Twin Cities Craft To-Go | Part Two
The days march on and become murkier in the midst of COVID-19. However, as our situation is ever changing, craft breweries resilience and community support remains steadfast. Our local favorites continue to adapt new business models, solidifying ecommerce sites and delivery routes in a matter of days. Our Instagram stories continue to fill with lines, and even pyramids, of crowlers in people’s homes after returning from beer runs.
As we maintain this momentum and move forward together, I wanted to share a little more about some Twin Cities’ craft I’ve taken to-go.
Wild Mind Artisan Ales
I recently covered one of Wild Mind Artisan Ales’ first canned beers, Electric Factory, a foeder-aged sour ale with raspberries and cherries. A unique space, Wild Mind is complete with a wood cellar featuring one coolship, nine foeders and 160 barrels. While visiting Wild Mind, you can expect wild, sour, farmhouse, Saison and other rustic-style ales.
Through their aging, blending and mixed-fermentation processes, Wild Mind quickly established itself as one of the Twin Cities’ more unique breweries. From some of their more “wild creations” to more classic styles, Wild Mind is a location where you can experience a wide spectrum of brews at high quality.
Last Saturday while missing Wild Mind, we ordered delivery through their new ecommerce site. Specifically, we enjoyed:
- La Reine — American Wild Ale with boysenberry, blueberry, raspberry and rhubarb
- Sun Sets West — West Coast IPA brewed with Amarillo, Centennial and Calypso hops
- Lil’ Wakatu — Saison foeder-aged and open-fermented beer dry-hopped with Wakatu hops
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All of us at Wild Mind would like to take a moment to say thanks for all the tremendous support the community has shown us over the last seven days. The smiles we've seen from everyone doing curbside pickup to making deliveries to doorsteps, this keeps us optimistic during these uncertain times. We'll be out there again, store.wildmindales.com is updated with all of the current inventory. . Check “Request curbside pickup” for either delivery or curbside pickup and leave a note which one you’d like – alcohol is not available for shipping. FREE delivery available within 10 miles (use best judgement when ordering) and will be delivered the same day if ordered before 3pm. For curbside pickup, text 612-286-1777 upon arrival with your order number and your full name. MUST SHOW VALID ID upon receipt of all alcohol orders.
Twin Cities’ Residents: Wild Mind is offering contactless curbside pickup or free delivery within the area’s Interstate 494/694 loop.
Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub
Another recent beer showcase of mine was centered on Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub’s Big Jim IPA. A full-service restaurant with an onsite brewery, Northbound is known for a bold menu where everything is smoked, including meats, cheeses and eggs.
The boldness in their food menu is matched with their taplist. In addition to Big Jim, the brewery’s Pravy Pilsner, Smokehouse Porter, Wild Rice Amber and others make Northbound a South Minneapolis staple. For my first (of probably many) trips to Northbound I figured it was pretty clear that I should grab a growler of Big Jim for the weekend.
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Hey friends, As you know, things are changing rapidly for many right now, especially for those in our beloved Food & Beverage industry. We need our community now more than ever. Here are our plans for 3/17 and beyond and things you can do to support Northbound during this time: – Effective Immediately, our Dining Room will be closed until further notice – We’ll be open for Curbside, Take Out, and Delivery from 11am-10pm daily – You can order Curbside + Take Out here: https://direct.chownow.com/order/16467/locations/23419 – Order Delivery via Bitesquad here: https://www.bitesquad.com/food/northbound-smokehouse-brewpub/27829 – You can still pick up Growlers, so come get yourself some Northbound Beer – You can also still pick up buy & fry Northbound Bacon Northbound gift cards are available here: http://northboundbrewpub.com/merchandise/ – Share your love for Northbound with friends and loved ones! All shares // likes // comments are helpful and welcomed. We’re grateful for your continued love and support and look forward to serving our grub and delicious #mncraftbeer to you in whatever way we can, even if we can’t in the comfort of our South Minneapolis Brewpub. We’ll make sure to keep you posted if anything more changes. Cheers to getting through this together, Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub
Once again, I’m proud to see the landfall of support for so many local craft scenes. Stay tuned for future spotlights about Twin Cities’ breweries that are remaining strong and resilient.
Feature image courtesy of Wild Mind Artisan Ales