Earlier in the week we made plans to meet Scott's sister Lisa and her husband Mitch at Wicked Wort Brewing Company in downtown Robbinsdale. When we woke up on Sunday, the sun was shining and around 40° so we both agreed walking to the brewery would be a great way to spend our morning.
We left our home at 9:45 AM and after a treacherous start to the walk due to icy sidewalks we decided to make our only pitstop at Bull Run Coffee Bar at 34th and Lyndale Avenue South. That seemed to give us the energy we needed to walk the remaining 7.5 miles to the brewery and we arrived at 1:00 PM.
After beers and lunch across the street at Nona Rossa's, we walked along the shore of Lake Crystal to pick up a Car2Go for our return trip home. It was a great launch to our 2016 walks. For our next beer walk, I'd like to change it up and head east to Wabasha Brewing Company in St. Paul.
Caught our eye along the way
We met Scott's sister Lisa and her husband Mitch at Wicked Wort Brewing Company (4165 W. Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale, MN). Lisa and I both had the Geno Stout and Mitch and Scott the Upper Deck IPA. Wicked Wort seems like it will be a great addition to downtown Robbinsdale and a fun place to hang out on a nice day if they'll be able to open up the large garage doors. One thing to know is that they scan your ID upon entrance and stamp your hand - overkill for a brewery tap room but perhaps it's a Robbinsdale ordinance. Scott and Lisa remember the building being an old bank and we were all wondering what it took to cut a hole in the ground floor for the brewery tanks. The interior design is a bit confounding - I'm not sure what look they're going for.
After trying Wicked Wort's beers, we crossed the street to Nona Rosa's Ristorante Italiano for lunch. I had the salmon panini and someone twisted my arm into having a Baileys and Kahlua cocktail and splitting tiramisu for dessert. It was a fun lunch and we all agreed we'd go back. It was a bonus that Lisa and Mitch picked up the tab for my birthday (thanks guys!).
Robbinsdale Historical Society recently installed plaques paying tribute to some notable sites including one on the building that Nona Rosa's currently occupies (4168 W Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale). It pays tribute to Fawcett Publications founded by Wilford Hamilton "Captain Billy" Fawcett. It all started with a comic book, Captain Billy's Whiz Bang. Hat's off to the people who made the plaques happen because now I want to go to the Robbinsdale Historical Society museum at the Robbinsdale Library (4915 42nd Avenue North) and I definitely want to check out Whiz Bang Days.
We walked around Crystal Lake on our way back to Minneapolis to pick up a Car2Go for our return trip home.
Inspiration & Goals
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