Barley John's Brew Pub
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Reviews by feloniousmonk:
4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
I was aware of this place for many years, but just don't get outside city limits much, not that I don't care, just that I don't drive. That changed when I heard of Rosie's Ale, the world's strongest beer, as of this writing, and I got a friend to take me up there, surprisingly not far away, via the freeways.
First of all, a very small building, with a limited number of tables, and only 4 stools or so at the bar. As an original structure (I think), free standing, you'd think they'd make it bigger, but there can be blessings here. Less crowded, no smoke, less noise...that I like.
Service was extraordinarily friendly and attentive, (the waitress brought out samples of beers we didn't order, utterly unbidden! How amazing is that?) atmosphere was tolerable (I can do without classic rock/80's radio, but it's the suburbs, whatchagonna do?), everything was nice and cozy, and the food? F'geddaboudit! It's all fresh and organic, the brewmaster is also the head chef, and it was all delicious! I had the braised beef made with Jindalee Shiraz, yum, yum!
Now, as for the beer, the real reason for any of these critiques: Incredible! The IPA was scrumptious, the porter was near perfect, the Belgian brown, which I am drinking now from a growler, was excellent, and the barleywine, the aforementioned biggest, strongest beer known to man, as of this date, 2004,AD, was sublime! Actually, the hype I created here about it caused some commotion for the staff, for John Moore, the brewmaster was out of town on vacation, and unaware of what a tumult would occur when they started serving this behemoth, and all the calls and visits they'd get!
One of the few brews I didn't try here was their mild bitter, which isn't really my style, but every other sample was excellent.
A tiny little box in a NorthEast suburb of Minneapolis serves excellent food and incredible beers. Seek them out, if you can. Consider this an order!
03-10-2004 06:47:00 | More by feloniousmonk
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