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RECOMMENDATIONS From JEFF ZIERDT & MARCUS PAULSEN AT LUPULIN BREWING for exploring Big Lake, MN area.

Armed with recommendations directly from the Lupulin founders, we gather the crew and set out to get it all done. We had an awesome adventure in Big Lake! There is so many great things to do in the area and thanks to Jeff, Marcus, and the Lupulin team for the recommendations!

They had so many good ones I thought I’d just share the list and a little slideshow of the good times!

Things to do around Big Lake:

  • Visit Lakeside Park in Big Lake
    Beach and Bench area: 101 Lakeshore Dr, Big Lake, MN 55309
  • Hiking, camping and horseback riding at Sand Dunes State Forest
    Prairie’s Edge Wildlife Dr, Big Lake, MN 55309
  • Sherburne County Wildlife Refuge- hiking, scenic drives
    17076 293rd Ave NW, Zimmerman, MN 55398
  • Swan Park in Monticello
    (November to the end of March) Trumpeter Swans!
    121 Mississippi Dr, Monticello, MN 55362
  • Bertram Chain of Lakes Park in Monticello- hiking mountain biking
    9842 Briarwood Ave NE, Monticello, MN 55362

Big Lake Area Restaurants:

  • 3rd Rail: 47 Lake St S, Big Lake, MN 55309 
  • McPete’s Sports Bar and Lanes: 590 Humboldt Dr, Big Lake, MN 55309 
  • Trails Grill and Sport’s Bar: 726 Martin Ave Suite 116, Big Lake, MN 55309
  • Lake Cafe (Jeff says incredible eggs benedict and biscuits and gravy): 430 Jefferson Blvd, Big Lake, MN 55309
  • Willy McCoy’s: 5651 La Centre Ave, Albertville, MN 55301
  • Chow Mixed Gril and BBQ: 14043 Business Ctr Dr NW, Elk River, MN 55330
  • Pour Wine Bar & Bistro: 15704 90th St NE SUITE 200, Otsego, MN 55330
  • Rockwoods: 9100 Quaday Ave NE, Otsego, MN 55330
  • Drake O’Neils: 9125 Quaday Ave NE, Otsego, MN 55330
  • Cambo Flare- 16777 Marketplace Dr, Big Lake, MN 55309

Area Minnesota Breweries:

  • Nordic Brewpub  530 Cedar St, Monticello, MN 55362
  • Hayes Public House: 112 1st St S, Buffalo, MN 55313
  • Spilled Grain Brewhouse: 300 Elm St E, Annandale, MN 55302
  • Aegir Brewing: 19050 Industrial Blvd NW, Elk River, MN 55330
  • Beaver Island: 216 6th Ave S, St Cloud, MN 56301 
  • Back Shed Brewing: 624 Sundial Dr, Waite Park, MN 56387
  • Omni Brewing: 9462 Deerwood Ln N, Maple Grove, MN 55369