Drake (763) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | May 13, 2016| Updated January 29, 2017
Big thanks to jackl for driving me all the way out here. I freaking loved this place. Don’t come here if you don’t like smoked beers. Even if a beer isn’t directly smoked it has a smoky quality. That being said, the beers are well made and meaty. With the heavy metal blasting and these beers you really feel like a Viking. Small wooden tasting room and the spruce tree just outside adds to the vibe. Bartender was a little passive, but generally OK. Overall a really tiny world class stop.
My score of 86 is too low as almost a year later I fondly remember this place and I keep telling other people about it.
I’d been meaning to get to Hammerheart for some time, but it’s location outside of the far northeast corner of the Twins Cities metro is not overly convenient, nor is the fact that they don’t open until 2pm every day except Sunday (noon). Essentially this means I’m only getting here going to or coming back from Duluth, and since those are usually weekend visits, until this past weekend it hasn’t worked out. And even this past Friday when I was able to make it, I had squeeze in a half hour on the way up to Duluth. Glad I did! Although I can’t say as I was overly impressed with the service, the space is really unique, and they have nailed their Nordic theme in the decor of their tap room. Rustic wood interior with antlers and barrels for tables. Nice outdoor patio space. The beer list is extensive, interesting and the most unique in the Twin Cities. The gal that was helping us was not overly friendly and lacking in humor, and the mini growlers she filled for us leaked. Outside of that, it was an outstanding experience.
It was fascinating to see a bunch of bottles from Haand brewery here, where the brewer did an apprenticeship. The place is sort of a generic industrial building, but with lots of Norweigian decorations, from the Rune covered tasting trays to antlers to Viking swords. 12 beers on offer, available in flights of four or as full pours. Quiet on a Thursday night. Beers all have smoked malt, so lots of commonalities. Solid place.
A fun, cozy spot that channels the ambiance of a doom metal hunting lodge. The metal accents (some runes carved into the wall, the odd hanging sword etc.) were subtle enough that the young families and normcore clientele that were here didn’t seem out of place. The standard of beer was pretty high. Almost all of the 12ish taps featured beers made with smoked malt. This might give some people pause, but HammerHeart know what they’re doing. Their Dunkel was a particular standout in a lineup that featured no duds. Prices were perhaps a bit higher than other tap rooms in the area, but not offensively so. Beer in the Twin Cities is pretty damn cheap, so in my opinion these guys still offer good value. Overall, this place is doing all the right things.
I really like this place, the Nordic Viking theme is really cool. Their beers are hit or miss for me but its nice to have lots of options from them, sorry not everything is good barrel aged and/or smoked. I need to make it there more its a fun place.
One of the best breweries in the metro area also offers one of the most comfortable, hospitable taprooms. Dark beers and barrel-aged strong beers are dialed in to a very high level of quality. Hammerheart has its shit together for sure and deserves more attention.
A really cool Viking hall vibe to the tap room. Also had someone playing bagpipes for a portion of our visit which was cool. Staff was very friendly and excited to discuss their beers which was nice. 12 beers on tap during my visit and samplers were available which is always nice. No food but they try to have food trucks on the weekend. Can bring in food as well. Prices were nice. Combine all that with good beer and you have a heck of a taproom.
Great taproom. Staff are friendly and will talk all night about their beers, their history, or whatever you’d like. Typically 8-10 beers on tap, changing frequently. It’s a point of pride for them how many unique beers (30+) they have brewed in their first 12 months. Taproom/brewery has a Nordic hall ambiance. A short bar area, a few barrels with chairs, and a longer communal wood table. No food nearby, but they’ve had food trucks pretty consistently on Friday/Saturday evenings, at least for the dinner hours. A family of four with two elementary-aged kids stopped by with some fast food and had dinner at the table... so bring whatever you’d like.
I’ve been there twice now, and neither time did I experience the loud music reported by others, so maybe they’ve toned it down a bit.
Great little spot, amazing it has taken me so long to get here...thanks to Levi for finally dragging my sorry ass out of lab for a pint or three! Small-ish spot that you could drive past on Lake if you didn’t know what you were looking for. Wonderful interior, with lots of exposed wood; Barrels and stools for seating as well as a small bar and a very large rough hewn table. Nice glass windows/doors give you a view into barrels resting in the main brewery along with the main brewhouse. Beers were super solid; I enjoyed a smoked blonde ale, a cascadian dark ale/BIPA, and a few tastes of other stuff. I enjoyed the beers on tap at the source more than I remember from festivals, etc. Smoked beers have sorta been my thing lately, and HammerHeart scratched that itch for sure! Nathaniel (sp?) was very willing to show us around, answer questions ranging from the business side to the brewing side, and was an all around nice guy. I can see myself going back here as often as I am able