Jack Pine Brewery’s taproom offers a laidback, family friendly atmosphere that focuses on great beer and good conversation. With 22 high-quality beers on tap at any time, Jack Pine has a great taproom beer selection. From fruit to kettle sour, hoppy to amber, and light to dark, you’ll find a flavor that suits your tastes. The crew at Jack Pine is always experimenting so every few weeks customers have new seasonal beers to sample. Crowd favorites—like the Blood Orange Cream Ale—got its start from this small batch experimentation process.
Jack Pine’s taproom is as versatile as its beer. You can play any of the provided family games, attend a sponsored event, or rent the Pioneer Room for your own private event. On warm days, the taproom’s large industrial door opens, and the crowd effortlessly spills out on to the patio tucked in a grove of pine trees. You’ll forget that you’re within the Baxter city limits.
Location: 15593 Edgewood Dr. Baxter
Gotta try brew: Vengeance. An award-winning ale infused with fresh-cut jalapeno peppers with just enough heat to keep things interesting and leave you craving more.
Is food available? Food trucks are often on-site, or you can order food to be delivered to the taproom.
Where to buy: Available on tap at many Lakes Area restaurants, and in cans at liquor stores in the Brainerd Lakes Area, St. Cloud, and across the Twin Cities. Visit jackpinebrewery.com for more information on where to find Jack Pine beer.
Roundhouse Brewery crafts quality beers in a uniquely historic setting. The shops of the Northern Pacific Railroad were once a bustling community of workers building the railroad as well as their lives and the town of Brainerd. The original roundhouse was a giant circular maintenance garage for trains and cars. The footprint of this roundhouse remains right outside the brewery’s front door. Roundhouse Brewery aims to continue that tradition by brewing and distributing delicious beer while providing a family-friendly experience.
Roundhouse offers not only a variety of classic and seasonal brews, but also kombucha, cold press coffee (made in-house with local beans from Reality Roasters), lemonade, and root beer. Whether you’re looking for a fun space to meet up and hang out, host a meeting, or enjoy an activity and entertainment, Roundhouse has something for you.
Location: 1551 Northern Pacific Road (just past the clock tower), Brainerd
Gotta try brew: 46 North. A wild rice ale brewed with organic malts, hops, and wild-grown traditionally harvested wild rice. Crisp, clear with an earthy finish.
Where to find: Available on tap at your favorite local restaurants and bars and in liquor stores throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area.
For the owners of 14 Lakes Craft Brewing Company, opening 14 Lakes in September 2017 was the perfect opportunity to tap into the local craft beer boom and bring quality beer and laidback taproom vibe to Crosslake—with resounding success. With 7 to 10 beers on tap at any time and a variety of options from ales to stouts to double IPAs, you’ll find something that will make your taste buds happy.
14 Lakes Craft Brewing Company offers an intimate setting for friends and family to enjoy quality beer and good company. The taproom is family friendly with board games and cards. On warm summer evenings, you can play a game of cornhole (bags) on the patio or just relax or take in the surrounding beauty. Visitors often bring their favorite four-legged friends to socialize, too. When vacationing in Crosslake, make sure to stop in and enjoy great beer in this friendly, low-key taproom.
Location: 36846 County Road 66, Crosslake
Gotta try brew: Blond Rush Ale. A clean, crisp, and refreshing ale with a slight citrus taste and mild bitterness.
Gotta try food: Order a Kettle River pizza or enjoy snacks sticks from Von Hanson’s Meats.
Where to buy: 14 Lakes Craft Brewing Company is just starting to distribute its beer to liquor stores within a 30-mile radius of Crosslake.
Big Axe Brewing Company is as quaint as downtown Nisswa itself. But don’t let the coziness fool you. Big Axe is serious about brewing good beer and providing a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. With 12 beers on tap, Big Axe has light beer for the novice craft drinker to those who enjoy a hoppy double IPA—and anything in between. Check out the seasonal infusion batches that can include fruited, sour ale, or mint chocolate stout. You’ll appreciate not only the variety but the quality of beer. Kids and nonbeer drinkers will love the homemade cream soda and root beer.
Big Axe also has a full-service menu that pairs nicely with their craft beers. From hand-pattied juicy burgers to homemade beer cheese soup, Big Axe offers a unified beer and food experience. The patio is the perfect place to enjoy the summer sunshine, drink a cold one, and relax after shopping downtown Nisswa.
Location: Mainstreet, Downtown Nisswa
Gotta try brew: New England IPA. A juicy hazy softer-mouth tropical beer with a low bitter taste and notes of melon and citrus.
Gotta try food: Homemade beer-battered cheese curds
Where to buy: Available on tap at many Lakes Area restaurants, and in cans at liquor stores in the Brainerd Lakes Area, St. Cloud, and across the Twin Cities. Visit bigaxe.com for more information on where to find Big Axe beer.