Summer brews near the U

A&E rounded up some of our favorite local breweries open for socially distanced, in-person seating.


Audrey Rauth

La Doña Cervecería, a latin-influenced craft brewery located on Freemont Ave North, is a short nine minute drive from the University of Minnesota campus.

Frankie Carlson

Looking for a cold brew in a great atmosphere this summer? Here are A&E’s top 10 local breweries that are sure to please.

612 Brew: 945 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis

Enjoy a quality beer in a fun-loving environment. Sit in the taproom or heated patio or go in for one of the many games available — giant jenga anyone? No reservation required; parties are limited to six or fewer.

The Freehouse: 701 N. Washington Ave. #101, Minneapolis

Serving food from breakfast to bar close, it’s hard to decide what’s better: the food or the beer. Stay and enjoy a meal on the patio, order food to go or go for one of the family meal options. From the menu to the taproom, this brewpub serves nothing but the best.

Fulton Brewing Taproom: 414 N. 6th Ave., Minneapolis

From beers to hard seltzers, Fulton knows what it’s doing. The patio and taproom are both open for seating with reservations required.

Inbound BrewCo: 701 N. 5th St., Minneapolis

With the indoor seating officially reopened, Inbound is ready to rock for the summer. Complete with a patio, Inbound has plenty of open space to enjoy the sun and get some fresh air while social distancing. Home to some of the best beers in Minneapolis, Inbound is top tier.

Insight Brewing & Taproom: 2821 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Whether you want IPAs, stouts, lagers, ciders or sours, Insight has what you’re looking for and then some. With a plethora of delicious options, a spacious taproom and good energy all around, you can’t go wrong with Insight. No reservations required; tables are first come, first serve.

La Doña Cervecería: 241 Fremont Ave. N., Minneapolis

La Doña is a Latin-influenced craft brewery with both the taproom and patio currently open for seating. With beautiful decor, a friendly atmosphere and a miniature soccer field for 3v3 matches, a night at La Doña is a guaranteed good time.

LynLake Brewery: 2934 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis

While the rooftop patio is temporarily closed, the taproom is open for seating. Come for the beer, stay for the food; the Burger Joint serves up some of the top burgers and sandwiches in the area.

Pryes Brewing Co.: 1401 West River Rd. N., Minneapolis

With outstanding IPAs and delicious food from Cason Italian Eatery, Pryes’ taproom is a quality spot. Using compostable materials, including cups, Pryes does its best to strive for sustainability. With the taproom and beer garden open, all tables are separated for socially distanced seating.

Sociable Cider Werks: 1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis

Not on the IPA wave? Looking for something light and sweet? Head over to Sociable Cider Werks where there’s always something new to try. With picnic tables outside, a cold drink in the sun might be just what the doctor ordered.

Urban Growler Brewing Co.: 2325 Endicott St., St. Paul

The first woman-owned microbrewery in Minnesota, Urban Growler is a place for great beer and amazing food. The self-serve tap garden is a lovely place to enjoy a beer in the shade; leashed dogs are always welcome. Limited indoor dining is now available with a reservation.