crowderm (16) Columbus, Ohio | March 18, 2008| Updated May 1, 2013
Very classic, casual american pub feel. The beer selection is great - lots of nice american micros, and a few decent belgians (on a side note, it was nice to see Paulaner Salvator on tap too), although I was a little disappointed to have missed Surly Two. The service was excellent - our server really knew his stuff and was able to make some solid recommendations. Didn’t try the food, but it looked like good, standard pub fare. This really is a must visit for anyone looking for a good brew in the Cities.
The atmosphere is great and the music is very casual. We went around 4pm and it wasn’t too busy. The selection here is great. They break up the beer by categories on the menu. Great beer both American and foreign on tap and bottles. The service was awful. Our waiter forgot about us for the last 40 minutes we were there and I had to order my own beer up at the bar and ask the bartender for my bill. The food was pretty good and not expensive. The beer is fairly priced also. We went last night at 7pm and there was nowhere to sit or stand but during the day it is a different story. If you’re in the area this is a must visit.
It helps that it’s around the corner, but easily my favorite bar in the twin cities. The beer selection is fantastic, with both seasonals coming in and out of the taps (as available and appropriate per season) and specialty bottles being offered that change seemingly by the week. The Happy Gnome is just down the street and also has a good selection of beer, but the food is better at the Pig and the atmosphere is a bit more St. Paul, a bit grittier and neighborhood. Excellent on all counts.
Finally made my way down to the pig during the RBSG 07 pub crawl. This was the last bar we hit of the night. Since I was driving, I only ordered 1 beer here. Obviously, between the muddy pig and happy gnome (used to have the same owners), you have some of the best selections and highest quality beer in the state. I like the ambience here...kind of like a small town bar. It seems smaller than the Gnome, and the outdoor seating is more limited. The service was so-so, but I suppose that was partly due to the fact that it was busy. I was expecting a little more, but I think I prefer the atmosphere and service at the happy gnome over the muddy pig.
Oh good lord... I haven’t rated this yet?! Muddy Pig is one of the two best bars in the metro and is just down the road from the other (Happy Gnome). They are owned by the same people, so they tend to have similar beer lists. The beer list is incredible. Just a ton of beers. The environment is not quite dive, but verging on that side. Definitely on the expensive end of the spectrum.
So-so place. The barkeep was retarded (no, not literally), but when I asked for a half-pint since I was the designated driver, he looked at me all confused. He’s like, we don’t have any half glasses. I said, fill the regular one half up... duh! He finally did it after still being confused. Took awhile to get to pay for it too, I hate that. He opened a tab for us when all we wanted was one beer. The dude had a mop for hair... Anyway, they have some decent beers on tap, but man, is it EXPENSIVE. I wouldn’t go back.
The Pig has nice ambiance, a litte patio, and this great sausage kraut melt appitizer that is quite good. Did I mention that they have about 25 great taps that continually rotate. this is a great place for a beer.
Looks like the dining room of wealthy relatives crossed with a real neighborhood sports bar. It seems like their selection is more eclectic than the Happy Gnome, while the food is not quite as good and also not quite as pricey. If I want to watch the game, this is where I usually end up.
footbalm (76) Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota | December 31, 2006
Glad I did not rate this the first few times
that I was there as it was when smoking was still allowed. Great little place with a nice selection of brews. The owners are beer guys and keep the tap selection and bottle selection top notch.
Really lovely bar with comfy old-timey ambiance and very attentive service during the (admittedly slow) couple of hours we were there. Did not try food as we had just eaten at the similar-quality Happy Gnome before arriving, but the beer selection was quality -- a quite nice Victory Prima Pils was in good shape -- and the single malt selection was similarly solid. Not spectacular if you’re a well-travelled beergeek but a very nice place to just chill out and soak up the vibe.
Nice little place. We were the only ones there on a Thursday afternoon, so that might have been why the service was good, but we got to sample a lot of their beers which was cool. I had the pulled pork bbq which was pretty good.