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Barley John's Brew Pub

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42 Beers
420 Ratings
Place Score: 91
Ratings: 68
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

781 Old Hwy 8 SW
New Brighton, Minnesota, 55112
United States
phone: (651) 636-4670

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3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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Photo of crewfan16
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Barley Johns is only about a mile from my apartment building, so its somewhere I stop in as much as I can. First of all, the beer is top notch and they are constantly rotating seasonal brews in with their regular selection. I havent had a bad beer here yet, but standouts include the the wild brunette, old 8 porter, the Belgian strong ale (usually a summer beer) and the dark knight if you are lucky enough to get there when they have it. the food is constantly good and typically involves either organic products or produce they have grown themselves. in the summer, they keep a garden going, so all the produce is as fresh as possible. All the food is good, nothing spectacular or ground breaking, but very good pub food. While I like all the servers here, they are my only complaint. It is not a big place, but there is typically only one server for the dining room and service is usually on the slow side. It is even worse when the weather is nice and they have their awesome patio open. There is usually only one server out there for at least 12 tables and it can get a bit slow. They are very knowledgeable and attentive when you can get their attention, but speed is not their thing. Prices are reasonable, right in the pub food range. burger and fries will run you around $10, where a NY Strip will run closer to $22. Very on par with the rest of the city. The only other complaint is the place is TINY. I wish it was a bit bigger, especially in the winter without the patio. Not really their fault, but it fills up really quick (the dining room only has maybe 8 tables). Overall, I love this place and will continue to recommend it to anyone who asks for a great brewpub in the MSP/SP area.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Beerlover
4.15/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A good friend of mine introduced me to this very quaint jem, thanks Jeff! The place is VERY small only a seating capacity inside of maybe 40 people but there is a patio that can seat another 60 people if the weather permits. The first time here i had one of the BEST pale ales i've ever had and have since had, a pale ale brewed with kaffir limes, not overly fruity or limey but very balanced and delish! there porter was also very solid.

The last time I was there i tried their flagship "wild brunette" which is brewed with wild rice, again very different, very balanced and very good! also tried a "sour mash rye" that was so good i ended up getting a growler of it for 17 bucks, thats PURCHASE of growler and FILL, idk if this was so cheap because of being there at happy hour or if there normal prices are just this great. This beer was very sour and rich but again a great tasting beer that i can't really compare to anything else. also tried an imoerial ipa that was good and worth trying but nothing great, i think it was called "give me liberty or give me death...? something like that.

there food menu is in my opinion their weakest link. the menu options are very limited, everything i've tried was very good but a little on the spendy side, so even thoe the beer is resonably priced, again i was there durning happy hour there food is not what i would say "reasonable" but not ridiculously priced either. if you like trying different styles of beer that are hard to come by i would strongly recommend this place

Photo of jsprain1
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This is place is tiny. I mean tiny... In summer it's probably nice with the patio, but in winter, everyone is packed in their shoebox. Which has it's redeeming charm as well. The beer is fresh and you can see some of their vats from the bar. Everything is well done here and it feels like an oldtime local joint. There are four regular beers, a couple seasonals and about eight guest taps, all decent or good selections. The food here is ok, but I haven't had anything that wowed me. Come here for the beer, the food is passable.
As far as price/value, the beer are very fairly priced, the good is overpriced. Weight together, I call it reasonable.

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Unfortunately, I live on the wrong side of the twin cities to visit Barley John's to be a regular. Recently, visited BJ's again for the AHA Teach a Friend to Homebrew day, and actually brought a friend to learn from the welcoming Minnesota Home Brewers Association. I attended this same event several years ago when I started homebrewing and the learning from it gave me the confidence to brew my first batch.

On to Barley John's, who has always been a great host. For 10 am start, BJ's had a breakfast back special, including a veggie version that was much appreciated by me. Also, two additional options offered two different sausage versions of the egg bake. Over the years, I've been to BJ's maybe a dozen times--and have never been disappointed by the food. In fact, the food is one of their strengths.

On this trip, I started with the Imperial Stout, which was a very respectable version of the style. I finished the keg of the Biere de Garde, which the server said was the staff favorite. It wasn't a favorite of mine, but it was the bottom of the keg (comped for half the glass). Moved to my standard favorite Old Eight Porter. When available, the much acclaimed Dark Knight is very much worth the effort to drink.

If you're on the north side, or if you're looking for a way above average dinner with your craft beer, Barley John's should be a serious consideration. This small place with friendly service, great food and solid beer won't disappoint.

Photo of TIMMYJ21
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in the other night for some Dark Knight

I grew up in New Brighton and have been going here since i have been of legal age to enjoy there beer. They don't have a huge selection of offerings but they have a great selection of different brew, 3 to 4 regulars and few guest and a seasonal, I always get the Stockyard IPA and the Maibock when on tap . If you have seen the size of this place you will know why they don't offer a bunch of different beers.If you can get here during the tapping of the dark knight you will be in for a treat such a great brew. The food is above average for a pub, pizza's are great and the Habenero Hummus with Pita Bread is awesome. They have a really nice patio, but can be really busy on a nice night and on Friday and Saturday night. Service is always great here, have never had a bad experience here.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Stopped here after the St. Paul Beer Fest. Was somewhat disappointed that they didn't have much extra for beers they made other than what I tried at the fest. The beers that they did have were quality and pretty solid. Prices were reasonable and it seemed like it would be a nice place to visit on a nicer day despite the weird interection it was on, as it appeared to have an area outside. Inside it was cramped as I was that day. I would like to visit again, but only if they have their heavy hitters on tap.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Barley John's is a fun place to hang out. The atmosphere is very cozy, and Northwoods like. It is very small inside, but they do have a large patio. All of the beers I have had from them have been very solid or better. The selection leaves a bit to be desired though. Four regulars and two seasonals, plus a dozen or so guest taps seems to be the norm. Which would be fine if the seasonals were rotated a bit faster. If I'm visiting a brewpub once a month I like to see new seasonals every time I visit. The last time I was there they were down to one seasonal, and weren't pouring one of their regulars, because it was "off." With just four house beers to choose from I ended up ordering a guest tap at a brewpub for the first time. I enjoyed the beer, but I visit brewpubs to drink the beer they brew not someone else's.The servers have always beer very knowledgeable about all of the beers they pour, but can be quite slow to refill your glass.

Photo of jrallen34
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Our first night in Minne for Darkness Day and we headed here for dinner. Super small inside with a big outside patio. As you walk in you get a total feeling of a small town place, way more small town than Minneapolis, think 700 miles from a major city West Texas. Inside is quaint but weird. Plain brown walls with painted on hop plants dancing around the ceiling. A selection of 4 regulars and 2 seasonals. The taps were all pretty good, with some super unique tastings. You should order a sampler because it comes with the coolest sampler holder ever. Overall, a very cool experience that you must visit. However, I was SUPER disappointed that did not have dark night or ba rosie. Come on guys, its Darkness weekend people from all over he country are coming and you can't have your heavy hitters on, weak!!!

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Barley John's Brew Pub in New Brighton, MN
91 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.