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Vine Park Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Vine Park Brewing Co.Vine Park Brewing Co.
Based on:
16 Beers
21 Hads
Place Score: -
Reviews: 3
Visits: 9
Avg: 3.57
pDev: n/a
[ Brewery, Homebrew Store ]

1254 7th St W
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55102-4123
United States
phone: (651) 228-1355

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Started out as a Brew On Premises, then became a Brewpub, but then closed the pub and remained a Brew on Premises and Brewery (growler fills).
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Reviews: 3 | Visits: 9
Photo of ceanderson
4.73/5  rDev +32.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Well, a lot has changed since the previous 2 Place Reviews; they are in a different location, and it's pretty much a brew your own beer (and wine) destination. Which also means they no longer serve food, and what they have on tap is only available for growlers (VPB's, no one elses). I went there last winter with some friends to brew up some beer with VPB's recipes, more on that in a moment. The building is smaller, everything you need to make beer is right at hand, and the staff is great at explaining what the different styles of beer are, the process of brewing the styles, and assisting as you're putting it all together. How it all works, how much beer do you get, costs, all of this you can find on their general information page http://www.vinepark.com/about/. The process does involve two different days/nights; one to make the brew, a few weeks later to bottle it. Makeing it doesn't take long, so you won't be there very long. But bottling could take you upwards of four hours depending on how many recipes you made. We all brought food and a small grill for use outside (it was about 18f and had snowed the night before, made grilling interesting!)
We made three styles, a Dopplebock, an Imperial Pale Ale, and a Dunkel Bock. All were good choices and tasted very good, but the Imperial Pale Ale was the favorite. We all ended up with several cases of beer that WE made and bottled ourselves, and had a great time doing it.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Like McGoverns wich is across the street this place is busy during Xcel events but gathers more suburbanites with yuppy, preppy looking types who could care less about the brews they make there. The food is OK, some fufu stuff and alot of sandwiches that make for some interesting mixes. You can get a table outside as well, but who would want to with the traffic nearly a sidewalk away and in the back it is a smelly alley where they dump all the scrap food. Nice idea for a patio but doesn't fly on a majorly used street in the city. Now a deck from the second floor would be a step up, get it, a step up. Ha, ha. Anyway, the beers they brew aren't tops by any means. Some OK standards that were a little on the watery side and I know one of the plain lagers I had there once was a corn starched piece of crap rip-off of a try at Summit. The stouts I've had compare to brown ales and aren't thick enough for me. There was one for awhile they had there called Boom's X-mas that was a seasonal brew that was quite good, but I have no idea if they've made it since. That was back when it had just opened just a short time after the 'Brew your own' place closed. I'm not sure, but depending on who you talk to apparently they can get some brew equipment for the home. Don't go during lunch unless you like hearing cell phones from every corner. Lots of business types from the downtown region like the place.

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Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I need to re-try the beers here, and I didn't take notes last time but the Pale and the Eelpout (that's a fish) Stout seemed a little on the middle-of-the-road side. Stout needed more coffee flavors as its an Irish. On hockey nights in St. Paul, this place is insanely busy. Very nice eating facility and outside tables. The food is not over-ambitious and is pretty good. A major plus is that this place started out as a "brew your own beer" facility, with varying amounts of help or equipment supplied for a fee. That's still happening.

Head Brewer: Brian Schiebe

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Vine Park Brewing Co. in Saint Paul, MN
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.