Barley Johns Brew Pub

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel  (32) Rochester, Minnesota | July 28, 2006
The smallest brewpub I’ve visited. Met JK there and robertsreality who was bartending that night. The service from Rob was great; from the waitress so-so. She seemed like she was busy even though I went on a Monday night and there weren’t that many people there. However, she was nice and got us a table to sit at. Thouroghly enjoyed the Dark Knight and DK Returns which were on tap. The only other brewpub beer they had was the bitter, which was a little disappointing. However, they did have Triple Karmeliet and some other non Barley John brews which kind of made up for it. The only other complaint I have is that a growler of DK goes for $65!!?? That is INSANE. Is there anyone who would pay that much for a growler?
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666  (93) Fairfax, Virginia | July 14, 2006
Cool inside but an odd location. The bartender was nioce and very helpful, he even gave me a bit of the regualr Dark Knight to samnple alongside the Dark Knight Returns that I ordered. The day I was there they only had 4 of their own beers on tap due to some construction at the brewery. The guest list was quite good though. Cool place.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen  (16) Fond du Lac, Wisconsin | July 11, 2006
Nice quaint brewpub with a very European decore. I was a little bit shocked as to how small this place was, but it just seemed to give it a bit more character. I enjoyed sitting outside and catching some fresh air. How could I possibly complain about my experience here? They happened to have the Dark Knight and Dark Knight Returns on tap for my visit, both of which were fabulous. The Wild Brunette was also quite tasty, and I always enjoy a beer that is made with some of the local culture in mind (wild rice in this case). The wood fire grilled pizza I had for dinner was quite tasty as well. I wish I lived in a closer vacinity so that I could visit more often!
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
grimreeser  (14) Minnesota | June 6, 2006
Rather small inside, sat outside. Nice selection of beers that are very well done. Not a large selection, but something to suit any taste. Was disappointed that they were out of the Wild Brunette. Good food and service.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy  (50) Carrollton, Texas | May 28, 2006
Has a good set of samplers and several very solid beers. Not every beer is a homerun, but none of the beers that I tried were bad. Definitely a skilled brewer at work here. Highly recommended.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder  (503) Tallahassee, Florida | May 2, 2006
Great little brewpub in the Twin Cities ’burbs. Visited here in late April ’06 on a cold and rainy Friday lunch. Warmed up quickly in the small but cozy environs. Had about seven or eight on tap with a good selection of guest taps such as Hair of the Dog. All were above average. Good stick to your ribs food and prompt service. A bit out of the way - but worth the trip.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
MoreHead  (14) Minnetonka, Minnesota | April 23, 2006
first visit and couldn’t get over small size. sat outside since indoor seating was limited, tried all the brews, and had a pizza. beers were nice and food was tasty. worth it if you’re in the area but not sure how far of a drive it can justify.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
JudgeDread  (6) Minnesota | January 11, 2006
Enjoyed this small bar. Bar area is very tight good for meeting people and enjoying conversations. Food is excellent with a nice selection of foods, including Ostrich. Bartenders have great knowledge of the beers on tap. Best to buy a growler and keep comming back for more!!
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan  (20) Eagan, Minnesota | January 10, 2006
Tiny little place in a very non-brewpubby location. Like the hop vines growing outside. Places is very small, so go in odd times if you want to sit down. Wait staff is friendly and have had decent food on my visits there. Beer has wandered between excellent to average, would say consistency may be an issue? The Little Barley Bitter, when on, is a wonderful small beer, and I’m a big Wild Brunette fan. Certainly worth a visit if you’re on the north side of the cities.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
auerbrau  (307) Ithaca, New York | December 4, 2005
This has got be my favorite brew pub, of all the ones I’ve been too and rated. Funky, small, and comfortable. The bartend was friendly and made a great conversationalist. The earthy approach of the bar and the use of proper glassware on the most amazing brews were most appreciated. BUT! There was no Dark Knight! I did get Alfreds Porter, but missed the coveted DK. Next time I guess...
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
Philip  (64) Illinois | September 19, 2005| Updated June 11, 2007
I’ve visited here a few times, and it always surprises me that such a quality brewer is located in such a small, lackluster place. My first time here (Nov 2004) I picked up a growler of Dark Knight and sampled the Rosie’s Ale. Both were quality, but I have no idea why one would charge roughly 75 bucks for one and 90 something for the other in a growler. Why the expense? FOOD UPDATE: Veggie burger was very good, and the waffle fries were solid. Other food items on the table looked good as well.

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