Herkimer Pub & Brewery
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Reviews by benito:
3.4/5 rDev -4.5%
The Herkimer is one of a handful of restaurants in Lyn Lake and remains one of the few brewpubs in Minneapolis proper. Its focus on German-style beers sets it apart from the dime-in-a-dozen mold of American brewpubs, as any visitor is likely to encounter a style (gose, berliner weisse, dunkel, kellerbier) hardly ever seen at other breweries.
The atmosphere is neutral--lots of grays, blacks, and vintage-style posters advertising some of the house beers. There are large, cavernous booths along the perimeter of the bar, and the bar itself occupies the middle of the restaurant. There's a bit of sidewalk seating available as well.
They keep six beers on tap, and when I visited, only one of them was one of the 'year-round' offerings. Instead they had a dortmunder, kellerbier/zwickel, dunkel weiss, gose, alt, and munich dunkel. The gose was an interesting experiment-- somewhere between a wit and a berliner weisse according to the restaurant's description, though the salt flavors were a little overdone. I also sampled the kellerbier and the dunkel weiss; both were above average, if otherwise unmemorable.
Given the paucity of brewpub selections in Minneapolis (and only Minneapolis), the Herkimer is a must-visit stop by default. Overall, the German brews make for an interesting angle on the brewpub; I'd certainly go back for another visit.
08-19-2008 02:13:36 | More by benito
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4/5 rDev +12.4%
Inside, this is a fairly dark pub (even in the daytime) with a large island bar in the center of the main room. Tasteful logo signs decorate the walls here and there without making the place feel cluttered. A large chalk board at the rear of the building presents the current tap line up including info about ABV and IBUs. Tile mosaic lined support pillars sprout from the floor in a few places. When I was here, there were a few people drinking at the end of the bar, but otherwise I had the place mostly to myself.
My server was very knowledgeable about the beers and the styles they represented--something one does not always find in a brewpub or craft beer bar. Luckily they have started doing a beer sampler since the old days, getting 5-6 oz of four beers of your choice.
My favorite beer was their Maibock. It had a sweet and slightly sulfury lager nose. The beer was a deep copper color with a fine white persistent head. Flavor was sweet initially with a hint of alcohol tingle on the tongue. The taste faded to an aggressive bitterness and dry finish, striking me as more like an Alt beer, but very nice overall.
The Alt had a light hop aroma and graininess. This one had a creamy mouthfeel and sweet tart flavor at first. After a couple of sips I got more caramel and grain with a mildly bitter finish and some citrus and earthy hop flavor lingering after. Not a bad beer, but I would have liked a bit more assertive hop bitterness like the Maibock had.
The Rye Pale ale was unusual. In the aroma I got sweet honey, passion fruit and not much of what I'd typically expect as classic hop aroma. The flavor was very strange with a Skittles flavor at first, that smoothed out after a couple sips to more of a real fruit blackberry or currant flavor. This was brewed with Junga hops, which I had never heard of prior to this. Looking them up, it appears that they are known for a blackcurrant flavor, so perhaps this is not an off-flavor in the beer, but simply a weird hop character. After learning this, I like the beer more! There is certainly something about expectations that color one's understanding and enjoyment of a beer.
The last of my beers was a Baltic Porter, a stronger alcohol dark beer with a deep mahogany color and ruby highlights. Flavor was malt forward with a hint of toffee and raisins. A bit of alcohol warming and a spritzy to almost creamy mouthfeel. Ends very dry and drinkable. This one could be a bit more complex, but a very nice example of the style.
Overall I was heartily impressed by the improvement in the beer quality and range in styles since my last visit. I was also lucky enough to speak briefly to Rachel Grey, the assistant brewer, who was in that day. Rachel is one of only about four female brewers in the state, and I noticed her at first because of her characteristic pink welly boots! She has been brewing at the Herkimer for the past year and has learned a lot in the process. I was impressed by her obvious passion for the job and interest in feed back. I appreciate her time in talking to me, and can honestly say that the beer quality at the Herkimer has greatly improved.
I had a wonderful chicken and waffle for lunch that really hit the spot!
Thanks to wonderful service, excellent food and a good mix of beers I had a very pleasant experience here for lunch. This really exceeded my expectations and I will likely return here
05-22-2014 18:12:11 | More by Jackofallbrews
Herkimer Pub & Brewery in Minneapolis, MN
83 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.