The Happy Gnome

Mayor: deyholla (6) | Taps: 89 | Bottles: 300+
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Beers At The Happy Gnome

NameABVEntered
Upper Hand Shanty Shaker 4.6%2/11/2017
Fair State Keller Blanc5.5%1/4/2017
Steel Toe Douglas CDA7.5%1/3/2017
Third Street Sugar Shack Maple Stout6.5%1/3/2017
Surly Four9.4%1/3/2017
Surly Gose5.3%1/3/2017
Lupine Shrubbery9.8%12/11/2016
Founders Lizard of Koz10.5%12/8/2016
Bent Paddle Hopmosa6.2%11/8/2016
Bent Paddle 14° ESB5.6%11/8/2016
Bent Paddle Double Shot Double Black10%11/8/2016
Bent Paddle Roof Rack Lager5.7%11/8/2016
Bent Paddle Venture Pils5%11/8/2016
Surly Furious Black6%11/2/2016
Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher10%11/2/2016
Indeed Derailed: Zwickelbier5.1%10/25/2016
Bad Weather Green Sky8.4%10/16/2016
The Bruery Melange #1413.4%10/16/2016
Cascade Pumpkin Smash11.4%10/16/2016
HammerHeart Herbstklagen Rauchbier8%10/16/2016
Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale6.7%10/16/2016
Indeed Derailed: Blueberry Kettel Sour Ale5.5%10/7/2016
Fair State LACTOBAC: Thirteen (Roselle)4.5%10/7/2016
Fair State / Modern Times The Shoulder of Orion5%10/7/2016
Northgate Stronghold Robust Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged9%9/18/2016
New Holland Michigan Awesome Hatter5.7%7/10/2016
New Belgium / Avery Fat Wild Ale6.2%7/10/2016
Steel Toe Size 7 IPA7%6/24/2016
Indeed Wooden Soul #6: Wood-Aged Red Ale5.4%4/8/2016
Sweetland Orchard Perennial0%3/16/2016
Milk & Honey Ciders American Heirloom Cider 20136.9%3/15/2016
Sociable Coffee Cart Java Apple6.2%3/15/2016
Sociable Freewheeler Dry Apple Graff5.8%3/13/2016
Lakes & Legends Marigold Gold Strong5.9%3/13/2016
Lift Bridge Batch 1,300 Double IPA9%3/5/2016
Clown Shoes The Entertainer12%3/5/2016
Ballast Point Even Keel - Mango3.8%2/27/2016
Insight Battering Ram7%2/27/2016
Green Flash Passion Fruit Kicker (2016)5.5%2/27/2016
Clown Shoes Ride the Wendigo11%2/27/2016
Fargo None More Black Russian Imperial Stout9.5%2/13/2016


88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
csaso  (170) Missouri | January 31, 2013
Great cozy little place with a great beer selection. Lots of MN and WI beers plus other top quality ones from around the country and Belgium. Food is also awesome, having the Wild Boar Meatloaf now. Definitely will be back next time I'm in the area.
96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
bytemesis  (884) Sunnyvale, California | January 4, 2017
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 didn’t have much pop, and found out later that evening that it is not a very recent release. Not sure why it was still on.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Drake  (752) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | May 9, 2016
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. They’re 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 didn’t 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.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Travlr  (2701) Charlotte , North Carolina | March 13, 2016
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.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Sammy  (678) Toronto, Ontario | August 4, 2015
Lots of good taps. wifi not great. Good service and ambiance.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Atom  (192) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 23, 2015
Its a pretty cool place but I don’t make it here often. They’ve got lots of interesting taps and hold lots of events. But really the price keeps me away. Lots of other options out there.
96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
deyholla  (594) Minneapolis, Minnesota | January 11, 2015
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!
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
jackl  (709) Minneapolis, Minnesota | November 16, 2014
A pretty cozy restaurant/bar in a very nice part of St Paul. The weirdly shaped bar goes around a corner, so it’s 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 weren’t exactly cheap. Overall, worth a detour for a meal and a few beers.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
macdeffe  (55) Århus, Denmark | October 24, 2014
Great place. Nice selection and the food is fantastic. Great staff in the bar as well
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
JFParnell  (32) Washington | September 6, 2014
Stopped here on a tour of University of Minnesota with my daughter. Had to wait for a table, but it was worth it. Killer beer selection on tap, and the food is good. I really like the ambiance, and sitting outside on a warm summer evening was great.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Strebs  (220) St. Louis, Missouri | July 10, 2014
Food was great, beer was great, and the service was great. That it was all made available in an exceedingly comfortable and casual setting made visiting The Happy Gnome a very enjoyable experience. Highly recommended.

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