Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Active Beers: 42
Beer Ratings: 4,233
Beer Avg: 4.16
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
4/5 rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I love their beer. Their tap room is like a Swiss cottage except it's in a small college town in NE Iowa. A nice scenic drive to get to Decorah. A few tee shirts and glassware selections available. They have some beers available that you can't find in bottles.
10-21-2013 01:31:40 | More by arnold931
4.66/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I never would have guessed north east Iowa could be so awesome! Made this trip from Madison with my wife and son and met up with brewer and BA, Mike and Bob to share some brews and it was a great experience.
Nice locations and interior is charming and bright with skylights that fill the space with light. Bar is small but staff is friendly and helpful.
Beer is out of this world, among the best I have tried in the US. See my ticks, I have tried a few beers, this place is legit. No food, but pretzels for palate cleansing.
Growlers for $20 and bottles coming soon.
Totally worth the extra 6 hours to our epic drive back home to WV with fussy baby. This is the next Hill Farmstead as also mentioned by others, but not quite in the middle of nowhere, check it out!
09-19-2013 13:39:36 | More by williamjbauer
3.8/5 rDev -16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Cool town blah, good places to eat blah blah, Luther College, Ice Cave blah. But seriously these guys make my favorite beers and the place just stands on it's own, regardless of how cool the area is. Never mind any bias I may have towards breweries in my home state, the beers are just top notch and if you're reading this whole review you probably know that. Get your growlers filled and find a trout stream!
09-05-2013 07:13:40 | More by bigbadmatt
4.13/5 rDev -9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$
First time here today after going to the Seed Savers tomato tasting. Goof friendly service right away. Tried five of their beers and all were good to excellent. The PseudoSue and Zeelander stood out to me. Absolutely would stop in again if I'm down in Iowa.
09-01-2013 03:23:51 | More by einman
4.59/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Ambiance isn't much, but nice. Nice outdoor area. Could get crowded easily because it's rather small but I suppose that isn't necessarily a bad thing. The more the merrier! I ordered a PseudoSue and a Zeelander. PseudoSue was incredible but they couldn't fill growlers. Zeelander was okay, definitely a different kind of taste. Probably not one I'd get again. Had the wife and kids with me on a Saturday afternoon but we don't get that way (1 hr 30 min away) very often so I had to stop. The bartender was very friendly. I think it's incredible that a small brewery like this has 8-10 of their own beers on tap regularly, all rather good. I bought a chalice and a growler of Golden Nugget (which was as good as PseudoSue by the way). Loved this place! Will probably make the drive back when KBB or Mornin' Delight comes out again! Quite the gem for Iowa!
08-29-2013 21:54:52 | More by henrichsj
4.65/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
When I arrived at the brewery I looked at this small quant little shack and I was like "wow is that it?"
I walk inside the brew pub on the friday night before the Kentucky brunch release and I say "where is everyone?"
I look around and have a seat at the bar. There is about 20 people at the brew pub the night before a huge beer release. Nobodys here. I say to myself "Jackpot!" Not too often in the craft beer world do you encounter this situation. A brewery that is making amazing World Class beers and its not absolute chaos! I honestly I could get used to this!
I belly up to the bar and I am greeted by a bar keep named Chealsea who has a freindly smile on her face and has that down home small town hospitality vibe about her. I think that a part of her confidence is gained from the awesome beers that she can pour for me! Everything that I drank from TG that night was magical! They had Mornin' Delight, SR-71, Naughty Temple, PsuedoSue, and alot of the regular taps available as well.
Met Clark who is the owner and original head brewer and he is truely a cool cat. He too is a humble and down to earth guy. Talked with him for about an hour or two while enjoying all the fantastic beers that he and his staff brew. Was really an awesome time. Its probably one on the best experiences that I can remember in the many years that I have been drinking craft beer. I got nothing but great things to say about Toppling Goliath. I live almost 4 hours away and I will gladly make that drive again just to drink some of his beers from the taps at Toppling Goliath. Not to mention that its all at a great price! Very reasonable when you consider the quality of these Toppling Goliath brews.
Bottom line... World class beers coming from Iowa. A place that I would not expect amazing craft beer to come from. Okay...I am going to say it, this brewery is probably going to be the next Hills Farmstead. No reason why this place isnt going to blow up and make it big.
06-07-2013 04:23:50 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
5/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is the real deal. It's so great to finally have a world class brewery in Eastern Iowa. These guys make some of the best pale ales and ipas out there, trust me. Fortunately for me, they also distribute to my favorite local bar. This place is definitely worth a visit. Be sure to take your growler, or just buy one there.
06-01-2013 22:15:52 | More by durlta
5/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
these are the best salt of the earth people on the face of the planet. they are dedicated to running a customer service friendly experience. could not be more opposite of some of the eat and get out type places. I love Toppling goliath and will return again and again, and again!
04-24-2013 20:36:02 | More by EdwardFortyHands
4.03/5 rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $
This place is all wood with a nice sky light. 4 or 5 round tables, a large long table and 6 or 7 seats at the bar.
Big selection of TG Beers, some you can't get anywhere else they're so special. Service is good, it's like a local bar. It has a kind of Cheers feel to it for Decorah.
I enjoy the specialty beers here, like the Firkin Fridays. You can also buy TG t-shirts, glassware, and growlers of TG Beer.
I have seen people ordering pizza in from Mabe's I think, other than that no food is sold on premises. There are pretzels at the bar.
02-22-2013 02:13:27 | More by Erdinger2003
3.9/5 rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Pretty small building set up high on a hill overlooking the street. Small bar that seats about 10 with several tables for four scattered throughout the rest. You could maybe get fifty people in the whole place. Lends to a small town feel, which it is.
About eight beers on tap with all but one being a pale ale or IPA. Not much in the way of variety which is too bad. Just the one brown ale, the rest were all hoppy beers. I do like hoppy and their pale ales are amazing and the IPA's follow suit. They do have some interesting blends of their beers which can be fun too.
No food available, just tap beer and growlers to go. Friendly bartender who was the only person working so waiting at times becomes an issue. Prices were fair for the product.
Not much else in Decorah as far as beer goes. A couple of bars, but mostly with TG on tap also. Fun place to visit and sample world class hopped up brews.
12-27-2012 23:10:05 | More by jera1350
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company in Decorah, IA
99 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.