It is hard to believe that it took close to 4 months for Scott to visit Surly's new(ish) taproom. Since we love to walk to breweries and distilleries, I guess we were just holding out for better weather. Although we both have colds, it somehow sounded like a good idea to walk the 8+ miles to Surly for beer and a late lunch. I expected that we'd ride the bus or take Car2Go home but Scott wanted to power through and walk home!
Route on Strava
Caught our eye on the way
The annual MayDay Parade is a favorite local event. Helping make it happens seems like a good idea. In the Heart of the Beast Theater (HOBT) hosts puppet building workshops in preparation for the big day. More details about the 41st Annual MayDay Parade.
I hope to one day be able to say that I've stepped foot in every one of our Hennepin County Libraries. I hope to do so while walking by them! We have fantastic libraries in the Twin Cities and I do not take them for granted. Built in 1927 and recently renovated, the Roosevelt Branch library is on the National Register of Historic Places. I think it's nice and cozy and a place I'd like to return to on a cold, snowy day to read a book.
Taking walks with me involves a lot of crossing the street to check out things that catch my eye. Scott is a great walking partner because he's usually up for detours. I'm so glad we went over to look at The Connections Gallery created by the Roosevelt High School students with Forecast Public Art and lead artist Randy Walker.
Craft beer love + urban gardening + sustainability = Longfellow Hops
The Destination (Brewery)
Surly refers to its Minneapolis brewery as the Destination Brewery. Perhaps so that it is not confused with the still operational brewery in Brooklyn Center? The Minneapolis Beer Hall opened in December 2014 and I had the chance to preview it before Scott as part of a team building outing for work. Tip: go to the brewery on a workday around 2 PM when University of Minnesota students are on break. I bet you won't have to wait for a table which seems to be the biggest complaint by people who check-in to the brewery on various location check-in apps.
We had a 30 minute wait which was the perfect amount of time for Scott to enjoy a Smoke - oak aged smoked baltic porter. After we were seated, I had a Witch's Tower - solstice session brown ale (had me at cardamom). After walking 9 miles, it's hard for Scott and I to order a reasonable amount of food for two people - everything looks so good! When restaurants serve snacks and sides, forget about it. We ended up with Neesam's Hot Chaat, Brussel Sprouts, Cheesy Grits, and a smoked chopped brisket sandwich (I helped with the fries). Scott also had a second beer - Mole Smoke Lager - smoke lager aged with cocoa nibs and puya chili peppers.
We both loved our beer and food choices and only wish we had room in our bellies for more.
Caught our eye on the way home
Scott charming dogs on our walks is common.
Inspiration & Goals
The Nivens Family