US - Midwest Minnesota Thread

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  1. Dbijnagte

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    If he’s going to DM there are a ton of other breweries in that area as well, especially fairstate which does everything well. They have a solid sour program and a great hefe and pils (head brewer was at live oak and you can tell).

    Liquor stores I’d suggest France 44 or South Lyndale. France 44 is near Edina but has a better selection than any Edina shop does and South Lyndale is about 5 minutes from Wild Mind and has a great selection.
     
  2. FoudreGuy

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    Thanks! I've bought things from France 44 in the past, didn't know they had a brick and mortar site. Anything he should keep an eye out for in particular?
     
  3. Dbijnagte

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    Fairstate Hefe & Pils (Keller Kazbek is a great Keller pils)
    Blackstack IPAs are usually solid
    Drekker IPAs
    Schells berliners
    Junkyard stuff
    Omni FAD

    Minnesotaryan Fingolfin Moondog wanna help me out?
     
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    How's Surly Wet this year? Always fun to see what people outside the PNW are doing with fresh hop beers.
     
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    It’s quite good! Was skeptical as the last few years have been less than great.
     
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    Yeah, I've had it a few times over the years and it's always been "meh." Good to know, maybe he'll grab some cans.
     
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    I haven’t liked it since 2011 or so. A lot of really disappointing years. Also helps that it was actually super fresh.
     
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    Castle Danger's Mosaic FH is the best I've had that wasn't made in the land of the hops (WA/OR). Seriously impressive a couple years ago. And I've always liked Schell's FH lagers.
     
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    What's the hot shit on the scene these days? Gonna be there for a bachelor party this weekend and we are staying at an airbnb in Northeast. Will probably be degenerates at dives most of the time, but there is some leeway. Also planning on being at Minnetonka (maybe Excelsior?) one of the days.

    In past visits I've hit Modist, Wild Mind, Barrel Theory, Steel Toe, Dangerous Man, Indeed, (old) Surly, and Town Hall.
     
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    Black stack is the move.
     
  12. Dbijnagte

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    Blackstack, Fairstate are must hits beyond what you’ve already tried. Most of the breweries you’ve done before are worth a retread as well, especially barrel theory. Skip indeed.
    If you’re going to Minnetonka skip excelsior and go to Back Channel if convenient enough. Grizzly’s is a great beer spot on your way out there as well (depending on route).

    Other breweries to give a shot:
    56
    Utelpils (German)
    Waldmann (German)
    Fulton

    Dive bars in NE:
    Vegas
    U Otter Stop Inn
    331 club

    Let me know if you want any recommendations.
     
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    Didn't realize there was an Excelsior Brewing Co....I was just throwing that out there bc I think that's where someone in the party has a house/knows someone with a house. But good to know there is a decent option off the lake....and thanks for the other recs! I've done some dive crawls there with the groom and 331 has definitely been ticked but would return. So many to choose from.
     
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    How was the trip?
     
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    Great times. Did time at Grumpy's, 331, Jimmy's, T-Shoppe, Stanley's, and CC Club. Only breweries we hit were Dangerous Man and Surly, unfortunately.

    Don't want to see another Grain Belt for at least a year.