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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

247 Ratings
Ratings: 247
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.8%
Active Beers: 186
Beer Ratings: 4,416
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: 8
Bottles: 0
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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Photo of hoffman
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%

Damn fine brewpub here. Definately fits the bill. Great beers on tap are a mainstay. I love the Masala Mama and the Masala Mama on cask is just as fine. I also had the scotch ale and that one does not dissapoint either. A nice feel from this place. Two story storefront on a large street corner just east of the Metrodome. Very nice nostalgic wood work and ample room for a ton of folks. Two rooms one in front with the bar the other in back with more tables and the brew kettles. Also a couple of plush couches and chairs in front of a large plasma TV. Great for watching the Twins, Vikes or whomever. I love the feel of this place absolutely great more of an actual pub feel than most brewpubs. Service was ample when asked for, my glass was never dry. I wish I could visit this place every day.

hoffman, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of JeffKrenner
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%

Ah, simply the best place in the Twin Cities to have a beer. I make it in about once a week and always leave happy. Food is good if you order the right thing. Stick to the standard brewpub fare and you will do fine. The 7 corners burger is the favorite of mine. Service is always quick and friendly and if you go when it isn't packed, bartenders would love to sit and talk about beer. The beer. Well there isn't really a bad beer here. I have yet to be disappointed. There are always 2 or 3 rotating seasonals as well as 2 cask conditioned beers. Everyone knows about Masala Mama, but the MM cask is the way to go. Mike Hoops keeps brewing up new and great beers. You never know what he is going to come out with next. Release day Wednesdays are great when you can try the new beer for only a buck a pint! Growlers available at a fair price, especially if you bring them back for fills. Great great brewpub.

JeffKrenner, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.5/5  rDev -19%

A day trip to Minneapolis was highlighted by dinner at the brewery. The setting is neat, very old timey looking with a cool looking bar. The interior was dark and sparse, while most people were sitting outside. Menu is standard brewpub food: salads, burgers, sandwiches. Basically, I didn't care what the food was, I came for Masala Mama! Service was fine, but nothing extrordinary. Food was pretty sad, shredded yellow cheese on my romaine salad, and the veggie wrap was awful, but the fries were tasty. I sampled a MM, Mocha Java Double Brown, the pub ale, and a MM on cask. All beers were exceptional, the MM living up to its reviews and the cask being even better. The pub ale was basically a lightened up Fat Tire and the double brown was coffee up forward and beer at the end. Overall, I was overjoyed to dine here for the beer. Prices for beer varied a bit, I found it strange as prices for regular taps, casks and seasonals were all different. Anyway, my biggest recommendation is eat elsewhere and come here for the beer.

dreadnatty08, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of ccs
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%

I went to Mpls Town Hall about seven years ago and then again last night. It's a nice place, as I remembered. I was especially pleased that I got carded, but considering the college kids around, it makes sense. I sat out on the patio, had the beer sampler--a very nice selection of 8 brews--and a salad. The server was hot and cold. When he knew that beer, I was impressed. When it took a while for him to come over so that I could order food, not as impressed. I had a few questions about the beer and it seems that ther brewer was on the premises and the poor server ran between me and him to relay messages about the beers. The Cedar Ave salad (a special) was very good, and the brownie a la mode was so large that I was unable to finish it. Decent service. I'd go back. The beer was good, the food was good, and the prices were reasonable.

ccs, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of ryantupy
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%

This place is very easy to find right off of 35 by Sgt. Prestons and Grandmas. Parking in the area is not to bad either. I parked for $3 behind Bullwinkles bar which is right across from the Town Hall Brewery. The service was a little slow but it was kind of a down time since it was like 3:00pm. Our waitress was however very nice and knew quite a bit about their beer. I ordered the Douoble mocha java stout and of course the Masala Mama. The beers were $3.75 each and my burger was $7.75. Food and Beer are great. This is a great place to grab a beer not far from the metrdome. I would reccomend it to most anyone lookin for a good beer and meal. Oh yeah and you can take the beer home with you in a growler for $13. And if you bring the empty growler back, they will refill it for only $8 bucks!

ryantupy, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%

Easy to find just off I-35W exit 17C, hard to find parking, the parking garage around the corner works - $1/hour. Busy at 6pm on a Wednesday, but we were seated quickly. Good choices for beer - the new Mocha Java Double Stout is worth trying and their standby Black H2O oatmeal stout is good - $3.75/16oz. There is a happy hour when taps are $2.75/16oz. They also have a guest tap - currently a Belgian lambic. Basic but decent choices for entres that are $10-$15. Various chicken & pasta, steaks etc.

jdhilt, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of Prufrock
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%

Visited May '06.

Big thanks to my friends for getting married in St. Paul and giving me a chance to try this place.

Atmosphere is good; tons of dark wood, indoor and outdoor seating. Nearly empty when I went (Saturday afternoon).

Service was great. Server was knowledgeable and able to answer questions; brought me a bunch of 4 oz. samples on the house (I had so many of those that I asked him to put a charge on my bill).

Beer, of course, is fantastic. Masala Mama and Warrior are both dynamite beers, and they had Liefmans Goudenband on tap. Food was good, too; wife had the pulled pork and I had the chicken sandwich, and both were great.

A great experience and a can't-miss for those visiting the area.

Prufrock, May 30, 2006
Photo of MeLikeBeer
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

You really can't get much better in the Minneapolis area than the Town Hall Brewery. I've been countless times and finally decided to give my review. There are many reviews of this already, but I will gladly throw in my two cents...

Located in the 7 Corners area of Minneapolis, the Town Hall Brewery is an absolute must-stop for beer lovers in the city. Parking is available in a ramp attached to the Holiday Inn off Washington Ave and is around $1.00 an hour. Great ambience here, during the warmer months (few and far between up here) there is a large patio seating area to enjoy your brews.
The inside has a great, old-time, corner-bar feel to it...the front has a large seating area with great big windows overlooking Washington Ave, the back dining area has a pool table with views of the brewing equipment.
Service was fast and accurate, with our server being very knowledgable about the beers available, styles, etc.
The food, as usual, was top-notch. I had the Fish and Chips, but have also had the burgers, pulled-pork sandwich and several other things, and all have been fantastic.
But we came for the beers (which are all being reviewed separately)...Had a "Warrior" Double IPA which was incredible, followed by a Hefeweizen and a casked Masala Mama...very nice. The Oatmeal Stout here is also legendary. They had 4-5 regular brews, 2-3 seasonals and 1 on cask. This is heaven.
I stop in on a monthly basis to fill my growler and try the new seasonals. Don't miss it if you're in the area.

MeLikeBeer, May 30, 2006
Photo of grub
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

the length of the room is dominated by a long wood bar, with the rest of the space occupied by an assortment of 2 and 4 seat tables and a couple larger ones. there's also a patio outside for when the weather is nice. the bar has a big brass tower at each end with 12 taps on each and also has a pair of hand pumps for their cask conditioned beers in the center of the bar. if you somehow grew tired of the beer (which i have trouble picturing), there's an assortment of about 40-50 single malts as well as the usual bar fare.

as for beer, it's pretty much all their own (with a single guest tap, and a couple bottles). on the day of my visit the selection was their bright spot ale, west bank pub ale, masala mama ipa, hope and king scotch ale, and black h2o oatmeal stout. then there's the three seasonals, the irish porter, maibock, and india brown ale. finally we have the two cask conditioned beers, the masala mama ipa and merlot stout. i tried a bunch of them and took home a couple growlers and wasn't dissapointed by any of it.

the main room is kind of old and "worn", but very cozy. the outer wall is brick, and the main bank of windows is topped by a series of shelves containing an assortment of different growlers.

the staff was very helpful, answering the few quesitons i had about the beer easily. they were attentive, but not annoying. i spent the afternoon there, beginning with lunch, then some sampling, and ending after my wife and a couple friends joined us and we all had dinner. the staff left me alone most of the time, checking on me as my glass neared empty, and quickly stopping by when i was finished. i was very happy with the service.

the food was another bright spot too. i had a burger for lunch and our table had an assortment of dishes for dinner and we were all quite happy with them. the price was right and the food was great.

overall i was very happy with my visit to the town hall and will make a point to visit again whenever i'm in the twin cities.

grub, May 16, 2006
Photo of dfried
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%

Town Hall is one of my favorite bars period, not to mention my favorite brew pub in the metro area. It is at its best in the spring, summer, and fall when the large patio is open, but I can think of no other place I would like to enjoy a nice stout on a cold winters eve. It is located on a busy corner called Seven Corners just off the U of MN campus, so there are plenty of people around for people watching or to meet, but the brew pub atmosphere attracts many people who are just out for a great beer. There is always enough elbow room (unless it is one of their $1 beer new beer releases), and a knowledgeable staff.

It's in an old building, and has great woodwork and appearance inside. The food is above average, I recommend the southwest egg rolls if you need a snack off the appetizer menu in the evening.

I routinely pick up growlers from this place, one or two a week. I love the variety and selection at some of the liquor stores around here, but there is no beating beer this fresh.

dfried, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%

It's a nice old building that someone made a great little brewpub out of it. The people are pretty nice, but I did get some funny feelings from the lady behind the bar. The waitress however was great.

The beer seems to be very quality and much time is put into it. There are more taps in that place than there is at a military funeral. Food was great, not just greasy bar food. Well made food.

There are a lot of college kids that go there to get snockered because they have good lager.

Overall I enjoyed myself and can't wait to go back.

Erdinger2003, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of edbeered
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

edbeered, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of hanco005
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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 can’t 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 wife’s favorite). I usually get the pulled pork sandwich which is outstanding…marinated in their Hope and King Scotch Ale. I haven’t 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…I’ve 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.

hanco005, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of CultureJamMN
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

CultureJamMN, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

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 didn’t 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 I’ve ever been in.

The service was a bit slow. There weren’t that many people there, but our waitress took her time none the less. But, that’s just one person. Maybe it’s 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 I’ll have to stick with their oppinion. What should five-out-of-six get rated at? A 4.0?

This is really a great bar. I’ll be back, hopefully every time I’m 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 isn’t a concern. What a fantastic brew pub!

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of badbeer
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

badbeer, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

KarlHungus, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of hero27
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

hero27, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

blitheringidiot, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

FightingEntropy, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of jamesdergen
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

jamesdergen, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
3.63/5  rDev -16%

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.

Oxymoron, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of battlekow
3.55/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

battlekow, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

fisherman34, Aug 24, 2005
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4.68/5  rDev +8.3%

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!

trevorwideman, Aug 14, 2005
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis, MN
96 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.