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Your Guide to the Best Beers, Wines, Spirits, and Ciders Made in Minnesota

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Made in Minnesota

We Minnesotans aren't just nice. We're also pretty lucky to be able to call so many great beers, wines, spirits, and ciders some of our state exports. In fact, some of Haskell's favorite drinks are made in Minnesota. Our hearty resourcefulness has turned Minnesota into a brewer's paradise – over the last decade, the brewing scene has exploded, giving Minnesotans more choices than ever when they want to drink local.

You can't spit in Minnesota without hitting a distillery, brewery, winery, cidery, or microbrewery – but when the drinks made in Minnesota taste this good, spitting's the last thing you'll wanna do.

Here are some of our favorite beers made in Minnesota, where they come from, and where you can find them all at Haskell's.

 

Finnegan's Brewery


Deep brews, full-flavored ambers, crisp ales, and a philanthropic mission to boot. Finnegan's Brewery has been fueling – and feeding – the community for more than a dozen years.


Boom Island Brewing


Situated in Northeast Minneapolis, the family-owned Boom Island Brewing exclusively produces Belgian-style beers.

 

Lift Bridge Brewery


From a basement in 2008 to their brewery in Stillwater, Lift Bridge Brewery – named after a bridge that connects Minnesota and Wisconsin over the St. Croix River – crafts tasty brews to lift your spirits, too.

 

612Brew


Skewing local-heavy, 612Brew takes its brews and its naming conventions from the Twin Cities that surround it. Try SIX, their summery American pale ale named after the trusty Minneapolis Transit Authority bus that runs by the test brewery.

 

Steel Toe Brewing


With "big dreams of staying small," Steel Toe packs a punch in each pour with four mainstays – Size 7 IPA, Provider Ale, Rainmaker Double Red Ale, and Dissent Dark Ale – along with seasonal offerings.

 

Fulton Brewing


One of the most recognizable Minneapolis beers, Fulton's 50,000-square foot Northeast brewing facility churns out local favorites like Lonely Blonde, Sweet Child of Vine, and The Ringer year-round.

 

Excelsior Brewing Company


For the out-of-towners, the suburb of Excelsior is the epitome of laker life, a Minnesotan tradition that means you've made it – and now it's time to kick back and savor it. Excelsior Brewing Company's Big Island Blond, Bitteschlappe Brown Ale, MinneGos, and more are the perfect complement.

 

Indeed Brewing Company


Another household name for Minnesota beer fanatics, Indeed distributes across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and parts of North Dakota. No wonder – demand for their staples like Day Tripper, Midnight Ryder, and Dandy Lager runs high across the Bold North.

 

Bauhaus Brew Labs


New only by comparison, Bauhaus quickly established itself as an indispensable local taproom with their core brews – Wonderstuff, Stargrazer, Wagon Party, and Sky-Five – and their distinct, colorful, just-quirky-enough branding design.

 

Summit Beer


Summit owes their whole operation to what they call their EPA – that's "Extra Pale Ale." Its popularity helped launch their brewery and expand their offerings to seven year-round brews and a bevy of seasonal tastes.

 

Grain Belt Beer


Somewhere among Prince, First Ave, and the Spoonbridge & Cherry, the Grain Belt Beer sign is one of Minneapolis's most recognizable institutions. The history of the brand is great, but you don't need to know it to enjoy Nordeast, Grain Belt Premium, or Grain Belt Premium Light.

 

Surly Beer


Years ago, Surly launched Furious – and the rest is history. Passion runs so high for this Minnesota beer brewing company that its patrons helped pass the "Surly bill" allowing brewers to sell pints at their own breweries. Celebrate the "Power of the Pint" with Furious, Bender, Hell, Overrated, or any of their great brews.

 

Bad Weather Brewing


Never let it be said Minnesotans aren't self-aware. We even came up with a way to say we love Bad Weather. From their Windvane Red IPA to The Hopcromancer American IPA and the classic Belgian blonde Sun Pillar, you could do a lot worse than Bad Weather's brews when clouds gather overhead.

 

Olvalde Farm & Brewing Company

An old hand guides Olvalde's brewing and naming conventions. See "The Auroch’s Horn," "Ode to a Russian Shipwright," and "Rise of the Burghers and the all of the feudal lords" for a few examples – then you need to try them to match the epic name to the epic flavor.

Brau Brothers Brewing

It's hard to get more beer-y than a beer-making family whose last name is the German word for "beer". Try Brau Brothers' creamy, chocolatey, malty MooJoos Oatmeal Milk Stout, ­made with locally sourced milk.

Mankato Brewery

With their Kato beers, Mankato Brewery helped revive local brewing in this Twin Cities suburb. Their Haymaker IPA garnered local acclaim, while Kato Lager pays homage to the history of the Mankato region.

Schell's Beer

One of the oldest active breweries in America, you could say Schell's is responsible for the modern-day success of craft brewing in Minnesota. Celebrate the legacy with Deer Brand, an Upper Midwest favorite since before prohibition.

 

Blacklist Brewing Company

Try Or De Belgique, Imperial Rhubarb Wit, Spruce Tipped, Sour Wit, or Or Cran for a good vertical slice of this Duluth brewery's selection.

Third Street Brewhouse

The rich history of Cold Spring, MN, brewing dates back to 1874 and culminates today in Third Street Brewhouse, a stunning taproom serving MN Gold Lager, made with Minnesota waters, Lost Trout, Bitter Neighbor, and more distinct brews.

Bent Paddle Brewing

When you use a bent canoe paddle to mix your brewing mash, you're kind of accepting that as your name. Try multiple award winner 14° ESB, Venture Pilsener Lager, or any of this Duluth area's flagship brews.

 

Norseman Distillery

Making a splash as Minneapolis's first legal microdistillery since prohibition, Norseman now offers over 50 spirits and liqueurs all over the state. The Strawberry Rhubarb Gin is one of our favorites, and Bon Appétit likes it, too.

Loon Liquors

Ten gallons of coffee liqueur, a White Russian party, and six years resulted in Loon Liquors, making a name for itself in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Look for Loonshine Whiskey, Metropoligin Gin, and the Wheaton Barley Vodka at Haskell's.

Tattersall Distilling

This Northeast cocktail room has seen its share of accolades, including Best Distillery by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Try Orange Crema, Bootleg Bourbon, Barreled Gin, or their myriad other specialty liqueurs.

J. Carver Distillery

J. Carver's gin gets its distinctly medium amber hue by resting in Minnesota-made virgin bourbon barrels for weeks and months, which might be why they call it "a whiskey lover’s gin". Their 100 percent wheat vodka, rye whiskey, and bourbon are nothing to sneeze at, either.

Vikre Distillery

Using ingredients from the Lake Superior watershed, the husband and wife-founded Vikre Distillery specializes in boreal gins, vodkas, aquavit, whiskey, and more.

 

Alexis Bailley (Hastings)

Alexis Bailley proudly bills itself as a place "where the grapes can suffer," pitting the fickle fruit against one of America's harshest climates. The payoff is a selection so indispensable to Minnesota's wine scene that it's lasted since the 70s. If that's not staying power, we don't know what is.

Cannon River Winery (Cannon Falls)

A variety of specialty wines, rosés, and more give us a little taste of Southern Minnesota's wine leanings. Try the Bootlegger or Sogn Blush today.

St. Croix Vineyards (Stillwater)

Featuring wines made from brand-new grapes grown by the University of Minnesota viticulture program, St. Croix has kept it local to become one of Minnesota's premier vineyards.

Wild Mountain Winery (Taylors Falls)

Wild Mountain is appropriately located on one of the highest points in Chisago County, just north of the Twin Cities metro. Try the Rustic Red and more at Haskell's.

 

Number 12 Cider House

"Reinventing tradition" to create "distinctive ciders" translates quickly to "we make great cider" at Number 12. The flagship Number 12 is the culmination of 17 years of experimentation on behalf of this Minnesota cider producer.

Loon Juice

Nature and fun go hand-in-hand – both generally and when it comes to great cider. The Honeycrisp apple is at the heart of Loon Juice's best ciders. Try it today!