Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Dabblers! Whether you’re a descendant from the Emerald Isle or just an honorary Irish person for the day, we can all agree that we deserve a few sturdy pints of plain and maybe even a drop of the pure after the year we’ve all been having. To help you celebrate, we compiled a list of breweries, brewpubs, and cideries around the Twin Cities metro area that are hosting St. Patrick’s Day celebrations or tapping special releases in honor of the holiday.
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11 am–8 pm
New Brighton’s Barley John’s Brewpub will be celebrating their 21st anniversary (WOW!!!) with the latest iteration of their annual Anniversary Ale, which this year takes the form of an Irish Red Ale. The Barley John’s kitchen will also be serving up all manner of traditional Irish pub grub for dine-in or takeout.
11 am–10 pm
Looking for some North Loop St. Patrick’s Day action? The Freehouse is partnering with Muddy Paws Cheesecake to bring a special St. Patrick’s Day desert menu full of awesome cheesecake specials like 2 Gingers Whiskey Cheesecake, Lucky Charms Cheesecake, Shamrock Marshmellow Mint Chocolate Chip, Bailey’s, Irish Apple, and more, while supplies last.
11 am–9 pm
Lakeville Brewing Company isn’t messing around when it comes to their St. Patrick’s Day food options this year! Enjoy their reuben soup, corned beef and cabbage, reuben tacos, and more, plus their always-reliable Morrigan’s Irish Red ale. Local musician Thomas Larsen will be providing some seasonally-appropriate strumming and singing from 5pm-8pm.
Eastlake Craft Brewery’s location in South Minneapolis’ Midtown Global Market makes it an ideal spot to enjoy some multi-cultural St. Patrick’s Day festivities. This year, Eastlake is teaming up with their new neighbors at Arepa Bar to provide a special taproom menu that includes Venezuelan spins on classic Irish Fare. While they haven’t mentioned any specific plans for Irish-themed beers, Eastlake’s Almond Milk Stout is a vegan twist on a classic UK-style sweet stout recipe, plus, it’s also available in an NA version for the teetotalers or designated drivers.
Noon–7 pm (10 pm close dependent on attendance) | $5 suggested donation to Irish Fair of Minnesota
FINNEGANS are arguably the most Irish brewery in all of Minnesota, so it’s no surprise that they’re bringing the goods for St. Patrick’s Day this year. A trio of Celtic-inspired beers will be on tap: Dead Irish Poet Extra Stout (also available in Dabbler in a Box – Season 6), Hailstones Scottish Ale, and FINNEGAN’s classic Irish Amber, plus the just-returning Bière De Mars, and more. Food will be available from the neighboring Elliot hotel’s Tavola, as will Irish soda bread made with Dead Irish Poet by Kieran’s Kitchen. A rotating cast of acts including Irish Diplomacy, a Brian Boru Band piper, Wild Rose Cloggers, and Legacy will provide music all day. Note: Curbside takeout Crowlers and growlers will not be available on 3/17.
The folks at Inver Grove Brewing will be flexing their kitchen muscles on St. Patrick’s day this year with a delicious-looking corned beef and cabbage meal with mashed potatoes, a Reuben-style pizza, and Inver Grove’s signature Reuben soup. Wash it all down with a pint or two of their Morrigan’s Irish Red ale, and you’ve got a recipe for a delightful St. Patrick’s Day experience.
Spring Lake Park’s Torg Brewery has always had an affection for Irish beer, and they’ll be celebrating St. Paddy’s in style with live music from folk duo Tom & Ginny from 6–9 pm, as well as streaming a concert from Irish punk standouts Flogging Molly earlier in the day. Visitors can look forward to a pair of Irish-themed beers–Brigid’s Bathwater Stout and Kilted Yoga Red Ale—plus food from Black Sheep BBQ, who will be updating their menu to include corned beef and other Irish treats.
Minnetonka’s Back Channel Brewing are teaming up with Excelsior’s Truffle Hill Chocolates for a classy little St. Patrick’s Day beer-and-chocolate pairing. Truffle Hill created a special run of special dark stout ganache truffles dipped in dark chocolate and rolled in crushed pretzels using Back Channel’s Three Soldiers foreign extra stout. Both the chocolates and beer will be available while supplies last, with the latter also being available on nitro.
St. Cloud’s Pantown Brewing will be hosting a St. Paddy’s day celebration with live music from folk and country duo Second Fiddle. Music goes from 6–9 pm and Pantown recommends folks make a reservation over the phone to secure their seat.
The shillelaghs will be shakin’ in Shakopee on St. Patrick’s day this year thanks to the folks at Shakopee Brewhall, who are breaking out the green beer this year, in addition to tapping their Herd of Turtles imperial stout–a collaboration with the neighboring Turtles Bar & Grill–that was aged on J. Carver Whiskey barrels.
Utepils might be known for specializing in beers styles from Continental Europe, but they also know how to make a killer Irish-style stout too! They’ll be offering $4 pints of their Totally Wirth It! Dry Irish Stout poured on nitro for extra creaminess in their taproom and beer garden on St. Patrick’s Day, and they’ll also be welcoming local sausage kings Gerhard’s Brats to provide food.
Wabasha will be releasing not one but TWO awesome Irish beers on St. Patrick’s Day this year. Stop by to enjoy a pint of their Irish Cream Ale or Irish Cream Coffee Stout in the taproom, and purchase a 750-ml. bottle of either to bring home while supplies last.
In keeping with their Germanophile tendencies, Bauhaus will be forgoing the traditional St. Patrick’s Day fare and celebrating Germany’s patron saint, the late, great Patrick Swayze. Swayze-shirts will be available for purchase, food will be provided by the mouthwatering Parlour food truck, and Bauhaus will be screening a selection of films starring “the Shwayze.”
The recently opened High Pines Brewing in Roseville will be tapping a new Irish-themed beer inspired by legends from the Emerald Isle. Their A Muruch in Abyss Irish dry stout is named after the mermaid-esque sirens of Celtic mythology, known as Muruchs or Merrows. The adjoining Tipsy Steer kitchen is also featuring a Lucky Charms-laden, Shamrock Shake-inspired minty milkshake as a dessert special this month.
Despite their Scandinavian-centric name, Monticello’s The Nordic Brewing Co. is celebrating the holiday with St. Patrick’s Day festivities will include live music starting at 6:30 pm, plus food from Vic’s. The Nordic Brewing will be tapping two special Irish-themed beers for the day: Sharpen Your Boot Irish Dry Stout ($1 off all pints on St. Patty’s day) and Ol’ Pudgy Frontbottom English Bitter, the latter of which will be served on Nordic’s beer engine for added authenticity.
Saint Paul is an Irish stronghold within the Twin Cities metro, so it’s no surprise that their namesake brewery would want to get in on the action. They’ll be tapping a limited release of their Pooka Irish cream stout today, with “Pooka” being the dreaded Irish boogeyman of lore.
St. Paul’s Urban Growler Brewing Company is partnering with the St. Patrick’s Association of St. Paul to offer a raffle benefiting the St. Patrick’s Association. $5 gets you an official button AND a chance to take home the $1500 cash prize. We recommend pairing this experience with a pint of Urban Growler’s excellent oatmeal stout and one of their succulent Reuben sandwiches for maximum enjoyment.
Local folk musicians Ali Gray & Joe Beier are the stars of the show for Birch’s on the Lake’s St. Paddy’s Day festivities. Other attractions include an awesome menu of Irish-inspired grub and drink specials from Birch’s acclaimed kitchen and bar including corn beef and cabbage, fish and chips, and their traditional shepherd’s pie. Open seating available in Birch’s brewhall, call for supperclub reservations.
Brooklyn Park’s Blue Wolf Brewing Company will be hosting a special, Irish-themed version of their popular trivia night series on St. Patrick’s Day this year. Sample categories include “Name the Irishman,” “Irish stuff,” “Beer 50/50,” “Things that are green,” and more. Space is limited, so Blue Wolf recommends calling to reserve your space ahead of time.
Hudson-area musician Zeb Sears is the namesake and certified tune-provider for Hop & Barrel’s St. Paddy’s day celebration. The brewery will also be tapping a special green-hued batch of one their beers to do a craft-y twist on the kitchy beer tradition.
Saturday, March 20 | Noon–1o pm
Alloy Brewing Company is excited to return to hosting their St. Patrick’s Day celebration this year after having to cancel in 2020 due to COVID-19. They’re promising a variety of special beer and infusion releases yet to be announced, along with their Midnight Snack Chocolate Stout. Food will be provided by the Chub Hub food truck, whose St. Patrick’s Day-only special Reuben Eggroll is an inspired bit of foodie fusion. Additionally, Alloy will be tapping their Neon Green Apple seltzer today for folks that want to celebrate on St. Paddy’s proper.
See a brewery, brewpub, or cidery in the Twin Cities metro area that we missed? Shoot us an email with the subject line “St. Patrick’s Day 2021” to firstname.lastname@example.org.