Twice I have been to this brewery and both times I have left unimpressed with the beers. Both times at the brewery, it was absolutely packed to the point of unavailable seating which is perfectly fine and encouraging to me. Service was nothing special. The brewery seems to brew mostly IPAs. If I am not mistaken, I tried all of their flagships between the two visits and found all their beers to be overly bitter and lacking flavor. Inside is quite nice and they seem to have tons of events, but there are plenty of places like this in the Twin Cities with better beer
Decent place but a little bit small. The tap room and the brewing area share the space. There is outdoor seating and that area is nicely decorated with stone. Good service. Worth a visit if you are close.
A taproom that is tucked away behind an elevated street corner. They have done a nice job decorating the patio area and the taproom itself is pretty standard with a few TVs. Service tends to be good. They have around 8 beers on tap with flights available but they tend to be a bit pricey. No food on site but they often have food trucks. Prices as mentioned above are a bit high.
Re-rate: 7-13-16: I will start out with my usual mini rant that place ratings are about the PLACE, not the beer! Reflect your opinion of the beer in the beer ratings!! Over 3 years since my first visit. They have since completed their outdoor space which is very nice and includes a water feature. It’s unfortunate that they’ve developed a less than stellar reputation for their beer quality because their venue is worthy. Interestingly on this visit I had the best beer I’ve tried from 612 to date, the Hidden Beach IPA. If they had only come out of the gates with this one! Well, Fulton has proven that you can successfully turn things around if you figure out your beer. Appears that a food truck is usually available. 4-24-13: 3,9,9,NA,8,14, 70 overall I like what they’ve done here. It’s the only tap room in the Twin Cities that I’ve been to (most of them) where you are almost in the brewing area of the brewery. Got here around 4:30pm on a Wed and there were a couple of guys still doing some brewing related activities just outside the seating area. Cool mural adjacent to the seating area and a nice bar with a video menu board. There was some money put into this place. Had the Rated R and the Zero Hour, both very good. Not so crazy about their logo, which is a little basic, so I’m guessing they’re not going to make scads of money on apparel and merchandise, but who knows; if the beer wins the people over then they’ll buy the stuff. A welcome addition to the Twin Cities craft brew and tap room scene!
Large warehouse style brewery. Friendly staff. All downhill from their. $11 flight gets you only the core beers. Beers ranged from medicore at best to seriously flawed. Skip this place unless you’re seriously long on time and desperately need ticks.
Trev (24) Lakeville, Minnesota | November 17, 2014
Large industrial space with plenty of tables and games to provide diversion. Brewery shares same open plan floor. Decent selection of beers with a firkin offering when I was there as well. Beer is ok, and well priced. Seemed to be a much younger crowd, or maybe I’m just getting old...
Alarm bells started to ring as soon as I saw a sign welcoming people from Living Social. My fears were confirmed when I tried the beers on tap. The 5 available were mediocre at best, poor at worst. At least prices weren’t too bad. Other breweries in the area are putting out enough quality beer that it’s no surprise these guys are struggling to attract business. On the positive side, it’s a nice-looking place that’s clearly had a decent amount of money plowed into it. Overall, hopefully these guys raise their game a bit.
My one and only visit here is memorable for the fact that of the three beers I tasted, they were all unmistakeably buttery, while there was a massive obnoxious crowd happily drinking them in great quantity. Maybe no one tasted these beers before choosing to sell them. Otherwise, it’s a pretty cynical thing to determine that your customer base will willingly pay for badly made beer. Hopefully it’s gotten better - this visit was about a year ago - but I won’t be going back to find out.
612 was my 4th stop on a 6 brewery craft beer tour a few weeks ago (after Surly, Steel Toe, & Fulton). It was also my least favorite of the 6 I visited. There were 6 beers available the day I visited...all were good...but none exceptional. I would say the the Rated R west coast rye IPA was my favorite although the Payback oatmeal porter was quite nice too. Of the 6 breweries I visited over 2 days this was the only one I was not able to strike up a conversation with any of the staff...they just didn’t seem as outgoing or personable as at my other stops. The tasting room is nice but not that special...although I did like the graphics on the wall...those were a nice touch. My high point was probably eating one of the organic sausages a vendor was cooking in a corner of the tasting room. Although this is a nice stop if you live in the area or if you have already visited the other top places...I wouldn’t recommend 612 on an initial MSP craft beer tour.
maekchu (151) Hirakata, Japan | March 9, 2014| Updated March 13, 2014
Brewery and tasting room in a renovated industrial park building (my daughter said that the space above used to be a sort of alternative theater, puppet dramas and the like -- but gentrification/beerification have taken over). Anyway, seven taps: flight of four generous (7oz.) pours for $11; pints for $5. Growlers also available. Tasting room and brewery share the same space. Light-colored brick and industrial pipes and ventilation tubes. Crowded on a Saturday afternoon, and the crowd was decidely older (40s - 60s) than at other places I’ve been to in Miineapolis -- they had The Golf Channel on one TV, if that’s an indication, and women’s college basketball on the other. Beer is okay here. Not the best that the Twin Cities have to offer but not bad at all. I was pleasantly surprised, after previously not hearing very good things about them.