Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

Minneapolis Town Hall BreweryMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1430 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55454-1038
United States

(612) 339-8696 | map

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Photo of maedhros09
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Town Hall has always had a very warm, nostalgic atmosphere, which seems to be enhanced since their renovations. Their normal beer lineup is pretty solid (esp. the IPA) though I have to admit I was a little let down by the seasonals at my last visit. Often their brews are on the sweet side for my personal taste. I was struck by the quality of their guest beer selection, and kind of wish I had ordered one of those in retrospect. Also, they have a nice hard cider selection and a decent scotch list. The food has always been decent pub fare. I have had issues with service in the past but this time it was pretty seamless. I definitely recommend Town Hall. Even if you decide you don't like their beers the guest beer list should have at least something that appeals to you.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

They make their own beer and it is usually quite good. They also have several guest taps and have a selection of up to 10 ciders on tap that usually include a few that you can not find anywhere else in the area. The food is good.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Just had beers and didn't try the food. The service was pretty slow and I was sitting at a table since there were no bar seats available, so I didn't get to ask for samples of a few beers before ordering.

There was redemption for this in two of the beers I had, the Masala Mama, which was very good, and the Raspberry Mocha Porter nitro pour, which was good and refreshing. It seems this place makes some great beers and likes to experiment, something I appreciate.

The prices are reasonable, $5-7 a pour, and there are a number of guest beers on tap as well.

I can't comment on the food since I didn't try it.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

If you're visiting Minneapolis, this is one of the must-stops for craft beer fans. Masala Mama always on tap - it's the house IPA. Always a nice selection of other beers as well.

Some other beers to try if available: Mango Mama, Three Hour Tour, Czar Jack. All are outstanding

Food and service have always been good. It's a pretty laid back atmosphere. Mostly though go for the beer.

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Photo of PastorBrewMaster
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

We were in Minneapolis for 4-days during a convention and went to the Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery on our first night. We liked it so much we went there 2-more times before leaving town. Atmosphere was good, service was decent (all three times our servers could have been friendlier, none of them seemed to love their job), and both the beer and food was fantastic. My wife had the Smoked Mac & Cheese and it was awesome. They had far more of their own brews on tap that I expected, very good selection. As you may guess by how many times we went there in such a short period, we really liked it!

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Photo of Fluffheady
4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery is a cool brewpub that is worth a visit because of it’s proximity to the many other beer bars in the area. We tried both of the beers they had on cask and they were great. They have a good growler filling program, and their wall of growlers from other places is impressive. These guys are linked in to the beer geek vibe.

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Photo of Jodi215
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Downtown location close to the University. Old brick building with a nice patio. Beautiful tin ceiling, long old bar, casual atmosphere. The music playing was wonderful, like listening to someone's cd collection. Service was fast and very friendly. They didn't have the IPA we wanted on cask but the Scotch ale on cask was very good. The food was outstanding, we had pesto mac, roast pork sandwich and southwest wraps. The only negative was the BBQ sauce for the roast pork sand was too spicy. The sandwich was fantastic though. We would go back here if we're ever in Minneapolis again.

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Photo of heytomcat
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

These guys spent a lot of money on this place and it shows. Lots of dark woods and fancy appointments and of course, it's gorgeous. The only reason I gave a 3 for atmosphere was that it's just not what I like a brewery/taproom to be. It's just a little too hoity toity. I'm sure the food is great but expensive. On a positive note, the beer selection is outstanding and I loved the Lift Bridge Chestnut Hill they had on tap. The Festivus 2012 on the other hand was awful. A chocolate covered banana does not belong in a beer.

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Photo of kguard
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Great outdoor patio seating. Old school feel. Food is quite good for a brew pub and it has an excellent location. Service is rather slow on the patio but mainly do do servers have ten table sections. Beer is awesome and the regular and seasonal flights are a must.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Has a ton of reviews already, but I love this place, and have for over a decade. It's everything a classic brewpub should be.

Atmosphere: Small-ish to Medium sized inside, long bar, dark wood, windows on one side, a dozen or so tables (and I think there's a back area for more seating if/when it's busy.) It was deserted inside around 11:10am on a Friday, while the outside patio seating area was about half occupied.

Quality: Town Hall is awesome. Delicious standards: the Masala Mama IPA is always available on cask and CO2, and is DELICIOUS, especially on cask. Fun, interesting specialties. Had a very nice Belgian strong (a tripel? a quad? I forget.) Plenty of choices: about five or six standards, about five

Service: excellent! My bartender was apparently somewhat new, but was great, and the guy who seemed to be kind of training him was also great. Pleasant, efficient, responsive.

Food: didn't try it this time around, but remember liking it well enough in the past.

p.s. Their website is horrific, Flash heavy nonsense. Newsflash: here's what people want in a restaurant website: hours, location, menu, specials, events. Almost nothing else. And skip the weird clicking noises as you move your mouse around.

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Photo of BrandyHyatt
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A few years ago I took a brewing course. We had to do a project on a beer topic of our choice. I opted to do a short film and picked a brewery near by school - Town Hall. The staff was so nice and friendly. The beer is made in a pristine location, that stays immaculately clean surprisingly.

I went the following week for dinner and their wait staff is lovely, friendly, personable, and knowledgable. If you have a question about food or a drink they are more than welcome to tell you what would suit your palette. And the food and beer are amazing. I am a huge fan of their house pretzels and the Maslala Mama. Overall my experience at Town Hall Brewery is always a good one.

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Photo of SteveGathje
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My wife and I are Town Hall regulars. We love the service (but I admit, we know all of the servers and bartenders because we are there so often).

Food is very good bar food and reasonable prices.

Beer is ranges from very good to fantastic. Always something new and interesting plus their regular beers are very good.

If you sit at the bar you can nearly always strike up a conversation and meet some very interesting people.

Finally, in the summer a great patio is the perfect place to enjoy a wonderful fruit infusion beer (one of their specialities!)

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My wife took me to Town Hall on a busy Saturday night for my birthday. It took longer than expected to be acknowledged by a server or hostess. I was getting close to leaving (after almost ten minutes of standing at the "Please wait to be seated" sign) when someone finally told us she would be right with us. It took a few more minutes until we were seated.

The server came by almost immediately to get our drinks. From that point on, the service was amazing! The food was great. My wife had the mango chicken sandwich and I had the walleye sandwich. We had BBQ chicken wings to start off. The beer was the real gem here, though. I was disappointed that the vanilla porter ran out about a half hour before we got there, but was pleased with the Masala Mama and the Hope and King.

The price point was perfect. For an appetizer, two entrees, a flight of five beers, and two pints, we got out with a total cost (including tip) of less than $50.

I would love to try this again, especially when Czar Jack, Mango Mama, or Three-Hour Tour are being served!

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Photo of Tucquan
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited here on 2011-11-18

What an inviting place with high, punched-tin ceilings and an L-shaged bar in the front. There's another bar and dining room in the rear next to the glassed-in brewing equipment.

The bartender was friendly, informative and the right amount of attentive. I ate at the bar and had the pulled pork sandwich with fries. Both were delicious and very reasonably priced. A good pub food menu.

Their own beers range from world-class to very good and there are some good beers from other brewers.

If you are spending the night, there's a convenient Holiday Inn and a parking garage right next door.

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Photo of Brophmonster
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited 10/22/11 after Darkness Day

This has become an annual stop for me and my friends for post Darkness lunch. Quality establishment and well worth the trip.

Atmosphere is relaxed, it has never really been crowded when I've been there. Cool old building, well lit, kinda grungy bathrooms though.

Quality of the beer is outstanding, I tried lots of styles, all good. Masala Mama does NOT disappoint.

Service was prompt and friendly every time I have been. All the servers are well versed with the beer selection.

Food is pretty good. I've had several of their sandwiches, all good.

Pretty cheap compared to comparable brewpubs in my area.

This is a must stop if you are in the MPLS area.

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

The place is a beautiful building. Not sure about this part of town, but it looks nice and I'm a sucker for old brick buildings. Screw the breweries in warehouses.

The service is excellent and attentive if not that knowledgeable about the beer. They did have some nice pointers, and that's far better than most.

Selection isn't huge, but it's awesome. They must do some trades to get a few of the one-offs they get from other breweries. How did they get a keg of Deschutes here? Also, all their beers are amazing.

Food was pretty good - I had the fish and chips, and it was the best fish and chips I've ever had.

Value is excellent - you can get 5-5 oz sample glasses of their year round brews for $7, or 5-5oz samples of their seasonals and special brews for $9. Awesome. Food is reasonable, too.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A- Atmosphere has an old timey feel. Lots of old black and white photographs, chalkboards with current beers listed. A couple tvs for watching the football on.
Q- Good beers, taste fresh, served in clean glassware.
Ser- The service seems dependant on who you get. Some people, including a young fella seem eager. Others are quick, but don't seem all that friendly.
Sel- About 8 of their beers on tap, about five guest taps and a small bottle collection.
F- The Seven Corners Burger is recommendable. The french fries are forgetable.
A great place to get a beer. Definitely a place to go to get a pint.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by Town Hall while in Minneapolis for Darkness day, no way I was not going to try their beer. Not as big as I was expecting but it has a very low key atmosphere and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. The beer selection was awesome with year-rounds and seasonals, including Mango Mama! Only ordered some pretzels for appetizers and they were fantastic, especially with a hoppy beer. Definitely a place anyone can visit and have a good time, knowledgeable wait/bar staff, and try to get their early as it gets full quick.

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Photo of DCon
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Came here on the way home from St. Paul, MN and stayed and visited the BrewPub since the owners were enjoyed the Vikings game as I reviewed some of my beer. Being in the 7 Corners (West Bank) area, this place had a cool painting of their bar from the outside. Here goes my review...

Awesome Boston style in the inside and homely. When you walk in, the bar is on your right with tables and viewing of Cedar Ave and then you can go into a back room where there are dart boards, a pool table, and then a display of their micro-brewery. One thing I noticed from being in here, everything was awesome but the restrooms needed work BIG TIME! Weird too... Thought that the place was very vintage but they need to invest in re-modeling and cleaning these up...

Service was fantastic! Help from both the owners and staff the entire day! Everyone on staff really made me feel like a part of the place and made it a comfortable time.

Selection was without a doubt, one of the top I've seen from a BrewPub! 10 of theirs was available plus two cask offerings. They also had an impressive Guest Tap lists for both beer and ciders.

Enjoyed 7 of their brews and then had their Bleu Burger w/ Bacon & Sweet Potato Fries on the side. This place should enter this into a Burger Contest! That good.

I came here specifically to enjoy the Mango Mama but they just got rid of it on Thursday... Their selection still kept me around and I'm glad I did. Come check this place out! One of my top 10 places now because of the environment, selection, and awesome service!

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Photo of skipanoka2
4.43/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've been to Town Hall a half dozen times, and have never left unsatisfied. The food is good (goat cheese nachos with chicken, anyone?), the beer is better (Masala Mama is the main draw on most nights), and the atmosphere is as good as just about anywhere I've been. The guest taps are normally respectable, but there's often little need to stray away from Town Hall's own creations. Try a few, and you'll realize that these guys obviously know what they're doing.

I hope they keep it up for a LONG time, because although I don't spend too many evenings at the bar anymore, this is one of my top choices when I do go out for drinks.

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

Visited Town Hall Brewery last evening....and was very please. The brewery is located in a old building that has a beautiful ornamental ceiling. The bar was tight, but not too tight and there were number of tables and bar chairs to host a great Tuesday evening crowd. The quality of the beer and food was very good...I though the beer was great. I had the buffalo Chicken pasta....it was too spicy to eat much of it....but it was very good. The service was great and very attentive and seemingly knowledgeble. The selection of both beer and food was decent. There was five year round selections and five seasonals...all offering something different. The pretzels and fried green beans were nice and see above regarding my entre. The cost for six of us was $250....many drinks and everyone had a salad with their dinner.

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Photo of Moon2Goddess
4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The front entrance can only be determined by the people walking through it; a narrow, antique silver door with a porthole window on the side of the building. It was much smaller than I expected it to be, a historic looking building, with what appears to be the original fixtures and sky-high tin type ceilings. The paint is probably the 10th layer the walls have seen and the ripped chairs in the pool lounge are quite likely originals. But this classic and authentic feel is quite appealing.

I did not know what to expect for patrons here, I knew I did not want another college pick up spot, and surprisingly, this ten minute walk from downtown Minneapolis took me straight into rural Minnesota. Bad perms and mom jeans, baseball caps and flannels, hooded sweatshirts, blue collar workers, Nordic blondes in ponytails. The occasional self-conscious hipster freshman and dad in a golf shirt made an appearance, making it a Rockwell portrait of beer drinking Minnesotans. I was quite amused that it literally sounded like the voices and clanking dishes on their website. The servers were extremely polite and attentive, taking their job very seriously. When a bus boy accidentally started clearing my dishes when I went to the bathroom, he was apologetic and brought me a fresh glass of water and offered a new plate of fries--which, btw, had one of the best house dipping sauces I have ever had.

I of course, had to have their 5-5oz. brews sampler--for only $7, and was pleased to note they also offer growlers. All five of the beers were well crafted. I won't be hopping on the Masala Mama train simply because I do not care for IPA's, but that little guy had a lot of zest. The Hope & King and Black H2O Oatmeal will be the brews I for which I will return. Both had excellent viscosity, luxurious heads, and richly balanced flavor. There are many more food items, and seasonal taps to try, and I am looking forward to getting to know Town Hall better!

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

So this place looks cool-- it reminds me of a really upscale piano bar inside of a fancy, old, and busy train station. A huge clock hangs on the wall, surrounded by nice woodworking and sleek black granite-looking material (Formica?). It looks like a tastefully modernized historical landmark building.

We sat at the bar and I gleefully ticked a few beers-- the Masalla Mama didn't blow me away, but the Mango Mama and the guest taps were great.

This is one of those small breweries that really stands out in an increasingly over-crowded sea of small breweries. The atmosphere was great: classy an sophisticated enough that I would be happy to take dates here, but relaxed enough that I could see myself stopping in for a beer after work. If I went to UMM, I'm pretty sure you would catch me studying at a table in the back with a pint of something in my had! This may sound odd, but I could really see Hemingway sitting in this place...

The food was quite nice, albeit a slightly standard array of pub food.
Anyway... The bartender was very friendly and talked about beer with us.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn about 200 feet away, and had a blast, though the hotel was a bit pricey at $115 per night...

The merchandise was a little pricey, but the food and beer seemed on-par with other small brewpub experiences. Everyone should buy a nonic pint from this place.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is definitely my go to place; I try to visit once or twice every week. The beer is always top notch, seems like every week there’s a new infusion or new beer of some sort. The atmosphere is very welcoming. You can come in and have a beer on your own without interruptions, or you can converse with the bartenders who have always been knowledgeable and willing to help with any questions. The food is always top notch as well, although I mainly only come for the beer selection. The patio is a very nice option, plenty of space and tables, although the service is a bit slower when sitting outside. Overall it’s a great place to visit, the beer selection is always top notch.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Just made a trip up to Minnesota recently and knew I had to visit this highly reviewed establishment!

Basically, this brewpub is great. If you are looking for an upscaled brewpub where you won't look strange in either shorts and a t-shirt or a suit, than this is your place. I also really liked how the establishment is split into two halves each with their own personalities.

The side that has the distillers is along the lines of a sports bar. Tables and bar seating are abundant with a great glass wall that allow you witness first hand where your beer comes from. A few televisions are located in this section, but not placed everywhere maintaining that upscaled feel.

On the other side, where I spent most of my time ordering food and drinks, is where I feel this brewery flexes is uniqueness muscles. The ceiling is copper that has been covered in navy blue paint that has since been worn down in a number of locations. Molded picture frames cover the walls as well as enough beer memorabilia to maintain the beer friendly atmosphere. You feel like this business has been located in this location for a hundred years which I absolutely love.

Now down to the nitty gritty, 20+ taps on hand with a price that won't break the bank, solid menu with good unique food, above average service that keeps the good times rolling.

All in all I highly recommend this place and it is a must for anyone who loves beer.

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis, MN
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