Happily, I stayed in the hotel next door. Not a big place, but nearly 20 house beers on tap, plus seven guests and nine ciders - not bad! Food was very tasty advanced pub grub. Friendly service. Flights available. Great place.
Visited on my first evening in Minneapolis, which was a Sunday night. The place was pretty quiet but I got good service and some food as well as some beer. I was a bit surprised by the lack of beer that I hadnt tried before considering I had never been here. That said the West Bank Pale was really good in my opinion. Will be back for RBSG.
I used to hang out here fifteen years ago when it was just close and quick. Had to go back and see if the hype was warranted. Decent bar atmosphere, fairly busy on a Monday night. Running about 10 taps total. All in all a good, not great, place.
In between Home Brew Con sessions I hailed a Lyft over to Town Hall for lunch and beers. The day was offering off/on rain/sprinkles or this would be a pleasant walk from downtown. The place was fairly empty for my late lunch but I nonetheless enjoyed a couple of flights and some food. It took me a while to decide on food as the options were just not that appealing; the best sounding option did not pair well with the mid-80 degree weather, a putine burger. While sounding great, this is more of a cold weather option and something nap inducing. I opted for a lighter option while contemplating the beers. Certainly a Minneapolis icon and worth visiting, but maybe only for the beers.
Sunday night dinner ... The place filled to capacity as we sat there, mostly on the patio overlooking a busy intersection, despite the threat of thunderstorms. This place gets great reviews, and mostly lives up to them. The beers were good to great, the food respectably representative of American pub fare. The service was a bit aloof, and in the end, to me, this blends in with so many other American brewpubs. (Brewery #657)
Visited on Saturday evening 3/15/08. This was a cool bar / brewpub - very laid back with a great variety of folks coming and going. The beer was good as was the service. Unfortunately there was not anything too interesting on when I was there, but the Masala Mama was more than enough to keep me happy all night. They had a nice list of Belgian guest beers, which was nice to see. I did not eat, but the food that was coming out of the kitchen looked and smelled great.
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Smaller than I expected. Inaccurate taplist and slow service were the downsides here. Solid bar style food. Burger was tasty.Old school ambiance. Comfortable. Service was pleasant. No flexibility in flights but tastes were offered. Beer quality was generally very good.
One of the most reviewed brewpubs in the country, we conveniently stayed at the Holiday Inn next door to make a couple of visits. The beers are above average with the occasional great one. A fairly long bar, and additional tables added in the back. It was crowded at lunchtime, after supper was much better. Good service, big beer turnover so all if fresh,and growlers available for take-out. Some of the beers were a bit cold and needed to warm, I don’t know whether that’s because its so cold everywhere in this city after Fall, or people want it this way. Great variety, experimention, house taps. Only criticism is that it in no way seemed like "one big happy family of regulars" like a staff member told us.
A busy place across the street from Republic. 15 of their own beers on tap plus 4 guest taps. 8 ciders on tap. Flights of 5 available. On the food side we only had nachos. Felt a bit English to me. Not the nachos but the place.
Visited this place multiple times as my hotel was a short iron away. Large, functional space with a long bar and plenty of high top seating. The core beers like Masala Mama weren’t flashy, but they were very tasty. Some of the experimental things like Banana Split weren’t quite there, but I appreciate the effort. Service was awesomely friendly and welcoming. Prices were very decent. Overall, this place isn’t hip, but the beers are totally solid. A work horse of the scene that probably gets taken for granted by locals. Recommended.