Bad Weather Brewing is nearly four years old, but has only spent a year and a half at their location in an old auto repair shop just south of downtown St. Paul. They first brewed beer in a shared-use production brewery in Minnetonka before setting their sights on the capital city. Their core brands have been in stores and bars around the metro since 2013, but with the new space and their own taproom, they’ve expanded their line-up and their presence.
The core brands include The Hopcromancer, a Minnesota IPA that’s well balanced with a sweeter malt build and notes of pineapple and papaya, topped off with a crisp finish. Windvane is a red IPA that’s hoppy with pine notes, but also has a prominent roast flavor at its core. Sun Pillar Belgian blonde is light in color option, an easy going pilsner with fruity esters and real repeat drinkability.
On the seasonal note, they’re currently serving Migration blonde ale with rose hips and Ominous double brown ale, a bold brown ale with a smooth and almost creamy mouthfeel. On top of these options, Bad Weather offers a constant rotation of unique flavors in the taproom. There is a more traditional Wee Heavy, Cauld Weather, that’s big on the malt but without being overly filling, with alternately chocolate and bitter coffee touches. English Pub Ale is for the drinker who likes beer light in color yet big on flavor and depth. It would go great with fish and chips. Batch 100 SMaSH pale ale is a limited time beer that showcases Minnesota-grown Cascade hops, and Tippin’ It Down is a unique ESB with Earl Grey tea in the brew.
That’s only a fraction of their rotation, with cask, nitro and regular old CO2 pours available. Bad Weather also makes their own soda in-house, so there’s something for the driver and even the young ones.
Speaking of the kids, Bad Weather’s patio is a draw when the sun is shining, but inside they have board games and free arcade games year round. The old mechanic’s shop has a colorful mural that energizes the room, making it part industrial, part modern game room, and part bar.
Bad Weather is located on W 7th Street (MN Highway 5) with the Mississippi River on its east and Interstate 35E to the west. It’s in a residential neighborhood in the shadow of downtown, so if the parking lot is full, visitors may need to circle around for a spot.
In the area
Downtown St. Paul is just a mile away, with countless attractions that include the Science Museum of Minnesota, Minnesota History Center, Cathedral of St. Paul, and the Xcel Center. In fact, the taproom just started a free shuttle to Wild hockey games. On the dining side, St. Paul institutions like Cossetta Italian restaurant and the oft-filmed Mickey’s Diner (which is on the National Register of Historic Places and in The Mighty Ducks) are just up the road. For more modern tastes, visit Handsome Hog or Dark Horse in Lowertown, Black Sheep Pizza on Robert Street, or head over to brewpub Great Waters to grab another pint plus a meal. http://www.badweatherbrewery.com/