Castle Danger Brewery, named for the town of its inception in 2011, is located in downtown Two Harbors. It started at the Castle Haven Cabins resort and has since moved to a big taproom that seats 130, has a 30-bbl brewing system and a canning line. They brew with fresh Lake Superior water and are right around the corner from the Edna G. Tugboat and a few blocks off from the Two Harbor breakwater, a north coast favorite stop for Instagrammers. While you’re there, try the Dark Chocolate George Hunter Stout, Gentleman George Hunter Stout, Nordic Ale and the Happenstance Ale that was just released on January 20th. Not only does Castle Danger have an awesome name but they also have live music, free Wi-Fi, lots of board games and you can get a big bag of chips and salsa while you hang out. With a taproom that’s open year-round, the best time to go is when you can sit on the patio because it has a great view of Lake Superior.
When it comes to the North Shore, I’ve always been a bit of a Two Harbors kind of gal. So when I was passing through, I just had to stop for breakfast. Opened in 1998, Vanilla Bean Restaurant is right off 61 just as you come into Two Harbors, a short walk to Lake Superior and has become a favorite amongst my group of friends. From the Minnesota books you can read while you wait and the oven-baked omelets to the coffee so good it’ll make you forget all about finding a Starbucks.
Oh, if you will be near there for the holidays, you can pick up pies or their famous caramel pecan bread pudding to bring to all your gatherings!
Brew Hopping = Pie Testing. For us it does, anyway. Next up on the bucket list, Betty’s Pies in Two Harbors, just off the North Shore [Lake Superior]. World famous for their homemade pies, it only seemed appropriate to try as many as possible… The reigning favorite (of mine) was the Blackberry Peach Crumble. Ever been?