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Taps: 29 / Bottles: 42
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by feloniousmonk:
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Sometimes I can be the solitary sort with little use of the hurly burly social whirl found at most noisome taverns. Sometimes all I ask is a little peace and quiet, a respite from the groan of the drunken masses or the risk of getting bumped into by some bumbler, tossing his pitcher of PBR all over my antique tome. Yeah, I'm that rare specimen that wants to go to a mellow parlor and read a book, with a fine ale in hand. And within walking distance, too, would be helpful, for many and various reasons.
The Acadia opened up in 1998 and was 6 blocks away from me then, and is the same now, from the opposite direction, now that I've moved. A nice little coffee shop with good food, nothing too fancy, just appetizers, salads, sandwiches, etcetera, nothing beyond what a simple kitchen can handle. And they started out with an impressive selection of beers and wines, Three Floyds, and Unibroue and others, though I rarely found myself there in the drinking hours, and as the years wore on, their sign went from "choice beers, classy wines" to "cold beers, classy wines", sometime due to the lack of choice, as distribution suffered, and I didn't weep too loudly, as I merely visited for the coffee and sandwiches for lunch...until an odd thing occurred, only a few months ago.
First they had one draft line, offering Bell's Oberon Ale, and then, next thing I know, I hear they have 24...24??? That's a rare number around here, but for a coffee shop? (There's no bar seating, you take your drink to your table, or chair.) Ah, I forgot something...some years ago, the Acadia added a theater, for performances of music, drama, comedy, every type of performance, etcetera...me, I had no idea how much use they had been making of it...every single night, just about, folk, rock, jazz,and everything, right here at this odd little downtown corner, and if the clientele for the music is hip enough to dig it, the beer selection is there for them, too. Very well considered, mostly craft-beer driven, Summit Oatmeal Stout, Lake Superior, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Bell's Two-Hearted Ale, and good imports, Fuller's ESB, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Beamish, Paulaner, and top-notch Belgians, Maredsous, Delirium Tremens,... oh, and I almost forgot Aventinus! Aventinus! On-tap, at the corner of Franklin and Nicollet, of all the places in the world,...and the proper glassware, as well, for those brews that merit it.
And not a bit of macro-crap, though they get close to it, with Leinenkugel's Amber Light, but they're trying to hit all tastes here, and do it well.
I hope enough downtown workers get wind of the fact that such a sweet selection sits right on the bus line, or that the art school crowd knows that the best beer around is in their backyard, or that the young yuppies who will soon file into the new condos around will get hip to this line-up of exceptional beers.
The bottle selection has gotten smaller, as it should, since the draft line-up covers all bases (really, why Blue Moon, when they have Wittekerke?) ...service is always good, though food is rather limited, though their commitment to selection in such an unlikely locale is so commendable...did I mention Aventinus yet?
Anyhow, it's freezing cold, with snow drifts about every avenue, yet I merely have 6 or 7 blocks to travel to find a glass of an Abbey Dubbel to match my Rabelais, and relax, with only that crazy old, bald guy who talks to himself, to contend with...that's just as close to heaven as I can hope for!
12-30-2004 08:42:34 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.07/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
For me, this place has the *it* factor. They had many cool and one-off things on tap I hadn’t seen on our beer travels of Minneapolis. It feels a bit more "coasty" than other places in the city. If a helicopter picked this place up and dropped it in Portland or San Fran, they would thrive.
11-25-2013 03:21:17 | More by Fluffheady
Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis, MN
92 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.