Deals: Brewpub steals

Updated 6/13/2013

Major savings at these microbrew destinations.

Northbound Smokehouse and Brewpub
Photo by Courtney Perry

Because the only place to get a brewpub’s beer is at the bar, there’s something almost religious about pilgrimaging for a pint. That feeling could just be a beer buzz, but either way, fans’ brewpub love is reciprocated during these happy hours.

Northbound Smokehouse and Brewpub

2716 E. 38th St., Mpls. • 612-208-1450 •

Come to this South Side brewpub by bike, light rail or automobile and behold the beauty of beer. OK, that’s a bit dramatic, but Northbound’s Smokehouse Porter is, dare we say, righteous, and house beers are only $3 from 3-6 p.m. Sunday to Friday and 10 p.m.-midnight nightly. Should you get beered out, try $3.50 rails or $4 house wine.

Barley John’s Brewpub

781 Old Hwy. 8 SW., New Brighton • 651-636-4670 •

Barley John’s might be light on square footage, but there’s no shortage of cheap/good beer during its 4-6 p.m. Tuesday-to-Thursday happy hour (and 4 p.m.-midnight Mondays). Enjoy $3.50 house beers or take a buck off guest taps or mixed drinks. It’s not just north-burbs beer geeks feeling warm and fuzzy about Barley John’s. 

Great Waters Brewing Co.

426 Saint Peter St., St. Paul • 651-224-2739 •

It can be lonely being a city’s sole brewpub. But plenty of St. Paul suds-slurpers are happy to pay Great Waters a visit, especially during happy hour. Weekdays from 3-6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close, tip back $2.50 pints and rails and $3.50 house wines while grubbing $5 apps. With those prices, the brewpubbin’ bastion should never be alone.