Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing CompanyToppling Goliath Brewing Company
BEER AVG
4.28/5
Based on:
42 Beers
1,181 Reviews
Place Score: 95
Reviews: 37
Visits: 203
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @tgbrews

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Place added by: emerge077 on 07-15-2010

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Reviews: 37 | Visits: 203
Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,423 characters)

More User Reviews:
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

Photo of chrisjws
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Nothing impressive about the location (middle of nowhere), the taproom (dinky as hell) or even the overall appearance of their offerings. Don't go there expecting to get a bunch of the top 250 checked off your list. Most of the ones they have on there are super limited.

With that said, appearances aren't everything. They just about always have Pseudo Sue on tap and it's a winner. It's cloudy as hell and served up in a frosted glass. It doesn't look special until you start drinking.

The beers here are all good. You don't get your name all over the 250 by making a handful of great beers. You get on there a lot by making tons of great beers and a few are good enough to enter into the upper echelon.

This was a long drive and I was skeptical. In the end it was worth it and there's no question. These guys are awesome people. They make amazing beer. Don't judge by appearances because you'll miss out. Hit this place if you can. (937 characters)

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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