Since Minneapolis tweaked its health code last year, dogs can join their owners inside some taprooms. But to keep noses from wandering too far, pups must be leashed. Ali Jarvis, who keeps track of the local canine drinking scene on her website Sidewalk Dog, says a little decorum boosts the fun. And man, is drinking with dogs fun.
“Dogs end up getting so much attention,” Jarvis says. “They make the atmosphere really warm and friendly.”
The water bowls are meant for water only. But Twin Cities breweries do more than just throw a bone to their new canine customers.
If you’re without fur child, swing through Northeast Minneapolis for the next meet-and-pet event in May, and play with someone else’s.
3055 Columbia Ave. NE, Ste. 102, Mpls., 56brewing.com
The private barrel room at this Maple Grove brewery is a good hang for exclusive pup parties. Prospective adoptive parents frequently rent it out for first-time meet-and-greets with their new dog.
9462 Deerwood Ln. N., Maple Grove, omnibrewing.com
Sociable Cider Werks
Venture across the river for craft apple ciders in golden and amber hues that may just match your best friend’s fur.
1500 NE Fillmore St., Mpls., sociablecider.com
Unmapped Brewing Co.
All the cool canines are wearing Unmapped’s “growler” bandanas this season. They’re available for purchase in the taproom.
14625 Excelsior Blvd., Minnetonka, unmappedbrewing.com
Lakes & Legends
Kick back, cold Belgian brew in hand, while dog friends play on grassy turf inside this 4,000-square-foot Loring Park taproom.
1368 Lasalle Ave., Mpls., lakesandlegends.com
Read the full Mpls. St.Paul Magazine article here.