Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Active Beers: 44
Beer Ratings: 5,986
Beer Avg: 4.18
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mdwalsh:
4.18/5 rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company - 12-17-10
I stopped in here on a personal beer tour on a Thursday just after they opened around noon. I was the only customer in the place, but the staff of five was having their meeting in the same room, so it wasn't awkwardly quiet which was nice. The tap room looks brand spanking new with a nice wooden bar that would seat maybe 12 people, and then chairs around the rest of the room. There are 6 taps (I think) at the bar and another three behind. A chalk board tells what's currently on tap and the prices while a white board just outside of the brewery (more on this in a moment) lists all the beers they make total, which I really liked because it enticed me to check back to see when some of those beers might come on. There is also a cooler with a pretty solid grouping of guest beers, some of which also make an appearance on tap.
Behind the bar and through a door is the kitchen and brewery, though they have recently purchased a new brewery facility off the property where they have a larger brewing system. I believe the plan in to brew mostly at the larger facility and brew some of the specialty/smaller batches at the tap room.
The service was good, even though they were in the middle of the staff meeting I never waited for a beer for too long. The owner was present, so after the meeting I was able to talk to him at length about the beer, their plans to expand distribution in Iowa and Minnesota and plan to bottle their beer. This guy has an aggressive plan to expand.
I ate, but it was just French fries because most of what was on the menu of appetizers was not available, the delivery truck was late. But the bartender didn't charge me full price for the fries at least.
This is definitely a place I plan to go back to and would highly recommend to others.
12-20-2010 14:28:59 | More by mdwalsh
More User Reviews:
4.76/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Can't really say anything bad about these guys besides the fact that they need to expand the foot-print faster. Always great hosts and the IPAs are second to none - keep up the good work my friends! Just make sure to setup the brewery release for next year...
07-24-2014 21:04:13 | More by jverdo1
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company in Decorah, IA
100 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.