Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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Ratings: 236 | Reviews: 183 | Display Reviews Only:
4.53/5 rDev +5.1%
This is a beautiful older building, skillfully restored, with plenty of hard wood panelling, a lovely wooden bar, and what looks like the original tin-plate ceiling. The brewing equipment is not visible from the bar, but it is prominantly displayed in the adjacent dining area.
It is the exceptional variety and quality of beer brewed here that has made this THE beer mecca of the Twin Cities. All are clean, well made and true to style(when they haven't invented the style themselves!). The brewers have won a host of medals at local and national beer competitions, and the medals are proudly displayed near the entrance. There are five regular beers on tap, along with three seasonals, two cask-conditioned ales on beer engines, and two or three guest beers.
The food is very well made and is moderately priced. The service can be variable. At the bar, service is very good, but it can be frustratingly slow when you are sitting at a table. My advice is to belly up!
All in all, this is a marvelous brewpub and well deserving of its accolades.
02-05-2006 16:09:09 | More by edbeered
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
One of my favorite places! I work on the U of M campus so it is easy for me to stop and fill the growlers, either over lunch or on the way home (which I do at least twice a month). Parking is easy in the ramp located next to the Holiday Inn. For $1 an hour, you cant beat it for downtown parking.
There are two sections inside the brewery; the bar area and the restaurant area. The bar area is where I usually sit so that I can watch the action. The restaurant section has glass window that look into the brewing tanks. It also has a random little TV lounge with couches and chairs and there is a dart board adjacent to the TV lounge. In the summer months, their patio is very enjoyable, but can be somewhat noisy with the passing traffic.
The food selection is pretty standard with 5-6 salads and a couple of soups. Burgers and chicken sandwiches are plentiful (the pepper jack basic burger is my wifes favorite). I usually get the pulled pork sandwich which is outstanding marinated in their Hope and King Scotch Ale. I havent tried anything else on the menu.
The beer is phenomenal! They brew 5 beers year round, one being the famous Masala Mama IPA, as well as a root beer. They also have 2-3 seasonal brews and 1-2 cask brews at all times. In addition, they host 3-4 guest beers that are not their own. Hoops really knows his stuff Ive not met him, only admired him from a far as I have seen him filling growlers from time to time.
I have tried most of their offerings and am never disappointed. When in the Twin Cities, this place needs to be on the top of your list of places to visit.
02-01-2006 03:19:36 | More by hanco005
4.6/5 rDev +6.7%
This place is what most BA's are looking for in a brewpub. Nice location on 7 corners on the west bank of the U. Inside is lots of wood without being dank. In the winter, this place makes you feel warm. The place is crowded, but not cramped at all... just a kind of buzzing atmosphere.
The brew here is first rate, I can't say enough good things about it. I tried a sampler, and the bartender was asking my thoughts, bringing me a glass of water unsolicited for cleaning my palate. Overall, they seemed very keen on making sure in enjoyed their beer, and knew about what i was drinking.
TH's selection of their own brews are what you are there for. They dont tap a bunch of other options, but that's fine. They make a good variety of beer, and it's all of such quality, that you don't need to stray from the house brands.
Didn't try the grub, but it looked good, and seemed to be a touch on the classy side. You could get more than pub grub if you wanted it. Nice bar menu too.
Overall, the pricing was good, considering the neighborhood and quality.
01-30-2006 18:39:23 | More by CultureJamMN
4.13/5 rDev -4.2%
I made it home for the holidays and had to stop in to see what this place was all about. What first struck me was the amazing atmosphere. It had a decidedly old feel to it, but it all looked marvelously modern and maintained at the same time. The back room, where we ate, had very high ceilings and a view into a room with the brewing vats in it. I was a bit impressed with the chandeliers and how their light reflected off all of the glass surfaces in the restaurant making the whole room sorta sparkle. The wood work was top notch as well. There was also a fire place with some stuffed chairs and couches for those waiting for a table to enjoy a drink. I didnt make it to the bar, but at a glance, it had the same classy feel to it. This is probably the nicest looking bar or brew pub Ive ever been in.
The service was a bit slow. There werent that many people there, but our waitress took her time none the less. But, thats just one person. Maybe its better over all, but my experience was a bit frustrating.
The selection consisted of eight staple brews and two seasonals. More than enough to reasonably take down in a sitting. I guess that means I have to go back. (Yes!)
The food, for the most part was fantastic. Every one had knockout food except me. I got a state fair quality pulled pork barbecue hoagie that came cold. But, the other five people I ate with raved about the quality, so Ill have to stick with their oppinion. What should five-out-of-six get rated at? A 4.0?
This is really a great bar. Ill be back, hopefully every time Im in Minneapolis. What topped the evening off was that there was a parking garage next door that charged us $2 for our evening, so parking isnt a concern. What a fantastic brew pub!
12-20-2005 15:08:55 | More by DarkerTheBetter
4.28/5 rDev -0.7%
I visited this place with some friends on a recent trip to Minneapolis. I heard good things of this place and it did not disappoint. Food was very good, I recommend the 7 corners burger, and I'm sure the rest of the food is just as good. I had hoped to try their barleywine, however it was not out yet. They have a good selection of beers and the ones I have tried have been very good. The atmosphere is unbelievable, it is old style, and there are couches next to a fireplace for those wanting to lounge around and enjoy good beer to forget about the cold outside. This place had all kinds of drinkers, I was pleased to see those drinking craft instead of macro and enjoying it, also I was pleased to see people reviewing beer there, there was a group of guys who came in and were taking notes. Ah, the power of good beer.
12-14-2005 17:01:35 | More by badbeer
4.7/5 rDev +9%
What can I say about Minneapolis Town Hall that hasn't already been said? I have been there a couple times now and plan on stopping in whenever I find myself in the Twin Cities. The atmosphere is up my alley; an old building with a high ceiling and a lot of wood around. The crowd is a nice mix and young college students and aging hippies. The service has ranged from good to exceptional on my visits. Service was prompt and friendly, and the servers all seem to know how to explain there beers well. The selection is really good with five regular beers, three seasons, and two beers on cask. Quality has always been top notch. The food is really good, but a bit pricey.
12-05-2005 01:20:19 | More by KarlHungus
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
May be most well-known to BA's as the residence of the great Masala Mama.
High ceilings, dark woodwork and a very "historical" feel to the place...lends a great atmosphere.
Option of sitting outdoors or in..however I'd imagine the cold Minnesota weather will only permit outdoors drinking a few months out of the year. Minnesota laws won't allow glasses outside, they must be plastic..also make sure you don't go on a Sunday if you want to take home a few growlers..that's not allowed either. Come on Minnesota residents, get on the horn and change your dorky beer laws.
Both times I've visited, there haven't been a tremendous amount of people there, but I hear it can get quite busy at certain times. While I was there, the service was pretty good. I tried to engage conversation with one of the bartenders on my second visit but she was either busy or thought I was hitting on her, so I was brushed off pretty quick. They did make sure that as soon as my glass was empty, that I was helped right away.
Prices are very reasonable for a downtown microbrewery with an excellent selection of great beer and food. The Masala Mama somehow lived up to the hype and is simply extraordinary. Only had a chance to try a few beers, but all of them were very good, with the Masala Mama IPA being the standout among them...on-cask, it is probably the best beer that I've had to date.
I haven't yet had the opportunity to spend a weekend here and thoroughly engage myself in this place, but I plan to in the near future. A must stop for all out-of-towners.
11-20-2005 00:14:23 | More by hero27
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
While in town for a week I was lucky enough to hit here every nite by getting off the train at the Riverside stop and walking up the hill a 1/4 mile to Washington Ave and strutting on in. Town Hall has a main room with their taps, bar tables and tvs with sports, and a second room in back with pool tables and the brew tanks. I was way too in lust with the beerin the front room to ever venture into the back room. Town Hall has a cozy feel with high tin ceilings, dark wood and a long bar. The front is all glass so you can people watch. There is a side outdoor section too.
All the beers were amazing. Quite a tight yet broad selection. Some new beers were tapped there throughout the week. Cool! Too bad that I missed the barrel aged beers to celbrate their anniversary.
Service was outstanding. The goofy law about no growlers sold after 8:00 pm meant that I had to hide my full (paid for) growlers behind a bush out back. The barkeep gave me a bag and ice to stash my goods. How cool!
The giant chicken burrito and beans was cheap as al get out, huge, and decent.
Can you take your mother here? I actually wouldn't because it gets loud and crowded. But is it one of the BEST brewpubs in the country??? Yes! Town Hall is amazing!
Beer is good. Happy brewpub beering.
11-03-2005 05:01:02 | More by blitheringidiot
4.65/5 rDev +7.9%
Just so everyone knows my perspective, I consider Town Hall my home pub. Ive recorded over a 100 different beers in the past three years of Wednesday night tappings and Saturday Pint Club. Very simply, if you havent gone go.
For this review, I decided to approach it a bit different. While traveling to pubs outside of Minnesota, getting hooked into a local event at the pub is the hardest. Whether youre local, in the Twin Cities for business, or are looking for something special to entertain visitors, attend a beer dinner at Town Hall if you get a chance. The dinner below was on September 27th, and the rumor for the next one was sometime after the New Year, January or February. Your effort to attend will be rewarded. (My number ratings for Town Hall are for this dinner specifically, though they are close to this rating regularly).
Below are the pairings for the evening with comments for each:
Amuse (paired with Thunderstorm Ale)
Chilled Ginger Peach Soup w/Ginger Lemongrass Coconut Sorbet
While a bit odd sounding, the opening was one of the best pairings of the night--and, the one I talk about most often to others. The herbal taste of the Thunderstorm matched perfectly with the lemongrass in the sorbet. The peach soup was sweet, but not as strong as the assertive alewhich increased the complexity of the match. Also, the ale, soup, and ice cream were of three distinct temperatures, again adding a luxurious tone to the beginning course. This was one of my wifes favorite pairings in spite of the Thunderstorm not being her favorite Town Hall beer.
Course 2 (paired with French Oak Aged Abbey Ale)
Honey Glazed Duck Breast&Mesculin Greens w/ Vanilla-Shallot Vinaigrette, Dried Cranberries,Stilton Cheese, Red Onion & Walnuts
The smooth, winey texture of the oak abbey mixed nicely the salad, especially the strong taste of the cheese.
Course 3 (paired with Heather Ale)
Grilled Lamb Chops w/Cucumber Mint Relish, Rosemary Lentils, & Balsamic Reduction
Course 4 (paired with Northern Waters Smoke Porter)
Roasted Pork Enchiladas w/Green Mole Sauce, Black Beans, Tillamook Smoked Cheddar & Cinnamon-Apple Relish
Heres where you find out my wife and I are vegetarians. The head cook Eric has been great, adjusting the last two beer dinners for our dietary needs. No duck on the salad, stuffed Portobello mushrooms for the lamb chops, and rice enchiladas. The remaining ingredients were kept the same, and match perfectly. The mixed taste of the mole sauce, smoked cheddar, and smoke porter was my favorite combination of the main entrees. The people around us eating the meat dishes were making lots of yummy sounds as well, seeming to be especially impressed with the lamb chops and Heather Ale.
Dessert (paired with Barrel Aged Irish Coffee Porter)
Ice Cream Sandwich with Black H2O Stout ice Cream & Warmed Honey Chocolate Sauce
And, the best for last. The strong dry coffee taste was countered by the chilled smooth oatmeal, and smothered in super sweet sauce. The sandwich part of the ice cream sandwich was a dark chocolate taste that offset the sweetness. I still dream lustfully about dessert.
All for the low, low price of $55 per person plus tip. The portions for this dinner were more reasonable than the first time I went last year, so dessert was more enjoyable. My first dinner at Town Hall the entrees were full American restaurant portionseach enough for two. This dinner was more reserved for size and increased the quality. Serving size of the beers is small enough to be able to drive home after two plus hours of gustatory bliss, even with the free warm up beer in the cool souvenir mug, but more than enough to parcel out for each bite. Showing up early for a tour by head brewer Mike Hoops made the night even better, getting to see the underbelly of my hometown pub.
10-21-2005 04:04:03 | More by FightingEntropy
4.15/5 rDev -3.7%
My friends and I are gradually becoming regulars at Town Hall. We initially checked it out after hearing lots of good things about their beers, but we've all been very impressed by the food and several of the bartenders/servers.
If you sit outside (still possible occasionally here in MN) the service is somewhat slow and not very responsive. If you sit at an inside table, it's much better. The atmosphere is great. While Town Hall was opened in 1997, it feels more like a classy, old-school bar. You can go in back and see the brewing equipment too, which is cool.
The food is great and is also relatively inexpensive. In addition to the cheaper menu items (sandwiches, burgers) there are some higher end items like the steaks, which will run you close to $30. I highly recommend the pulled pork sandwich.
The beer selection speaks for itself. The IPA, Fresh Hop Ale, Hope & King Scotch Ale, the new Pumpkin Ale, they are all delicious. If nothing else, go and pick up a growler of the IPA to try out.
This is a place that my friends and I would probably go every day if we could afford to. Good food, better beer.
10-17-2005 02:51:37 | More by jamesdergen
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis, MN
96 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.