Visited with deyholla, jackl, evanlarkin & Nicole. Pretty noisy taproom. Five beers on offer available in flights or full pours. Beers were OK, I liked the lower abvs. Short walk from Town Hall & Republic, and next door to Grumpy’s.
Visited for a later dinner on a Tuesday. Located right by the hole that was formerly the Metrodome, this was easy to find from I-35W. Parking available in the evening behind the building, or on the street. I entered through the back patio and back door, which eventually opens to a bigger space, with a ton of light wood and a long bar with tables surrounding. Cool communal table up front by the street. Brewery is visible around the corner from the bar. 5 Day Block beers were on when I visited, all lower abv, with some interesting styles sprinkled in. Beers are available in tulip, pint, 64 oz growler and 750ml can. Efficient service took my order and explained the food and beer menu. The food menu was interesting, with a focus on their bacon flight (which people evidently go nuts over. I had a pint, and the charcuterie plate (which included the bacon jam which was admittedly great) and enjoyed my visit.
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
A ten minute or less walk from Town Hall, which is funny because this is basically the polar opposite of Town Hall - this is a yuppie-ass brewpub that looks like Crate and Barrel designed the interior - only six beers on tap that mostly focus on British style session ales - as such, pints are slightly on the pricey size - keeping with the yuppie theme, their brewing choices keep in line with the Whole Foods crowd (mild ale with "locally foraged pine?" "want us to add a rosemary infusion to your Berliner Weisse?") - I only had one beer but was not terribly impressed - service was alright - eh, I was lukewarm on the joint.
Relatively large brewpub with two distinct rooms that each had their own bar. I visited during dinnertime on a Friday evening and found the place fairly busy with diners. I scored a seat at the bar and received decent service from my overextended bartender. The 6 beers on tap were pretty mediocre, certainly nothing to trouble Town Hall down the road. The ESB was the standout. Flights are offered for the ticking crowd. Food’s limited to pizzas, salads etc. I ordered a salad and pretzel and was disappointed to have to wait nearly 45 minutes to get my food. The food itself was frankly underwhelming, I’d recommend eating elsewhere. Overall, based on my experience, it feels like this place needs to up its game a little bit.
A newer brewpub just down the road from Town Hall. Two large rooms, each with a bar decent sized wooden bar, and lots of seating.Service was good on our visit and bartender was happy to talk about their beers despite it being a bit busy. They had 12 beers on during the their anniversary party. Wife had a really nice sandwich and the pizza I had was solid. Prices were in line with the area. A decent brewpub.
Went there in Summer 2014. Place felt like it was brand spanking new. Not many people in. Very beautiful brewpub, though. Relatively few beers (yet), so the selection was limited. Very, very friendly service. Food was great, some of the best I’ve had during my trip. Kind of expensive, though. Overall, not bad, but it felt like there was room for improvement.
After hearing less than glowing reviews about their beer, (but good things about the food)I was slow to get over there for a visit. I’m glad I decided to form my own opinion. Rumors of less than stellar beer were greatly exaggerated, or perhaps they’ve just improved their beer. I had the Amarillo Dry Hopped IIPA and the Dunkelweizen, which both were excellent. The interior is huge, really two bars in one. They will be well set up to handle large Vikings game day crowds starting in 2016. The selection currently is limited to about 6-7 offerings but based on the sheer number of different beers they already have on Ratebeer, they are frequently changing. Not sure I understand the low value ratings unless it’s referring to the food. $5 a pint (at least during HH) is lower than average for downtown Mnpls.
This is a nice, bright, airy space, with a patio in the back that overlooks a parking lot and heavily trafficked streets. The service was very pleasant, but not very well informed (the bartender didn’t know what brettanomyces is).
Tried a sampling of all 6 of the beers they had on offer. Overall they were merely OK. The IPA was severely unbalanced, the bitter nearly tasteless, the red ale had a slightly metallic aftertaste. The Belgian golden was probably the best, with nice flavors of honey and herbs.
My general sense is that their reach exceeds their grasp -- the styles they’re brewing are not easy styles. Hopefully they’ll improve.