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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.92/5
Based on:
138 Beers
4,107 Ratings
Place Score: 96
Ratings: 267
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.8%
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thbrewery

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Photo of bigkingken
2.65/5  rDev -38.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 2

I was really looking forward to dropping in here on my way across the country because it's been so well rated. Maybe it was the high expectations, or the fact I had a wonderful experience earlier in the day in Madison, but this place was a let down.

The restaurant itself is gorgeous. It's a big square on the outside with a killer mural painted on the wall looking out onto a huge patio. The interior has soft lighting, couches, overstuffed chairs, pool tables, and is simply welcoming. Top marks for atmosphere and ambiance.

But that's where I ceased to be impressed. The beer is decent, but nothing to write home about. The famous IPA is indeed very good, but being more of a fan of dark beers, was disappointed that they only offered one brew darker than a Scotch Ale.

The menu was uninspiring and very limited. What came out of the kitchen could easily have come out of any number of mega chains across the country. The pulled pork lacked any sort of smokey characteristic, and my dining partner's wrap could have been made at Quiznos. And the sweet potato fries were downright bland, which is a shame, since its my favorite side dish.

And the service was awful. True, we were outside and it was busy. But they need to have assigned sections to the patio instead of seat yourself, so the waiters are never as swamped as ours was, and so you don't sit there for 15 minutes before being greeted.

And to top it off, when asked if sweet potato fries could be subbed for regular fries, even if it meant a bit more money, we were informed management was very strict about not doing that. So we ordered them to spend more of our stomach room and money on them as an appetizer and were, as stated above, very disappointed. Then, throughout our meal, plate after plate of entrees came out of the door with sweet potato fries as a side. Go figure.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3/5  rDev -30.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

My feelings for this establishment are a mixed bag.

The atmosphere inside is OK, but nothing special. The outdoor patio on 7-corners is great during the summer. Nothing better than drinking a brew in a hopping area down town on a clear 80°F night.

The beer is pretty darn good, and the selection is great. They rotate out a wide variety of beers over a 2 year cycle.

The service... is some of the worst I have ever experienced. They look at you crossed-eyed if you want them to split a bill. They are slow. And they are honestly pretty rude.

They asked us (a party of 8) to leave one day for lunch (didn't actually ask, just told us they wouldn't try to get our food out in the next 2 hours) one day because we didn't call ahead... The restaurant wasn't busy, in fact there was only one other group there.

I haven't been there since (it has been about 6 months).

I love their beer, but I refuse to ever give them my money again.

Photo of jrallen34
3.13/5  rDev -27.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4

A must stop in Minneapolis while in town for Darkness Day. I was super excited to visit this place and had been for quite some time, however sadly I came away disappointed with my experience. I had the regular sampler beers and was really disappointed. The West bank was solid, the Masala Mama was totally off flavor wise and the other 3 were meh at best. The rotating beers were the biggest disappoinment of all. They had NOTHING good at all on tap. Its DARKNESS people, have good stuff here for us. None of their highly regarded beers at all, some chili beer and other dribble not worth mentioning. You guys really crapped the bad on this on pleasing out-of-towners. Before I had planned a weekend to just come to this place, now I wouldn't bother.

The atmosphere was decent, big and spacious. The food was good and well priced. The server was a total tool. He was not engaging at all, didn't chat, when asked questions gave one word responses and offered no suggestions with any substance. I get it your busy, but you gotta know beer people are going to be in town, we're going to ask questions.

Maybe an off day for MTH, but between the service and lack of special beers this place that I was hoping held a special place in my heart proved to be nothing more than a slightly above average brew pub.

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 aforbes10
3.43/5  rDev -20.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped here several times during a recent conference. The first time was for lunch and i had a pretty good time. Nice food (though expensive) and plenty of good beer, both in house brews and guest taps. While i was there, they had Duchesse de borgone (sp?), Schrlencka Hefe, Southern Tier Cherry Saison, and a couple of others, along with 6 house beers, with two more on cask. I had the scotch and the IPA on cask a couple of times, as well as the Masala Mama and their APA on CO2. Beer was good quality. Its kind of a weird bar though, with a fancy appearance at first glance, but that sheen dulls with time. At night, when the place was really hopping, the servers and bartender got really surly and pissed off at everyone, despite their high tips, etc. So, i think its a good place to get some lunch or dinner, but maybe not the best place to drink in the evenings.

Photo of dheldman
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.5/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

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.

Photo of kevinglin
3.5/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Was visiting Minneapolis for the weekend and had dinner with a friend at THB - have to say I was a little underwhelmed, perhaps having allowed my hopes to get too high based on reviews/recommendations from this site.

The establishment itself is adequate - standard "brewing operation visible behind the windows" in the back of the restaurant. Nothing particularly special about the layout/decor, but certainly comfortable enough to sit down and enjoy a few beers.

I had the Masala Mama IPA, which was very good, as expected (and hoped for) based on reviews here; the West Bank Pub Ale was fairly average. The food was nothing special - basic pub fare - I had a Turkey-Bacon-Avacado wrap that was tasty and well-portioned, but certainly not an outstanding dish or a reason in and of itself to visit the place. All of this was brought to us by a server who didn't seem to be too interested in working on a Friday night while his collage-aged friends were hanging out.

There were five house brews on tap, along with a couple of seasonals and other craft brews available, so for selection, there were probably enough options for most people to find something to enjoy.

Overall, a just slightly above-average brewpub operation. Not outstanding (except for the IPA), but also not a bad place to sample a few locally-produced brews and just relax. I would recommend based on the Masla Mama alone - but other than that fine brew, don't expect to find THB to be anything you haven't seen before.

Photo of battlekow
3.55/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of beerkittycat
3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Town Hall definately is the best brewpub in the Twin Cities. For Beer. They've won several GABF medals against some of the best breweries in the country to prove it. However, the service is SLOW and the food is OK. It's a shame that they can't pair better food with the amazing selection of beer that Mike Hoops keeps churning out. So, hit Town Hall for award winning beer and some buffalo wings (the only good thing on the menu) and watch the game or sit on the patio. Still a great destination and good value.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.63/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of colt45n
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Just got back from a recent trip to the Minneapolis area and from all the different places we visited this one had to be my favorite. Actually went there twice over a 3 1/2 day trip, probably would have went back again if it was my choice and if it was a little closer to the hotel.

The beer selection is fairly simple but I really like that muptiple selections on their seasonal brews unlike most places that only have one. All their brews were great in their own aspects I def had a favorite which was the hopimus but I didnt dislike any of them either.

The food selection is supurb, many great choices on the menu and they all tasted great!

The only thing I wasn't a big fan of was their customer service, our first time there we sat ourselfs in the bar area which was at average capacity but we waited at least 7-10 min before we even got aknowledged by any staff, seemed like most of the staff was fairly short when presented with questions as well.

Overall I really liked this place, loved the beer selection the only thing I would change is a little better serivce.

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 PastorBrewMaster
3.71/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

We were in Minneapolis for 4-days during a convention and went to the Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery on our first night. We liked it so much we went there 2-more times before leaving town. Atmosphere was good, service was decent (all three times our servers could have been friendlier, none of them seemed to love their job), and both the beer and food was fantastic. My wife had the Smoked Mac & Cheese and it was awesome. They had far more of their own brews on tap that I expected, very good selection. As you may guess by how many times we went there in such a short period, we really liked it!

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

First stop on a mini Wednesday night pub crawl in Minneapolis. Took a cab so we didn't have an issue with the parking. The interior reminds me of an irish pub. Very high ceilings and a 'rustic' feel. The place wasn't too pack. My party and I took three seats at the bar. The server was more concerned with getting off her shift than taking care of us. Our questions were met with short, snippy comments. We did settle on some beer which was fabulous. We didn't eat but the food coming out of the kitchen looked like standard pub fare.

I would definetley go back for the beer and hope for better service next time.

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 mkf629
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of dbalsock
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

An above average brewpub, but not as good as its been hyped to be. The atmosphere is pretty standard for a brewpub, and reminded me a lot of Boston Beer Works. The quality of everything was above average, but nothing really good, except for the constant cask beer. The service was good despite being pretty busy. We were paid attention to well. The selection was also good, and aside from the beers brewed there, they had some sweet belgians like the duchess, and a beer from southern tier. The food wasn't anything to write home about, but was about what I expected. It wasn't typical pub food, as I had a large burrito, but it could have been better spiced and put together better. The price was good for the evening though, and everything seemed reasonable.

Photo of shawnp
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of bulldogg915
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of s_wit
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Djsaturn1
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of rebis1bear
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in Thurday night for dinner and a couple of beers with friends. had the Nachos w/pork and the seasonal beer sampler. Beers where very good, Nachos wher alittle soggy and next time I will have either the beef or chicken on it.

Overall they are an OK establishment with really good beer. Food is good, service could be better, but the beer is what I go for. great stuff and very resaonable for the pricing.

The thing that I love about them over all is the beer samplers that they have. I really appreciate the ability to sample the seasonals without having to buy a full pour of them. With the sampler, I can try them all and then order the ones that I really like :)

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.8/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Been here several times now. The atmosphere is nice, good outdoor patio area to watch the hustle and bustle, and the interior is very antique feeling. I have always had very good service, they will always go out of their way to make you happy, (barring one bad experience.) All the food is competitively priced. Their house bbq sauce is fantastic. They always have several new and hard to find brews on tap. Their house brews are always killer. It is a definite destination for anyone making a layover in Minneapolis.

Photo of Jodi215
3.84/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Downtown location close to the University. Old brick building with a nice patio. Beautiful tin ceiling, long old bar, casual atmosphere. The music playing was wonderful, like listening to someone's cd collection. Service was fast and very friendly. They didn't have the IPA we wanted on cask but the Scotch ale on cask was very good. The food was outstanding, we had pesto mac, roast pork sandwich and southwest wraps. The only negative was the BBQ sauce for the roast pork sand was too spicy. The sandwich was fantastic though. We would go back here if we're ever in Minneapolis again.

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis, MN
96 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.