Beer, Wine & Spirits in Crystal

50% Off at Merwin Liquors

Merwin Liquors

Multiple Locations

$16 $8

Expansive liquor store features a craft beers, build-your-own six-packs, and whiskey gurus that find a drink to suit any palate

50% Off Beer and Liquor at Ace Spirits

Ace Spirits

Minnetonka - Hopkins

$16 $8

Craft Beer and Whiskey boutique carries a vast selection of whiskey, bourbon, and all other spirits, as well as beer for every budget

53% Off Hopkins Brew Fest at Hopkins Tavern

Hopkins Brew Fest

Hopkins

$40 $19

(25)

From complimentary glasses, guests sample up to 60 beers from 30 breweries while live music plays at outdoor brew and raspberry fest

55% Off Painting Event with Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate

Next Chapter Vineyard

Lanesburgh

$130 $59

Sip on wine paired with cheese and chocolate while using acrylic paints to create take-home masterpieces; 11 dates in August available

Up to 47% Off Wine Tasting for 2 or 4

Northern Vineyards Winery

Stillwater

$30 $16

Taste 10 Minnesota wines at a glossy, wooden tasting bar, and then use your store credit to purchase wine by the bottle or the glass

Up to 53% Off Winery Tour and Tasting

Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery

Kingston

$52 $25

(10)

Get a behind-the-scenes take on the winemaking process with a vineyard tour followed by a tasting of Hungarian- and Austrian-style wines

Up to 52% Off Wine Tasting

Wild Mountain Winery

Taylors Falls

$59 $29

Tour the rolling landscape of the St. Croix River Valley, taste wines, and take home a bottle and souvenir glasses

Up to 40% Off at Sand Creek Brewing Company

Sand Creek Brewing Company

Black River Falls

$24 $15

Enjoy flights of beer from a selection of 10 year-round and seasonal brews, such as Oscar's Chocolate Stout and Sand Creek Hard Lemonade

Up to 54% Off Wine Tasting for Two or Four

Hinterland Vineyards

Clara City

$51.90 $25

Made from Minnesota-grown grapes, this vineyard's blended wines include two recent award winners—the Happy Creek Red and La Crescent

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Northern Vineyards is a shared winery owned by the Minnesota Winegrowers Cooperative, a group of winemakers who own 1- to 15-acre vineyards across Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Members grow Frontenac, Prairie Star, and other grape varieties that perform well in the region; since the region has a cold climate and short growing season, grapes grown here must tolerate lower temperatures, ripen early, and be able to knit their own woolen mittens. In the fall, growers lug their mature grapes to the main winery in Stillwater, where award-winning winemaker Robin Partch transforms them into 30 kinds of wine.

The winery’s barrel room hosts wine tastings seven days a week at a glossy, wooden tasting bar. There’s also an outdoor deck that overlooks a historic lift bridge along the St. Croix River. In nice weather, visitors can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy with a glass of wine on the deck.

223 Main St N
Stillwater,
MN
US

In addition to an enormous inventory of beer, wine, and spirits, MGM Wine and Spirits' knowledgable staff can help shed light on not just where things are stashed—but how they taste, what they can be used for, and what will pair well with your dinner. On the website, browse recipes that incorporate booze—and not just in the usual ways. Use bottles of beer to flavor stews and chocolate cake, or learn to make cocktails at home instead of the standard midday office martini under your desk.

7702 Olson Memorial Highway
Golden Valley,
MN
US

Inspired by the values of early America, Founding Fathers Brewing Co. was created to offer a premium domestic beer to compete with the products of foreign-owned breweries, all while giving something back to military families. According to the Greenville Journal, founder, president, and CEO Phil Knutsen's father, father-in-law, son, and college roommate all served in the armed forces, inspiring him to get involved. His company is also guided by the knowledge and experience of a military advisory board, and half of Founding Fathers’ profits go to nonprofit organizations supporting families of U.S. Military personnel.

Brewers craft the company’s homegrown beers in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, including a full-bodied lager and a golden, light version for sippers watching their waistlines or saving their calories for a whole apple pie. Customers can now find the bottles and cans in a growing number of locations across the country.

1607 W Wayzata Blvd
Long Lake,
MN
US

Steel Toe Brewery's founder was a home brewer, fermenting beer in his bedroom overnight, until the gurgling sounds of the carboy began to disturb his wife's sleep. Origin stories like these are just one of the attractions of Taproom Tours' brewery tours, which also explore the Belgian yeast of Boom Island Brewing, celebrate session ales at 612 Brew, and enable sud savoring in the wood-paneled taproom at Indeed Brewing Company. Visitors taste sample brews at each location, and, helped along by a knowledgeable guide, explore the breweries' inner workings until they have learned every yeast strain's first name and favorite sports team.

3701 Texas Ave. S
St. Louis Park,
MN
US

Successful restaurateur Supenn Harrison made her first foray into the restaurant business more than 30 years ago, when she bought a burger joint in the Twin Cities. For Supenn, slinging patties wasn't enough to satisfy her love of the culinary arts; the Thailand native and former teacher quickly traded deep fryers for woks and opened her first Thai restaurant.

She eventually launched the first Sawatdee in 1983 in an abandoned warehouse, transforming the unlikely setting into something you might see in the heart of Bangkok, with gold-leaf ceilings and traditional artwork. Now, Supenn owns seven Sawatdee restaurants throughout Minnesota and has expanded the menu to include sushi dishes. Besides sharing her culinary skills through hands-on cooking classes, Supenn has disseminated her authentic Thai fare by catering birthday celebrations, family reunions, and the Rolling Stones' anti-retirement party.

1406 W Lake St
Minneapolis,
MN
US

For nearly two decades, Chef Filippo Caffari mastered the skills of butchery in Rome. Since relocating to Minneapolis, the executive chef of The Butcher Block Restaurant draws upon that training to prepare a range of organic, grass-fed, and sustainable meats. On his authentic Italian menu, mashed potatoes and mushrooms accompany marsala made with veal liver, and house-ground pork sausage flavors a rigatoni in a truffle cream sauce.

Even without meat, Chef Filippo brings out Italy's flavors with items like ravioli stuffed with ricotta and spinach. He concludes meals with desserts such as tiramisu infused with housemade limoncello and zucchini cake. To complement these delicacies, guests can peruse a wine list that features bottles from around the world.

308 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis,
MN
US