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1430 Washington Ave. South
This is my favorite brewpub in the area. It is an attractive
with an upscale, yet casual atmosphere. There is an area near the
brew room with couches and pool. Brewer Michael Hoops previously
brewed at Fitger's Brewhouse in Duluth, MN, and his beers at Town Hall
are absolutely wonderful.
sandwich, meatloaf sandwich, burgers, buffalo chicken penne pasta,
Spot Golden Ale (clean and light), West Bank Bitter (British ale with
alcohol and nice hop component), Masala Mama IPA (what a superb IPA -
hops!), Hope and King Scottish Ale (nutty, malty, pleasant), Black
Oatmeal Stout (roasty with licorice hints), Oktoberfest (caramel
toasty, malty, smooth), Pumpkin Ale (lots of pumpkin and spice - well
Smoked Porter (this cask ale was well balanced with a bit of smoke and
chocolate malt flavors). Town Hall has won many medals for their
beers including a GABF bronze for their Stout. You must try these
1254 W. 7th St.
St. Paul, MN
This BOP (brew on premises) has a
number of small kettles and fermenters where interested patrons can
a recipe and produce their own small batch of beer. This
is possibly the oldest BOP in the states. Pretty cool.
426 St. Peter St.
St. Paul, MN
This gorgeous brewpub is in the bottom floor of a big office building
from the Palace Theater in St. Paul. There is a breezy patio to
left of the main bar where patrons can sip their beer while watching
local business folks walk by (see Owen doing just this in the bottom
to the right). (For incredible, upscale seafood, try the Sunday
just a block away at Kincaid's Fish House.)
brie and green apple pasta, pork chops, and other pub fare.
Beer: All their
beers are served at good cellar temperatures (50 degrees F). St.
Peter Pale Ale (copper with good bittering hops), Golden Prairie Blond
(grain/wheat-like flavors), Brown Trout Brown Ale (roasty and dry with
notes of coffee), Pot Hole Porter (based on a 19th century recipe -
with a nice, burnt/roast/chocolate flavor - very interesting), Martin's
Bitter (Yorkshire styled bitter with nice hop aroma - very floral),
Stout (English Stout with a mild flavor - made with oatmeal). Be
sure to try any of their regular and seasonal cask ales .
2300 University Ave. NE
Gemutlichkeit is a huge, two-story German restaurant and beer
The top picture shows Kerri under their authentic Paulaner sign out
The bottom picture was taken in one of their three large food halls
Mario's bar (downstairs) is a wonderful German beer hall complete with
large tables and liter mugs. German music blasts over the loud
when there is not live music, and the entire place drips with authentic
Bavarian atmosphere. What a fun place to spend a few hours!
It is open for lunch and dinner on Tuesday through Saturday, opens at 3
pm on Sunday, and closed on Monday.
German fare like schnitzel, fish, chicken, and bratwurst. The
potato cakes, and breads are good choices for vegetarians.
Paulaner, and Spaten lagers and wheat beers highlight the beer
Hofbrauhaus lagers and Oktoberfest are also included. The best
in the place is the high alcohol Salvator Dopplebock from Paulaner
try to drink a liter of this unless you want this to be your only beer
of the night).
and Peanut Bar
2911 Hennepin Ave.
Impressions: This pub has a first floor (pub) and a basement (peanut
bar). The two floors are connected by a large interior stairwell
for easy passage from one level to the other. Upstairs in the pub
they offer a minimum of 300 different bottled beers daily, and they
update and republish the bottled beer list in the bar every
Friday. Downstairs in the Peanut Bar you'll find a minimum of 70
different draft beers daily, and they also update and republish the
draft beer list each Friday. William's is about one
away from the popular Calhoun Square shopping area and features video
pool, and darts. They are open 365 days a year -- including
best bet here would be to try a fresh, local, microbrewed beer or one
the ales or lagers that would have a high alcohol content. These
Belgian Ales, Imperial Stouts, and Double Bocks have high alcohol, but
their real selling point is their rich, intense flavor.
Home Brewpub - CLOSED
11000 Red Circle Dr.
What a place! This brewpub with English cask ales is about a 20
drive outside of Minneapolis in a shopping area in Minnetonka.
for directions -- it is worth the trip! The place is beautiful
high ceilings and a nice marble bar. There are large dining areas
and the brewroom is in the back. Beer expert Michael Jackson has
visited Sherlock's on occasion and will be hosting a special beer event
there late in 2001.
fare with salads, sandwiches, burgers, and a special "Taste of Britain"
section of the menu with Cornish beef pasty, stoved chicken,
lunch, bangers and mash, kidney pie, and Scottish salmon filet.
Anne Light (clean and light), Gold Crown Lager (pale malt and god hops
- a flavorful light beer), Star of India IPA (light in flavor and
Bishop's Bitter (English real ale with a nice body), Piper's Pride
Ale (dark copper color and malty with a peat-like aftertaste that is
and earthy), Palace Porter (chocolate malt that is dry and a bit tart
a smoky aroma), Stag's Head Stout (roasty aroma with a dry, dark malt
- very smooth and delicious). Seasonals are also on tap on a
basis. Many of their beers are served on cask and will show
changes from oxidation over the 2-3 days it may take to empty a
Try the full sampler to see what is most fresh and suits your
on the day you visit.
More places to visit if
- Old Chicago Beer Pubs, several locations in the
- Herkimer Pub and Brewery, 2922 Lyndale,
Spartan brewpub with only two beers on draft when we visited.
- Green Mill Brewing, 57 Hamline Ave. South, St.
The beers are very mild and watery, but the food is great.
- Rock Bottom Brewery, 825 Hennepin Ave.,
Part of the good Rock Bottom/Big River chain that is nationwide.
- Stub and Herb's Bar, 227 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis,
(near the University),
- Sweeney's Bar, 96 Dale St. N., St. Paul, MN,
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