Thirsty Pagan Brewing
Active Beers: 34
Beer Ratings: 93
Beer Avg: 3.54
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
4.09/5 rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
Stopped in on a beautifully warm late September day and after seeing pictures online I was initially disappointed with the replacement of the glass block windows and brick facade with stucko. Upon entering you're greeted by a hallway with old beer memorabilia everywhere. The larger dining/seating area is off to your immediate left while the bar is down the hall and to the left. Overall, the seating area is quite large when taking both rooms into consideration. There's so many old, local brewery signs (in nearly perfect condition) that this place is like a Northern WIsconsin/Minnesota brewing museum. One side of the room with the bar has an old Miller High Life painting on the wall that looks like it's been there for 50 years while the other side sports an old wood bar loaded with swag and glassware.
It was Oktoberfest time so the seasonal menu was German heavy; Berliner Weisse with a raspberry syrup option, Oktoberfest, Helles, Bohemian Pils, another German style I can't remember, a blonde sour, and White Winter Hard Cider. All that on top of their standard line; amber, pale, roasty schwarz, and an IPA. The schwarz was also on cask with vanilla and coffee. The cask schwarz, and IPA were very good, the sour (Casey Batch 001) and Berliner were solid, and the Oktoberfest was a standout. The service was friendly and helpful. Growlers were available of all the beers on tap.
I loved this place. The old local vibe was awesome and it seemed well worn like it's the weekend hangout for people around town which is always nice to see. I'd recommend stopping if in the surrounding area if just to check out the vibe alone. I went around lunchtime but I'm guessing a lot of fun could be had on a Friday night.
10-01-2013 01:54:08 | More by joe1510
4.75/5 rDev +25.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
We had a fabulous time 8/15/13. Two of the staff who waited on us were more than hospitable; they were personable and added to "the adventure". One charming man delighted my 83 yr old auntie and made her feel special. I loved it. Our waiter understood beer, asking the right questions of my sweet auntie to enable him to bring her two samples of which she loved both. Outstanding beer. Our waiter did the same with the menu, asking the right questions he helped us make excellent choices. The food, unique, flavorful and definitely calls us to return.
08-16-2013 14:20:02 | More by tersena
3.7/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Decided to try this place out on a beer trip to Duluth. I have to admit that I really love the atmosphere of this place, but it's not for everyone. It's literally like walking into an old 50's/60's auto shop that has a bar and tables and chairs plunked down inside. Old vintage beer signs, rustic unfixed bricks and old furniture. Kind of guys garage bar. It is a bit cold feeling, but it's cool and unique with history.
The other people with me brought up the point that the beers all felt thin and watered down. I had to admit that too. Not sure what the deal is, but the body and carbonation lacked in all of the beers we tried. They were not bad and we still enjoyed most of the beers we had. Just not of the highest quality.
Good service, but not great. Could have been a little more friendly and less serious.
They had about ten of their own beers on tap, so a very wide array of beers.
Didn't try the food, but everyone else in the joint was getting the deep dish pizzas. Looks to be what they are known for food wise.
This place isn't necessarily a destination, but if in the area, it is worth checking out as it's just over the bridge from Duluth.
12-29-2011 19:59:28 | More by jera1350
3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Must be the one drinking establishment in Wisconsin that does not open until 4pm. Arrived for happy hour that runs from 4-6. Beers were $3.50 a pint. They had 7 beers on-tap and one repeated on the hand pull. The beers were a little better than average. I enjoyed them more than the previous few reviewers. The selection was not that varied however. Several locals came in and got growler refills and pizza to go. The pizza looked good but I did not try any. I had a pretzel and thought it was very good. The mustard could of used a little more bite though. Service was really good as the waitresses and bartender seemed to be at the top of their game. The building and the surrounding area is not the most handsome, but I would hardly call it a dive. A dive bar is the one down the block to the east. Inside has plenty of beer memorabillia with a huge mural of the Miller girl on the crescent moon on one wall that looked like it had been there for a very long time. Their merchandise looked cool and I was tempted to buy a $15 T-shirt.
10-16-2010 00:10:32 | More by morimech
2.95/5 rDev -22%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$$
This was our dinner destination on the Duluth trip and after lunch at Fitger's, my expectations were high. However, the first impression was disappointing. The place had the look of a cheap bar and not a craft beer brewpub; it's NOT a BA place for sure.
One of my buddies was surprised that someone had actually recommended this place. The beer selection was tiny but that's not my main issue: the beers we ordered looked awful (a murky Schwarzbier and a cider with no carbonation whatsoever) and weren't very good in other respects either.
The pizza that they seem to be proud of was ordinary, but not bad.
The best part was the service. Our waitress was prompt and attentive. While the prices were average, this one didn't seem worth what we spent. Not recommended.
10-02-2010 00:48:03 | More by tewaris
Thirsty Pagan Brewing in Superior, WI
87 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.