Craft Beer was just getting its start, and gaining in popularity, there were only a few bars that really supported and featured great craft beers before craft beer was “a thing”, and probably one of the biggest is Grumpy’s Bar in Nordeast Minneapolis.
People ask me all the time, “what is your favorite happy hour?” – I mean I pretty much go to all of them and base my weekly meal plan on various specials and fun, and I DO run ThriftyHip, so I guess they think I know what I’m talking about:)
MY FAVORITE HAPPY HOUR RESPONSE
“Grumpy’s NE on Friday afternoons is a Must-do if you like meeting new people, good beer, good food, and an all-around chill afternoon…”
Free Food, Special rare cask beer, and $1 off everything (making most beers/cocktails just $3-4)
FOR THE BEER LOVERS
If you are interested in Craft Beer, especially unique rare ones, there is possibly no better place to learn about not just local brews, but also great national/import craft breweries too. Probably because Grumpy’s was the 1st true supporter of the local breweries and craft, they are able to get rare limited release kegs no other bar in the Twin Cities will get.
It’s also a great happy hour for meeting people in the local craft beer scene (hint hint: especially if you want to work with beer!).
FOR THE FOODIES
“In Chicago it was just the thing to grill for your patrons and make friends, so we brought this tradition back to Minneapolis when we opened Grumpy’s…” – Pat D. Grumpy’s NE Owner
Every Friday, Pat is at the grill, cooking things from local butcher shops or with a slew of local chefs. You never know what you’re going to get, but rest assured it’s going to be gourmet and perfectly paired with this week’s special cask.
WHAT YOU MIGHT GET?
One time I was there and Surly’s chef showed up with 50lbs of brisket that and a special keg of aged Darkness that no other place ever got.
Another time they had a rare keg of English Ale from Northgate. When the food fell through, Pat ran to Anchor Fish and brought back baskets full of fried fish for everyone…
I’ve eaten grilled oysters, tacos, lamb, fisherman’s stew… all just part of Friday’s happy hour, because nothing helps build friendships and lets you enjoy a casual Friday afternoon like good free food paired with good rare beer.
– Here's the Deal –
You got great networking, free food, and rare beers you get nowhere else!