Barley John's Brew Pub
Active Beers: 36
Beer Ratings: 335
Beer Avg: 3.55
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 51 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by lhaqq:
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This brewpub is next to my undergrad college, so I have a lot of good memories here with friends. It's a small places that is always welcoming. The size, the lower ceilings, and the location give this brewpub a really warm feeling. The servers are always knowledgeable, kind, and quick. They have a fair amount of there own brews and some guests--maybe fifteen or so total. Though the selection isn't as big as some places, generally all of the beers they have are top notch. The last time I was there this winter they set up a fire pit and gave customers reign over their firewood.
They also have a pretty good selection of scotches, too.
12-27-2008 21:40:24 | More by lhaqq
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3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
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.
12-19-2013 05:29:57 | More by crewfan16
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
A good friend of mine introduced me to this very quaint jem, thanks Jeff! The place is VERY small only a seating capacity inside of maybe 40 people but there is a patio that can seat another 60 people if the weather permits. The first time here i had one of the BEST pale ales i've ever had and have since had, a pale ale brewed with kaffir limes, not overly fruity or limey but very balanced and delish! there porter was also very solid.
The last time I was there i tried their flagship "wild brunette" which is brewed with wild rice, again very different, very balanced and very good! also tried a "sour mash rye" that was so good i ended up getting a growler of it for 17 bucks, thats PURCHASE of growler and FILL, idk if this was so cheap because of being there at happy hour or if there normal prices are just this great. This beer was very sour and rich but again a great tasting beer that i can't really compare to anything else. also tried an imoerial ipa that was good and worth trying but nothing great, i think it was called "give me liberty or give me death...? something like that.
there food menu is in my opinion their weakest link. the menu options are very limited, everything i've tried was very good but a little on the spendy side, so even thoe the beer is resonably priced, again i was there durning happy hour there food is not what i would say "reasonable" but not ridiculously priced either. if you like trying different styles of beer that are hard to come by i would strongly recommend this place
05-06-2013 03:34:15 | More by Beerlover
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
12-16-2011 23:47:24 | More by jsprain1
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
11-12-2011 18:41:41 | More by FightingEntropy
Barley John's Brew Pub in New Brighton, MN
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