While Milwaukee gets a lot of the credit when it comes to Midwest breweries, cities in Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio shouldn’t be overlooked. Not only are breweries known for their handcrafted suds, many are also hot spots for groups looking for something beyond the hotel boardroom or ballroom.
City: Minneapolis Signature beer: Furious Event spaces: 2,200-sq.-ft. Scheid Hall and a 400-sq.-ft. boardroom Fun factor: Scheid Hall overlooks the brewery floor, and guests can catch a glimpse of fermenting and brew tanks on their way to both event spaces.
City: Papillion, Neb. Signature beer: Cardinal Pale Ale Event space: 1,300-sq.-ft. meeting room Fun factor: Go for the VIP treatment with a private tour and tasting to learn the ins and outs of the brewery’s signature aromas, tastes and styles.
City: Grand Rapids, Mich. Signature beer: All Day IPA Event space: 1,500-sq.-ft. Centennial Room Fun factor: Founders stores its barrel-aged beer 90 feet below Grand Rapids in old gypsum mines a few miles from the brewery.
City: Cleveland Signature beer: Dortmunder Gold Lager Event spaces: 3,300-sq.-ft. Tasting Room; 900-sq.-ft. Rockefeller Room; Beer Cellar Fun factor: The brewery’s own banquet chef prepares signature brewpub dishes (served buffet-style) for attendees in all three rooms.