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Fitger's Brewhouse

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Fitger's BrewhouseFitger's Brewhouse

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(218) 726-1392 | map

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Reviews by MarcatGSB:
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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.

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Photo of weaselpiss
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.

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Photo of StormAles
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of camiconnell
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of runmn
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.

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Photo of shivtim
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of fredmugs
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.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
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.

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Photo of Taybeh
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 lake-side...in 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 Sunday...in 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 burger...next time!

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Photo of jakemn91
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of CraigP83
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of Yankeejw
4.45/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of JeffSK
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of DaveMiller
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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

Photo of kingpin1010
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Docrock
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.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Ilafan
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of BigAl18
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of mnbrewery
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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Fitger's Brewhouse in Duluth, MN
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