Best Suburban Brewery
HammerHeart Brewing Company
Suburban breweries have a rep for being wide-appeal crowd-pleasers. They usually offer the typical run of brews, from lager to stout, hoping to catch as many lapsed hopheads as possible in the process. Not HammerHeart. In a pall of death metal and Harley exhaust, the team of Nathaniel Chapman and Austin Lunn have established a true mold-breaker right off the main drag in Lino Lakes. HammerHeart’s beers focus on rich, sooty smoked malts, bringing the specter of hellfire to their high-ABV dark beers. And you get to enjoy these conceptual marvels in a taproom that feels like the mead hall from Beowulf. Jogger dads and stroller moms beware: Something deliciously evil has settled on your home turf.