Skip to main content

If anyone is looking for the best beer cities in the U.S., Minneapolis makes the cut.

That's according to Mashed, which recently published a story celebrating its picks for "U.S. Cities With The Best Beer." They looked for breweries that feature "refined, classic recipes using the best, locally-sourced ingredients" rather than relying on gimmicks.

"The best beers are also born out of small mom-and-pop breweries that will continue honing their small-batch craft, versus monstrous corporations with a goal of accelerating production and profit," the piece continues. 

Related: 3 Minneapolis chefs, 1 restaurant named as James Beard Award finalists

Minneapolis apparently hits the mark as one of 17 cities selected by Mashed, which says the city offers "a buzzing selection of craft beers that reflect the Midwest work ethic and innovative culture."

The site specifically highlights Surly Brewing and its well-known Furious IPA; Dangerous Man Brewing, which offers its Ancestral Soul Baltic Porter for porter fans; and Fair State Brewing Cooperative's award-winning Stranger in the Alps brew.

"It's safe to assume you'll never experience a bad beer moment in Minneapolis," the post says.

Other cities on the Mashed list are:

  • San Diego, California
  • Anaheim, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Asheville, North Carolina
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Austin, Texas
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • New York, New York
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Burlington, Vermont
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Speaking of Surly, the Business Journal recently reported the brewery is considering an expansion outside of Minnesota, to Michigan or Ohio. 

But the business has been on the receiving end of criticism in recent years, after it announced it would close its destination brewery "indefinitely" in September 2020, just a few days after staff announced plans to unionize.

The beer hall reopened in spring 2021.

Next Up

Governor Tim Walz

Walz: Nearly 1M Minnesotans have applied for frontline worker pay

The governor noted that the checks could be smaller depending on the number of people who apply.

Chet Holmgren

Kevin Durant compliments Chet Holmgren's debut (and his shoes)

The Minneapolis native made a sizzling summer league debut wearing Durant's shoe.

police lights

Police investigating attempted child kidnapping at school bus stop

The incident occurred Wednesday morning at Brookdale Drive and Kyle Avenue North.

Red River Moorhead

Body pulled from Red River in Moorhead

Police said it was discovered by a group of youths at around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Screen Shot 2022-07-06 at 7.45.25 PM

Four shot in alley near St. Cloud State campus

Police say an argument led to gunfire.

MPR

Acclaimed investigative podcast 'In the Dark' canceled by American Public Media

The Peabody Award-winning investigative podcast earned national acclaim.

Screenshot of the incident showing a teacher throw a hockey stick at a second-grade student at a Sherburne County school.

Former MN teacher charged for knocking student's tooth out with hockey stick

Kimberly June Neubauer has been charged with third-degree assault and is no longer a teacher at Princeton Public Schools.

Screen Shot 2022-07-06 at 11.56.59 AM

Guthrie cancels 'Emma' performances, Illusion Theater delays premiere due to COVID

The pandemic is continuing to leave theater seats empty in the Twin Cities.

Ellie Ragin

Property owners asked to monitor river shorelines in ongoing search for Elle Ragin

Investigators are focusing their search on the Mississippi River in Stearns County.

Shots fired scene

Over 100 shots fired in Brooklyn Center, no injuries reported

Police said they haven't learned of any injuries as of Wednesday.

Screen Shot 2022-07-06 at 12.37.52 PM

Unleashed, off-duty police K-9 attacks boy in Isanti

The attack involved an Anoka County Sheriff's Office K-9, named Bubba.

Related

Band Box Diner Courtney Mault Flickr

MN's 'best hole-in-the-wall diner' is, sadly, currently closed

MSN recently published its pick for best diner in each state.

No Minnesota beers made the Best Beers in America list

We've got more than 100 craft breweries – but not one got a beer on this list.

No Minnesota beers made the Best Beers in America list

We've got more than 100 craft breweries – but not one got a beer on this list.