Summit has been near the top of my want-to-visit breweries for a long time. Finally made it on a luckily sunny Saturday afternoon and was pleased all the way around. The staff in the tasting room and gift shop were equally friendly and down-to-earth. Summitís lineup seems fairly steady, so I didnít get to drink anything new. But their beers are always good to great, regular choices for the fridge when I can find them. It was fun to quaff a couple on the sunny patio. The on-scene food truck offered some tasty snacks as a nice addition. Iíd be a regular visitor if I could. (Brewery #652)
Industrial estate location. Went on the brewery tour, which was fairly standard. This is a pretty big facility and there is a very large drinking space but you can only consume here in conjunction with the tour. Seven beers on tap when we visited. You get three drinks tokens at the end of the tour, and they were pretty strict about that. However, as we had a designated driver who wasnít drinking and I had tried one of the beers already, I managed to try all the ones I needed, including the limited availability oatmeal stout. These guys have a pretty sizeable capacity and are really looking to be a regional rather than a micro. The beers rather reflect that - solid but mainly unspectacular. Nice that the company owner found time to come over and have a chat. Most of the beers are available in bottles or on tap round the region, so this is not really an essential stop, but an enjoyble way to pass a couple of hours.
JK (377) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | June 22, 2007| Updated July 6, 2011
The people at Summit were very nice. Even the President came to our table and introduced himself while we tasted the beer. For a tour, the options for tasting were very good and included more than one half of their products. Summitís tour begins with the guide giving an interesting lecture on the history of the company and their beer, rather than explaining as you tour the facility. The tour itself is quite short, only two rooms, and both are quite loud. The tour and 3 beers were free.
Went here for the 1st time as part of my bachelor party. Quite odd that it took roughly 14 years to get here since I moved to the Twin Cities. Larger than I expected, although not sure why I thought it would be smaller given the ubiquitous nature of their brews in Twin Cities bars. The tour was interesting, kicking off with an old video in need of updating followed by a walk through the facilities. Free sampling was rather generous and included the new Summit Union Series Meridian Session Ale, which was a bonus. Worth a visit.
Went on a tour here today. Good tour, with 3 free samples at the end (about 6-8 choices available on tap). Looks like they have the bar open with food trucks on Fridays/weekends. Would be fun to go for that! Worth a stop if you are looking for a good tour though. Itís free, and they just ask that you bring some canned food to donate.
I donít know how I have forgotten to rate this. I have been on the tour four times now! The front end of the tour is very information based and after youíve heard it all before it gets kind of boring. The tour itself is very short. At the end you get three drinks from tap so it is usually fun to go when a new seasonal comes out.
Went for a tour last week and had a relatively informative tour of the building, quite a few annoying women in the group that made the tour guide hard to hear at times. Ended with 4 free beers, which I made sure to get their awesome oatmeal stout.
Very clean, new-looking building. Tour was given by Doug Hoverson, author of a book about the history of Minnesota brewing called Land of Amber Waters. He was a great tour guide given his near encyclopedic knowledge of all things beer. The tour was free and came with three wooden coins for 1 free drink each. The sampling glasses were 10 oz or so. 30 oz of beer for free is a steal no matter how you cut it. They had their rare Oatmeal Stout on tap (great!) I would do this tour again the next time Iím in town simply for the fantastic Summit beers.