11 Minnesota Bike and Beer Pairings You Should Try This Year

Apr 13, 2021News

Pair Your Ride with a Pint

Reap your reward for all of the hard work you do on the bike and treat yourself to a post-ride, barley-based electrolyte drink. Here’s some of our recommendations.

The Hop Bandit

Bank Brewing and a Border Crossing

This was the first Trail Pairing we ever did back in the day. The combination of open road, convenient campground and tasty beers made this visit to Hendricks, MN extra special.
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pouring beer in the Brau Bros Tap Room

Brau Brothers and Camden Regional Trail

There’s a beer-dispensing fire truck in this Marshall, MN taproom. What else do you need to know?
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The Blue Mound Trail connects Luverne with Blue Mounds State Park

Take 16 and Blue Mounds State Park

Take a trip to Luverne, MN and ride the short and sweet Blue Mound Trail to Blue Mounds State Park. The weekly block party at Take 16 is your reward.

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11 for Jacob Sign along the Lake Wobegon Trail

Bad Habit Brewing and the Lake Wobegon Trail

There are as many church steeples along the Lake Wobegon Trail as there are beers on the menu at this central Minnesota taproom. Go ahead and count ’em at their new place in downtown Saint Joseph.
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Mineral Springs BreweryMineral Springs Brewery and the Almost-State Park

You can do this bike and beer combo year round if your tires are fat enough. Or, you can do après ski at this Owatonna, MN brewery. Your choice.

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Stillwater: Two Breweries and Three Trails

This one is epic. A combination of the Gateway, Browns Creek and St.Croix River Crossing Loop Trail pair well with Lift Bridge and Maple Island Brewing.

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A woman rides a bike in front of a building covered in graffiti

Sleepy Eye and New Ulm: The Open Road and a Couple of Trails

There’s a gravel road in southern Minnesota that connects Sleepy Eye and New Ulm. Find a reward on either end at Sleepy Eye and Starkeller Brewing and keep an eye out for mustachioed men.
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Exterior of Rendezvous Brewing in Hackensack, MN

Rendezvous Brewing and the Paul Bunyan Trail

A loop ride on a point-to-point trail? It can be done and paired with a visit to Hackensack’s first ever brewery.

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Five cans of beer

LTS and South By Southeast Brewing and the Douglas State Trail

Another epic ride, this time between Pine Island and Rochester in southern Minnesota. Maybe you’ll find out where the mystery trail goes.

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Two people bike by a sculpture of a bicyclist

3BC Brewing and the Luce Line State Trail

Hutchinson, MN is home to a brewery and a bike trail. A winning combination for a summer ride.
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Trout City Brewing-Exterior

Preston: Two Trails and Almost Three Breweries

Another epic weekend of trail pairing, this time on the Root River/Harmony-Preston Valley trail system. Make sure you go for the triple crown and visit Trout City, Karst and Sylvan Brewing when you go. Your itinerary is at the end of the story.

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