Fitger's Brewhouse

Fitger's BrewhouseFitger's Brewhouse
Fitger's BrewhouseFitger's Brewhouse
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

600 E Superior St
Duluth, Minnesota, 55802-2222
United States

(218) 726-1392 | map

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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Located in a real old building but it has been modernized. Larger than expected, very homey and friendly taproom, great staff, excellent food, good selection of decent beer. Well worth a visit.

Sep 05, 2019
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weaselpiss from Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.25

This is a good place to eat for pub food and great servers. However, beer wise, this is not the same place as it once was. Huge turnover in Brewers including the head man. Tried two, the Starfire pale ale which used to be great. Now it's like it was brewed by a beginner home brewer. Likewise the apricot wheat. It's fine for those who don't know what good beer is, sad. Use to have a great wit, breakwater, but haven't seen it for quite awhile. Oatmeal stout is still ok but the days of great seasonals, specialties looks to be in serious decline.

Sep 05, 2017
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runmn from Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

This brewpub is a historic gem to Duluth that contains a hotel, multiple bars and restaurants and even some shops. Their main restaurant is very inviting and busy. It offers outdoor seating as well. They frequently hold events but seem to not update their social media to inform others about them. Although I have never had any of their rare highly rated beers, I have had many of their flagships which have always been pretty solid. Their food is delicious and reasonably priced. This is one place I always try to go to when in Duluth.

Feb 14, 2017
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fredmugs from Indiana

3.35/5  rDev -22.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Based on the reviews I was really looking forward to going to this place and was incredibly disappointed. I had a 6 beer flight and scored every one at least 0.5 below the average on here. The IPAs tasted like medicine. The food was OK and usually when the beer sucks the food is great but there was absolutely nothing about the place to make me ever want to go back.

Jun 20, 2016
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Very cool, historic location on the shores of Lake Superior. The building and complex are kind of amazing, almost mazelike with shops throughout. It took a while to find the brewhouse where they serve the food.
The vibe there is old industrial. We were seated upstairs in a small, loft-like space. The carpet was pretty dingy and our table was a bit cramped but we still had a good time.
We tried their 7-beer sampler as well as a few individual pints. The beer quality ranged from near-awful to outstanding with the Cognac barrel aged wheat wine being the standout.
The food is excellent pub fare. The wild rice burger kills it.
Service was superb.
Pricing pretty much on par with most brewpubs.

Jun 09, 2016
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Taybeh from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

As other reviews note, the brewpub is inside a very large multiple level complex in a old historic building right on the lake in downtown Duluth. Interesting shops and also a separate home brewing store and a store where you can buy brewery gear and growlers. Bummer that the brewpub isn't on the fact, though it is two levels, it has a fairly small and crowded and cramped feel to it, with little natural light...I could see how that might be cozy sometimes. It didn't put me off, though I was just there for lunch on a fact, I enjoyed the vibe, but I could see how it could get really loud and crowded in the evening. Anyway, I enjoyed the beer...their pales and IPAs kind of reminded me of Town Hall, though a little cleaner, and they had a decent selection of different styles. The food was pretty good...wish I would have gone for the wild rice time!

Jun 06, 2016
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Docrock from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Got the flight which is 7 beers that they preselected. I wish places that did this would at least let you choose one or two of your own. Was not really impressed by any of the beers. They were ok but nothing that I would select again. The service was very good, our waitress was very attentive. The main reason for going to Fitgers is their Wild Rice burger. It is one of the better ones I have ever had and well worth the visit just for that.

There were a total of 11 beers on tap and 2 of that same 11 also available on cask.

Jun 30, 2015
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maedhros09 from Minnesota

4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

I'm not sure if I just got lucky on the last visit but both beers were really phenomenal. The Big Boat stout is really rich and unique - a must try for stout lovers. My recollection of past visits is also that the beer was excellent. The food was good, and the service was great. This is a must-stop location for any trip I make to Duluth.

Jan 23, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

They have 13 tap handles and put out a decent variety of beer - porters, pale ales, sours, wheats, and ales. The food is pretty standard bar fare augmented with some salads and interesting sandwiches. It is a must stop if you are near Duluth.

Jan 19, 2015
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MilwaukeeCrusher from Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +10%

Incredible venue in a historic hotel on the shores of Lake Superior. Place was packed not only for beer but for food. Did a sampler and was impressed with an oatmeal stout, as well as an imperial. A must stop for a beer lover in the area.

Nov 13, 2014
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Josh012012 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

I live next to this place. It has mostly made from scratch food and about a half dozen house made craft beers on tap (all pretty solid). If you are out of town this would be a pretty safe bet for a satisfying evening of beer and food. Expect an hour wait on fri and sat.

Oct 12, 2014
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socon67 from New York

4/5  rDev -7.4%

Headed to this place while travelling for work. The building is in the downtown area and is a bit of a museum to the original Fitger's, which was nice.

I had the sampler which included their seasonal and Brewer's Reserve. Menu is a bit sandwich heavy, but food was solid.

Great pub to show what local Duluth brewers can do. I'd go back.

Aug 28, 2014
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Djsaturn1 from Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Nice place. Waitress did not seem to know much about the beer. Food was good. Beer was great. Love the cask offering. Got a table right away with kids on a Friday night. Seemed pretty busy. Service was good and valet parking. Hoppaluja was fantastic.

Nov 30, 2013
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Can_if_you_can from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

this place was always one of my favorite places to go when I lived nearby. Fitgers has good to great beer, sometimes even mind blowing but mostly just good everyday beer. Their food is excellent and there prices are very reasonable for the quality and quantity. definite destination spot if traveling to Duluth.

Sep 22, 2013
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einman from Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great place to check out in Duluth. They have some really good beers and the food was good too, nice vegetarian options. Tried a handful of beers and picked up a couple of growlers to take some too. I will certainly visit each time I'm in town now that I have a few growlers to fill.

Aug 17, 2013
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stark379 from Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Fitger's is one of the original brewpubs in Duluth. They are constantly making new styles of beer along with the classics that many have come to expect. Bartenders and servers are more than willing to let you try a sample of a beer first before buying a pint, and they also offer tasting flights.

You really can't go wrong with any of their beers. My personal favorites are the El Nino IPA, Superior Trail IPA, and Wildfire. The food in the establishment is usually very good too. Service can be hit or miss, but that is to be expected with many restaurants. Prices are what one would expect for Duluth (tourist area), but nothing outrageous. Beers are around $5 pint and most meals are between $10-15.

Fitger's is definitely worth checking out if you are in the Duluth area. Another thing to note is that some of their beers are served off site at their "sister restaurants" Burrito Union and Tycoon's.

Mar 12, 2013
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pizza from Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great Brewhouse. A comfortable atmosphere, gets loud at night, often musicians playing.
Fun to go just for a beer or to get dinner. Many options on the menu, from continental to Mexican to fresh fish from the lake outside the back door.
The beer selection is pretty decent, although the same beers stay on tap for very long periods of time. It would be nice to see new IPA's from time to time, even though the El Nino is a classic. Nice to have the option of taking a growler of the good stuff home with you.
Good service. Highly recommended.

Feb 27, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place has a very mellow feel to it... i sat upstairs along the rail and its nice to just looks down while drinking some great beer.

Another really cool thing was that the Taps were all made of custome blown glass, i thought this added some character to the place.

Walk downstairs and you can see where the brewq the beer and they also have a gift shop where yo ucan purchase clothing and grownlers of some of the beer they produce.

this place will have a beer that you like, that is guarenteed

Very cool place and i would def go back

Dec 28, 2012
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MarcatGSB from Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -24.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This place is a complex. You drive up to the building, and it's actually very impressive (or not) to see what they have done with this beautiful older building.

The Brewhouse itself is a lot smaller than I initially thought. Seats maybe about 115 people, with a 10 or so seat bar. We arrived and were told that there was a 15-20 minute wait for the two of us, so we headed across the hall to the little "club" type thing, and had a beer. They serve Fitger beers there as well.

I had the Oatmeal Stout which was pretty tasty, I didn't take any notes for a formal review. we were called for our table in about 3 minutes, so I felt rushed to drink my beer so we didn't have our table given away to another party. Part of the reason I drove to Duluth and to check out Fitger's was their website stated they had a Woodford Reserve ESB on tap, so that was definitely a draw. When we were finally seated, I realized they didn't have the ESB on the tap board, and I asked the server...her response was "Yah, it was on tap the last couple days, but it's not gone, they just aren't pouring it today" Okay? So I can't get one, even though I'm fairly certain it was still on tap, ready to reach my lips. That was a bit frustrating.

I ended up getting the Cherry Batch, which was really tasty, and the Witte was decent as well. Food was slightly above average, but not much more. We had a couple salads, and veggie black bean chili, which was OK, no real stand out flavor for me.

Besides the disappointment of not having a beer available (I understand when a place runs out of a beer, or a menu item in general, but to just not serve it, herm). I'm not hating on Fitger's, but I didn't leave with a warm and fuzzy feeling, and I especially know that a special trip 250 miles across the great north woods isn't worth it, solely for Fitger's.

Oct 11, 2012
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

always stop here when in Duluth for brew ,food, the lake and the atmosphere, plenty of parking all around fitgers is on the north shore on LK superior its an older classic looking place with a mall inside a hotel specialty shops a growler shop and other retail food and clothing but what i come here for is the ever changing brews and the tried and true ones, the bar is always packed it is 2 levels but i seem to always stay by the small bar, thay offer flight of 7 brews or pints ive never been diisapointed by the brew, the food ,the service or the atmosphere , this is a destination and a must stop when on the north shore i always buy a growler when there and if it were closer to minneapolis i would drive there more often

Dec 11, 2011
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hohnx012 from Ohio

5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Fitger's is hands down the best bar in Duluth. Great beer, great food, great atmosphere. Anyone passing through Duluth should definitely check this place out. While the bar itself has outgrown itself, and can be a little cramped at times, this bar is definitely a unique experience. The Apricot Wheat and Oatmeal Stout are my personal favorites, but its hard to go wrong with any beer at Fitger's. If you're going for dinner, the Wild Rice Burger is a must-try! Delicious! If you're going anywhere in Duluth, it may as well be Fitger's.

Nov 23, 2011
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DesMoinesMike from Iowa

4.58/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is truly the gem of Duluth. Out of the remnants of a defunct mass-production brewery is this eclectic brewpub that employs lots of innovation while appreciating its roots. The building that is almost two complete city block is now a brewpub, brewery museum, motel, bar, other restaurants, and a mall with several shops.

The brewpub takes up 2 stories, with the fermentation tanks visible from the interior mall corridor. The menu has many burgers and sandwiches, with pizzas and typical pub appetizers. The beer selection consisted of 8 or 9 house brews, some with atypical names. The el Nino IPA, at 7%, seemed like a good option and turned out to be a good pick. For food I got some southwest chicken sandwich that had some great tasting BBQ sauce. The stout was nice, the cask beer didn't have much flavor to it, and the black IPA was nasty, like sour candy and pepper mixed together.

The service was great. The staff answered many questions and was happy to get any extras I wanted.

If you are fortunate enough to visit this city that's a hidden treasure of the Midwest, Fitger's is a required stop.

Oct 04, 2011
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kbaker91 from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Spent the weekend in Duluth with my wife, so we made our way to Fitgers a couple of times. Have been there several times in the past.

The Brewhouse is in the Fitgers complex on the shoreline of Lake Superior in Downtown Duluth. The place itself is a little small, which means it can get crowded at lunch or dinner time. It would have been nice if the brewhouse was on the other (lake) side of the hall, perhaps with a patio overlooking the Lake.

The service was fine, with young and attractive twenty-somethings answering questions and providing quick service.

The food is decent, a little better than average bar food done well.

The beer that the Brewhouse produces is excellent. I had a pilsner, an IPA, and a belgian strong ale. All were tremendous. We made sure we picked up a couple of growlers for our return to the Cities.

Prices were fair.

Overall, this place is a must-visit for anyone traveling to or through Duluth.

Aug 07, 2011
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steggers from Minnesota

2.08/5  rDev -51.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 1

Wow, where to begin? Took the whole family out to dinner at the Brewpub at my request. Three kids 6 and under, my wife, In-laws, and myself.
Let's start with the good. The beer was great. I started with a pint of El NiƱo followed by a Starfire ale. Both delicious.
The restaurant was busy because it was dinner, but it was a Tuesday night. The food took the better part of 30 minutes. We ordered an appetizer for the kids just it case the food took too long. It never came.
The food came out to the table and they were missing one of the kids meals. Seven minutes later for the missing chicken fingers, and we all could eat. My mushroom and Swiss burger resembled a hockey puck, dry and burnt. The waitress never checked on us to see how the food was. Not until she cleared our plates and noticed that I took three bites did she inquire. They did take my burger off the bill which was nice, but no further apology was given for the other issues.
Needless to say, the only way I will be going back on our next vacation is by myself, just for the beer.

Jul 29, 2011
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stayed at Fitger's over the 4th. For the atmosphere, the rating is based upon the entire Fitger's experience (their superb location sitting on Lake Superior, the aroma of brewing beer as you walk through the complex, etc.) not just the inside of the brewpub.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of both brew and grub. They had several offerings on tap (and on the menu was a sampler of 7 beers for 7 bucks). I went for the Starfire on cask and the nitro-tap oatmeal stout (excellent!). They offer good pub fare...I enjoyed the salmon burger (the salmon comes from the local Northern Waters Smokehaus...also worth a visit) and would have it again next time. If you are in Duluth, you should do yourself a favor and stop in!
PS--If you are headed to the BWCA and can bear the weight, fill up one of their nalgene adventure growlers.
PPS--Also gotta love a brewpub that will deliver growlers to you (within the Duluth area)!

Jul 11, 2011
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