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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall BreweryMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Based on:
164 Beers
4,800 Hads
Place Score: 95
Reviews: 189
Visits: 312
Avg: 4.27
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1430 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55454-1038
United States
phone: (612) 339-8696

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Reviews: 189 | Visits: 312
Photo of Rifugium
3.54/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I hit up Town Hall pretty late on a weeknight, so the crowd had died down a bit. They were still serving food, so that was cool. Anyway, it's a pretty classic pub set-up, good sized bar, lots of table space, wood and mirrors and TVs. Looked like what it is: a bar that's been around for a while and isn't going anywhere.

I've heard a lot of good reviews and recommendations, but I wasn't really into any of the beers. There were a ton of different beers on tap, and a very diverse range of styles. So I went with the seasonal sampler, then followed that up with a Mango Mama and a Three Hour Tour. Really nothing that I would want to have again, though the Java Porter was the best of the bunch.

Service was okay. The bartender was a little wifty and distant, but I really have no complaints. Food seemed like standard pub grub, and I was just looking for something small, so I went for the southwest egg rolls. They were good, but no better or worse than the ones they make at Chili's.

Yes, I was kind of disappointed overall, but I'd still say Town Hall is worth checking out at least once.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.25

Went here on a Monday evening and it was dead. Probably not the best night to gauge it off, but it was very dry and kind of boring ambiance.

The beers were served okay, they were served in pint glasses with very little head. House beers were solid in flavor however.

Service was terrible, but I chalk that mostly up to Monday night.

Selection was excellent, lots of great choices and good prices.

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Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

A British style pub with an exceptionally strong selections of taps. The house brews are all good or better. In fact, I’d characterize all that I’ve sampled as above average for style. Nice wooden bar and plenty of indoor and (in summer) outdoor seating.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

this was a major destination for us, and our first stop in the twin cities. i was stoked to finally have the highly acclaimed masala mama ipa, and while that wasnt my favorite beer here, it sure is nice. it looks like quite an old building, dark and rather european on the inside, with lots of wood features and a full bar. more of a restaurant feel than a brewery feel, and plenty of outside seating. they had maybe ten or twelve beers pouring, the andys ale nelson pale was my favorite, a total winner and very unique beer, but all that we tasted were very very good. i had an awesome sandwich too, a walleye hoagie. i wanted to get a taste of the region, and this food did not disappoint. tons of food, very fairly priced. the service was just okay, friendly enough and prompt and all of that, but seemingly uninterested in the place or the beers or anything. an institution of sorts, very much enjoyed the overall experience. its far better than the sum of its parts i think, sometimes ratings dont do justice to a place, and thats how i felt about the town hall. fantastic beer, and thats what its really all about.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Town Hall has always had a very warm, nostalgic atmosphere, which seems to be enhanced since their renovations. Their normal beer lineup is pretty solid (esp. the IPA) though I have to admit I was a little let down by the seasonals at my last visit. Often their brews are on the sweet side for my personal taste. I was struck by the quality of their guest beer selection, and kind of wish I had ordered one of those in retrospect. Also, they have a nice hard cider selection and a decent scotch list. The food has always been decent pub fare. I have had issues with service in the past but this time it was pretty seamless. I definitely recommend Town Hall. Even if you decide you don't like their beers the guest beer list should have at least something that appeals to you.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

They make their own beer and it is usually quite good. They also have several guest taps and have a selection of up to 10 ciders on tap that usually include a few that you can not find anywhere else in the area. The food is good.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Just had beers and didn't try the food. The service was pretty slow and I was sitting at a table since there were no bar seats available, so I didn't get to ask for samples of a few beers before ordering.

There was redemption for this in two of the beers I had, the Masala Mama, which was very good, and the Raspberry Mocha Porter nitro pour, which was good and refreshing. It seems this place makes some great beers and likes to experiment, something I appreciate.

The prices are reasonable, $5-7 a pour, and there are a number of guest beers on tap as well.

I can't comment on the food since I didn't try it.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

If you're visiting Minneapolis, this is one of the must-stops for craft beer fans. Masala Mama always on tap - it's the house IPA. Always a nice selection of other beers as well.

Some other beers to try if available: Mango Mama, Three Hour Tour, Czar Jack. All are outstanding

Food and service have always been good. It's a pretty laid back atmosphere. Mostly though go for the beer.

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Photo of PastorBrewMaster
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

We were in Minneapolis for 4-days during a convention and went to the Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery on our first night. We liked it so much we went there 2-more times before leaving town. Atmosphere was good, service was decent (all three times our servers could have been friendlier, none of them seemed to love their job), and both the beer and food was fantastic. My wife had the Smoked Mac & Cheese and it was awesome. They had far more of their own brews on tap that I expected, very good selection. As you may guess by how many times we went there in such a short period, we really liked it!

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Photo of Fluffheady
4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery is a cool brewpub that is worth a visit because of it’s proximity to the many other beer bars in the area. We tried both of the beers they had on cask and they were great. They have a good growler filling program, and their wall of growlers from other places is impressive. These guys are linked in to the beer geek vibe.

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Photo of Jodi215
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Downtown location close to the University. Old brick building with a nice patio. Beautiful tin ceiling, long old bar, casual atmosphere. The music playing was wonderful, like listening to someone's cd collection. Service was fast and very friendly. They didn't have the IPA we wanted on cask but the Scotch ale on cask was very good. The food was outstanding, we had pesto mac, roast pork sandwich and southwest wraps. The only negative was the BBQ sauce for the roast pork sand was too spicy. The sandwich was fantastic though. We would go back here if we're ever in Minneapolis again.

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Photo of heytomcat
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

These guys spent a lot of money on this place and it shows. Lots of dark woods and fancy appointments and of course, it's gorgeous. The only reason I gave a 3 for atmosphere was that it's just not what I like a brewery/taproom to be. It's just a little too hoity toity. I'm sure the food is great but expensive. On a positive note, the beer selection is outstanding and I loved the Lift Bridge Chestnut Hill they had on tap. The Festivus 2012 on the other hand was awful. A chocolate covered banana does not belong in a beer.

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Photo of kguard
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Great outdoor patio seating. Old school feel. Food is quite good for a brew pub and it has an excellent location. Service is rather slow on the patio but mainly do do servers have ten table sections. Beer is awesome and the regular and seasonal flights are a must.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Has a ton of reviews already, but I love this place, and have for over a decade. It's everything a classic brewpub should be.

Atmosphere: Small-ish to Medium sized inside, long bar, dark wood, windows on one side, a dozen or so tables (and I think there's a back area for more seating if/when it's busy.) It was deserted inside around 11:10am on a Friday, while the outside patio seating area was about half occupied.

Quality: Town Hall is awesome. Delicious standards: the Masala Mama IPA is always available on cask and CO2, and is DELICIOUS, especially on cask. Fun, interesting specialties. Had a very nice Belgian strong (a tripel? a quad? I forget.) Plenty of choices: about five or six standards, about five

Service: excellent! My bartender was apparently somewhat new, but was great, and the guy who seemed to be kind of training him was also great. Pleasant, efficient, responsive.

Food: didn't try it this time around, but remember liking it well enough in the past.

p.s. Their website is horrific, Flash heavy nonsense. Newsflash: here's what people want in a restaurant website: hours, location, menu, specials, events. Almost nothing else. And skip the weird clicking noises as you move your mouse around.

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Photo of BrandyHyatt
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A few years ago I took a brewing course. We had to do a project on a beer topic of our choice. I opted to do a short film and picked a brewery near by school - Town Hall. The staff was so nice and friendly. The beer is made in a pristine location, that stays immaculately clean surprisingly.

I went the following week for dinner and their wait staff is lovely, friendly, personable, and knowledgable. If you have a question about food or a drink they are more than welcome to tell you what would suit your palette. And the food and beer are amazing. I am a huge fan of their house pretzels and the Maslala Mama. Overall my experience at Town Hall Brewery is always a good one.

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Photo of SteveGathje
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My wife and I are Town Hall regulars. We love the service (but I admit, we know all of the servers and bartenders because we are there so often).

Food is very good bar food and reasonable prices.

Beer is ranges from very good to fantastic. Always something new and interesting plus their regular beers are very good.

If you sit at the bar you can nearly always strike up a conversation and meet some very interesting people.

Finally, in the summer a great patio is the perfect place to enjoy a wonderful fruit infusion beer (one of their specialities!)

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My wife took me to Town Hall on a busy Saturday night for my birthday. It took longer than expected to be acknowledged by a server or hostess. I was getting close to leaving (after almost ten minutes of standing at the "Please wait to be seated" sign) when someone finally told us she would be right with us. It took a few more minutes until we were seated.

The server came by almost immediately to get our drinks. From that point on, the service was amazing! The food was great. My wife had the mango chicken sandwich and I had the walleye sandwich. We had BBQ chicken wings to start off. The beer was the real gem here, though. I was disappointed that the vanilla porter ran out about a half hour before we got there, but was pleased with the Masala Mama and the Hope and King.

The price point was perfect. For an appetizer, two entrees, a flight of five beers, and two pints, we got out with a total cost (including tip) of less than $50.

I would love to try this again, especially when Czar Jack, Mango Mama, or Three-Hour Tour are being served!

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Photo of Tucquan
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited here on 2011-11-18

What an inviting place with high, punched-tin ceilings and an L-shaged bar in the front. There's another bar and dining room in the rear next to the glassed-in brewing equipment.

The bartender was friendly, informative and the right amount of attentive. I ate at the bar and had the pulled pork sandwich with fries. Both were delicious and very reasonably priced. A good pub food menu.

Their own beers range from world-class to very good and there are some good beers from other brewers.

If you are spending the night, there's a convenient Holiday Inn and a parking garage right next door.

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Photo of Brophmonster
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited 10/22/11 after Darkness Day

This has become an annual stop for me and my friends for post Darkness lunch. Quality establishment and well worth the trip.

Atmosphere is relaxed, it has never really been crowded when I've been there. Cool old building, well lit, kinda grungy bathrooms though.

Quality of the beer is outstanding, I tried lots of styles, all good. Masala Mama does NOT disappoint.

Service was prompt and friendly every time I have been. All the servers are well versed with the beer selection.

Food is pretty good. I've had several of their sandwiches, all good.

Pretty cheap compared to comparable brewpubs in my area.

This is a must stop if you are in the MPLS area.

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Photo of Holland
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The place is a beautiful building. Not sure about this part of town, but it looks nice and I'm a sucker for old brick buildings. Screw the breweries in warehouses.

The service is excellent and attentive if not that knowledgeable about the beer. They did have some nice pointers, and that's far better than most.

Selection isn't huge, but it's awesome. They must do some trades to get a few of the one-offs they get from other breweries. How did they get a keg of Deschutes here? Also, all their beers are amazing.

Food was pretty good - I had the fish and chips, and it was the best fish and chips I've ever had.

Value is excellent - you can get 5-5 oz sample glasses of their year round brews for $7, or 5-5oz samples of their seasonals and special brews for $9. Awesome. Food is reasonable, too.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.93/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A- Atmosphere has an old timey feel. Lots of old black and white photographs, chalkboards with current beers listed. A couple tvs for watching the football on.
Q- Good beers, taste fresh, served in clean glassware.
Ser- The service seems dependant on who you get. Some people, including a young fella seem eager. Others are quick, but don't seem all that friendly.
Sel- About 8 of their beers on tap, about five guest taps and a small bottle collection.
F- The Seven Corners Burger is recommendable. The french fries are forgetable.
A great place to get a beer. Definitely a place to go to get a pint.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by Town Hall while in Minneapolis for Darkness day, no way I was not going to try their beer. Not as big as I was expecting but it has a very low key atmosphere and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. The beer selection was awesome with year-rounds and seasonals, including Mango Mama! Only ordered some pretzels for appetizers and they were fantastic, especially with a hoppy beer. Definitely a place anyone can visit and have a good time, knowledgeable wait/bar staff, and try to get their early as it gets full quick.

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Photo of DCon
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Came here on the way home from St. Paul, MN and stayed and visited the BrewPub since the owners were enjoyed the Vikings game as I reviewed some of my beer. Being in the 7 Corners (West Bank) area, this place had a cool painting of their bar from the outside. Here goes my review...

Awesome Boston style in the inside and homely. When you walk in, the bar is on your right with tables and viewing of Cedar Ave and then you can go into a back room where there are dart boards, a pool table, and then a display of their micro-brewery. One thing I noticed from being in here, everything was awesome but the restrooms needed work BIG TIME! Weird too... Thought that the place was very vintage but they need to invest in re-modeling and cleaning these up...

Service was fantastic! Help from both the owners and staff the entire day! Everyone on staff really made me feel like a part of the place and made it a comfortable time.

Selection was without a doubt, one of the top I've seen from a BrewPub! 10 of theirs was available plus two cask offerings. They also had an impressive Guest Tap lists for both beer and ciders.

Enjoyed 7 of their brews and then had their Bleu Burger w/ Bacon & Sweet Potato Fries on the side. This place should enter this into a Burger Contest! That good.

I came here specifically to enjoy the Mango Mama but they just got rid of it on Thursday... Their selection still kept me around and I'm glad I did. Come check this place out! One of my top 10 places now because of the environment, selection, and awesome service!

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Photo of skipanoka2
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've been to Town Hall a half dozen times, and have never left unsatisfied. The food is good (goat cheese nachos with chicken, anyone?), the beer is better (Masala Mama is the main draw on most nights), and the atmosphere is as good as just about anywhere I've been. The guest taps are normally respectable, but there's often little need to stray away from Town Hall's own creations. Try a few, and you'll realize that these guys obviously know what they're doing.

I hope they keep it up for a LONG time, because although I don't spend too many evenings at the bar anymore, this is one of my top choices when I do go out for drinks.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited Town Hall Brewery last evening....and was very please. The brewery is located in a old building that has a beautiful ornamental ceiling. The bar was tight, but not too tight and there were number of tables and bar chairs to host a great Tuesday evening crowd. The quality of the beer and food was very good...I though the beer was great. I had the buffalo Chicken pasta....it was too spicy to eat much of it....but it was very good. The service was great and very attentive and seemingly knowledgeble. The selection of both beer and food was decent. There was five year round selections and five seasonals...all offering something different. The pretzels and fried green beans were nice and see above regarding my entre. The cost for six of us was $250....many drinks and everyone had a salad with their dinner.

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis, MN
95 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.