When trying to figure out what the word authentic really means, we look no further than Harriet Brewing on Minnehaha in the Longfellow neighborhood. Why a brewery? Why Harriet?
Authenticity is at their forefront–a core pillar if you will, and they take their experiences in brewing authentic Belgian and German beers seriously.
To Harriet, authenticity is bred from intention. Intention, they say, is what separates a good beer from and excellent beer and intention is something they are proudly displaying with each of their brews.
It started in a garage near Lake Harriet. Back then their popular flagship, West Side Belgian-style IPA, exemplified what Harriet Brewing was hoping to do, helping locals enjoy good beer.
Among their roster of traditional European Ales you’ll find The Divine Oculust, a Belgian strong ale that comes in at 8.5% ABV with fruity characteristics and a hint of spice and floral on the nose. We’re a big fan of Belgian Dubbels, so we often grab the Dark Abbey, a crisp and refreshing ruby red pour that has the classic hints of banana and raisin.
Their taproom is well worth enjoying a pint in as well. The interior features local art and vinyl and they have live music almost every single night.
If you like Belgian style ales, look no further. Hop on the light rail and imbibe.