Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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2.65/5 rDev -38.5%
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.
07-29-2008 18:32:55 | More by bigkingken
3/5 rDev -30.4%
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.
11-01-2009 03:20:40 | More by dpnelson1978
3.13/5 rDev -27.4%
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.
10-28-2010 15:00:31 | More by jrallen34
3.38/5 rDev -21.6%
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).
12-26-2006 17:26:35 | More by kenito799
3.43/5 rDev -20.4%
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.
07-03-2008 14:35:37 | More by aforbes10
District of Columbia
3.5/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
07-08-2006 15:32:34 | More by dreadnatty08
3.5/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
03-21-2009 05:16:58 | More by kevinglin
3.55/5 rDev -17.6%
I visited the Town Hall Brewpub on the 18th with a few friends, while on the way up to Ely for a trip to the Quetico. It came with the reputations of great beer and shitty service, and lived up to both. The atmosphere was fairly bland, with a large, outdoor seating area and a dim bar area with tables. We were told to seat ourselves, only to discover to our dismay that the only remaining table in the entire joint had a "Reserved" placard on it. No matter, because with the (lack of) attention that the waitstaff pays to customers, they probably never noticed that we sat there anyway. The beer was, as promised, excellent, particularly the Black H2O Oatmeal Stout. The girls enjoyed their Grand Cru, while my friend Steve raved about the Masala Mama IPA. I didn't order any food, but I did try some fries, which were extremely good. Prices were a bit up there, especially for its close-to-campus location. Basically, if you don't mind effectively paying the waiter extra to leave you in peace with your delicious beer, go for it.
08-29-2005 03:40:18 | More by battlekow
3.6/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
09-12-2008 18:09:49 | More by beerkittycat
3.63/5 rDev -15.8%
Visited Town Hall over the weekend. A little difficult to find and parking wasnt 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 wasnt that big of a place. The second and third rounds of drinks we had to go to the bar tender. Near the end of our meal, our waiter was checking out for the night so we cashed in a just went to the bar. So not high on service.
The food was pretty good. A little high on price but overall not bad. I had some pasta dinner that was really done well and mixed well. I think they should suggest to patrons different beers to try with different food but, whatever. They had mostly American food with a good variety. But really I went for the beer, and it was good.
09-15-2005 01:43:09 | More by Oxymoron
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis, MN
96 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.