• Spirits of the Season

     
    POSTED November 15, 2013
     

Fall in Minnesota means a lot of things. There’s football, the looming onset of winter and also, seasonal beer. I recently attended Autumn Brewhaha, an event at the Uptown Cafeteria, and was able to sample the seasonal craft beers of eight local breweries. As a Wisconsin native, I got the chance to not only expand my knowledge of Minnesota beer, but also my knowledge of the breweries themselves.

These seasonal taps range from pumpkin ales, to coffee-infused brews and perfectly compliment the change in seasons. Though these fall flavors are only around for a limited time, tasting these brews seems like a wonderful way to create an office bonding experience or show out-of-town guests a unique side to the state. With about 50 craft breweries in Minnesota, it’s the perfect place to sample these seasonal beverages. Here are a few that offer private event spaces.

612 Brew 

  • Location: 945 Broadway St., NE Minneapolis
  • The taproom has a seating capacity of 70 people and is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-10p.m.; Fridays from 2:30-midnight; and Saturdays from noon-midnight.  
  • The brewery is available to rent for private events on any day it’s not open to the public. Space can be reserved during open hours, but is limited to a certain number of people.
  • A food truck is onsite every day they are open and guests are welcome to bring in their own food.
  • Tours are available on specific Saturdays at 11 a.m. No reservation is required and the cost is free with a canned food donation for the Little Kitchen Food Shelf.  

Indeed Brewing Company 

  • Location: 711 NE 15th Ave., Minneapolis
  • The taproom can hold 70 individuals indoors and 45 outdoors and is available to rent on Sundays and Wednesdays. 
  • The taproom is open Thursday and Friday from 3-11 p.m. and Saturdays 12-11 p.m.
  • Tours occur every Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and are limited to 40 guests. Online registration is required and the tour is free.

Harriet Brewing 

  • Location: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis
  • The taproom holds 75 people inside plus 30 people on the patio and is open Tuesdays and Wednesday from 4-11 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from 4-12 p.m.; and Saturdays from 1-8 p.m.
  • Tours take place every Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 and 2 p.m. Limited to 20 people, the tours are free of charge. 

Baldamar’s location—next to the Von Maur at Rosedale Center—might give the wrong first impression. The hip, fine dining restaurant is a fresh concept for the area, one that could easily fit into a more foodie-centric area. Randy Stanley, owner of 6Smith in Wayzata, calls Baldamar a legacy restaurant that just happens to be next a mall (he similarly describes 6Smith as a restaurant that happens to have a lake attached). “I’ve always liked this part of the Twin Cities,” says Stanley. “I love the thriving, local community.

 

Baldamar’s location—next to the Von Maur in Roseville Center—might give the wrong first impression. The hip, fine dining restaurant is a fresh concept to the area, one that could easily fit into a more foodie-centric area. Randy Stanley, owner of 6Smith in Wayzata, calls Baldamar a legacy restaurant that just happens to be next a mall (he similarly describes 6Smith as a restaurant that happens to have a lake attached). “I’ve always liked this part of the Twin Cities,” says Stanley. “I love the thriving, local community.

 

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