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The Twin Cities has an excellent selection of imports and regional beers, and the brewpubs make world class beer as well. Unfortunately all of the best beer from Minnesota is not bottled, aside from the occasional growler, so you have to come here to try it. Don't miss the Masala Mama IPA at Town Hall, the Dark Knight at Barley John's, or the Surly Darkness imperial stout in the fall.
Town Hall has brewed more than 130 different beers. It always has a regular lineup as well as a rotating selection, including cask beer. A great location, diverse selection, quality of the beer, and solid food makes this the best brewpub in the Twin Cities.
1430 Washington Ave S Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454
2. Blue Max Liquors
This is the best place to buy beer in the Twin Cities. There are usually 1500 beers , and most are in coolers. They have a small but high quality build-your-own six pack section. Blue Max carries rare beers that cannot be found anywhere else in Minnesota, and the selection is always changing.
Some of Minnesota's best beers are made here, including the Dark Knight Porter at 13% abv, and the Barrel-Aged Barleywine at a hefty 21%. The in house beer is first rate, and they also carry several draughts including Belgian Ales like Tripel Karmeliet, as well as Flemish sours on occasion. The food is good.
781 Old Highway 8 SW New Brighton, Minnesota 55112
This brewpub is in downtown St. Paul. The quality of the beers has improved considerably in recent months and Great Waters has proven they can make high quality, experimental beer just as well as the other local brewpubs. Above average bar food, burgers, pizza, pasta.. Great Waters is convenient after a Wild hockey game or a show at the Xcel center.
426 St Peter Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55102
You might not expect a good beer selection in an African restaurant, but the Blue Nile has beer that is rarely found elsewhere in the cities on draught. They carry more beers from the new Surly Brewing than anyone else, and serve Belgian ales in proper glassware. The food is also very good. They do not open until late afternoon.
More than just a cheese shop, this is the all-around best liquor store in Minnesota. The wine selection is huge, lots of liquor, and a walk in humidor. There are hundreds of beers, and if you cannot make it to Blue Max or Cellars, this is the next best option. Located just minutes of the Minneapolis downtown area.
303 East Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414
8. Chicone's Liquor Mart
Chicones has a large selection of beers not available in Minnesota. Well worth the drive from Minneapolis or St. Paul.
This is not exactly in the Twin Cities, but the historic town of Hudson, Wisconsin is only 1/2 hour from downtown Minneapolis. Casanova is a liquor store and an upscale, romantic restaurant. The beer selection includes many things not available in Minnesota, like New Glarus Raspberry and Cherry beers, as well as Dogfish Head. Come for dinner, and load up on regional microbrews.