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Foodies and craft beer enthusiasts rejoice—just 22 minutes (19 miles) to our east, in downtown Aitkin, is Block North Brew Pub. Sure, you can drive there—or consider taking the backroads by way of your gravel or road bike for a brew and a bite to eat. (HWYs 31→30→32 does the trick.)

A former furniture store, the space is rustic but modern, open, and filled with natural light. And there’s plenty of tables for seating. There is also space to host private events (and they cater, too).

On the tap list, you’ll see quirky beer names like “For Pete’s Sake” and “For My Horses,”—a pre-Prohibition style beer—that reflect Aitkin culture, as well as “Nerf Herder” and “Lord of Moria,” subtle nods to popular films.

If you’re looking for ordinary bar food, you won’t find it here. Co-owner, Aitkin native and world-traveling Chef Peter Lowe serves up delectable “city food,” as he calls it. Dishes unique to Aitkin, influenced by his experiences on movie sets around the globe as a film industry chef. (He prepared meals for the cast and crew of Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest among others!)

The menu includes a smattering of metropolitan cuisines such as smoked duck, bone-in New York strip, poached pear salad, crispy balsamic Brussel sprouts, shrimp and grits, and seafood pasta. Block North Brew Pub also offers burgers, salads, and hearty vegetarian options like the PLT (portabella mushroom, lettuce, tomato) and a black bean and wild rice burger.

Craft food, craft beer, craft wine—give Block North Brew Pub a try. You won’t regret it!

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