Indeed Brewing A raucous response to Indeed's beers means that the brewery intends to multiply production in 2013, and hopefully get more beer to their fans. Indeed has tours of their Northeast Minneapolis brewery, a taproom open Thursday through Saturday, and a bonus: Minneapolis' famed food trucks on hand nightly to accompany your beer.

Lift Bridge Brewing Company This brewery is in Stillwater, and very widely in liquor stores, bars and restaurants in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and rightly so - Lift Bridge turns out sophisticated beers. (Their Farm Girl Saison is one of my favorites.) If you happen to be in Stillwater, Lift Bridge's taproom is open from Tuesday to Saturday.

Lucid Brewing Out of Minnetonka, you can visit the brewery to buy growlers, and several restaurants, bars and liquor stores are carrying their beer.

Pour Decisions A interesting new brewery in Roseville. Despite their name, the beer that I've sampled have been rather good. Their taproom is open on Friday and Saturdays, and you can also find their beer in a small number of local establishments. Check their website for the latest on bars selling Pour Decisions beer.

Staples Mill Brewing Company Stillwater is a destination for craft beer lovers, with Staples Mill being the second of two craft breweries in town. Staples Mill has free tours, and growlers for sale, and a growing number of local restaurants selling their beer.

Steel Toe Brewing are based in St. Louis Park. The brewery runs tours on Saturdays, sells growlers on Thursday through Saturday, and you can find their no-nonsense craft beer at a growing number of restaurants and bars in the Twin cities.

Summit Brewing Company A veteran on the St. Paul brewing scene, with over 25 years of experience under their belt. Summit runs regular free tours of their brewery, and their beers are widely available across the Twin Cities. A new addition to their brewery is a tap room, currently open on Friday nights. Visit their website for the latest on opening hours and tour times.

Surly Brewing Company: one of the most successful local breweries, selling out of some beers as fast as they can make it. Surly is based in Brooklyn Park, and offers brewery tours, although they sell out very fast. The best place to get their beer? Many local restaurants. The best place to get the limited editions beers? Surly's social media sites or their newsletter - access both via Surly's website.

More Beer Resources: The Beer Advocate MNBeer news, information, bars, restaurants, home brew, and many more craft beer resources in the Twin Cities.

The Beer Mapping Project Minneapolis and St. Paul Beer Map - where can you find local craft brews on tap? Here you'll find a map of restaurants serving craft beers.

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