Wild Mind Artisan Ales

Wild Mind Artisan AlesWild Mind Artisan Ales

6031 Pillsbury Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55419-2328

Phone: (612) 345-4498

Web: http://www.wildmindales.com

Brewery, Taproom, Food Truck

HOURS:

Monday: 4pm - 10pm
Tuesday: 4pm - 10pm
Wednesday: 4pm - 10pm
Thursday: 4pm - 10pm
Friday: 2pm - 11pm
Saturday: 12pm - 11pm
Sunday: 11am – 8am

Brewery Review

Wild Mind specializes in wild, sour, farmhouse, saison and rustic ales and focuses on barrel aging and blending. Their wood cellar has a 550-barrel capacity housing everything from large oak foudres to used white wine, red wine and gin barrels (45 barrels total). Prior to the invention of refrigeration many breweries cooled their brews with coolships – large shallow pans that allowed the beer to cool in the night air. Wild Mind has a coolship in their cellar that allows open-air cooling and fermentation, inoculating the cooling beer with the wild yeasts and microbes that live in the cellar. The head brewer scours the wild fruit bushes, trees and wildflowers of Minnesota harvesting local wild yeast strains. The tasting room is family and dog friendly and there is a patio and courtyard available weather permitting.

Wild Mind is located on Pillsbury Avenue S. just north of 35W and the Crosstown in an Industrial area with filled with construction companies, the Left Foot Academy, a dog day care center, a power mower sales company, industrial steel fabricators, lawn care and similar businesses. Wild Mind’s 10 car parking lot fills quickly, and the ubiquitous food truck is parked in the street in front of the brewery. Most of adjacent businesses rely on street parking so if you arrive during the neighbors’ normal business hours, parking may be scarce.

I am here on a late October Thursday at 4:00 when the place opens and grab a coveted spot in the parking lot. The grounds and tasting room are spotless. The tasting room seats about 100 people mostly at 8 large metal framed wooden picnic bench style tables that seat 10-12 each. The bar seats 8. The room is clean and bright – white sprayed unfinished ceiling, concrete panels and stainless steel behind the wood fronted bar, concrete floors and white painted concrete walls. There is a large, clean glass garage style door on the west side that opens to the courtyard and patio during decent weather. During the summer 6 picnic tables with large orange umbrellas fill the patio.

When the place opens, 12 people file in – mostly millennials, a couple of Gen X-ers and me, an aging boomer. There is music in the background just loud enough to make its presence known but not too loud to interfere with conversation. The same bartender from my last visit over a year ago is here. He greets me with a smile and fixes me up with a Northern Bloom, an American Pale Ale with a touch of funk and sour. I grab a spot at the end of a table and wait for my friend Gregg. They sell bags of premade popcorn but the stuff from the food truck looks better. By 4:30 the house reaches 30 with a handful of couples, groups of 3 to 5 and a couple of families. By 5 or so it is about ¾ full. Despite the crowd and the bare concrete walls, conversation is still possible. The crowd is mixed and comfortable with representatives from each demographic. A group of young men fills the table next to ours and spills over into ours. In the next row, a young couple are drinking beer with their mother, and next to them three aging boomer men are having a pint. A couple groups of women fill one end of the next row and a mixed group fills the other. People are standing in line for drinks but even with a fairly full house service is fast and efficient. It’s a comfortable spot with good, interesting beer.

Beer Reviews

Wild Mind Artisan Ales DDH Northern Bloom

Wild Mind Artisan Ales Element Of Progress

Wild Mind Artisan Ales Fresh Hop Coolship

Wild Mind Artisan Ales Hoppy French Saison

Wild Mind Artisan Ales Northern Bloom

Wild Mind Artisan Ales Silla

Wild Mind Artisan Ales Slow Motion Riot

Wild Mind Artisan Ales Wild Pale Ale

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