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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing CompanyToppling Goliath Brewing Company
BEER AVG
4.2/5
Based on:
35 Beers
8,857 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 167
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @tgbrews

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Reviews by mynie:
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Decorah is weirdly set up. I turned off of 52 into what looked like the beginning of a populated area but 30 seconds after passing some gas stations I was driving through a sea of trees. This part of Iowa bears a superficial resemblance to the Northwest--a resemblance that actual northwesterners would dismiss out of hand, but that the occasional visitor may understand. There's these big hills covered in trees, see, and then beneath those hills there lies pockets of buildings. It's beautiful, makes you feel warmly isolated, apart but secure.

Most of the buildings in town appear to be over 100 years old, but I'll guess that TG's was built sometime in the 60s or 70s, and has probably been a long line of restaurants. It sits atop a small hill, underneath trees and overlooking a street.

The bartender was wonderful and the crowd was affable. Trying to describe why I liked it so much is proving difficult, because the visit just felt so damn personal. The bartender actually seemed to enjoy talking to me. The locals said things I was interested in hearing, and they seemed to appreciate my company. There was absolutely no pretense, no artifice. Just a bunch of people sitting together on a patch of cement beneath a pocket of green, talking and drinking good beer.

The beers were fantastic, probably the best in Iowa. There was no food, nor any fancy-ass decorations or anything like that. Just peace and beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of KillerJigger
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Very small place with even smaller parking lot. The beer is out of this world but I'm wishing they will expand a bit. Bring your own food or order out and have it sent to TG not a problem so that is nice. If they had Assassin, Mornin Delight, and KBBS on tap always it would be near heaven. They do have a Furkin once a month which is an experimental IPA or what have to try. I personaly have had one that was out of this world and one that was OK. Call before you visit because they sell out quite often and its worth buying some to go so make sure they have some to sell. Cheers!

Photo of dmerr2123
4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of cbutova
4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Visited during an 8000-mile road trip over the summer. Stopped here after a very long day of driving and camped near the river in Decorah (a great spot!).

Clean and bright taproom with cheap flights and pints of extremely high quality beer. Yea not everything will be a BA Stout or hyped hop bomb but from what I had I found all the styles to be well-brewed and flavorful (Pale Ale, Golden Lager, Irish Red, IPA, Stout) That is by far the most important part. The to go selection was good and it seemed like they did reasonably priced growler fills of most beers. I did not expect even PseudoSue bottles to be in stock so that might have changed my experience.

Small tasting room overall but the quality of the brews makes up for it. When we were there it was not busy at all (maybe 10 other people) but I could see how it could become cramped. If you are in the area (within an hour or two) it is a no-brainer to visit TG if you are a huge beer fan or are into taprooms in general. Do not expect to be leaving with limited releases (although I'm sure people get lucky once in a while).

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4.79/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jruno
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of TylerTremelling
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of cervezango
5/5  rDev +9.9%

my favorite brewery , most consistently complex and Delicious brews.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of DrRei
4/5  rDev -12.1%

The tap room itself is nothing crazy as it's located in middle of no where northern Iowa. The staff were very nice and served with great service.

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of nilesschmidt
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%

Great atmosphere and very friendly staff. Not much to say about the beer that hasnt been said; its phenomenal. Just wish they had some harder to get beers occasionally on tap, but then again the size just cant support that type of rush or volume. Hope to return again.

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4.6/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Judging on the brewery experience this isn't a perfect score. While their beers are world class the venue is quite small. I heard developments are in the works to address this. Onto the beer, did a sampler as as expected they were excellent, especially the IPAs and the base stout, none of the limited releases where available as expected. Place was congested, as this place struggles to keep up with demand. Perfect beer, less than perfect venue.

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.56/5  rDev +0.2%

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company in Decorah, IA
100 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.