Visited after the Northern Lights fest with jackl and Chris, and we plan on having Sunday brunch here as well. The gnomes are everywhere. Large corner bar, restaurant tables around the corner. Bustling late on a Saturday night, efficient and friendly staff. Very solid beer list. Delicious food. Great stop.
Walked in while killing time before the grand tasting, so it was the middle of the day and not overly busy. Most of the tables were open and we went looking for some of the other Ratebeer people but the server followed us and told us there were no tables available (despite only half of them being used). We sat at the bar instead and ordered some flights. Since we were the only ones at the bar the service was prompt. 5 samples for $15. These were four oz samples too. It was unfortunate but it is what it is. Seems to be the best selection in St Paul by a decent margin (from what Iím told) but Iím not sure Iíd return unless it was for some ticks.
Wow, this place is legit. Seemed to be plenty of street parking, as well as a dedicated lot. Nice corner building, large space but broken up into smaller rooms. Dining and a large bar area up front. Tap handles all over the damn place, which is not surprising given how many beers they have running. Lots of wood which is nice. A quick look at the taplist shows that Drake nailed it - a lot of thought went into this, loads of interesting locals, tons of rarities and great beers, broken up loosely by characteristic (light/dark, malty/hoppy/sour, "Belgiany" etc). Flights of 5 were available, with "some exceptions" that I did not encounter. Flight price was indeed steep, but for beers of this quality I was ok. Bartender was helpful and efficient, and left me to tick when it was obvious that was what I was there for. Seemed to be a locals hangout, and I could see why. I would basically kill to have a bar of this quality in Silicon Valley. After I left I realized that I never even asked to see the huge bottle list. I can only imagine what I may have missed. I guess the one possible knock was beer age - I had a Fair State Keller Blanc as one of my flight that didnít have much pop, and found out later that evening that it is not a very recent release. Not sure why it was still on.
This place is located in an old building in what seems like a hip little neighborhood. Luckily the restaurant has a parking lot connected. High ceilings in the bar area area, the dining area to the left is more intimate. They had over 70 taps of cheryl solid craft with a some locals a clip,e of rarities peeking through. It was Sunday night so the vibe was pretty chill. I can imagine this place gets loud when full. The bartender seemed to know a lot about beer and made a couple of good suggestions. I think most people would be lucky to have a place of the quality in their neighborhood.
People have told me this is the best beer bar in the twin cities, and I believe them. Place was about halfway full on a rainy Monday afternoon. I had a bowl of beefy corn chowder that was excellent. Theyíre up to 89 taps with lots of rare selections. Any beer geek will find something new here unless they happen to live next door. Bartender was exceptionally helpful and was happy to give samples and advice. I asked him for a recommendation and the beer he recommended was excellent. 5 beer flight for $20 is a little steep. But, I got a flight of basically all sour ales so it didnít seem too bad. Yeah, the prices are steep as others have mentioned but you get what you pay for. Comfortable inside. Lots of corners and beer swag on the walls. Music just to my taste, they played The Who, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd while I was there. If I were a local this would be my regular stop.
A pretty cozy restaurant/bar in a very nice part of St Paul. The weirdly shaped bar goes around a corner, so itís impossible to see all the taps available from one seat. Luckily, the bar staff was pretty patient and happy to fill me in on what was available. The beer list is large and features a lot of Belgian stuff on tap. I was primarily interested in local beers, and found the tap list a bit lacking in that area. Still, what was available was of good quality. I had some awesome beers from Indeed and Steel Toe. The food I tried was definitely a cut above average. Definitely consider eating here. Prices werenít exactly cheap. Overall, worth a detour for a meal and a few beers.
I was fortunate to visit this place a few weeks ago as a guest of some business associates who knew I liked craftbeer. Well the couldnít have picked a better place to introduce me to the MSP craft beer scene. With 76 taps this place is amazing...especially given all the local craft beer featured that I cannot access back in NJ/NY. The place is large on two floors with a dark wood theme. There are bars and taps on both floors (depending on what you order the server has to go to a different floor to get your beer). I found the staff extremely friendly (after 4 days in the MSP area I realize friendliness is a given in these parts!)...as well as helpful and informative. As others have said...the food here is great...I would say gastropub quality. Overall The Gnome is a must visit on any travels through the MSP area...and also a very enjoyable place for those who arenít necessarily into craft beers.
BVery (644) Plymouth, Minnesota | January 12, 2009| Updated February 11, 2013
My favorite place to go for beers. Terrific selection of great beers, very knowledgable and helpful staff, great patio in the summer. A little pricey, but worth it. And flights are now available, but Fíing outrageously priced.
This place is one of my absolute favorites! A very cool bar with a "roof" above it and lots of booths around the edges. Service is always great and they are very knowledgeable about the beers and willing to take time to explain things. One of the best selections in the city, if not the best in terms of quantity and quality. Samplers available. Food is delicious! Prices a touch high, but worth it for the quality! Love this place!