|A bike parked outside Harriet Brewing proudly bears 2 St. Valentine's Day Hustle spoke cards - Bomb City, represented.|
|West Side Belgium-Style IPA, Harriet Brewing.|
Why did we choose these four breweries? Because they offer Free Saturday Tours, obviously (1).
(1) Our Sakajawea of Suds, Anusha, planned the tour and led us along like pioneers seeking the calming shores of each brewery by direct and practical bike route.
|Local lady/picnic lunch at Harriet Brewery.|
Harriet provided us with the proverbial shelter from the storm. While sipping tasty twists on Belgian style beers, we partook in our rations (imported from Wisconsin, of course), and dodged the harsh rays of the sun under the conveniently placed umbrellas. While the selection is small, Harriet brews up some delightful beer, and the outdoor seating - complete with Hammerschlagen stations - is a must for any voyage. Plan a stop there on a fair day, and you won't be disappointed.
|At last, a stop where we enjoy the same view as our parked bikes.|
The next hop was downtown to Fulton Brewery, albeit a brief one. (3) Suffice it to say that we don't envy the brave barmen and barmaids that draw the short straw to work shifts before the mighty Minnesota Twins display their prowess at nearby Metrodome Stadium.
(3) The beers were delicious but the crowds rowdy, too much so for these weary sailors to stay in port for long.
|The Midnight Ryder atop a table carved with names from antiquity.|