The Muddy Pig
Taps: 48 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by feloniousmonk:
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
You know the old adage, "You learn something new every day?" Well, I learned today that it takes about 90 minutes for me to bike from my home in Downtown Minneapolis to the Muddy Pig, via the route I chose (which was entirely intuitional). Other thing I learned? It's totally worth it. My kind of place.
Actually, I knew that already. I've been aware of them for far too long, and finally visited with a friend last December. Had overpriced Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, a bottle of Zatte Bie, a beer I had not yet seen, and a decent meal. I liked it, and I admired the focus of what they're trying to do here. My second visit was after the Winterfest last January, stumbling mere blocks from the fest's site to find many draft selections I wasn't aware were available, such as La Chouffe and even De Dolle. I was also again cognizant of the noticably higher pricing structures. I'm in the industry, so I know how much things cost, and it seems like every Belgian serving was priced at $7 a glass (usually 12 ounces, I think), regardless of how much the keg cost.
On this visit, the beer prices still seemed higher than anywhere else, but a bit more reasonable. I had a Young's London Special Ale (who else has this? anyone?) for $5, and a Maudite, my second draft pour, but first here in the Cities, for $6.
Still, there is nowhere else like this in the Twin Cities, where beer is the focus, and quality comes first. The taps number 20 these days, and the selection was quite impressive. Local & Midwestern micros: 3 Summits, 2 Bell's, & a Rush River. Plus Victory Prima Pils and Hair of the Dog Rose. Yup.
Belgian & Belg. style: Unibroue Maudite & Ephemere Cassis, Delirium Tremens, St. Bernardus Witbier, Hoegaarden, Stella, and others, Guinness, Old Speckled Hen, 2 different Young's, and a Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest. Nice. Oh, and one crap: Lite. Whatchagonna do?
35 Belgian bottles. Amazing. On the menu, under "Domestic Micro", stuff from Avery, Great Divide, Victory, HotD, & Viking. The phrase "Other" covers macro crap, bland lagers, malternatives, ciders, and bottled water. Very well thought-out. Non-Belgians are covered under "Other European".
Nice look, old-feeling bar, full of all the fine beer signage they can get, and plenty of pig toys and such. Food is okay, but not outstanding. It really has the feel of a nice, local pub, a neighborhood hang-out, but with an emphasis on quality beer. Service is professional and perfunctory, but I had the feel, at the bar, on this occasion and others, that I'd have gotten more attention or even a little eye contact, if I was a regular. If I were a local resident, I would be a regular, though, as long as they have such a stellar selection of brews,
So, here's to the Pig, Muddy though it may be, long may it stand, and I swear to swing by a bit more often. I could use the exercise, anyway...
09-07-2005 03:17:27 | More by feloniousmonk
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