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Day Block Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Active Beers: 37
Beer Ratings: 137
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 6
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1105 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55415-1225
United States
phone: (612) 617-7793

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @dayblockbrewing

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(Place added by: Fatduck on 02-09-2014)
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4.56/5  rDev +14.6%

saja0015, Sep 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

R1nzl3r, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Zach122, Sep 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

I'd probably rate this place higher if I'd tried the pizza since it looked good, but on beer and ambiance this place is a 3.5.

It's a nice space, although somewhat small for a brewery. You can ask for a taste of any beer. That's always good.

I wasn't particularly blown away by the beers here, but they weren't bad either. I tried about four and of those, the Golden Strong was the one I chose to have a pour of. It was good but unremarkable.

If you are walking from downtown Minneapolis, this is a good stop on your way to Minneapolis Town Hall Brewing, Republic and Arcadia Cafe.

ONovoMexicano, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

After a long winter, we took advantage of a sunny Saturday afternoon to go to Town Hall pint club for the first time in a while and then walked down the street to Day Block Brewing.

Day Block is next to Grumpy's Downtown on Washington. So much beer side by side may look like a bad idea. However, Day Block is much more of an upscale, industrial chic compared to Grumpy's gritty character. My guess is that the clientele for the corner may not overlap much. Plus, with a brewpub and a beer bar, their offerings will likely compliment as much as they compete. Hopefully, the flow of traffic from the nearby apartments, Guthrie Theater, Open Book and the future Viking's stadium will provide more than enough customers for both bars.

We ordered a rack of all six samples. All of the beers were solid interpretations of the styles. Of the group, I order a draft of the Frank's Red Ale that had lots of body and a pleasant hop balance. Fruhlinhgsfest was my next favorite, in spite of it not being a favored style, followed closely by the Honey Amber IPA. The Spring Lager and Kolsch were both strong for their styles, just not styles I drink. Lot 56 was adequate but I had been expecting more from the description and Al's reviews of other hoppy Day Block beers.

Dinner was a cheese pizza, thin and slightly reminiscent of Pizza Paradiso in DC but didn't live up to that memory. Thin crust, a bit greasy, full of cheesy goodness and a slight char on the crust, it was a good size for sharing.

I like Day Block. While not in the same league as Town Hall (yet), it's likely a place we'll visit again.

Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2014/05/day-block-brewing-minneapolis-mn.html

FightingEntropy, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

blairb366, Aug 04, 2014
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SlightlyGrey, Jul 31, 2014
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DreadPirateRoberts, Jul 30, 2014
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Bunuelian, Jul 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

mattmarka1, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

seangibbs60, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

jera1350, Jun 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Fatduck, Jun 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

mothman, Jun 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

MFauver35, Jun 16, 2014
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vikinghorn, May 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

treznor, May 19, 2014
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DaveMiller, Apr 20, 2014
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capuchinpilates, Apr 14, 2014
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BuckettOfBeer, Apr 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

NordeastFan26, Mar 29, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -8.5%

Inside, the main restaurant, bar and small kitchen are located off to the right of the entrance. There is a second bar area on the left, that was not open at this time, but gives them room to spread out during peak hours. The 10 barrel brewery itself is located in a glassed in room behind that accessory bar, and is all fresh and glistening new stainless steel. Both bars are of fine-grained lighter colored wood with a fairly large silvery tin-tiled back splash. Growlers and glasses line the back of the bar and 6 hand-turned wooden tap handles are used to pull foaming pints of craft beer for thirsty patrons. Brown painted tin tile lines the tall ceilings, criss-crossed by track lighting and industrial piping. Exposed thick brick walls and a huge expanse of spotless glass windows line the room. The overall impression is of extreme age with a fresh coating of paint, populated with new wooden booths and tables. The look inside the building is pleasant and well-lit, but has a slightly generic feel to it.

They usually have six beers on tap at any one time, but had just run out of one during my visit. With a small sized brewery, they are able to do many smaller batches and try more things, which is one reason I tend to like brewpubs. They have listed the batch numbers on the beer menu, and at least one beer was up to batch seven. This indicates that they have had time to dial in their system and hopefully make tweaks to recipes for fine tuning. I ordered the six beer sampler for their 5 beers and got an extra pour of the rye bock. Served in a long wooden paddle the flight certainly looked impressive when brought to the table. I'll give my impressions of the beers as a BJCP beer judge, but keep in mind my tastes may be different from yours! If you like a beer that I don't, that doesn't make you wrong. The Winter Wit was a Belgian Wit style beer with a pretty strong orange character--I actually liked this one pretty well. The humorously named Former Mayor Ryebock (R.T.Rybak for those non-Minnesotans out there) was a pleasant and malty maibock with rye and probably my favorite of the day. The Black IPA was fairly good for what it was but I'm just not a fan of the style, so can't get too excited about it. The Porter was decent, but didn't blow my socks off, seeming a bit thin in body. My least favorite was the Frank's Red Ale. I got diacetyl (buttered popcorn) and too much toffee sweetness from it that made it difficult to drink.

And the food? The kitchen at Day Block is tiny, but has an interesting mix of appetizers and pizzas. We ordered the pickle sampler, which included pickled radish, kimchi, and regular pickles with hops in the mix. All were good and refreshing. We also ordered the much-discussed bacon flight: a mixture of three specialty bacons served end-up in tiny porcelain bowls filled with dipping sauces. I love this idea and the sauces were really tasty (spicy chocolate, curry and another I can't remember) but at least half of our bacon was burned to solid black twigs of meat briquette. If bacon is on your menu as a signature plate you really, really need to cook it correctly. My wife ordered a Taco Truck Pizza topped with flank steak, cotija cheese, pickled jalapeno and radish. This was good, but didn't "wow" either of us. I ordered the Bahn Mizza: a pizza-fied take on the classic meat filled Vietnamese banh mi sandwich. This one was a winner! Slightly spicy with Asian flavors, pork and shaved carrots, atop a perfectly crispy crust. Now this is a signature dish!

My overall impression of Day Block Brewing was favorable, but with some caveats. I think the food was good, but they need to step up their game on that bacon. Nine bucks for mostly burned bacon is nine bucks too much. The beers were mostly good quality (minus the red) but none of them really excited me. Perhaps my palate is jaded after years of chasing the next new hop or funky beer. I'm hoping that these guys make full use of their small brew system and create lots of seasonal and one-off projects rather than sticking to a bunch of safe standbys. I didn't mention it previously, but Day Block makes a note of trying to use as many fresh and local ingredients as possible--a policy I thoroughly agree with. The beer they ran out of used a rare hop from Wisconsin, and I know they use malts from Rahr in Shakopee, so they are trying to do this in their brewing as well as the restaurant. I would certainly stop by here for a beer again, and perhaps a Bahn Mizza, but probably won't make the 45 minute trek from home just for that.

Jackofallbrews, Mar 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

KarlHungus, Feb 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

mmulebarn, Feb 16, 2014
Day Block Brewing Company in Minneapolis, MN
90 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.