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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 176
Beer Ratings: 4,081
Beer Avg: 3.92

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

206 Ratings
Ratings: 206
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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mkabull

Massachusetts

4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

This is the type of place that I like to go to . The atmosphere is excellent rustic wood floor , nice long wood bar , high tin ceilings , laid back seating in the back room and brew room veiwable through glass . The quality was great good bar food at decent prices but we are more concerned with the beer . They have a broad range of house beers ( dortmunder , IPA , Scotch Ale , and Stout ) , good seasonals ( when I went Pale Ale , Heffe , and Maibock ) and a nice selection of guest beers ( Rodenbach Grand Cru , Cider DuPont , Left Hand JuJu Ginger , and others) . They also had cask and nitro options . The service was awesome great freindly knowledgable bartenders ( mix of brewers , home brewers and beer lovers ) . If you are near Town Hall stop in it is worth it .

05-22-2008 00:04:58 | More by mkabull
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

The main reason I go here is for the beer.

They have five standard beers: Golden Ale, Scotch Ale, IPA, Oatmeal Stout and Bitter. 2 Cask choices (sometimes it is one of the standards.) And usually 2 or 3 seasonals.

I was here on April 6, 2002 and had 7 pints. Not a one of them was even average. This is how I'd rate the beers I had:
1. Imperial Stout- Exceptional (This was the beer that was aged in oak for the GABF and won the Gold Medal in Experimental Category.)
2. IPA - Exceptional
3. Potato Stout - Very Good
4. Oatmeal Stout - Very Good
5. Pub Ale (a cask bitter) - Good
6. Scotch Ale (cask) - Good
7. Red Ale - Good

This pub seems to change their cask options every week. They are pretty experimental in their brewing as well. Some of the other very good seasonal beers I've had in the past year include: Anniversary Ale, Big Black Belgian, Cabernat Stout, Coffee Stout, Smoked Porter and Vanilla Rose (around Valentine's day).

In my opinion, this is one of the three elite brewpubs in MN (along with Sherlocks Home in Minnetonka and Fitgers in Duluth).

04-08-2002 21:12:53 | More by Bighuge
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
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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spointon

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

I visited this place on 5/11/2009 while on a beer trip with fellow BA roadhouse.

This place was just a short drive from the highway and pretty easy to find. Parking sort of sucks unless you are willing to use a public garage (about $2.50) which we were and made things a lot easier.

The interior of this place is a throwback to the 1920's era...super high ceilings, lots of beautiful old woodwork, ornate bar, tall windows, etc. Everything was just a bit worn giving the place a wonderfully welcoming feel.

Service was prompt and friendly (we sat at the bar) and the bartender was not shy about pouring us samples as we pondered the beer menu.

There were about 10 house brewed beers on tap with a couple guest taps to boot. The Marsala Mama, Mango Mama, and Scottish Ale were stellar, as was the growler of Oatmeal Stout we took back to the hotel.

The food was good, solid pub grub. Prices for both beer and food were reasonable.

We had a fantastic experience visiting this place and I would give my left arm to have this brewpub near my home. Outstanding in all respects!!!

05-14-2009 02:43:41 | More by spointon
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mynie

Indiana

4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

My ladyfriend and I stopped by Town Hall three times during the course of a stumbling, drunken cyclone of a 36-hour visit to the Twin Cities. We were there at midnight on a Friday, nine PM on a Saturday, and then 11 AM on a Sunday. Normally the difference between literal night and day is for bars is... well, the difference between night and day. Amazingly, Town Hall kept up the same relaxed, chill vibe. Even when it was dark out and full of drunks, even it was the early morning, the year's first snowfall, and there was no NFL game being played anywhere in the Midwest so the locals had no reason to go out and drink so early.

Bartenders were friendly and fairly knowledgeable, even when they were busy. Of course, the early morning guy was more talkative, seeing as we were his only customers. The night crowds were very drunk but not rowdy at all. The music was pleasant and played at a decent volume. There were TVs, but not too many. It wasn't a sports bar, thank god, but if there was a game you just needed to watch then I suppose you would have been able to watch it.

The place feels genuine. That's probably because it is genuine, and if you need to know what "genuine" means so far as beer places are concerned you'll probably be happy supping at a Rock Bottom or Granite City and so there's no need for you to continue reading this review. Nothing in here was testmarketed. No interior designers were consulted when it came to equipping the back room with sofas. The bathrooms smelled a little bit, and there were places (nothing conspicuous, just _places_) where the paint was peeling a little bit. That's nice.

As for the beers... well come on look at those goddamn scores. Masala Mama is one of the ten best beers in the world. I'll agree that normally it's probably the best American IPA. But, brother, let me tell you, you ain't had a Masala Mama until you've had it on cask. You can't get that in a growler, sadly. You got to come here for it.

I didn't try the food, but everything was else with either perfect or damn near perfect. Believe the hype. This is an absolute must-visit.

10-27-2008 01:15:03 | More by mynie
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jjayjaye

New York

4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

This was the first place that I hit coming into town for Surly's Darkness Day '09. While waiting outside for the doors to open, I appreciate the expansive courtyard area with enormous wrought iron tables & chairs and a handful of gas heaters that must be a huge draw in better weather. Inside, the vibe is excellent, in my opinion. Tall cathedral ceilings lined with classic pressed metal tiles and large full length mirrors behind the bar add to the open feeling. A huge ornate dark wood bar and wall frames, distressed bricks walls, old school brewania and chandeliers adorn the the main room. Brewing hardware and an inviting lounge area in the rear. The bar is fully equipped with two sets of primary taps that give the staff a number of service options. There is also about six separate specialty taps and two cask engines. Unfortunately I missed the Mango Mama, but was able to enjoy the Barrel Aged Grand Cru and Cask Masala Mama, both which were AMAZING. The service was outstanding; the staff very knowledgeable and attentive. The food was delicious; I had to have the Walleye sub & salad...ummm! The place was all that I anticipated. Much more comfortable to me than Stub & Herbs (typical college bar). The only disappointment was that they DON'T VALIDATE PARKING (added $7 to the experience). HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT/ MUST DO for any visiting BA!!!

10-26-2009 23:31:30 | More by jjayjaye
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

12-17-2006 03:23:41 | More by objectivemonkey
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

First off, I would like to give a shout out to Jamie (sp?) our bartender who was great. Gave me free samples to try to make sure I liked the beer before I got a pour. Explained the differences of the Masala Mama IPA regular and cask versions to me. And he gave me a birthday beer which was very nice.

The place looks a little sketchy from the outside, but once you get inside it is amazing. Great atmosphere and just all around a fantastic looking place. I wanted to stay there all day.

The quality is amazing. The beers they had were just great. All 3 beers that I tried, I really enjoyed.

Service was great (please see above).

Selection was awesome as well. They had so many different styles of beer to try, that I wanted to have all of them. I will be going back to try more.

Food was "off the hook." I had a spicy chicken sandwich and it was so great. Huge portion and comes with great french fries.

This place is a must visit. The beer is great, as well as the food, the employees are friendly and knowledgeable, and you just won't want to leave!

05-18-2009 20:21:36 | More by mothman
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Finally made it in to Town Hall. It's a shame really, for the last 3 years I've lived withing 2 miles of it and never went there. Well, for more of those 3 years I wasn't 21, but still.

Finally made it out a couple days ago, and finally got a chance to try the Masala Mama. Boy was I pleased I did.

Atmosphere was great. The weather was nice so we sat outside. There was a Twins game in a couple hours so it was pretty crowded. Everyone was happy and in good spirits, the customers and the servers. It was an overall happy place to be...I would soon find out why.

The service was great. Our server was very helpful and knowledgeable about the brews. He explained what all the brews were from the brewery, and the difference between the cask and tap Masala Mama. He was a great guy, and I tipped him well.

The selection isn't the largest you'll ever see, but it's hard to beat the quality. Town Hall's brews are top notch, world class brews. I don't care who you are or where you are from, you can appreciate these well crafted beers. I ordered a Masala Mama and that was it, but I will soon go back to try more.

The food was pretty good too. The portions on the other hand, were massive. We ordered an appetizer, big mistake. We ended up needing 3 boxes for 2 people. I could only finish half my burger and fries (Seven Corner Burger - recommended).

The price wasn't the cheapest, but it was reasonable.

I will most definitely be coming back. I love the atmosphere and so far so good on their beers. I will bring more friends next time.

06-06-2009 00:50:25 | More by Mistofminn
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$

Stopped in on a Saturday afternoon on a recent trip to Minneapolis. The place sits on a corner near a whole bunch of other bars, with metered street parking or a parking garage nearby. Very inconspicuous from the outside, just a few awnings and a giant mural painted on the front. Tables located outside seemed to be where everyone was at with the nice weather, but the inside is where I like to be, and this place was beautiful. A nice long bar with lots of tables near the windows, all done in beautiful old woodwork, and an amazing ceiling. Another room hosts a lounge, additional seating that was closed off, and the brewing equipment behind that in a glass case.

Being one of only like 5 people inside at the time, we were greeted promptly and immediately checked the tap list, nicely displayed behind the bar. 5 staple beers, 2 current seasonals, and 2 casks...one of them being Masala Mama, and a few guest beers and ciders. The beers come in 3 sizes, sample, 10oz, or pint, and are of a good variety, from Dortmunder to IPA to Stout, so there's definitely something everyone should like. Only sad thing is that the seasonals apparently don't usually last longer than 1 week, but at least they keep brewing other things to take its place.

The food selection is also varied and amazing. I couldn't decide between the mango shreaded chicken and the gyro, so we went back on Sunday to get the other. Besides burgers, they've got plenty of appetizers, soups and salads, and more entree type food, all at very reasonable prices.

The service was wonderful and the employees were very friendly, even remembering us the next day. Very helpful and even went into the basement to look for some merchandise in our sizes that they didn't carry upstairs.

Usually I find places that I'd return to when I'm back in that area for business or something else, but Town Hall is one of the few places that I'd actually plan a return trip around.

06-16-2008 03:19:46 | More by HopDerek
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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis, MN
95 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.