After taking a little break from my beef and brew hunt, I was finally able to make my next stop. This week, I brought things a little closer to home and made a trip to Hastings, MN to Spiral Brewery. Which by the way, yes, it is awesome to have a brewery in your hometown. However, if you’re not as lucky as I am, the historic, small town feel that Hastings brings will allow you to feel like you’re home – especially being downtown.
Spiral Brewery is a very unique spot, and it truly exemplifies the story of Hastings. I wouldn’t consider Hastings, MN to be a small town, especially with a population of over 22,000 people. Complete with historic charm, Hastings has done an excellent job maintaining a balance of what used to be and what is to become.
Yet, the most unique piece that I have never seen before is “The Beer Board,” which allows customers to buy a beer for someone for their next visit to the brewery. After returning, the person can then claim their beer and take their name off the board. I couldn’t think of a better way to encourage your family and friends to continue to come back.
Spiral Brewery doesn’t offer food options of their own, so I went across the street to The Busted Nut, which is a bar and grill in the downtown strip. If a bar and grill isn’t what you’re looking for, that area has many different food options to choose from within walking distance! Their homepage says they have the best burgers in town, so I thought I might as well give them a shot.