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Angry Minnow Brewpub

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Angry Minnow BrewpubAngry Minnow Brewpub
BA SCORE
86
very good

13 Ratings
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 19.56%
Active Beers: 7
Beer Ratings: 84
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

10440 Florida Ave.
Hayward, Wisconsin, 54843
United States
phone: (715) 934-3055

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(Place added by: tavernjef on 04-12-2005)
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Reviews by syrupjoe:
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1.7/5  rDev -53.2%

The beer here always kept me and my cabin-bound friends and family quite satisfied. The food was never anything special, but the atmosphere was great! A cool old restored building in a great location.

Had been coming up here with family and friends for years, would always stop in and pick up some growlers, and pick up bottles in nearby liquor stores. This time, however, one of our growlers went sour. We stopped by on our way out of town and whoever was in charge (a bald male) refused to refill our growler, stating that he wouldn't give out any "free beer" (even though the returned growler was over 2/3 full...). Unfortunate that the ego of the manager and cost of a growler refill were worth more than the patronage of 12+ customers. We used to love you guys, but now we don't.

Overall - decent local beer, sub-par food, and terrible service.

syrupjoe, Aug 13, 2010
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

vikinghorn, Oct 24, 2013
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3.59/5  rDev -1.1%

Re-review: 8/24/13

The last few years have been tough on The Angry Minnow. The menu has been drastically reduced. The beer has never been great but it's always been good and in a great area. The food was the star but has now turned into run of the mill pub grub. Appetizers, pizza,burgers and wraps are all that's now on the menu.

Original review: 11/4/07

3.95

My last trip up to Hayward brought me to the Angry Minnow. Nice decor with a round dark wooden bar in the middle of the high ceilinged dining area. Floor to ceiling slightly tinted windows bring in a good amount of light. Comfortable atmosphere.

Everything in the place was immaculately kept up and clean. You could tell the owners took pride in the atmosphere and appearence of the building, bar, and seating areas.

Service was average but our waitress was doing the best she could. The day I was in it was lunchtime and they were slam packed and (it appeared) understaffed. She was friendly and helpful though when she had time to make it to our table.

Six taps were going when I was there unfortunately there was nothing big on tap. I enjoy a nice sipper after eating. Four of the beers are regulars and there were two seasonals (Octoberfest and a hefe). Had a pint of Octoberfest that was a little underwhelming, a pint of the River Pig Pale that was quite good, and an Oaky's Oatmeal Stout that was enjoyable.

The food is where this place shines. I was very impressed with my meal and the menu. There's some standard pub fair but bumped up a notch. There's also some higher end offerings (ribeye, tuna steak, duck, pork medalions). The pub grub consists of sandwiches mostly with unique little twists. I had a prime rib sandwich with pepperjack, jalapenos, grilled peppers and onions. This was served with a very good sweet potato fries.

This place surprised me. Especially the food. Very enjoyable. They also sell growlers and if you bring in an empty growler from your area and trade it in you get a free growler and fill. They decorate above the bar with the growlers people traded in. A definate must stop if in the Hayward area.

joe1510, Aug 24, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +11.6%

Angry Minnow Brewpub. Neat old building that looks great both inside and out with; tin ceilings, exposed brick walls, large bar, nice beer garden out back and a cool dining room with a large fire place and couches. The brewhouse is in the basement but can be viewed from the dining area above. Of the eight of their house brewed beers I tried four. They had four seasonals and four year rounders. Started with the year round River Pig pale ale. A nice, moderately hoppy pale ale that I very much enjoyed. Next I had an imperial ipa which was great. The third pint I had was a rye ipa that knocked my socks off, it was exceptional. Tried a sample of their year round stout and that was good as well. For food I had a roast beef sandwich and fries. The sandwich was alright, the fries were phenominal. Everyone of them was crispy, with nice big bits of sea salt and not overly greasy. It may sound odd to rave about frech fries but when so many resturants fuck them up, its nice to get good ones. I got a growler of the rye ipa to go and a four pack of their River Pig in 16oz cans as well. The cans say brewed and canned by Angry Minnow so Im assuming they are canned on premise and not contract brewed. Overall, I really liked the Angry Minnow. Beers were great, food was good and the building, both inside and out pleased me. To bad its not closer St Paul. If it was Id be there frequently.

mjryan, Jun 29, 2011
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2.7/5  rDev -25.6%

Discovered this place while up north visiting my girlfriends side of the family. The pub itself is pretty interesting. I tried a sampler of all the beers that they had, and I wasnt impressed with any of them. They were all good drinkable beers, but nothing really stood out with exceptional character. The food was ok, nothing impressive. I think if they tried to put more character in their beers, and make them more distinctive I think they would be better off. The biggest thing for a brewpub though is to have awesome food to keep bringing customers back.

arboristfish, Nov 14, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +16.3%

I'm not sure who pissed in the guy below's beer, but I've been to the Angry Minnow on a few occasions and have only had very nice experiences. Thia past weekend a friend and I stopped in for a beer, and ended up having a flight of short pours and a few food items off the menu. Of the 8 beers I sampled, the oatmeal stout was best, followed by the smoked porter, pale ale, and imperial IPA. The pils, octoberfest, wheat ale, and Minnow Lite (really?) were good, but not memorable. I'd go out of my way the next time I am in the area for a growler of the oatmeal stout. Great beer that.

The food was also very good. We had fish tacos, spinach artichoke dip, and onion strings. All were very good, especially the fish tacos. We told the barmaid how much we enjoyed the fish tacos, and the chef, Randy, came out to thank us.

The highlight of our visit, though, was the barmaid Wendie. Personable, attentive, and chatty, she made a good visit great.

blackdog1101, Dec 01, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

We made the trip into town from our friends' cabin for lunch on 4/3/2007.

Angry Minnow is in a beautiful brick building dating from the late 19th century. There is lots of exposed brick and hardwood in the place. It was rather quiet as you might expect on a snowy Tuesday outside of tourist season.

The service from our waitress was very good. She was knowledgeable about the beers; able to give descriptions of the seasonals and alcohol content levels of the beers.

Selection was good with six beers of distinctive styles on traditional CO2 taps, each done well. In addition, a barrel aged version of their oatmeal stout was on cask. The barrel aged stout was the best of the bunch, but not by much. I would have been happy with any of the beers except their light beer. The light was done well for the style, but it's not a style I like.

Food was very good. The cheese curds and pizza appetizers were very flavorful. I had the Minnow Burger which was excellent and the fries had a great flavor. Another person from our group had the chicken sandwich and reported it to be very good as well.

Overall, this was a great brewpub experience. Great atmosphere, beer, and food. What more could you want. This place is definitely worth a visit.

slyke, Apr 05, 2007
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Angry Minnow Brewpub in Hayward, WI
86 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.