My tastebuds led me directly to Bauhaus Brew Labs on Tyler Street in Minneapolis after enjoying a pint of their Hairbanger Belgo-Style Pale Ale at Corner Table the night prior. I had to learn more, especially after hearing about the "explosion of breweries" in Minnesota. Eric, the general manager we met at Red Cow Restaurant & Bar in Minneapolis, had wondered aloud about the saturation point for breweries in Minnesota -- something I've heard a few times in San Diego County. Believe me, Eric, there's room to grow.
The Bauhaus taproom is a visual turn-on to those who like bold graphics, lots of natural light, and breathing room. Drinkers of all ages were in evidence, including young ones, who sipped on gourmet sodas. As I contemplated the German Schwarzbier poured by Beertender Brian, I had that warm and fuzzy feeling that comes from a family vacation in Minnesota gone right, dontcha know?
We started our Minnesota craft beer field trip at Red Cow Restaurant & Bar on 50th Street in Minneapolis as we found ourselves parched and in need of a snack after a three-hour flight. Two early winners rose to the top of our tasting: Bauhaus Brew Labs and Fulton. Dinner was at Corner Table, where I kicked back a pint of Bauhaus Hairbanger Belgo-style American pale ale -- the best beer of the day -- check out this video to get a feel for Bauhaus and the Hairbanger. Will we be paying a visit to Bauhaus? Oh hell yes.
Our tasting lineup, all Minnesota offerings: Fulton Sweet Child of Vine English style IPA, Lift Bridge Citra Kellerbier, Indeed Daytripper hoppy pale ale, Loon Juice hard cider from Four Daughters Winery, Fulton Lonely Blonde ale, Bauhaus Wonderstuff Bohemian style pilsner, Surly Hell Munich Helles style light lager, and Surly Furious ESB. We snuck in an Alpine Duet -- just because we could.
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