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Fitger's Brewhouse

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Fitger's BrewhouseFitger's Brewhouse

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

600 E Superior St
Duluth, Minnesota, 55802-2222
United States

(218) 726-1392 | map

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 125
Photo of Docrock
3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Got the flight which is 7 beers that they preselected. I wish places that did this would at least let you choose one or two of your own. Was not really impressed by any of the beers. They were ok but nothing that I would select again. The service was very good, our waitress was very attentive. The main reason for going to Fitgers is their Wild Rice burger. It is one of the better ones I have ever had and well worth the visit just for that.

There were a total of 11 beers on tap and 2 of that same 11 also available on cask.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

I'm not sure if I just got lucky on the last visit but both beers were really phenomenal. The Big Boat stout is really rich and unique - a must try for stout lovers. My recollection of past visits is also that the beer was excellent. The food was good, and the service was great. This is a must-stop location for any trip I make to Duluth.

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Photo of pat61
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

They have 13 tap handles and put out a decent variety of beer - porters, pale ales, sours, wheats, and ales. The food is pretty standard bar fare augmented with some salads and interesting sandwiches. It is a must stop if you are near Duluth.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Incredible venue in a historic hotel on the shores of Lake Superior. Place was packed not only for beer but for food. Did a sampler and was impressed with an oatmeal stout, as well as an imperial. A must stop for a beer lover in the area.

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Photo of Josh012012
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

I live next to this place. It has mostly made from scratch food and about a half dozen house made craft beers on tap (all pretty solid). If you are out of town this would be a pretty safe bet for a satisfying evening of beer and food. Expect an hour wait on fri and sat.

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Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Headed to this place while travelling for work. The building is in the downtown area and is a bit of a museum to the original Fitger's, which was nice.

I had the sampler which included their seasonal and Brewer's Reserve. Menu is a bit sandwich heavy, but food was solid.

Great pub to show what local Duluth brewers can do. I'd go back.

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Photo of Djsaturn1
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Nice place. Waitress did not seem to know much about the beer. Food was good. Beer was great. Love the cask offering. Got a table right away with kids on a Friday night. Seemed pretty busy. Service was good and valet parking. Hoppaluja was fantastic.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

this place was always one of my favorite places to go when I lived nearby. Fitgers has good to great beer, sometimes even mind blowing but mostly just good everyday beer. Their food is excellent and there prices are very reasonable for the quality and quantity. definite destination spot if traveling to Duluth.

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Photo of einman
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great place to check out in Duluth. They have some really good beers and the food was good too, nice vegetarian options. Tried a handful of beers and picked up a couple of growlers to take some too. I will certainly visit each time I'm in town now that I have a few growlers to fill.

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Photo of stark379
4.58/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Fitger's is one of the original brewpubs in Duluth. They are constantly making new styles of beer along with the classics that many have come to expect. Bartenders and servers are more than willing to let you try a sample of a beer first before buying a pint, and they also offer tasting flights.

You really can't go wrong with any of their beers. My personal favorites are the El Nino IPA, Superior Trail IPA, and Wildfire. The food in the establishment is usually very good too. Service can be hit or miss, but that is to be expected with many restaurants. Prices are what one would expect for Duluth (tourist area), but nothing outrageous. Beers are around $5 pint and most meals are between $10-15.

Fitger's is definitely worth checking out if you are in the Duluth area. Another thing to note is that some of their beers are served off site at their "sister restaurants" Burrito Union and Tycoon's.

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Photo of pizza
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great Brewhouse. A comfortable atmosphere, gets loud at night, often musicians playing.
Fun to go just for a beer or to get dinner. Many options on the menu, from continental to Mexican to fresh fish from the lake outside the back door.
The beer selection is pretty decent, although the same beers stay on tap for very long periods of time. It would be nice to see new IPA's from time to time, even though the El Nino is a classic. Nice to have the option of taking a growler of the good stuff home with you.
Good service. Highly recommended.

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Photo of imthaschmidt
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place has a very mellow feel to it... i sat upstairs along the rail and its nice to just looks down while drinking some great beer.

Another really cool thing was that the Taps were all made of custome blown glass, i thought this added some character to the place.

Walk downstairs and you can see where the brewq the beer and they also have a gift shop where yo ucan purchase clothing and grownlers of some of the beer they produce.

this place will have a beer that you like, that is guarenteed

Very cool place and i would def go back

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Photo of MarcatGSB
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This place is a complex. You drive up to the building, and it's actually very impressive (or not) to see what they have done with this beautiful older building.

The Brewhouse itself is a lot smaller than I initially thought. Seats maybe about 115 people, with a 10 or so seat bar. We arrived and were told that there was a 15-20 minute wait for the two of us, so we headed across the hall to the little "club" type thing, and had a beer. They serve Fitger beers there as well.

I had the Oatmeal Stout which was pretty tasty, I didn't take any notes for a formal review. we were called for our table in about 3 minutes, so I felt rushed to drink my beer so we didn't have our table given away to another party. Part of the reason I drove to Duluth and to check out Fitger's was their website stated they had a Woodford Reserve ESB on tap, so that was definitely a draw. When we were finally seated, I realized they didn't have the ESB on the tap board, and I asked the server...her response was "Yah, it was on tap the last couple days, but it's not gone, they just aren't pouring it today" Okay? So I can't get one, even though I'm fairly certain it was still on tap, ready to reach my lips. That was a bit frustrating.

I ended up getting the Cherry Batch, which was really tasty, and the Witte was decent as well. Food was slightly above average, but not much more. We had a couple salads, and veggie black bean chili, which was OK, no real stand out flavor for me.

Besides the disappointment of not having a beer available (I understand when a place runs out of a beer, or a menu item in general, but to just not serve it, herm). I'm not hating on Fitger's, but I didn't leave with a warm and fuzzy feeling, and I especially know that a special trip 250 miles across the great north woods isn't worth it, solely for Fitger's.

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Photo of gatornation
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

always stop here when in Duluth for brew ,food, the lake and the atmosphere, plenty of parking all around fitgers is on the north shore on LK superior its an older classic looking place with a mall inside a hotel specialty shops a growler shop and other retail food and clothing but what i come here for is the ever changing brews and the tried and true ones, the bar is always packed it is 2 levels but i seem to always stay by the small bar, thay offer flight of 7 brews or pints ive never been diisapointed by the brew, the food ,the service or the atmosphere , this is a destination and a must stop when on the north shore i always buy a growler when there and if it were closer to minneapolis i would drive there more often

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Photo of hohnx012
5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Fitger's is hands down the best bar in Duluth. Great beer, great food, great atmosphere. Anyone passing through Duluth should definitely check this place out. While the bar itself has outgrown itself, and can be a little cramped at times, this bar is definitely a unique experience. The Apricot Wheat and Oatmeal Stout are my personal favorites, but its hard to go wrong with any beer at Fitger's. If you're going for dinner, the Wild Rice Burger is a must-try! Delicious! If you're going anywhere in Duluth, it may as well be Fitger's.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.58/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is truly the gem of Duluth. Out of the remnants of a defunct mass-production brewery is this eclectic brewpub that employs lots of innovation while appreciating its roots. The building that is almost two complete city block is now a brewpub, brewery museum, motel, bar, other restaurants, and a mall with several shops.

The brewpub takes up 2 stories, with the fermentation tanks visible from the interior mall corridor. The menu has many burgers and sandwiches, with pizzas and typical pub appetizers. The beer selection consisted of 8 or 9 house brews, some with atypical names. The el Nino IPA, at 7%, seemed like a good option and turned out to be a good pick. For food I got some southwest chicken sandwich that had some great tasting BBQ sauce. The stout was nice, the cask beer didn't have much flavor to it, and the black IPA was nasty, like sour candy and pepper mixed together.

The service was great. The staff answered many questions and was happy to get any extras I wanted.

If you are fortunate enough to visit this city that's a hidden treasure of the Midwest, Fitger's is a required stop.

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Photo of kbaker91
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Spent the weekend in Duluth with my wife, so we made our way to Fitgers a couple of times. Have been there several times in the past.

The Brewhouse is in the Fitgers complex on the shoreline of Lake Superior in Downtown Duluth. The place itself is a little small, which means it can get crowded at lunch or dinner time. It would have been nice if the brewhouse was on the other (lake) side of the hall, perhaps with a patio overlooking the Lake.

The service was fine, with young and attractive twenty-somethings answering questions and providing quick service.

The food is decent, a little better than average bar food done well.

The beer that the Brewhouse produces is excellent. I had a pilsner, an IPA, and a belgian strong ale. All were tremendous. We made sure we picked up a couple of growlers for our return to the Cities.

Prices were fair.

Overall, this place is a must-visit for anyone traveling to or through Duluth.

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Photo of steggers
2.08/5  rDev -51.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 1

Wow, where to begin? Took the whole family out to dinner at the Brewpub at my request. Three kids 6 and under, my wife, In-laws, and myself.
Let's start with the good. The beer was great. I started with a pint of El Niño followed by a Starfire ale. Both delicious.
The restaurant was busy because it was dinner, but it was a Tuesday night. The food took the better part of 30 minutes. We ordered an appetizer for the kids just it case the food took too long. It never came.
The food came out to the table and they were missing one of the kids meals. Seven minutes later for the missing chicken fingers, and we all could eat. My mushroom and Swiss burger resembled a hockey puck, dry and burnt. The waitress never checked on us to see how the food was. Not until she cleared our plates and noticed that I took three bites did she inquire. They did take my burger off the bill which was nice, but no further apology was given for the other issues.
Needless to say, the only way I will be going back on our next vacation is by myself, just for the beer.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stayed at Fitger's over the 4th. For the atmosphere, the rating is based upon the entire Fitger's experience (their superb location sitting on Lake Superior, the aroma of brewing beer as you walk through the complex, etc.) not just the inside of the brewpub.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of both brew and grub. They had several offerings on tap (and on the menu was a sampler of 7 beers for 7 bucks). I went for the Starfire on cask and the nitro-tap oatmeal stout (excellent!). They offer good pub fare...I enjoyed the salmon burger (the salmon comes from the local Northern Waters Smokehaus...also worth a visit) and would have it again next time. If you are in Duluth, you should do yourself a favor and stop in!
PS--If you are headed to the BWCA and can bear the weight, fill up one of their nalgene adventure growlers.
PPS--Also gotta love a brewpub that will deliver growlers to you (within the Duluth area)!

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Photo of corcoranjc
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

What a great place. I live in Minneapolis, and my wife and I get up to Duluth about once a year for conferences.

Every time we go to Duluth we hit Fitger's. The beer is wonderful and the spot is very comfortable and cool.

They always have a nice selection of brews on tap, a cask offering, and craft soda for the kids and non-drinkers.

The beer flight is a great value and option...7 beers (3 ouce pours) for 7 bux. Then, if you can catch happy hour you can get pints of your favorites for $3.75...

Great stuff. Also, they don't import out of Duluth, so it's a special treat...

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Photo of ndolover
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Brewhouse is located in the Fitger's complex. An old brick building located just off the lake. It is a mall, a hotel, a entertainment complex.

The quality of the beers is exceptional. I had a Schwartzviezen black wheat wine. It was crazy good. I also had an IPA and Oatmeal Stout.

The service is good and attentive, but don't expect too much as it is a Up Nort place, don't cha know.

I believe there were about 14 taps of different brews. A standard IPA and a list of different quafables. The did have a beer engine, but it was not online while I was there.

The food is very good for the veggie minded. I may be over selling the food, but I have never had a bad meal and I love the options.

Overall, this is the place to go in the Duluth area. The Thirsty Pagan is in WI, but if I only had one choice for beers in the Duluth area it would be Fitger's

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Photo of syrupjoe
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I cannot say enough good things about Fitger's. It's very much Duluth and although a bit touristy, definitely worth a stop. An exceptionally large selection of brews on tap ranging from deliciously light session beers to ground-pounding imperials.

The brewing staff is generally very friendly and willing to answer questions while pouring you some samples. An exceptionally interesting and amiable bartender by the name of Brock seems to be there every time we are, so we seek him out. The wait staff is large and varies quite a bit, but everyone seems to be pretty nice.

The food is consistently very very good. I'd put it at the upper end of traditional pub fare. The burgers are stupendous, with the wild rice burger being my favorite. Whatever you do, don't forget to order sweet potato fries! They're the best I've ever had. Regarding brews - the Big Boat Oatmeal Stout is a staple for me, and my ladyfriend cannot seem to get enough of the Apricot Wheat.

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Photo of morimech
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Was able to find the single seat left at the bar at 5pm on a Thursday. First beer was Trampled by Hops (hommage to the popular band from the area, Trampled by Turtles) hand-pulled. Why do brewers put their most hoppy beers on cask? It makes no sense. The beer did not benefit from this delivery method. I then switched to El Nino. What a fantastic IPA. I had the Pub burger and fries to eat. The burger was overcooked but otherwise was tasty. The fries were very good. Service varied from exceptional to incompetant. Luckily the stronger servers and bartenders saved the evening as the place got packed as the night wore on. The beer selection was varied with a style for just about everyone. Fantastic location and building. A lot of history throughout the old brewery complex. A must visit if you are in the area.

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Photo of tewaris
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Fitger's was highly recommended as a must visit beer destination in Duluth, where I was last weekend for a fall colors trip with 3 others. Hungry from the drive, we all headed directly to the place.

It was busy, as one would expect in a beautiful city on a Sunday afternoon and we had to wait for about 10 minutes. We were promptly attended to and the dining room had a nice casual restaurant like vibe to it, which is good because nobody in my party except me wanted to get a beer.

Service was a little slow but that was because of peak load. The beers I had were good, and El Nino IPA was exceptional!

The food was great and the vegetarian options were really good. Two of my friends ordered vegetarian burritos and had a hard time finishing them because they were HUGE. My pub style wild rice burger was delicious too. So was my girlfriend's olive burger.

I strongly recommend this place for great atmosphere, great beer, and delicious food. The museum in the same building looked interesting and the shore of Lake Superior is easily accessible for a post lunch/dinner walk.

I will go to Fitger's again!

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Photo of ericj551
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My girlfriend and I stopped at Fitgers for dinner while driving cross country, by recommendation of a friend. We were a bit surprised to find it to be an entire complex of shops built in the skeleton of a large regional brewery. I loved the way incorporated some of the old brewery apparatus (like the top of a 150 BBL copper kettle, and old bottling equipment) into the facility. The brewery itself seemed small in the old building.

It took us a bit of time to find the brewpub, but when we did, we were seated almost immediately. The service was exceptional, it was a Friday night (although an hour earlier than we thought because of the time change), but our waitress was prompt, friendly and engaging. The service was quick, which we really appreciated, considering we weren't done driving for the night.

We shared a Starfish Pale Ale and a beer from their guest tap, something from Summit, but I can't remember what. Both were really good.

For food, I had the fish and chips, which was probably the best I'd ever had. My girlfriend had an olive burger, which she has been trying to replicate ever since.

Overall the beer was great, the food was amazing, the price was fair and the service was unbeatable. If I lived anywhere close to Duluth, I would make it a point of going to Fitgers on a regular basis.

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Fitger's Brewhouse in Duluth, MN
95 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.