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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 184
Beer Ratings: 4,300
Beer Avg: 3.93

Taps: 8 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
95
world-class

229 Ratings
Ratings: 229
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

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
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Just so everyone knows my perspective, I consider Town Hall my home pub. I’ve recorded over a 100 different beers in the past three years of Wednesday night tappings and Saturday Pint Club. Very simply, if you haven’t 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 you’re 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 ale—which 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 wife’s 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

Here’s 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 portions—each 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
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jamesdergen

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

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
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$

Visited Town Hall over the weekend. A little difficult to find and parking wasn’t the easiest but we found it all the same. A nice little bar area with the brewery on premises, which is always fun to look at. There also was a pretty big outside area perfect for a warm September evening. Unlucky us everyone else thought so too, so inside we went.

First off the beer selection was somewhat limited compared to their listing of beers on BA. We tried their sampler, which consisted of five regular beers and 3 seasonals. A good variety of styles and all the beer were pretty good. Actually they were all really good. I ended up getting a few pints of my favorite three, Masal Mama (IPA), Hope & King (Scotish - which I think is under rated) and Krystal (Krystal Weizen). Other beers available were the Bright Spot (Golden Ale), West Bank (English Pale), Black H2O (Oatmeal Stout), Free House Standard (Basic Bitter) and Broken Paddle (ESB). One interesting note was they had two beer on cask condition, which I also sampled Masala Mama on cask condition. I thought the regular was better then the cask condition. The cask condition just mellowed the IPA out too much, in which their IPA is a knock out hopfest.

So dinner was served and our staff was not really helpful. If anything they were horrible. Granted, it was a busy weekend evening, but they had sufficient staff and it wasn’t that big of a place. The second and third rounds of drinks we had to go to the bar tender. Near the end of our meal, our waiter was checking out for the night so we cashed in a just went to the bar. So not high on service.

The food was pretty good. A little high on price but overall not bad. I had some pasta dinner that was really done well and mixed well. I think they should suggest to patrons different beers to try with different food but, whatever. They had mostly American food with a good variety. But really I went for the beer, and it was good.

09-15-2005 01:43:09 | More by Oxymoron
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battlekow

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$

I visited the Town Hall Brewpub on the 18th with a few friends, while on the way up to Ely for a trip to the Quetico. It came with the reputations of great beer and shitty service, and lived up to both. The atmosphere was fairly bland, with a large, outdoor seating area and a dim bar area with tables. We were told to seat ourselves, only to discover to our dismay that the only remaining table in the entire joint had a "Reserved" placard on it. No matter, because with the (lack of) attention that the waitstaff pays to customers, they probably never noticed that we sat there anyway. The beer was, as promised, excellent, particularly the Black H2O Oatmeal Stout. The girls enjoyed their Grand Cru, while my friend Steve raved about the Masala Mama IPA. I didn't order any food, but I did try some fries, which were extremely good. Prices were a bit up there, especially for its close-to-campus location. Basically, if you don't mind effectively paying the waiter extra to leave you in peace with your delicious beer, go for it.

08-29-2005 03:40:18 | More by battlekow
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

A must for any beer lover visiting the Twin Cities. Lots of excellent beer, and above averange food (goon onion rings!). What I was most impressed with was the huge variety of beers that they make well. Some brewpubs that I've been to have a certain amount of commonality even when the styles are completely different. But this was definitely not the case here. The sample tray that they gave me was huge! I thought the place was a little dingy, but that could be interpreted as part of its charm. Not too loud either (even just after a Vikings game) which was a real bonus.

08-24-2005 15:39:13 | More by fisherman34
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

I've only been here once, which is an unfortunate thing, but that one time makes me wish I could go to the Twin Cities more often. The quality of the beers is exceptional, and the seasonals surpass all expectation. I've read reviews of bad service, but I had no trouble there at all. Knowledgeable staff, and my food (which was quite good) took less than 10 mins. Great tap selection of all different styles. These guys know what they're doing, that's why their brews win awards. Take home a growler if you can! Good value for such exceptional beers. Highly Recommended!

08-14-2005 22:12:40 | More by trevorwideman
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.9/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

There are some things in life I'll never be able to figure out...garden gnomes...techno music...Ben & J. Lo....why I put off visiting this fine brewpub for 5 years...
Now that I've seen the light, I check in here once or twice a week, and regular as clockwork when they have burger-&-a-pint (cask not included) for only $5. And what pints, too! Always 5 sturdy standbys, plus up to 3 seasonals and 2 on cask. I've rarely been disappointed by any of their beers, (just had a Black H20 Oatmeal Stout not 15 minutes ago...yum...), but must recommend the Masala Mama IPA highly for all hopheads. The Scotch and Golden Ale are also must-try's.
The food here is just good enough, and sometimes very excellent, but you're not coming for the food, are you?
Service, excellent, and quite knowledgeable on the beers. Plenty spacious, with a long bar, plenty of tables, ample room in the back, a pool table, plus patio seating in summer, with plenty to gaze at in this college neighborhood.
I would urge you to avoid the late nights if you have any aversion to smoke, cacophonous chatter, and the twittering and buzzing of barely-legal co-eds getting they drink on.
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almost 2 years after my first beerfly, I concur with myself, only the beers are even better, with new, more creative brews coming out at a phenomenal pace. I've also become more impressed with the output of the kitchen, and with the top-notch service.
Also, thanks to the smoking ban in Hennepin County, you need not fear the interference of pipe/cigar/cigarette pollution in the enjoyment of your imbibement.

07-20-2005 02:31:09 | More by feloniousmonk
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

I took a multi-hour trip to get to the Town Hall in search of one beer, The Masala Mama, and was elated to see they had it on cask. I was not let down by this beer.

The place is very nice with a big wonderful beer garden ( a group of 30 or so tables out on the plaza) which would be a great place to eat but all drinks have to be in plastic cups. I went into the bar and the have a nice open bar with mirrors many taps, chalkboards of specials and beeriana.

The quality of beer was not bad and the cask beer was wonderful. There is no smoking inside and it is pretty open so food smells don't get in the way of that wonderful hops aroma.

The night I went in was kind of slow but the bartenders, while not really cold, were aloof to my presents. When I asked for the run down of casked beers and specials he just pointed to the chalkboards. After more prodding he described the specials in as few words as possible. Make sure to ask for the daily specials menu as it describes the seasonal beers, incase you have never tried an American white beer or a double red. When they pour the casks they pump hard enough to shoot a spray of beer out of the top of the glass and most of the beers on tap they would pour until enough foam spilled out to bring the beer to the rim. Both bartenders had this style of pouring and then they would use water to wash of the glasses. A rather strange and wasteful practice. As the night went on our bartender did defrost a bit.

It was nice to see a selection of their beers plus some other guest beers in bottles. They also have a good selection of whiskeys and a full bar.

The food was a nice contemporary twist on American pub fare and it went well with the beer.

07-16-2005 19:48:36 | More by rhoadsrage
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $

This place is obviosuly a great, great brewpub in downtown Minneapolis. Nice looking, but smaller than expected from the outside. The same can be said for the inside. Nice wooden interoir decorated with some nice worldwide breweriana. This place is very small, and I always assumed this was in an old town hall building for some reason, bot the case! A small neighberhood, locals pub, brewpub that is not touristy or in a touristy area at all. Although many beer tourists (such as I) obviously make the trek here. Quality of the beers is great, and the service is awesome as well. I tried the new robust porter, and american wheat at $1 a pint on the opening night special. The next day I returned for some mama and the new galena pale ale on cask. All of the brews were of excellent quality and the selection here is nice as well with 2 handpumps and 7 or so brews on tap. Food is good as well, although I only had a chicken ceaser salad. It was big, cheap, and good. What more can you ask for? Go here.

07-07-2005 22:59:21 | More by francisweizen
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis, MN
95 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.