Craft Beer Bike Ride, Minneapolis

Craft Beer Bike Ride, Minneapolis

City Tour, 8 miles, 2-6 hours

Overview

A family friendly bike tour of the Minneapolis trails system that includes several craft breweries (with the option to add more), as well as a series of iconic Minneapolis landmarks along the Mississippi River – including Saint Anthony Main, the Stone Arch Bridge, the Mill City Museum, the Guthrie Theatre, and the University of Minnesota.

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Logistics

Route Map

Bikes

  • Nice Ride - bike share stations noted in route map.  $6 daily
  • Minneapolis by Bike - $40 daily for hybrids, kids, trail-a-bikes and trailers
  • Freewheels - $38+ daily  for hybrid, road and tandem bikes and trailers

Train Stations

What to bring?

Water bottle to stay hydrated, snacks (don't drink beer on an empty stomach), camera


Route Highlights

A. Fulton Brewery  414 6th Ave N, Minneapolis | (612) 333-3208 | www.fultonbeer.com

Not only was Fulton (named after my own hood)  one of the first taprooms in the Twin Cities, it recently created an entirely separate production and bottling facility.

B. 612 Brew  945 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis | (612) 217-0437 | www.612brew.com

A young brewery with plenty of ambition and solid execution, they anchor a delightful old industrial building, offer plenty of outdoor seating, and feature a mural done by my good friend, Adam Turman. Kids welcome anywhere, pets welcome outside.

C. Bauhaus Brew Labs  1315 Tyler St NE, Minneapolis | (612) 276-6911 | bauhausbrewlabs.com

A brand, new brewery and taproom that opened in July 2014, specializing in German-
inspired brews with interesting twists. As of 2014 they are low on choices but high on can-do spirit, and their taproom space is gorgeous.

D. Sociable Cider Werks  1500 Fillmore St NE, Minneapolis | (612) 758-0105 | sociablecider.com

Bicycle-friendly makers of fine hopped ciders and gluten-removed graffs, which are beer-
cider hybrids. They pride themselves on making balanced, interesting alternatives to sugary, bland mass market ciders.

E. Indeed Brewing  711 NE 15th Ave, Minneapolis | (612) 843-5090 | www.indeedbrewing.com

Another young brewery with a strong sense of neighborhood and a decently adventurous product offering. Rotating food trucks on premises, the taproom is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

F. Dangerous Man Brewing  1300 2nd St NE, Minneapolis | (612) 236-4087 | dangerousmanbrewing.com

Dangerous Man is a small batch craft brewery and taproom and one of the original Northeast Minneapolis suds shops. It is also where we will soak up some of the alcohol with a meal from one of the local eateries (which we can bring into the taproom).

G. Boom Island  

A large open park alongside the Mississippi River that offers boat launches, reservable shelters with power and grills, and a foot bridge connecting it to Nicollet Island Park nextdoor.

H. Stone Arch Bridge | (612) 230-6400 | www.minneapolisparks.org

Dating to 1883, this former rail bridge was converted in the early 1990’s to serve pedestrians and bikes as they cross the Mississippi River.

I. Gold Medal Park | www.nps.gov

A beautiful 7.5 acre open green space in the Mill District that features a 32 foot tall grass hill (next to the iconic Guthrie Theater) with a spiraling path leading to its center.

Bonus East & Westside Routes

J. Surly Brewing Company  520 Malcolm Ave | (763) 535-3330 | surlybrewing.com 

Surly is one of Minnesota's most popular craft breweries and has been an unstoppable force – both in terms of the products it offers and it's ability to open the doors needed for craft brewing to thrive in the Twin Cities.

K. Urban Growler  2325 Endicott St, St Paul | (651) 340-5793 | www.urbangrowlerbrewing.com 

Urban Growler is the Twin Cities only all-woman owned brewery that's just far enough off the beaten path to get away from the hustle.   Adjacent to Bang Brewing.

L. Bang Brewing  2320 Capp Rd, St Paul | bangbrewing.com

Maybe the Twin Cities smallest taproom, Bang brews great beer for the sake of brewing great beer.

M. Burning Brothers Brewery  1750 W Thomas Ave, St Paul | (651) 444-8882 | burnbrosbrew.com

The first and only gluten free brewery in the Twin Cities.

N. Steel Toe Brewing  4848 W 35th St, St Louis Park | (952) 955-9965 | www.steeltoebrewing.com

The pride of St. Louis Park, Steel Toe Brewing features a strong tap collection and is a stone's throw from The Four Firkins – Minnesota's Craft Beer Authority.