Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing CompanyToppling Goliath Brewing Company
BEER AVG
4.28/5
Based on:
42 Beers
1,196 Reviews
Place Score: 95
Reviews: 37
Visits: 205
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

310 College Dr
Decorah, Iowa, 52101-1336
United States
phone: (563) 387-6700

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Place added by: emerge077 on 07-15-2010

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Reviews: 37 | Visits: 205
Reviews by mdwalsh:
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4.18/5  rDev -3%
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. (1,820 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sprague67
4.87/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Thompsce
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Love the cozy tasting room! (27 characters)

Photo of Benjhilmer
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

What a strange place this is. I drove right past it on my first approach. It's very unassuming; you'd never know they make some of the world's best beer here. When I arrived, they were showing the Indiana High School Softball Tournament on TV; they don't even televise that in Indiana! Bizarre. I visited later in the day, so not everything was available. Still, I got to enjoy some great beer on tap. Their brews are worth the stop no matter what. (448 characters)

Photo of AnalogErik
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Finally made the pilgrimage this weekend to get some King Sue bottles to haul back home. Surprised to see how small it is, but its awesome, the two people working were awesome and helpful, and everyone seemed to be beer geeks. Had Nelson on tap still, but we got there late so there were some things off-tap already, which was a little disappointing. (350 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of kbuzz
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Awolter
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TrapJaw77
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TGGbeertrader
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I haven't had a beer from Toppling Goliath that I did not like. The tap room and the staff are great ! (104 characters)

Photo of johnyb
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Golden303
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

World class beer in world class mid west setting. Just wish they had more selection. Any version of Sue will change your life. (128 characters)

Photo of jonesjere
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of tapperm
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of TripleCanopy
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of cismay
4.86/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great beer in an unexpected location! (37 characters)

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.86/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Special events are EPIC!!! Everyday beer selection has really improved in the last few months as well. Most of the standard TG hops beers are on tap most of the time. Bombers usually available for purchase as well. (218 characters)

Photo of italianstallion
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Bunuelian
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of djhowell
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ILMbrew
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

If you find yourself in Iowa this is a must-do, no matter how far. It's situated in a small former pizza joint in the middle of small town Decorah but man is this a hidden gem. 10 beers on tap when we visited; yes pseudo Sue. We did two flights and a couple pints to cover everything and grabbed a few bottles on the way out; yes pseudo sue. It was a Monday afternoon so the place was pretty dead but mean was this some awesome beer. Seriously everything on tap is world class. You can't get the full experience without going. Pseudo Sue is great but so is everything else. You've got to check it out if you're anywhere in range. (629 characters)

Photo of Williaar
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company in Decorah, IA
95 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.