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Sisyphus Brewing


Type: Brewery, Bar

712 Ontario Ave W
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55403
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Added by KarlHungus on 07-08-2014

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 31
Photo of morimech
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Enjoyable taproom but not the best location. I like the rustic/industrial look of the room. Any taproom that has pinball and shuffleboard is a winner in my book. Board games are also available. Only 4 beers were on during my visit but all were 3.5 or better. Awesome take home options and they fill others growlers! Prices are about to be expected for a metro brewery.

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

It's off the beaten path over by Dunwoody next to where i-394 splits off from I-94 and backed up to the old railroad yard. Its in an old warhouse or factory looking building. Inside is industrial lite but the beer is good, the staff friendly and the crowd pleasant.

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Photo of Phocion
4/5  rDev -0.5%

I met my girlfriend here after work on a Friday afternoon. Since it was 4-5 PM, it was fairly packed but still manageable. As far as taprooms go, this was one of the more inviting ones and didn't have as much of an industrial feel as many do. A couple of large shuffleboard tables, a reasonably sized bar, and a couple of televisions that (thankfully) displayed only the beer list instead of something more distracting filled the relatively small space.

Four beers were on tap: A saison, an oatmeal stout, their Oaked Brett IPA, and their Brett Cascadian Ale. We split a flight between the two of us...

The saison and oatmeal stout were both good examples of their styles. The two IPAs, on the other hand, didn't really do much for either of us. The Brett Cascadian was interesting and drinkable, but that's about the best I can say. The Oaked Brett IPA, on the other hand, felt like someone just trying to throw ingredients in without caring much how the beer turned out. There were a lot of strong flavors that just didn't blend well with each other and we had a difficult time finishing even the sample pour.

Service was minimal but good. We sat at the bar but were mostly left alone, but considering the amount of people in there it wasn't a problem. It gets a little loud during peak hours, but this probably isn't a problem normally.

Overall I think this place has potential, but I wasn't a huge fan on what they had on tap during my visit.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

A newbie on the Minneapolis/St. Paul beer scene, but this place has tremendous potential. I hadn't heard of the place before visiting MSP, but thanks to the Yelp nearby feature, I discovered this was a short walk from the Millennium hotel where I was staying. Make the walk. Sprint if you have to. Just get to this place, because the beers are LEGIT.

Upon arrival, you'll notice the place feels a bit bare, maybe even sterile, but it feels spacious and the long bar provides plenty of space (always a big deal for me, I don't need an elbow with my beer).

There were four beers on tap when I arrived, displayed on a flat screen tv (oh you fancy, huh?). As I always do, I asked for samples and started chatting up the server. Turns out, the server is the owner and the brewer. Dope. That's that hustle right there. I respect that.

My first impression of the Brett IPA I had: mind-effing-blown. Mental explosion. So much fruitiness, passionfruit and piña burst from this on the aroma and when the beers hits the tongue. I was shocked at how good the beer was considering I'd barely heard of this Sisyphus place. I'd heard of syphillis and been told to beware, but nothing of this Sisyphus. Brett IPA is an easy 4.25/5

I moved on to the DIPA and again, holy shit, this beer is packing some massive aroma and flavor. But wait, it's silky smooth. Heady, Pliny, fuck with this beer, please. No seriously, my initial thoughts are that this beer can hang with the big boys that get all the nationwide kudos. 4.25/5 AT LEAST for this beer.

Black Ale with coffee comes next. I think I had to have two of these because it was so damn good. Again, huge aromatics on this, tons of fruit flavor bursting from this. But then wait, here comes a punch of delicious, dark roast coffee flavor with a tad of chocolate. How did the brewer achieve this magnificent balance? How did he manage that huge coffee-flavor? Turns out the brewer is pouring about an ounce of cold-drip coffee into the snifter (YES, they use snifters here and not those shitty pint glasses) before pouring the beer. The result? Phenomenal. This beer was a 4.5/5. I loved it. I wish had more of it.

So in summation, the beers here are the shit like Mr. Hanky. Huge flavors, great aromatics, beautiful head and presentation in the snifter glasses. But the brewer is also a great guy and he and his wife (his co-worker/co-owner...this is true love right here) can expect huge things in the years to come. I cosign the shit out of this little brewery. Minnesota pay attention!

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Sisyphus Brewing in Minneapolis, MN
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