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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

YOUR RATING = None |
BEER AVG
4.3/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
44
Reviews:
2,118
Ratings:
16,538
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
95
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
253
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
4.85%
 
 
Taps:
8
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
Toppling Goliath Brewing CompanyToppling Goliath Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

310 College Dr
Decorah, Iowa, 52101-1336
United States

(563) 387-6700 | map
www.tgbrews.com

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Added by emerge077 on 07-15-2010

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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 253
Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of will1256
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of martinfletwood
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Probably my favorite overall brewery. Seems like Toppling can do no wrong. Commonly available Pseudo Sue is the best there is. Rarely available KBBS and Mornin Delight are the best beers our there.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

The taproom is fairly small, but the staff and locals were very friendly and helpful. I went in the middle of the day, but would like to go back at night to see what the atmosphere is like then. The bartender popped a bottle of newly bottled Sosus for us to try, which was really nice of her. Great place and great beer!

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Photo of JuanAlberto
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of cadaugherty
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Billquirk
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Awesome place. Great experience to come and visit here. People behind the bar were excellent and very helpful. The locals are very nice. Started an impromptu share when we visited with some beers from back home, and someone broke out a MD. Quite an experience.

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Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of jenrhart
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Svyturys30
5/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

This small place is in the middle of nowhere, but the quality of the beer made the trip worthwhile! Pseudo Sue on tap is great! King Sue on tap is EXCELLENT!

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Photo of RajaSTL
4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Docrock
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited around lunchtime on a Friday and the small tap room was nearly empty. Only a handful of stools at the bar and enough tables and chairs for about 20 more. 2 guest taps and 6-7 TG selections available. There is no food in house but a nearby grill/cafe will deliver. Staff was very friendly and helpful, good atmosphere for such a small place. Most beer available to go in growler. Definitely worth the stop if for some reason you are in the middle of nowhere IOWA.

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Photo of jrsaffert
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Crinkletalk
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of craigbelly
5/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Degeneffe
2.76/5  rDev -36.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 2

After all the hype my wife decided to surprise me with a weekend away to try some of the best beer in the world. It was about 3 hours from where we live. The brewery is pretty small but has some cool whiskey barrels and decor inside. The service wasnt outstanding. You have to order at the bar and the servers dont seem to care much. I was extremely taken back to find only 7 beers on tap! With all the hype and really high ratings you would think they would have beer to sell for all the people traveling. Turns out they are outsourcing production now to somewhere in Florida. I tried all 7 beers (none of which rank as the world famous) and they were good. Each had a unique flaror and the consistency was creamy. I did enjoy the beer, just dont think it lives up to the ratings. Maybe it used to, but I certainly wouldnt make the drive again.

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Photo of Angerhaus
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Selection skews very heavily to the hoppy territory; when I was there they had 6 or so APAs / IPAs / Hoppy Wheat / English IPAs on ... and I think one lager (Dorothy's) and one oatmeal stout (Rover). This is something of a minor quibble since I'll happily drink 4 or 5 pints of Toppling Goliath hops but it does need to be noted that diversity isn't a strong suit.

Service can get overwhelmed due to the small bar and the steady demand for bombers / growler fills.

Ambiance is minimal; no real personality or flair, just your standard small brewery feel. They seem to welcome bottle sharing at a small scale which is nice as a compensation for the relative lack of diversity in the taps.

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Photo of Cheesy_McDuck
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Toppling Goliath, what a cool brewery, world class which I don't say lightly. Arable soil, Dan Gable, Toppling Goliath, and a few other things. The service is ok, but not great, but the beer is outstanding. I went canoeing with friends nearby into a river spread be delicious spring water, I wonder how big of a factor the water is in the quality of the beer there.

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Photo of medbadger
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I love this beer. I want to make friends with the people that work there so we can play cards on the weekend and drink this beer. My wife and I have date nights and every time I get to pick the place I head down the road to TG brews.

To be honest the place is just alright. Nothing special about it, kinda looks like it is in a old pizza hut building. There is always a few people sitting at the bar having some beer. But what is lacks in sexiness it more than makes up for in quality and service. Great people and great beer, that's what a brewery should be about.

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Photo of Devman171
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Jamison85
5/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of nuebs
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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