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Fulton Brewery – Minneapolis

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Soooooo…

We’ve been to a few of the breweries in the west Twin Cities metro area, but really that’s about it. It’s kind of hard to believe when we’ve been to five breweries in Charlotte and six breweries in Temecula!

My husband occasionally participates in a co-worker Happy Hour at Steel Toe, one of our faves in the Twin Cities. We also support a lot of local breweries when we are dining out.

But how is it that we haven’t made it to the Fulton taproom yet? It was, after all, the first brewery taproom in the Twin Cities!

Well, when Rob’s co-workers arranged an outing to the brewery and Rob invited me along, he did not have to twist my arm.

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The boys of Fulton made their first beer in a one-car garage in the Fulton neighborhood of South Minneapolis in 2006. According to the story on their website, Fulton served their first keg at Happy Gnome in October of 2009.

As they grew, they moved a few times to have enough room to brew. This means that they are no longer brewing out of that South Minneapolis garage in the Fulton neighborhood. And in 2012, they relocated to downtown Minneapolis, where they opened the first brewery taproom in the Twin Cities.

With its newly expanded patio and extra bike parking, Fulton has been referred to as an “Urban Oasis.”

And even though we drove there in rush hour traffic on a cold, cold night, I’d wholeheartedly agree.

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You’ll find the Sweet Child of Vine IPA and Lonely Blonde Ale on tap all over the Twin Cities Metro. But come to the brewery for some specialty beers.

We’ve found it on tap at some obscure places, but served at the taproom is one of our absolute Fulton favorites – the Libertine Imperial Red Ale.

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It was my beer of choice for the evening. The funny thing is that I’m not generally not into red ales. But this beer goes against any brewing rules. It’s a fall beer, generally available September through November.

We were crossing our fingers that our other fave Fulton would be available: the Worthy Adversary Russian Imperial Stout. We had it back in January at the Pig & Fiddle. We put it up against the Founders Imperial Stout which was also on tap that night.

Battle of the RIS

Oh dear, are they both heavenly! It was actually pretty difficult to differentiate between the two. If we had to choose one, we would say that Founders beat out Fulton by 1/100th of a point. In other words, we will always order the local Worthy Adversary if we find it on tap.

But alas, Worthy Adversary isn’t available until December. We arrived on November 21st. I guess that means there is a winter trip to Fulton in store for us…

When the taproom is open, a food truck is parked outside. While we were there, it was Lulu’s Street Food. Boy did that food look good! A couple of our friends tried it:

Mark ordered a Crab Cake Sandwich and said it was probably the best crab cake he had ever had! Nora said that her Wild Mushroom Hash would have been way too dry if it wasn’t for the runny egg.

I assumed that we would be food-trucking it that night, but Rob wanted to find another place in the neighborhood. Although I had a beer under my belt and was feeling almost hangry having had lunch around 11am, I could hardly say, “no” considering it was his birthday the next day and he had the day off. {Come back Thursday to find out where we dined post-Fulton!}

As Rob finished his last beer, I sipped on a Blueberry Cream House Made Soda {Yes! They have those, too!} It was a little over vanilla-ed for my taste. Then we stocked up on some Fulton purchases before heading our way out.

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Growler of Libertine + Fulton Pint Glass + the softest ever green Fulton t-shirt = awesomeness

Empty growler now = required trip back to Fulton.

Question: Who wants to join us?

Cheers~
Carrie

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Stone Tap – Hudson, WI

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After our app, wine and port adventure visiting Jared at Urban Olive and Vine, we knew that we wanted to explore that cute little main street in Hudson a little further. It was a beautiful day, so we walked over to a restaurant that Jared had recommended so that we could sit right along the river. Ahem… It was a beautiful day, so the wait for a seat was an hour and 45 minutes.

Strike.

Instead, I told Rob that I thought I saw a taproom when we drove into town. We walked in that direction and sure enough, we found Stone Tap. We had to stop in. Just check out this note on the menu {well, after the dessert list!}:

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There was a selection of a couple dozen taps categorized on dated paper menus listed from light to hoppy to rich. I love that because that means they are always changing! Bottled beers and wines were included on the menu as well. I especially liked the UP NEXT teaser. A great reason to push a tap and get people to come back!

Stone Tap - Beer Menu

But my decision was made when I saw a Specialty Tap listed. It’s an ale that I’ve only had on tap once before, so I knew it was a must. But was it too soon?

Southern Tier PumKing Ale

Southern Tier PumKing Ale

I decided it wasn’t too soon for this scrumptious, well-balanced fall beer. As much as I’d like to hang on to summer as long as I can after the winter we had last year, I also know that as we near the end of autumn, this beer is hard to find! I knew I had to have a glass while I could!

And so I did.

They even had a Leinie’s Big Eddy Series beer on tap. The Big Eddy Series is Leinenkugel’s answer to craft beer. I am so glad they are branching out from their mass produced best sellers!

Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Rye Barley Wine

Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Rye Barley Wine

And since we had already enjoyed a nibble plate over at UO&V, I suggested that we split a burger. This way we could indulge, but also control our portion sizes.

Stone Tap Burger

Stone Tap Burger with 4-year Carr Valley Cheddar & mushrooms
All natural, grass-fed Thousand Hills Farms 1/2 lb burger. {Comes with two toppings, additional $1 each.}

Stone Tap Burger Topping Options: Belgioioso fresh mozzarella, Ama blue cheese, 4 yr Carr Valley cheddar, havarti, swiss; caramelized onions, mushrooms

This basic burger is incredible. “Why?” you ask. At times like these, my bet is that it’s due to the local, fresh, high quality ingredients. There’s something to be said about the farm-to-table movement.

Mmm...

Mmmmm…

The house-cut fries were pretty decent, too. We ordered a side of smoked blue cheese sauce. That is the first blue cheese sauce in my life that I haven’t liked. I had to do everything I could to get the taste out of my mouth. Rob agreed. He unconsciously dipped his fries and his half of the burger into the sauce a couple of times and said, “Ugh. Why did I do that?” Force of habit, I’m sure. But, honestly, that is the only thing I didn’t like about the place. I liked the stone walls, the ambiance, the tap selection, the food, the bartenders, the service. Incredible.

Especially since they’ve only been open since July 1st!

If you are a craft beer lover like we are or enjoy restaurants that serve local, season ingredients, get ye to the Stone Tap.

What is our favorite food to eat in season?

What do you eat or drink out of season?

Cheers~
Carrie