Barley John's Brew Pub

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BEER AVG
3.63/5
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
www.barleyjohns.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
55
Reviews:
236
Ratings:
572
PLACE STATS
Score:
90
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
89
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
8.73%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 89
Reviews by feloniousmonk:
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4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I was aware of this place for many years, but just don't get outside city limits much, not that I don't care, just that I don't drive. That changed when I heard of Rosie's Ale, the world's strongest beer, as of this writing, and I got a friend to take me up there, surprisingly not far away, via the freeways.
First of all, a very small building, with a limited number of tables, and only 4 stools or so at the bar. As an original structure (I think), free standing, you'd think they'd make it bigger, but there can be blessings here. Less crowded, no smoke, less noise...that I like.
Service was extraordinarily friendly and attentive, (the waitress brought out samples of beers we didn't order, utterly unbidden! How amazing is that?) atmosphere was tolerable (I can do without classic rock/80's radio, but it's the suburbs, whatchagonna do?), everything was nice and cozy, and the food? F'geddaboudit! It's all fresh and organic, the brewmaster is also the head chef, and it was all delicious! I had the braised beef made with Jindalee Shiraz, yum, yum!
Now, as for the beer, the real reason for any of these critiques: Incredible! The IPA was scrumptious, the porter was near perfect, the Belgian brown, which I am drinking now from a growler, was excellent, and the barleywine, the aforementioned biggest, strongest beer known to man, as of this date, 2004,AD, was sublime! Actually, the hype I created here about it caused some commotion for the staff, for John Moore, the brewmaster was out of town on vacation, and unaware of what a tumult would occur when they started serving this behemoth, and all the calls and visits they'd get!
One of the few brews I didn't try here was their mild bitter, which isn't really my style, but every other sample was excellent.
A tiny little box in a NorthEast suburb of Minneapolis serves excellent food and incredible beers. Seek them out, if you can. Consider this an order!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Taybeh
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of djkrause
3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Photo of Ilafan
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of cadaugherty
3.93/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Photo of jrsaffert
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of zeff80
2.7/5  rDev -32.7%
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 +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of maedhros09
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of vikinghorn
4.05/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of AluminumBadFalcon
4.86/5  rDev +21.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of chrisjws
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.05/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of BigAl18
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
4.09/5  rDev +2%
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 +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Passmethecraftbeer
3.93/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of hopazoid
4.29/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of spacecake9
5/5  rDev +24.7%
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 -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.29/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of striker2160
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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Barley John's Brew Pub in New Brighton, MN
90 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.
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