Since opening in 2006, the Midtown Global Market has been an embodiment of multi-culturalism in the Twin Cities. Today, its first brewery, Eastlake Craft Brewery, opens as a self-defined "post-modern brewery," one that keeps with the MGM pluralism by welding traditional brewing techniques with modern flair and influences from across the globe.
Eastlake is a taproom-focused establishment opening with four tap lines. Its saison is citrusy and floral, with a cloudy base that gives a subdued and mild easy-drinking feel. The Slop City, while questionably named, is a rye stout, representative of the stout style but also with a nuanced rye spice and a malty impression well suited to winter. The Belgian pale L'Ogre de Turvueren, dedicated to cyclist Eddy Merckx, is a solid mixture of styles, blending an American pale ale with a Belgian yeast. Finally, the Nicollet Mauler is a black IPA similar to Indeed's Midnight Rider, but with more bitter hops and less emphasis on the aromatic qualities.
Eastlake is a solid addition to the metro's brewery stable and takes European-influenced recipes in a modern direction. To further the experience, the Eastlake menu comes complete with suggested food pairings, such as combining the L'Ogre de Turvueren with curry, carnitas, or fried chicken -- all foods available within Midtown Global Market, from neighbors at Sonora Grill, Hot Indian Foods, and others.
The brewery's 75-seat taproom offers community tables as well as bars of varied heights with readily accessible outlets -- in other words, perfect workstations for anyone seeking to get out of the office temporarily. They will sell draft beer and growlers for off-sale consumption.
Eastlake opens to the general public on Thursday at 11 a.m.
Eastlake Craft Brewery Midtown Global Market 920 E. Lake St. #123 Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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