newshound (5) Minneapolis, Minnesota | October 18, 2007| Updated October 24, 2007
One of the nicest beer tourist spots Iíve ever encountered. My lady and I were in Twin Cities area, up from Austin, TX. I had done my research and knew that Barley Johnís would have what we were looking for - especially in the high alcohol strong/old ales dept. We were not let down. Server Robert Rydland(sp?) hooked us up with much beer knowledge of the brews of the house and the region, offered some dank samples, suggestions and brew dork history. BJBP is a nice smaller joint with quaint dining room and bar. Wild Brunette, Rosieís Old Ale (five stars! like mead or a well-aged barleywine) and Dark Knight (intense aroma and taste of bourbon from barrels) are all must-drinks. Worth the flight and drive. Expect it to be our new spot when we finally move to the Twin Cities.
came here after the Surly tour to sample and try the Dark Knight. Beware that beer, itís a doozy! Very small place you could pass and not even realize itís there. Small inside with a bar that might seat 6 and 2 cribbage tables. Staff was very friendly and the 2 apps we had were very good and reasonably priced. Very homey feeling and excellent beers being made on that tiny setup. Very cool.
This has got be my favorite brew pub, of all the ones Iíve 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...
I was there today with my wife and kids. The place is small, but very clean and welcoming; all non-smoking. The server knew the beers and styles very well. The food was OK, but it was lunch and the dinner menu looked more extensive. John himself came out and sat with us for at least 15 minutes to talk beer when he saw my RateBeer shirt. The place brews the current strongest beer in the world, but all the beers I had today were very good. They are friendly, family run, family friendly, and brew good beer! What else do you need Twin Cities? Go!
A fav of mine. Be careful if youíre going with a party of 4 or more on a busy night. The only thing Barley Johns has going against it is its size. If itís summer, you should be okay with the patio seating. But, if itís winter or so, call ahead and reserve a table. As for the beers, theyíre great! The Wild Brunette and the Stockyard IPA are good spins. I canít wait for their barrel aged yumminess!
Got here as the sun was starting to go down and got to enjoy the patio area with a nice little fire going. The beer was great, Dark Knight and BA Rosieís flowing from the tap, I also really enjoyed the Old 8 porter, as well as a few of the other goodies they had on. It seemed as though the place would have been virtually empty on a friday night had it not been for the RB crowd that descended upon the place.
The staff was pretty slammed and not all that happy during our visit for RBSG 07. Not rude, but the bartender didnít smile once all night. Who cares? I was sold a beer when I wanted one, the atmosphere was cozy and warm. The beers were terrific. If I lived near Minneapolis, I would be here so often, my mail would be delivered to the pub. Itís a must visit when in or around the twin cities!
Stopped here on Darkness day after hitting Surly. The place is very small, yet comfortable. We sat out on the patio, since it was a nice day. The server looked like Tom Waits, so extra points for that. The atmosphere was very pleasant, and the service was very good. They only had a few beers on tap, but they all seemed good. I was still tanked from earlier, so I only ordered The Dark Knight, which was stellar. The food was good, and it arrived promptly. A nice spot to grab a good beer and a good burger.
Great atmosphere with the best bartenders who are cool people. Really delicious and unique brews for the most part which are frustratingly erratic in their availability, for the most part, due to the smallness of the place. They make up for this with a solid selection of guest beers - usually a Bellís, Surly (or two), a couple belgians and a german at times. I like the bonfire outside when the weather fits.