Lake and Legend Brewing Co.’s St. Gail Raspberry Braggot. Photo by Bill Hickey.
Though it’s tucked into a new luxury apartment building on the outskirts of downtown Minneapolis, Lakes and Legends brewery and taproom evokes rural life. The Adirondack chairs, bean-bag toss games, and twinkly lights lend a cabin feel, while large, rough-hewn tables and wooden beams suggest a farmhouse aesthetic. (In fact, they source some ingredients from local growers, including a Maple Brown Sour made with Maple Syrup from Somerskogen Sugarbush in Minnetrista, and a Tripel with plums from Carlson Orchards in Annandale.)
To kick off summer, co-founder Ethan Applen recommends the brewery’s best seller: the St. Gail, a Raspberry Braggot honey ale. It may look like a pink lemonade and taste sweet on the surface, but at 7.2% ABV, the Belgian ale provides a considerable punch.
Lakes & Legends Brewing, 1368 Lasalle Ave., Mpls, 612-999-6020, lakesandlegends.com