Grab a brew at any — or many — of these 19 taprooms along the Green Line.
By Michael Agnew Special to the Star Tribune
JULY 23, 2019 — 10:21AM
Taproom crawls are one of the newest iterations of the classic amble from one drinking establishment to another. Moving progressively from one location to the next is a great bonding experience among friends. With around 75 taprooms in the Twin Cities metro area, it’s not hard to string together a route.
However, conducting a taproom crawl involves imbibing a fair amount of beer. Indeed, that’s really the point — sampling, comparing and enjoying the wares at several of the area’s best breweries. But that also means getting from one taproom to the next. This usually involves one or more of the party remaining sober enough to drive, but the designated driver role is rarely the preferred way to experience the fun.
Take heart, would-be crawlers. Metro Transit has you covered. The Green Line light-rail train runs all the way from Target Field in Minneapolis to Union Depot in St. Paul. With 19 breweries easily accessible along the way, it offers a build-your-own-adventure opportunity. Pick your stops. Stay in one city or try them both. The possibilities are nearly endless.
Here is the rundown, starting in downtown Minneapolis and ending in St. Paul. All distances calculated from light-rail:
13. Urban Growler Brewing Co.
2325 Endicott St., St. Paul, 651-340-5793, urbangrowlerbrewing.com
Route: (.6 mile) Walk north on Carleton St. Turn right onto W. Territorial Road. Turn left onto N. Hampden Av. Turn right onto Endicott St.
Taproom: Comfortably converted industrial space anchored by three copper-banded serving tanks towering at the center of the room behind the bar.
Best brews: After a few hours of riding and drinking, a lighter beer may be in order. Cowbell Cream Ale is just such a beer. It’s a refreshingly simple golden ale with low bitterness and subtle notes of toasted grain and corn.
Food: Urban Growler is one of the few local taprooms with its own kitchen. The menu features beer-friendly foods, such as Reuben or Cubano sandwiches, burgers and nachos.
Highlights: Large patio. Private event space.
Hours: Tue.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.