Some things are worth traveling for. Awhile back, we thought to ourselves that we needed to get in a little better shape. We’re not the best at working out daily, or even weekly and we thought it was time to put on the old sneakers and get a jog in.
We figured it best to throw in some incentive into the mix, so we signed ourselves up for a brewery run. A nice 5k with a beer and a t-shirt waiting at the end of it. Jogging for beer sounded like an excuse to ratchet up the number on our pedometer a bit so we traveled out to Anoka and 10K Brewing to do so.
We could tell you that running is fun. It is for some at least. But for us, it was all about the beer and when in Anoka, stop at 10K. Run by brother and sister, Jesse and Ashley Hauf, 10K started in the summer of 2015 with the mantra that their beer is “Brewed in the Land of 10K Lakes.”
Jesse’s traveled all over sampling beers and of course brewing his own. Ashley’s put her skills in marketing and sales to good use in growing small business. When it came time for Jesse to pursue his love of craft beer into a career, it only seemed obvious to team up with his talented sibling.
After sweating a few beads and sliding back at the brewery after our jog, we went for the refreshing Blueberry Cream Ale, a beer as purple as the Vikings’ home jersey and also enjoyed a Sweet Vanilla Milk Stout with Coffee to bring back some energy.
When you go to a small town like Anoka, albeit charming, you don’t have high expectations for beer selection. But 10K’s brews are remarkably detailed and carry a depth of flavor that will surprise you.
It was more rewarding than we expected and certainly something we’d travel for again.
So it’s not in the Twin Cities exactly, but who cares, it’s worth it.