The Happy Gnome

4.85/5.0 90 reviews
498 Selby Ave.
Saint Paul, Minnesota United States 55102

651 287 2018
Mon-Thu 11am-1am, Fri-Sat 11am-2am, Sun 10am-12am

Mayor: deyholla (17) | Taps: 76 | Bottles: 300+
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Beer entered at The Happy Gnome

Voyageur Trailbreaker Belgian Wheat5%1/18/2016
Voyageur Moonshadow Mocha Stout5.2%1/17/2016
Wabasha Imperial Cave Stout9.8%1/17/2016
Fair State FSB Imperial Stout 20149.6%1/10/2016
McKenzieís Black Cherry 5%1/10/2016
Northgate Stronghold Robust Porter6%1/8/2016
Central Waters SlŠinte Scottish Style Ale5.2%1/8/2016
Off Color / Amager Dinoísmores10.5%1/8/2016
Door County Silurian Milk Stout5.7%1/7/2016
Bad Weather Ominous Midwest Warmer7.5%12/19/2015
Grand Teton Black Cauldron Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel7.85%12/19/2015
Bent Paddle Black Ale - Chocolate, Dates, Mint6%12/19/2015
Founders Breakfast Stout8.3%12/19/2015
Founders Backstage Series #14: Project Pam10.8%12/7/2015
Odell Russian Pirate13.3%12/7/2015
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hawaiian12%12/7/2015
Bells ‹beron10%12/5/2015
Goose Island Fulton St. Blend Coffee Ale5.5%11/25/2015
Boulevard Funky Pumpkin Spiced Sour Ale5.8%11/25/2015
Orkney Skull Splitter (Cask)8.5%11/25/2015
Alaskan Smoked Porter6.5%11/25/2015
Fargo Super Green0%11/7/2015
Lagunitas GravensTime5.8%10/22/2015
Green Flash Treasure Chest 20155.7%10/18/2015
Sierra Nevada Harvest Newly Developed Hop IPA6.5%10/11/2015
New Belgium Oscar - Worthy Coffee6%10/11/2015
Summit Unchained 19 Make It So ESB5.3%8/30/2015
Verzet Oud Bruin6%8/25/2015
Rodenbach Grand Cru6%8/25/2015
De Proefbrouwerij / Left Hand Wekken Sour8.9%8/25/2015
Alpine Beer Company Nelson IPA7%8/25/2015
Indeed Derailed #12 - Blueberry Mosaic Pale Ale5%8/22/2015
Fulton Garage Series 5: Batch 3006.9%8/4/2015
Lift Bridge Farm Girl Belgian Saison6%8/4/2015
Grand Teton Sour Grand Saison7.5%8/4/2015
Boulevard Smokestack Series - The Calling IPA8.5%8/4/2015
Bent Paddle Bent Hop Golden IPA6.2%8/4/2015
Bent Paddle Lollygagger Pale Ale5.5%8/4/2015
Steel Toe Size 7 IPA7%8/4/2015
Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine12.1%7/30/2015
Surly Simpsonís Scottish5.4%7/30/2015
Alpine Beer Company Hoppy Birthday5.25%7/24/2015
Destihl Amra Mango IPA6.5%6/19/2015
Ballast Point Victory at Sea 10%6/19/2015
Oskar Blues Different Stiles10%6/6/2015
Rush River Scenic Pale Ale5%6/6/2015
Stone Stochasticity Project Hibiscusicity 7.4%5/25/2015
Alpine Beer Company Captain Stout6%5/25/2015
Crazy Mountain Blue Ox7.5%5/17/2015
Pryes Miraculum6.4%5/11/2015
Big Sky Pygmy Owl Itty Bitty IPA4.2%5/11/2015
Ommegang Joemmegang7.5%5/9/2015
Elgoods Coolship Lambic #26%5/9/2015
Ballast Point Indra Kunindra7%5/3/2015
Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - Idaho 76.5%5/2/2015
Square Mile Spur & Vine Hopped Apple Cider6.7%5/2/2015
Clown Shoes Itasca Loonidragon14.5%5/2/2015
Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Chai Spiced10.6%4/25/2015
3 Sheeps Hello My Name is Joe7.7%4/25/2015
Door County Biere De Seigle Rye Farmhouse Ale7%4/18/2015
Indeed Wooden Soul #2 - Sour Blond0%4/18/2015
Badger Hill Traitor IPA7%4/12/2015
Fulton The Expat Saison6.3%4/12/2015
Deschutes Black Butte Porter - Cherry Bark & Vanilla Bean5.2%3/28/2015
Bad Weather Belgian Abbey Ominous7.5%3/25/2015
Bad Weather Climate Change #1: Ominous - Coffee7.5%3/25/2015
Rush River Nevermore Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged8.5%3/21/2015
Alaskan Pilot Series: Imperial Rye8.5%3/20/2015
Virtue Lapinette6.8%3/20/2015
Empyrean Carpe Brewem Nibbed in the Barrel Oatmeal Stout7.4%3/20/2015
Summit Unchained 18 Hop Silo Double IPA 8.3%3/20/2015
Third Street Spotlight India Pale Ale7.3%3/14/2015
Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA 10.1% (2015)10.1%3/7/2015
Sonoma Cider The Pitchfork6%2/14/2015
Crazy Mountain Hitcherís Ginger5.5%2/14/2015
White Birch Raspberry Berliner Weisse5.5%2/14/2015
Backpocket Kazaam7.1%2/8/2015
Summit Frost Line Rye5.8%2/8/2015
Lagunitas ScareCity #2: Rye Cocoa Porter10.2%2/8/2015
Founders Backstage Series # 2: CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)10.6%2/4/2015
Third Street Cool Beans Imperial Coffee Porter9.1%2/4/2015
Green Flash 12th Anniversary American Sour Pale Ale5.9%2/4/2015
Odell Footprint RegionAle (2014)9.5%2/4/2015
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
incutrav  (3) Woodbury, Minnesota | March 16, 2007
The happy G nome is the palce to be for the finest selection of brews! All the surly, some rougues, tons of taps, prices are probably a little steep but most beers you cant get anywhere else. The best beer bar in the midwest!
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
undsioux7  (12) Eden Prairie, Minnesota | December 2, 2006
Just a really nice place to go and hang out. The bar is big and there is a little area right in front of the taps that is a nice place to sit. Will certainly go there again.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch  (255) Burlington, Vermont | November 28, 2006
Visited in early October and had dinner as well as a couple of nice pints (Rogue Imperial Porter, Summit 20th Anniv). Ambiance different in the front barroom and back seating area...the back is somewhat bland cheap light wood, a bit 60s-ish I thought, but the more we sat it grew on me, very midwestern-supper club; the front bar is a bit more eclectic and interesting. Food was a surprise, really outstanding with lots of local ingredients and quite eclectic. Not many cities where youíd have a better time than to hit this place and itís sister The Muddy Pig just a couple of blocks away...
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Stine  (205) Minneapolis, Minnesota | November 10, 2006
This is in my neighborhood, and conveniently itís my favorite place to hang out to do anything. Iíve had many study-beers here, and many social beers here. Great rotating tap selection of American micros and some belgians and a long selection of the same in bottles, with typical taps consisting of Arcadia, Bellís, Summit, Victory, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, and Surly seasonals and standards. The food is delicious and creative, and the wine list is unique. It is a bit spendy, but what the hell. The quiet, classy ambience of Cathedral Hill is all tucked into this one bar, a single place that sums up why i love St. Paul so much more.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis  (30) Mayer, Minnesota | October 1, 2006
I quite enjoyed this place. great atomosphere on the outside patio, especially for an October night. The service I can only rate as average as they were super nice, but seemed incapabale of being quick. It was pretty quite overall and the selection of beers was stellar. The food as also great, but the menu was sparse. This is one more reason for me to like St. paul a bit more.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel  (32) Rochester, Minnesota | August 7, 2006
Good place. I went here with JK. Great beer selection compared to most places. I didnít order food but the menu looked appetizing. A little pricey, but, what do you expect to pay when ordering Rochefort, Storm King, Hog Heaven, many other quality brews. My only complaint was that they didnít have Surly Furious which I have been waiting to try. Sounds like they had it before but not now. I did get to try the Surly Cynicale, a solid saison however.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
beertime  (2) Minnesota | February 25, 2006
I took the day off and went on a beer bar tour and started at The Happy Gnome. I also wanted to find out where the new beer tastings where. There was a decent selection of tap handles (18 I believe) and a nice selection of bottles. Surly,Rogue, Victory, Bells, Avery, and a Delirium Tremens are a few on draft. Service was great and bartender knew alot about beer. There is not alot to the menu as far as options but my appetizer was very good. A little on the spendy side $5-8 for drafts but you get what you pay for. I would go back. Looking forward to the Victory tasting.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
JK  (338) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | February 18, 2006| Updated March 27, 2011
I liked OíHaras and this place has the same cool ambiance. I went there specifically to try Surly but it was not tapped yes. Good selection like the nearby Muddy Pig. Bartender was friendly. They have cut back on their selection. The choices are still far better than an average bar, but not even close to the Muddy Pig only a few blocks away. Beer and food are quite expensive. 5/8/-/-/12 ----Rarate March 27, 2011. My last rating is far too dated. The Happy Gnome has the best selection of any bar/restaurant in the Twin Cities. Rare beers are available here. Prices are high. Service is usually friendly, if busy. The food is always good. A great ambiance here, I would not hesitate to take a date. Try to sit in the bar area, or on the patio in the summer. Highly recommended.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
footbalm  (74) Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota | January 25, 2006
I have been there twice now as I was very impressed the first time I felt driven to come back agagin just to make sure the great food wasnít a fluke. Lenghty selection of brews and the owner was more than happy to talk beer for almost 20 minutes.They have a keg of Batch 7000 waiting to be tapped.Did I mention Oak Aged Yeti in a bomber?? Or Kasteel Brune on tap???
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
BitterPoet  (5) Minneapolis, Minnesota | January 4, 2006
Finally got around to checking this place out. I went on a Monday afternoon, having the day off. As I was one of only a few people there, the service was great. I would have to re-rate on a busier night. The selection is everythng a beer geek, I mean enthusiast, would want. For me, on a day like this, the ability to enjoy a fine cigar is a big plus. They seem to have installed some nice ionizers, so even with other smokers, it wasnít a problem. I will go there again, at an off time, to enjoy another fine beer (in proper glassware) and another fine cigar.

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