While beer is awesome to drink, that doesn’t have to be the only way you consume it. It can be used in cooking, baking, and even making delicious frozen desserts like this ice cream. Two local Twin Cities ice cream makers have taken local Minnesota brews and used them in making delicious ice cream flavors.
Barley John’s offers plenty of awesome house-brewed beers to fill your belly but that’s not all they have to offer. The food at Barley John’s is equally killer. Food always makes beer better right? The Barley John’s Burger is just what you need for a night of great friends and great beer.
Barley John’s starts with a 1/2lb of Black Angus burger and tops it with organic greens and tomato on their freshly baked bun. Then it’s up to you to customize your burger with stuff like onions, cheese, peppers, roasted garlic, applewood smoked bacon, and more. They also offer Thousand Hills Cattle Co. grass fed beef. Served up with pub fries and a couple pints of brew, this is a tasty meal that I find myself going back to often when I visit the pub.
The specials change daily with lots of sweet offerings like ostrich and amazing steaks but the old faithfuls like the Barley John’s Burger will always continue to satisfy too. Isn’t it time you dropped back into Barley John’s for a great meal with awesome brews while enjoying the weather on their patio? It’s only been a couple weeks for me and I know I’m long overdue for a return before all the leaves are off the trees and we have to break out the winter gear for the season.
Looking for a good place to grab something to eat and enjoy a nice craft beer selection in Nordeast Minneapolis? Want a laid back atmosphere with a huge menu to pick from? Mac’s Industrial has that covered. With plenty of local regional craft beer on tap along with a menu that stretches page after page of tasty bar food, Mac’s is a great option for those looking to enjoy some food and beer without breaking the bank.
Dropping in on a Thursday is even more rewarding as the daily special offers 25% off food from 5-9pm. Hard to argue with that. This is the Mac’s Industrial Hot Pepper Chicken Sandwich. Cajun seasoned chicken breast with a hot pepper relish and pepper jack cheese served up with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mayo and your choice of side.
Mac’s now offers Surly Saturdays. $3.50 pints of Surly beer from 7-11pm. Sadly (and understandably) this didn’t include Surly Sÿx. Be sure to check out all of their nightly specials here. Those looking for a an appetizer that will cover all the bases, order up the Fried Plate Of Death. Stop in and grab a beer and a bite.
Looking for something tasty for a quick bite along with some great brews? The Juggernaut Brat is a custom made brat from the Seward Co-Op in Minneapolis made using Town Hall Brewery beer and featured on Town Hall’s current daily specials menu. The Juggernaut comes with sauerkraut, pickled relish, and swish cheese on a poppyseed bun. The current batch of brats offers a little bit of a spicy kick which was very nice. At $6, it’s a nice option for those looking for a little something to fill them up without getting a full meal. I’d previously tried the Chili Brat which was piled high with chili and another great option for quick eats at Town Hall Brewery. Checkout the other options on the brat list next time you’re in. A great option with summer right around the corner.
Aaaah the turducken. What a wondrous animal. Well not really an animal but rather 3. Take a turkey, stuff it with a duck, then stuff that with a chicken or a hen and you have a turducken. Recently Grumpy’s NE cooked up their free traditional Friday food for their customers and made an awesome turducken. Cooked on the grill out back and covered in a pound of thick-cut bacon from up north, we sat enjoying cask Bell’s Two Hearted while we waited for the the food to finish (I also enjoyed a glass of Surly Darkness which was still on tap from the Surly event the night before). When it was finally ready to eat, a long quickly formed outside to get a sandwich or bowl of this delicious bird. It was definitely worth the wait.
You have to love Grumpy’s NE and their wonderful craft beer selection. Plus on Fridays starting at 4pm, they tap a cask of something fun each week and offer some free eats for the crowd. If you’ve never been in, you really need to check it out. If you haven’t been in for a while, it’s time to drop in soon and checkout the goodies on the beer list.
For 10 years Cafe Twenty-Eight offered awesome food and beer to the Linden Hills area of Minneapolis. Sadly at the end of 2011 they closed their doors. Over the years I enjoyed countless fantastic meals there along with some great beer from Surly Brewing. I wish nothing but the very best for all of the staff in their future. Here are some pictures of just some of the great meals I enjoyed there.
Fireman’s Breakfast with Larry Schultz organic chicken sausage.
French toast with black mission figs & apples in a brandied pan caramel sauce with a glass of Surly Darkness.
Fisher Farms pork in adobo with a glass of Surly Darkness.
Fisher Farms pork in adobo with a glass of Surly Smoke.
Organic chicken taco with a pint of SurlyFest.
Fireman’s Breakfast with Larry Schultz organic chicken sausage and a glass of Surly Darkness.
Spicy corn soup with a glass of Surly Darkness.