Our round-up of breweries worth the drive in Minnesota

From Duluth to New Ulm, here are our picks for the best outstate suds

Bent Paddle, Duluth
image courtesy of bent paddle brewing co.
Bent Paddle, Duluth

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Lake Superior Brewing Company

2711 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806

Category: Breweries and Wineries

Region: Outstate

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

1912 W Michigan St
Duluth, MN 55806

Category: Breweries and Wineries

Region: Outstate

Mankato Brewery

1119 Center St
Mankato, MN 56003

Category: Breweries and Wineries

Region: Outstate

August Schell Brewing Company

1860 Schell Road
New Ulm, MN 56073

Category: Retail

Region: Outstate

Brau Brothers Brewing Co.

201 1st St.
Lucan, MN 56255

Category: Breweries and Wineries

Region: Outstate

Brau Brothers Brewing started as a production brewery in 2006 in the town of Lucan and relocated up the road to Marshall just last year when they finished building their new facility. The brewery sits in a remodeled warehouse with a spacious production area that is separated from the public by a lengthy wall of windows. The taproom itself is filled with booths and tables that give it the look and feel of a family restaurant. A bar sits smack in the center of the room with a dozen taps and 10 house-made sodas. The taps draw directly from a converted Lucan fire truck and the beers represent a wide variety, ranging from sours to ales to light lagers and milk stouts. Brau Brothers has a small-batch approach to brewing and a curiosity that leads them to create new recipes frequently. A trip to the taproom will provide a large sampling of brews unavailable in the Twin Cities or elsewhere. They have even brewed beer with their own house-grown hops, further highlighting their rural location. Being built so recently, Brau Brothers considered the concept of a destination brewery in the design, including a seven-days-per-week gastropub and merchandise sales along with the brewery. "The people of southwest Minnesota see us as an extended expression of their community," says sales and marketing director Lynn Richason, "and folks from the Twin Cities consider us the living and breathing definition of destination brewery."

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11 comments
Ahmyn Masci
Ahmyn Masci

I wish this article had more info on their beers and less about there buildings.

Bryce Otter Larson
Bryce Otter Larson

No love for Borealis out of Duluth??? Kicks the crap out of anything else in state. Stop going with the easy picks!

Eric Kuehl
Eric Kuehl

Which is highly insulting! Greater MN is a better and more correct term!

Betty Hindbjorgen
Betty Hindbjorgen

Geez let it go ha. All awesome places! Especially Duluth & further North. Bluefin Bay/Lake Superior is the best! :) Mmmmm beer

Mary Chittenden
Mary Chittenden

That would be "out OF state". IIRC, "outstate" refers to places outside of the Twin Cities.

Tommy Carlson
Tommy Carlson

Editing, Well Done. The great state of Minnesota will dearly miss you Duluth.

Eric Kuehl
Eric Kuehl

When did Duluth and New Ulm leave the state of MN? Out state would be Chippewa Falls or Fargo, not Duluth and New Ulm!

 
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