Star Tribune and City Pages just released their Best of 2016 lists, filled with people to know, places to go and things to try . Several craft breweries are highlighted; see which ones below.

Star Tribune

Best Metro Brewery : Steel Toe Brewing “Size 7 is arguably Minnesota’s finest IPA.”

Best Outstate Brewery: Bent Paddle Brewing  “Flagship beers include a first-class pilsner, an award-winning amber ale, a delightfully juicy IPA and a smooth, chocolatey black ale. Quality across the board.”

Best new brewery: Able Seedhouse + Brewery “The northeast Minneapolis brewery has partnered with the University of Minnesota and local farmers to grow new barley strains developed for flavor over yield.”

Best sour beers: Fair State Brewing Cooperative “Tart and funky wild-fermented beers are a rapidly rising trend, and Fair State in northeast Minneapolis has been cranking out a steady stream of well-made brews to bring a pucker to your lips.”

Best barrel-aged beers: Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery “With selections ranging from a vinous, strong saison to black and boozy imperial stouts, the brewery’s annual Barrel-Aged Week in February is an event not to be missed.”

City Pages

Best Brewery: Steel Toe Brewing ” In the land of 10,000 IPAs, Steel Toe’s citrus-bursting Size 7 is arguably the best and goes for workingman prices at $13 a growler.”

Best Local Beer: Dangerous Man Peanut Butter Porter “The porter’s roasty, toast-like body meshes cleanly with the peanut butter, bolstering a hint of salt without the oiliness of other PB-infused beers.”

Best Taproom: Surly Brewing Co  “No other “taproom” in town can boast of a sprawling beer garden and two restaurants led by raved-about in-house chef Jorge Guzman.”

Best Suburban Taproom: HammerHeart Brewing Company “The big Norwegian-inspired beers out of HammerHeart are as unique as they come in Minnesota, either with barrel-aged booziness, a dense smoke flavor, or the juniper-jumping tastes of the Norse. ”

Best Beer Trend: Crowlers “At roughly two pints, it’s half the size of a growler and the perfect amount of beer.”

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