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Taps: 29 / Bottles: 42
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 31 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by feloniousmonk:
4.25/5 rDev +3.4%
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%
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
3.94/5 rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Made the short walk down from Town Hall to finally check this place out. A bit small, but not tiny. Cool beer decor and lots of windows to make the place feel open. Could probably use a fresh coat of paint and certainly needs some dusting of the ceiling fans and the fabric above the duct work. Looks like they haven't been cleaned in years. Cool looking bar and tap tower. Wide selection of beers covering many styles. Locals as well as american and belgian craft beers. You're certain to find something of interest on the beer menu. We settled for the Black Butte XXIV. Friendly service and the prices were on par for the area. Wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to go here again unless something of interest was on tap, but wouldn't be disappointed to visit here again either. Solid place.
09-09-2012 03:25:05 | More by jera1350
4/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped by the other day before heading out of town following a brief stay in the twin cities.
Acadia cafe is a smallish cafe that looks more like a cozy coffee shop and restaurant than a beer bar. The place has a very low key and relaxed atmosphere and vibe, and seems like a great place to hang and shoot the breeze with a beer or three.
On this particular day I think they had around 24 beers on tap (and one cider), broken down into 4 different price points. There was also something like 25 or 30 bottled beers listed on the back of the draft menu. Undertandably, prices for some of the barrel aged beers and imperial stouts were on the high side, though I confess I still thought a 12 ounce glass of backwords bastard and Leine RIS for $8 a bit excessive. Otherwise, the pint of knot stock and 100 yard dash fresh hop were both in the $5 or $6 a glass range. The selection was pretty good here I thought, and it seemed to me that there was a real committment to serving predominantly local/regional beers here (something I always like to see).
Service was OK. The young folks working here were pleasant enough, though this is yet another place were you go up to the bar for a glass of beer (no table service for beer). On the other hand, they were happy to pour a sample of bender and backwoods bastard for my friend without any charge.
Didn't try the food, though from what I could tell, it appeared the emphasis was on basic pub grub.
This was a solid enough place, though for some reason I never really warmed to it. Given the other excellent options around this area (close by to the U of M), not sure how often I'd return to Acadia cafe.
11-27-2010 18:00:52 | More by johnmichaelsen
3.75/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This a nice little cafe down town near the university. When we were there there was some live music, a couple of guys with a guitars. Don't really like folk music with my beer but they were unoffensive and finished quickly.
This place is a long and skinny bar with satellite tables. Its woodsy inside and pretty low key overall. You order your food at the bar and they give you a tap handle that signifies who you are in the order queue. The wood comes out to you. You order the beer at the bar, and get your own water at the bar. Its close to a self serve place but that's OK.
The beer was pretty good, featured a lot of regional stuff from MN and WI, mostly MN. Its always nice to get local beer at a local restaurant. Very fun.
My wife and I ordered cheese curds (of which I'm not a huge fan but she is) and a couple of burgers. My burger was GREAT! Her burger (black bean) was pretty good, and the cheese curds were horrible, even by my wife's account. They were burned, over fried and really chewy. We ate a total of maybe 5 of them before giving up. This is where the service suffers. We clearly had a problem with them but the only time someone came ot the table was to deliver the food initially. No follow up, no clear mechanism to complain about the sub-par food we were served.
I would definitely go back but steer clear of anything fried. Maybe our batch got burned...maybe if I had ordered them a few minutes earlier or later or on a different night things would have been different.
Bottom line, lots of beer (local and imports), pretty good food. Do not eat the curds.
06-25-2010 21:00:55 | More by drabmuh
4.3/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Nice place. It has a stamped tin ceiling, friendly, knowledgable, helpful staff. Wood bar, terrazo floor, 24 taps with one root beer. Lots of Belgians, micros, and regional beers. Food and brewerian art. Spiral ceiling ductwork. No matched glassware. Food is available, but we didn't try it. Only there for a Surly draft. Has a full service bar with whiskey, wine, licquer, other liquors. Nice windows, a little stage with occassional live music.Located on the corner near another good beer bar, the Nomad.
03-25-2010 20:14:33 | More by drpimento
4.16/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
We had bi'ness at Town Hall, not really anything you need to be concerned with. And as that has been completed, we are now setting out. It always looks closer on the map from to to but it is an 8 x 12 piece of paper after all. This, even with the crossing over the highway, was just a bit of a walk, nothing severe though. Easy breezy even...
Corner place, angled triangular but not shitty and tight like the Brazenhead. An "order here" bar front and center where you don't really, unless you want food which I don't. Past there angled and angled again, an 8 seat bar where it counts (in front of the taps). Big windows with brewery neons down one side over some random street we didn't come in on, and red painted walls otherwise. Brewery signage and mirrors, some cool local art on the back wall for sale (some of it is of the not suck), and vertical tap & bottle boards to the rear. 4 small tables up front, a pair of hightops, 4 booths along the windows, 10 tables out over the floor, and a single booth in the back corner housing Witzel & I; all of them candlelit by which I scribe. Elementary school 4x4 tilings, crown moldings skirting the ceiling, duct work, drop lamps with spinnin' fans, some serious bell lampage tracing above the bar and some spots a-stagey. Old time clock theme action, just like the last place.
Was quiet and comfortable amongst the hipster folks before the band that's been dickin' around in the far back corner finally began to actually play. After that last song there, the singer told us that his favorite line in it was "Smoke a lot of hash and do a little cocaine", and I'm thinking "That's crap, when you smoke a lot of hash, you can't do cocaine", and now I'm sort of offended by his use of hash in attempting to make his song cool. I should write a letter to someone or something. And now the 3 piece on stage is down to a single guy playing. He's not bad. I have to admit that I wish I could perform for, you know, people.
So, here's something. The tap list is carved out by price & glass size. Really? Not by country and/or state but by price? Must be catering to the college kids who can only play the $4 pints unless they're flush on the heels of mom & dad visiting and can really treat themselves to something in the $5 or $6 pint categories (Oh hell, it's only once a year, you can live a little). If you can keep your GPA over a 3.0, we can talk about them $8 Belgian glasses, kid.
28 taps on a long long row. 1/4 of them Minnesota beers (Flat Earth Element 115 California Common & Belgian Pale Ale, Summit Horizon Red Ale, Brau Brothers Pale Ale, Surly Bender Brown Ale & Furious IPA, Lift Bridge Cross Cut Pale Ale), another 1/4 mid westerners (Rush River The Unforgiven Amber Ale, Tyranena Scurvy, New Belgium Mothership Wit, Goose Island Fleur, Boulevard Tank 7 Saison), another 1/4 micros from beyond (Sierra Nevada Anniversary, Eel River Organic Salient De Scotia Belgian Brune, Rogue Dead Guy, Chocolate Stout & Somer Orange Honey Ale), and not (lovely Shiner Bock and Hardcore Hard Apple Cider), and another 1/4 of them mostly blah blah imports (Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Beamish, Spaten Octoberfest, Boddingtons, Delirium Tremens, Petrus Old Brune, St B Wit, Maredsous 8).
I had the Flat Earth Element 115 California Common, quite tasty, and the Boulevard Tank 7 Saison, also very nice. Witzel had the Brau Bros Pale Ale, which was not very good, and Surly Furious IPA, hoppy, hoppy. I'd swear he was saying the thing was like a barleywine but I could be, am, crazy.
40+ bottles, too, 1/3 of them Midwesternish (New Belgian, Tyranena, Bells, BluCreek, Steamworks, Furthermore, Rush River, 2 Brothers, Lakefront, Brau Brothers, Point), another 1/3 a selection of imports (some of them good and some of them good and pricey), and the remainder a mix of micro, retro, N/A, Gluten Free and Organic.
Yes, they do food, salads, sandwiches, burgers, apps, soups, etc. if you're into that kind of thing, you know, eating. Vibewise, it's a comfortable crib, with a pretty decent crowd of inked dirty kid types in a good way. Roughly 3/4 of the taps are micros with an emphasis on the Midwest, definitely a nice selection, and the beer seemed fresh, no issues there. Coulda woulda done a 3rd beer here but there's more to see yet...
12-16-2009 16:11:06 | More by slander
4.29/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This was stop 3 of the Cedar Avenue pub excursion. This was definitely the highlight. The atmosphere was actually less noteworthy than both the Triple Rock and the Nomad. The Acadia is a little more sterile or lacking in character in my opinion. What it lacks in atmosphere it certainly makes up for in service, selection and overall quality.
The quality of the beers was very good. They had quite a few craft beers to choose from.
The service was excellent as there were two servers and they were able to tell us first hand about virtually every beer on tap. One was more well versed than the other, but you could tell that both loved beer. They didn't just know the beers but were also familiar with the brewers.
Selection was the best of the three bars on Cedar Avenue. They had a much more extensive tap lineup. I was very well pleased as there were many beers I hadn't tried and I was disappointed I had to move on to the next location which was going to be a wine bar. Great place and I will be going back.
12-10-2009 02:22:47 | More by Ragingbull
Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis, MN
91 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.