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ElGaucho (207) Minnetonka, Minnesota | February 22, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited the Schell brewery for Bockfest. The grounds are wonderful; picture an old set of buildings in the middle of the woods. Not sure what the beer selection is like during tours the remainder of the year, but it was really limited for Bockfest. I believe your choice was either the Blonde or the Bock. Neither beer is particularly stellar, but it was cool to have your Bock "caramellized" by a hot poker from the fire. Very unique setting and highly recommended for either Bockfest or Oktoberfest to see this old school brewery.
ads135 (90) Lawrence, Kansas | October 21, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Beers arenít the best, but the history of this place knocks my rating up a bit. The (second?) oldest brewery in the US at this point, makes solid session beers and caters to a blue collar crowd. Deer brand is a staple of the family in St. Paul.
sthlm (133) Iowa | August 16, 2007
58 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
I took the tour here a couple of weeks ago and was fairly impressed with the experience. The beer is not the greatest, but the place is pretty beautiful and the tour well planned and carried out (the tour is constructed so that it is good for people interested in the beer, the history, and also children, as they can sample rootbeer when adults try the beer). Definitely worth a stop.
DrnkMcDermott (84) Downers Grove, Illinois | August 5, 2005| Updated July 12, 2006
50 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Ambiance? You drinking in the employee lunchroom. But the setting is probably one of the most beautiful brewing spots in America, carved into the middle of a hill, with lagering caves scattered all around. Nice little museum at the start of the tour, then a really brief visit to a small part of the brew works, and then youíre left in the taproom to sample everything they have until the tour guide comes to chase you away so the next tour can get in. No food, of course, and their beers are "common," but a great place to try them out.
Addendum, July í06: I recently read theyíve revamped the tour, with a new visitorís center/museum building and redone tasting room. Would love to get out there and try it again.
JK (206) Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota | December 15, 2004| Updated July 12, 2006
56 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
The second oldest family owned brewery in the country. Schellís tries different things with their beers, but nothing highly adventurous. Outstanding location in rural Minnesota. The February Bock Beer Festival is a great time.
GrainBeltGuzzler (3) Goodhue, Minnesota | December 8, 2004| Updated July 12, 2006
48 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD 1/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
kind of a let down as far as you see very little of the actual brewery on the tour. But I like the musuem, but I am into vintage beer crap. Obviously schells is the beer they feed you so hope you like it, I do, but I am kind of a homer
badgerben (81) Blaine, Minnesota | November 4, 2004| Updated July 12, 2006
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Schell Brewery is in an aboslutely beautiful setting. Beware of the peacocks roaming the grounds! The tour is very good, and although somewhat lacking in the art of brewing, it is one of the only tours Iíve been on where they give you an in-depth history lesson on the brewery. In Schellís case, it is very interesting due in part to existing during the Sioux Uprising and Prohibition. The samplings are strange: people sit at long tables and the table splits 2 bottles of 6 different beers. Stroll through the gardens and check out the deer park behind the mansion. The deer in it are decendents of the original deer.
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