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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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3.93/5
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133 Beers
4,195 Ratings
Place Score: 96
Ratings: 273
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 4.32
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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Photo of mtullius
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

It's always hard to review a place like Town Hall, because, really, what can I add? So I'll just repeat, for anyone who hasn't already figured it out:

-Town Hall is the best brewpub in the Twin Cities, and one of the best in the nation
-The Masala Mama (aka IPA) is one of the finest beers you'll ever taste, and worth driving hundreds of miles out of your way. Heck, it's probably worth a plane ticket.
-Especially if it's on cask. Make sure to ask.
-The food is good pub food. In my opinion, you're better off not bothering with the 'fancier' options on the menu, as I've found them to be not as good as they sound.
-There are, unsurprisingly, lots of regulars, and if you sit at the bar, you'll meet some. If you do this a few times, you'll become one.
-What are you waiting for? You could be drinking beer right now!

Photo of oner0002
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

A few tips for those new to the Town Hall. Around the month of November of every year they sell Pint Club memberships. They cost $150 (2007 price), but with it you get free beer every Saturday from 4pm to 5pm, a free growler and $0.75 off every Pint you get. I think it took me all of 3 months to make back my membership. Another cheap night is Pick-a-Pint Hour on Wednesdays from 5pm to 6pm where you can get regular gas pints for $2.00.

Also, keep an eye out as the Town Hall is under construction. They are adding bright tanks, more fermenter space and more brewing capacity. This means they will no longer run out of popular beers (read IPA) and will be able to have more tap and seasonal beers. They are already up to 12 regular and guest tap beers, but look forward to more! (written 11/24/07).

Update (11/30/2009) the construction is mostly finished and I'm happy to report that Mike and his crew are brewing like crazy. The "seasonal" beer selection rotates extremely fast now and often times a certain beer will only last a week. If you are a BA-er in the area definately sign up for the email list so you'll know what's coming out every week and when.

Photo of snpub540
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I went to Town Hall two times on my recent trip into Minneapolis. At first I passed it several times in the car, as I thought it would be a larger location. I was surprised even though it was the 10th Anniversary weekend it wasn't overly crowded. Took a seat in the outdoor patio and ordered the only beer I was really looking forward to trying the whole trip, Masala Mama. And they had it on cask, which was even better than I imagined. Because of the Anniversary they were tapped out of a few beers, such as their Black H2O stout and I forgot what else, but I did get to have some Czar Jack and it was also tasty. Atmosphere was good. It seemed like mostly locals who frequent the spot all the time. You could tell who hadn't been there when they would ask a bartender or a server if they could get a Miller Lite. The answer would be that they don't serve that, but they do make a "light" beer called Bright Spot and most people who tried it seemed to like it. This was a great place to go after the Vikings game. Walking distance from the stadium and not crowded by out of town fans. Whenever I'm back in the Twin Cities I will definately be making my stop here.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been to the Town Hall several times over the past year and have always been impressed. Most recently I was there for the 10th Anniversary. It was nice, but a little crowded. I've had most of their beers, but the ones that stick out in my mind are Masala Mamma (a must have when it is on cask), the oatmeal stout, and the scotch ale. I've never had a bad beer at this place. The staff is usually quite friendly and knowlegable. The environment is nice too, w/ an old English pub feel to it. I've had a number of their menu items including their delicious fries, a hummus pizza, the town hall nachos, and some of their burgers. All are very solid choices when having some beers with friends. I think the best time to come here is in the summer when you can sit outside. That being said, I've never been there during the winter so I can't really compare. I know that many others enjoy this place as well. In fact we are planning on having all of our interview dinners at the Town Hall for recruiting purposes related to my job. If you are in the Twin Cities and are looking for a good place to grab a brew and some food, you have to hit up Town Hall.

Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Stopped in for lunch and a sample of there beers on a Saturday. Since I use to live in the area I had no trouble finding the place. A few people inside sitting at the bar but most people were eating outside. Service was quick and the bartender seemed knowledgeable about the brews.

Started out with a pint of the 1800 Old English IPA and I was extremely impressed. This was worth driving into Minneapolis to try. Ordered a hamburger but didn't think the food was at the same quality as the beer. It was good but nothing special. Finished with a West Bank Pub Ale that I didn't like at all. Justed tasted off to me. Purchased a growler of the Centennial Pale Ale for latter consumption. That was also very good and kept well in my fridge at home.

Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery is a most stop for beer lovers if you find yourself in the area. Now I just have to go back and try some more of their beers.

Photo of jackorain
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Recent business tripm to this neck of the woods took me here.

It had anvisioned it smaller and harder to find than it was. It is right in the thick of things in "7 corners" I was staying at the Holiday Inn Metrodome ansd said "oh shit, iguess I don't have to search for Town Hall"

There is a lot of wood. It is a little drak inside. The bar is conformatble. I neglected to go arounfd back but I guess there is alot more seating back there.

The burger I had was good but cooked to medium-well when I asked for it medium to medium-rare. However, the french fries might well be some of the best I've had anywhere.

There was about seven Town Hall beers on tap and two on cask. The cask beers were Masala Mama and A coffee brown. Both really good. The cask mama was really quite unbelievable. There were also about 4-5 guest beers.

The thw bartenders and one manger that filled in at the bar were all friendly and talkative.

Overall- I am glad I went and will go back

Photo of udubdawg
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited in July during a long road trip. Well worth the little detour I took to get here.

Nice friendly place with an airy feel and lots of great woodwork. Lots of college-age patrons although I suppose that is even more true during the school year. Service was courteous although the server kept asking me "the IPA?" when I asked for a Masala Mama...I kinda figured she'd know the name of the beer, but oh well. I knew what I wanted, and BA dfried showed up and while waiting out another rainstorm was kind enough to offer more pointers.

I recall that my pulled pork sandwich was very good, but that's the extent of my food experience here. No complaints, and I look forward to trying more.

The beer...certainly the reason for coming here. Started with the Mama on cask, which was exceptional - among the top 5 beer experiences on my long 3.5 week trip. In retrospect I wish I'd have saved this beer for last, but oh well. Also had a pint of this beer on tap, which was good, but well short of the cask version. And in between I enjoyed a better-than-decent Black H20 oatmeal stout. Too bad I didn't have a hotel nearby or I'd have stuck around and tried everything. I had a pretty decent rootbeer here, and a taste of something that didn't leave enough of an impression for me to remember it - better go back!
Got a growler of Masala Mama that I enjoyed almost a week later at home.
Really nice place. Wish I had something like this available to me in Wichita.

Photo of Bamabrew22
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great place to stop and sample a few quality brews while in the Twin Cities. I was really impressed with this place. The brewpub itself is pretty easy to find. Once inside, you're greeted by lots of mahogany and an overall woddy interior; reminiscent of old pubs in Europe. I saddled up to the comfortable long bar, not far from the taps and ordered off of the chalkboard listing the day's brews. The waitress was friendly and attentive and got my Masala Mama IPA right over to me (the reason for coming here). Usual pub fare here, burgers and chicken, but hey also have steaks and pasta dishes, as well as salads. The Black and Blue burger (black angus with blue cheese) was outstanding!! Tartness of the blue cheese and beef went over well with the IPA. I also tried their English Summer, which was also an outstanding beer, one of their seasonals. Just disappointed I couldn't stay all day and have a pint of everything. Great brewpub!

Photo of Atron67
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A- This place was a great stop, The inside had a long bar, nothing about it was spectacular, but it was clean, nice and friendly. There was a nice outside patio that we sat at, which gave a real relaxed atmosphere for the very nice day.
Q- everything was high quality, the drinks were great, the food was better than expected.
S- the waitress was quick with service and replacements of beers, chipper, and knew her beers. The food arrived really quickly as well.
S- there was a good range of beers on tap, as well as two cask ales, (Their IPA, and IBA).
F- the food was really good and there was a wider than usual selection for a brewery.
V- the food was right where you would expect it, however the beer was pretty cheap, we went during happy hour, however happy hour, or late night specials seemed to always be on. It was 3.00 for a pint of draft, and 3.25 for the cask pints. This made it really cheap to get a fair amount of beer there

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

After reading reviews on Beeradvocate, I made this my first stop in Minneapolis – good choice. It has a nice long wood bar, looks very pub like. I must admit, it was a nice night and I spent most of my time outside sitting at a table. The food was not bad for bar food. It hit the spot after a long flight. The waitress seemed to be fairly knowledgeable about the beer on tap. She was friendly and kept up, even though it was rather busy outside. Overall, I would have liked to have spent more time there…but I did have a few beers and will be back when I’m in the area.

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

This has turned into my go-to watering hole in the Twin Cities. Their standard line up rocks, as do the seasonals. Basically, I never get bored with this place unlike most bars and brewpubs.

My only problem with this place ever is that some times I get slower service than I'd like. The service at the bar (if you can find a spot) is still always good, and some of the wait/bar staff is pretty cool.

The food has also always impressed me. The burgers are top-notch and the giant pretzel or pub fries make for great late-night fixes. The beer, of course, is some of the best in the midwest. The Masala Mama and Black H2O Stout are some of my favorites.

This place is worth a trip to Minneapolis by itself. Surly on-tap at the Blue Nile, Barley John's, and Great Waters are nice extras, but this is the place to go.

Photo of
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Final stop of Minneapolis Beer Sprint (11:15pm)

After entering a very small door, which made me think of what the entry to a speakeasy must have looked like, I emerged into a large bar/restaurant area. High 20' plus ceilings. Seating for 80 or so surrounds a bar with spots for another 30. Lots of dark wood and exposed brick. Plenty of mirrors and windows open it up. Fair amount of beer paraphenalia. Overall, very cool. Unfortunately, not very cozy. Just doesn't have that "favorite bar" kind of feel to it for me. Outside patio area. Pool table in back, with a few more tables and a view of the tanks.

Quality was fine. I sample 4 of their beers and had no issues with any of them. Temperature and glassware were mostly appropriate, although stout was a bit cold.

Service was OK. Bartender was very busy, and seemed a little curt.

Selection was 11-12 draft options. I tried the Masala Mama regular and cask, the Hope & King, and the Hiliary's Step Pale Ale. All were very good.

Food was not required, but menu looked like typical pub fare for the most part.

Overall, beer is great and would certainly bring me back. Atmosphere and service left a little bit to be desired.

Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is a very nice, old looking pub with a long bar, mostly dark, old wood. I unfortunately did not have a lot of time inside, so I did not try food and tried only one beer, but I did like the place.
Service is nice and courteous, but we did not go into any kind of beer discussion to judge their knowledge, but the selection of their own brews covers most important categories.
On my way out I paid 8 dollars for a previously filled, refrigerated growler that although had very nice "contents", it did not hold long. After a glass on the first night, on the second night the beer was "gone" and I just flushed it.

Photo of aaronh
4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in this oft referred to brew pub during a business trip. Atmosphere is great, with an old bar feel complete with oversized mirrors, old wood work and a tin ceiling on one side of the bar and a nice lounge -type area with a pool table and a couple of big screens on the other side of the building. Bartenders were friendly, the clientele seemed nice as well. A place like this would be detrimental to me wallet if I lived near it. It has a nice comfortable feel with a solid line-up of beers. In fact, for a brew-pub, this may be the best lineup I've had. I enjoyed every beer but one - even the "light" offering was nice. Worth the trip. Lives up to the hype, even if it looks rather unassuming from the outside.

Photo of LeonTrotsky
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went to Town Hall for the first time yesterday after getting growlers filled at Surly, and before a stop at Northern Brewer and Blue Max, so it was part of a beer filled day. The best kind of day.

My wife and I were there for lunch. It was a nice atmosphere, decent food with GIANT portion sizes at a decent price, and decent service. Nothing outstanding in any category, but good nonetheless. But those things aren't really why we went there; it was the beer.

I, myself, have a weird lust for hops, hops and more hops, so I was anxious to try their Masala Mama, and it didn't disappoint. In fact, I declared it worth of the praise it gets, and left with a growler. My wife had the Bright Spot Ale, which she greatly enjoyed as well. We plan on returning every time I get a chance for their outstanding brews.

Photo of xymyl
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a very cool place, I was driving (and I hate driving) so it is a bit of a hassle to find any parking on the street or find a parking garage. Still, I would say it is well worth the hassle. The only reason I give service such a low rating is that everything there was too fast paced, the bartender is multitasking like I've never seen (several drinks at once while taking our order). The guy got everything right, but I wanted a glass of Scotch after my beer and it took a while to tame the human tornado enough to ask for it. In other words, he was clearly an awesome bartender, he was just treating too many others to his awsome bartending skills to strike me with the type of awe where I get a drink in my hand when I need it.

Had a shot of 25 year old Glenfarclas that really hit the spot and was only $10 or $11, well worth it. Just for the record, it's WOODY you can taste the splinters, that was just what I was hoping for this night.

The beers were innconsistent, something great followed by something quite bland and/or bloating. But if there is good beer in the mix it's alright with me, I ignored the bad and soldiered on. What else can I say, I'll try this place in the afternoon next time, perhaps that will solve my issues.

Photo of bigreduw64
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I visited Town Hall Brewery on a Sunday and there was a nice crowd in there. Sat at the bar with a few friends and we all decided that we had to try a little of everything. I had heard good things about the Masala Mama, so I ordered on off cask and a friend ordered one off draft, comparing the two I liked both, but cask was better. They also had a Coffee Stout on cask that was excellent, tasted like drinking a cup of coffee, not beer. The beer I was most impressed with though was the Hope and King, this was by far my favorite, I could easily see drinking this one all night long. As we were ordering and asking questions about the beer the staff was very knowledgable. When asked what a beer was like they not only described the flavor, but listed the ingredients in the beer from the types of malts and hops to any flavorings added. We ordered some appetizers at the bar, the Mashed Potato Pizza, Calamari and Jalapeno Pretzels. It was good bar food, but nothing too impressive. Overall I really enjoyed this place and will definitely go back when I get a chance. I will also reccommend it to anyone traveling to the area. The only disappointment was that they can't sell growlers on a Sunday.

Photo of kenito799
3.38/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Pretty standard pub-type decor, spacious and comfortable. Large bar and two dining areas, some spots with couches to lounge, a pool table. Very friendly staff.
Food is standard stick to your ribs American bar food. Good bruger, decent fries. Soggy, lousy fried calamari (two good dipping sauces though). "Mashed potato pizza" was a pita topped with mashed potatoes, bacon and cheese, sounds scary but I liked it.
A good place to enjoy their beer, as well as other beverages (hot spiced cider was offered when I was there in December).

Photo of hgrong
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I am going to start this by saying that the beer at Town Hall is unmatched in the Twin Cities.
Unfortunately the food and the service do not match up. I am in this place at least once a week and the servers, particularly the men, are rude and not overly knowledgeable about the beers. The service is just plain bad, everytime.
The french fries are some of the best in the cities, but the rest of the food is greasy pub food that doesn't stand out.
Now that I have gotten that off my chest I would like to reitterate that I am in this place at least once a week and the beer is fantastic. If you are looking for a place to have beer in the twin cities this is definately one of the top spots.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

So, I don't know how many times I've been to Town Hall and somehow havne't written a review. So here we go.

Located in the midst of the Seven Corners of UofMN's west bank, Town Hall is most often a lively place, a cool and attractive pub, lots of wood with a sizable bar, separate dining in view of the brewing equipment, and even a set of sofas and big screen TV for viewing the big game, with a patio out front in the summer. Its a pretty nice place too, with good waitstaff, usually pretty knowledgable and won't leave beer glass dry. And with good specials and otherwise good pricing, it won't empty your wallet. Usually.

But enough of that, the beer!! Its why you go there. Theres Masala Mama, their top-ranked IPA, worth all the fame and praise heaped upon it. The oatmeal stout and scotch ale are also pretty tasty, but they churn out so many good seasonals and thats really the reason I go. This last time I tried the Heather Ale and Evolution, both each quite different and quite tasty.

The food isn't bad either, as every time I've eaten here its been good. This time it was the Jerk Chicken Caesar, which turned out to be quite tasty. All in all, I wish I were loaded so I could go out all the time and make this a regular visit.

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

Based on other BA reviews, I had high expectations for this establishment. I was not disappointed.

Atmosphere is 19th century saloon with pressed tin ceiling, long bar with an ornate mirror and woodwork, back room with pool tables etc. (The bar appeared to be modern but it looked good.)

Friendly waitstaff and bartender. I visited on a quiet weekday afternoon but there were about 15 customers on hand. The bartender was happy to discuss the beers and menu items and cheerfully offered samples of the brews. I had the Masala Mama IPA and the Grand Cru Belgian which were both outstanding.

Food was good and reasonably priced. I chose the pulled pork BBQ sandwich which was excellent and served with a sauce based on the Scots Ale.

I really wish Town Hall Brewery was closer to where I lived and I could visit more often.

My only complaint would be that the parking situation requires a lot of effort. Not a great neighborhood either unless you are a college kid.

Photo of Redrover
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I was very happy to stop in at the Town Hall during my most recent visit to the Cities.

There was a very nice crowd in the bar after the football game. The atmosphere may have been impacted a bit by the Vikings close loss to the Bears or maybe it was the fact that it was a late Sunday afternoon and most folks had to go back to work the next day, but it was very subdued and mellow.

The TH has a nice beer garden/patio in front. It’s a great place to people watch and enjoy some fine beers. The bar its self is very nice. It has a classic long bar, lots of tables and an attached pool/TV room. Extra points for the guys playing chess. I also liked the fact that there were several dogs wandering around with their owners in tow. I like to spend my money at a place that treats our canine friends well.

I only had an appetizer, so I won’t rate the food. What I saw looked very appetizing. I will be sure and eat next time I go.

The service was friendly, efficient and seemed to be well versed in beer.

They offer a nice selection of regular offerings and specials. I think they have 5 regulars, three specials and a couple of cask options. I enjoyed every beer I tried.

I’m already looking forward to my return visit!

Photo of shivtim
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A cool location on the outskirts of downtown with several other bars and restaurants in the area. I'm pretty sure we parked illegally, but it didn't seem to cause any problems. There's a small shaded outdoor area on the sidewalk. Inside it's like an old pub mixed with a sports bar. The ceiling is nice, and the old light fixtures are too. Yeah, I noticed. Service was weird... it took literally 15 minutes to get our drinks once we ordered them, but our food took maybe only 10 minutes. The food was good and reasonably priced. Portions were very large. We had great sandwiches with excellent fries, for around $7 or so. It was a little warm inside, they could have kicked up the AC. Overall a nice place, especially for lunch or dinner with a beer or two.

Photo of slyke
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I looked in my profile and couldn't believe I hadn't reviewed MTH after the dozen-plus trips I've made there.

A bar that runs nearly the length of the room with huge wood backbar stylized to make you think the place has been there for a lot longer than their decade or so. There is also a nice patio for seating in the temperate months. There is another room beyond the bar - but I've never sat there.

Table service can leave something to be desired. I've had great table servers and lousy ones here. Service at the bar has always been spot on for me.

Selection is great. Like most, I love the Masala Mama IPA, especially when it is on cask. I think the real attraction at Minneapolis Town Hall is the never-ending rotation of seasonals, some of which don't last more than a week or so. I have had many beers that may not be my favorite style, but never a bad beer. Some of my favorite seasonals I've had include the Merlot Stout, the SFO (a California common), and the Smoked Dunkelweizen. They even have specials on the new-releases, usually Wednesdays from 5-6. (I have yet, however, to make any of the release specials - darn job 90 minutes away!)

The food is top-notch pub fare with some imagination for flair (jalapenos in the tartar sauce that comes with the fish and chips, for instance). Prices are reasonable with most sandwiches in the $7-10 range and dinner entrees $10-15.

This is a must-stop locale in the Twin Cities. I try to get my family and friends to stop each time I'm in Minneapolis.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

For me, there are few places on this Earth that beat Town Hall. Last night I spent 5-6pm drinking $1 pints of some of the best beer on earth. My buddies and I ate some excellent bar food (the buffalo chicken sandwich with roasted red peppers is messy but great). After the new release special ended, we kept on drinking excellent brews and watched the Twins win a great game over Detroit. Great night all around. The highlight of the night (other than Morneau's go-ahead homer in the 8th) was the two cask brews, the Merlot Stout and, of course, the Masala Mama. Both cask brews were some of the best beer I have ever tasted. The Tripel Vision was great as well. I am really going to miss Town Hall when I leave the the Twin Cities tomorrow, but it will definitely be at the top of my places to go whenever I get back here. A must visit for any true beer lover!

Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis, MN
96 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.