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Barley John's Brew Pub

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BEER AVG
3.61/5
Barley John's Brew PubBarley John's Brew Pub
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

781 Old Hwy 8 SW
New Brighton, Minnesota, 55112
United States

(651) 636-4670 | map
barleyjohns.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
55
Reviews:
212
Ratings:
513
PLACE STATS
Score:
90
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
89
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
8.68%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 89
Reviews by bucko:
Photo of bucko
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Let's just get this out of the way first... I think Barley John's has the best food of any brewpub/beer bar in Minnesota. There. During the winter months, the outside of Barley John's doesn't look particularly beautiful. In fact, it's probably a little drab. Summer months seem to be more inviting as the hop bines begin to cover the trellis around the patio. Inside, the modest brewpub has a much more inviting aesthetic. Upon entry, you can't help but notice the cribbage tables made from tree trunks as well as the bar, also noticeably from a tree. The quality of both the beer and the food is very good. The service has always been excellent regardless of whether or not the place is busy. The selection and variety of food is both quite good... they typically have some other tasty beers on tap aside from their own, but truth be told, I'm always too interested in tasting their house beers to every try someone else's beer. As I said, the food is great. I particularly like their grilled pizzas, with Pizza H as my favorite: sun-dried tomato, roasted garlic, fresh spinach, fresh basil leaves, and goat cheese. Wonderful. If you're coming to Minneapolis/St. Paul, this is one of many required stops.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Taybeh
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of djkrause
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Photo of Ilafan
3.95/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of cadaugherty
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Photo of jrsaffert
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of zeff80
2.7/5  rDev -33%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 1.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.25

Odd place. Very small. Three of the 4 beers I had were not good. The porter is good, but they had a rye beer that I couldn't finish. The food was okay. My BLT and chips were very good. Other food was just okay.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of maedhros09
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Unless you're outside it feels a bit cramped here, but the environment is reasonable. The beers were hit and miss in terms of quality, but if you hit the good ones they can be very good (love the old eight porter). Service was great, and in addition to the 8 or so native taps they offer some guest taps of cider and local beer as well. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of green727
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of vikinghorn
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of AluminumBadFalcon
4.86/5  rDev +20.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of chrisjws
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of BigAl18
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.11/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Tiny place, decent food, friendly service (but very hit or miss - though they buy you beer if they do you wrong), very solid year round beers and exceptional seasonal stuff. High gravity and BA brews are outrageously expensive though.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4.03/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Passmethecraftbeer
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of hopazoid
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of spacecake9
5/5  rDev +24.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My absolute favorite place to drink beer! I really enjoys their beers plus the food is awesome and the atmosphere is very friendly. Whenever I'm in the Twin Cities I stop in and I always end up in a good conversation with one of the locals.

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Photo of babyrocks
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of striker2160
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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Barley John's Brew Pub in New Brighton, MN
3.61 out of 5 based on 513 ratings.
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