From rolling hills, to winding roads, to picturesque rivers, Southern Minnesota is home to diverse typography and even more diverse local breweries. Join GetKnit as we explore the all of the beautiful lands and delicious brews that this unique region has to offer with our exclusive Southern Minnesota Brewery Tour.
Your day will be begin upon arrival at Union Depot – Lot C, where your GetKnit Gurus will be eagerly awaiting with coffee and pastries to help jump start your morning. A deluxe motor-coach will serve as our chariot as we travel south to explore this magnificent land of golden corn and beers.
Our first stop will be at legendary August Schell Brewing Company in New Ulm. Upon arrival, we will embark on our private tour of the historic brewery that has been producing “German craft beer” for 6 generations. From there, we will sample a round of just a few of the over 100 beers they have brewed since 1860 and have some free time to wander the Gift Haus.
Next, we will make our way down the road to the new Starkeller Brewery which is is the latest venture from Brewmaster Jace Marti of Schell’s. This brewery is features an array of award winning “sour” Berliner Weiss style beers. Here our beer tastings will be complemented by a delicious BBQ cookout buffet catered right into the brewhouse from local favorite, Lola – an American Bistro. They will have a smattering of pulled pork, pulled chicken, cole slaw, and their famous gouda Mac-n-Cheese.
After we’ve eaten our fill, we will make our way to Mankato Brewery where we will be greeted with more beer tastings and an energetic staff who is passionate about their beer and the town in which they brew it. An optional tour will round-out our stop in North Mankato. From there, we will make our way to east to Ward House Brewery, which is located in Waseca, MN. Here, we will sample some suds in this intimate hometown brewery.
Next we will head to nearby Rochester and visit it’s newest brewery in that cities booming craft beer scene, Thesis Beer Project. Here, we will taste some of their unique beers and have an opportunity to explore their beautiful new taproom.
Little Thistle Brewing will serve as our last (but not least!) stop for the day. Here we will be treated with our last round of delicious tastings accompanied by a scrumptious dinner catered into their beautiful new taproom, just for us, from Blue Duck Kitchen, who was just voted as “Rochester’s Best Restaurant”! They will be creating a mix of wonderful small plates for us to enjoy, including their street tacos, meatloaf sliders, nachos, and Brussel sprouts!
On our journey back to the Twin Cities, we think you will find yourself reflecting back on a day full of new brews, new experiences, and new drinking buddies – and trust that you will agree that each of these places was well worth the trip to this unique region of our great state.