Wondering about places to unwind and enjoy a pint with friends after your conference sessions? (Of course you are!) There are several local breweries that are absolutely worth visiting:
Beaver Island Brewing Company
The Beaver Island taproom and outdoor patio is quick 7-minute walk from the River’s Edge Convention Center. In addition to their award-winning Check Pils beer, consider trying out the ’39 Red IPA or the Ripple German Ale. There are lots of restaurants in the neighborhood if you’d like to get something to eat with your drink. A popular choice is House of Pizza, which will deliver to the taproom.
Urban Lodge Brewery & Restaurant
A short drive from downtown St. Cloud will bring you to this taproom and restaurant in Sauk Rapids, which has a nice selection of small-batch ales. Urban Lodge offers a full menu featuring pizzas, salads, sandwiches and burgers. Check out the appetizers and shareables if you’re going with a crowd! (Cheese fondue, anyone?)
Bad Habit Brewing Company
Only a block away from the College of St. Benedict in the heart of St. Joseph, Bad Habit is a fun taproom with a regularly rotating list of interesting brews. The Dark Addiction Chocolate Milk Stout is especially popular. Many local restaurants (such as Bello Cucina and Sliced Pizza) will deliver food directly to you at the taproom.
Milk & Honey Ciders
Sitting on the outskirts of St. Joseph, the Milk & Honey taproom and patio has a great rustic vibe. All of the ciders are delicious, but it’s especially worth trying whatever the current Deepcuts infusion is currently on tap. While locally sourced cheese plates and Heggies Pizza are always available to order in the taproom, be sure to also check their events calendar for food trucks.