Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

Minneapolis Town Hall BreweryMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minneapolis Town Hall BreweryMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(612) 339-8696 | map
townhallbrewery.com

Notes: Town Hall Brewery is a brewery and restaurant featuring world-class beer, fantastic food, and an atmosphere worthy of both. It’s a place where you can relax and enjoy yourself.

We’ve been crafting great beer at Seven Corners in Minneapolis since 1997. And through hard work and a bit of luck, we’ve picked up quite a few awards for our efforts over the years. In fact, we’ve been awarded more medals at the Great American Beer Festival than any other Minnesota brewery.

We’re proud of all our accolades, but the best ones don’t come from a panel of judges – they come from our customers and friends. Our beers are brewed for real people and individual experiences. We’d love it if you took the time to get to know them for yourself.
BEER STATS
Average:
4.23
Beers:
151
Reviews:
1,889
Ratings:
4,808
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.3
Reviews:
200
Ratings:
358
pDev:
8.6%
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Photo of battlekow
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4

I visited the Town Hall Brewpub on the 18th with a few friends, while on the way up to Ely for a trip to the Quetico. It came with the reputations of great beer and shitty service, and lived up to both. The atmosphere was fairly bland, with a large, outdoor seating area and a dim bar area with tables. We were told to seat ourselves, only to discover to our dismay that the only remaining table in the entire joint had a "Reserved" placard on it. No matter, because with the (lack of) attention that the waitstaff pays to customers, they probably never noticed that we sat there anyway. The beer was, as promised, excellent, particularly the Black H2O Oatmeal Stout. The girls enjoyed their Grand Cru, while my friend Steve raved about the Masala Mama IPA. I didn't order any food, but I did try some fries, which were extremely good. Prices were a bit up there, especially for its close-to-campus location. Basically, if you don't mind effectively paying the waiter extra to leave you in peace with your delicious beer, go for it.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A must for any beer lover visiting the Twin Cities. Lots of excellent beer, and above averange food (goon onion rings!). What I was most impressed with was the huge variety of beers that they make well. Some brewpubs that I've been to have a certain amount of commonality even when the styles are completely different. But this was definitely not the case here. The sample tray that they gave me was huge! I thought the place was a little dingy, but that could be interpreted as part of its charm. Not too loud either (even just after a Vikings game) which was a real bonus.

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Photo of trevorwideman
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've only been here once, which is an unfortunate thing, but that one time makes me wish I could go to the Twin Cities more often. The quality of the beers is exceptional, and the seasonals surpass all expectation. I've read reviews of bad service, but I had no trouble there at all. Knowledgeable staff, and my food (which was quite good) took less than 10 mins. Great tap selection of all different styles. These guys know what they're doing, that's why their brews win awards. Take home a growler if you can! Good value for such exceptional beers. Highly Recommended!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.9/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

There are some things in life I'll never be able to figure out...garden gnomes...techno music...Ben & J. Lo....why I put off visiting this fine brewpub for 5 years...
Now that I've seen the light, I check in here once or twice a week, and regular as clockwork when they have burger-&-a-pint (cask not included) for only $5. And what pints, too! Always 5 sturdy standbys, plus up to 3 seasonals and 2 on cask. I've rarely been disappointed by any of their beers, (just had a Black H20 Oatmeal Stout not 15 minutes ago...yum...), but must recommend the Masala Mama IPA highly for all hopheads. The Scotch and Golden Ale are also must-try's.
The food here is just good enough, and sometimes very excellent, but you're not coming for the food, are you?
Service, excellent, and quite knowledgeable on the beers. Plenty spacious, with a long bar, plenty of tables, ample room in the back, a pool table, plus patio seating in summer, with plenty to gaze at in this college neighborhood.
I would urge you to avoid the late nights if you have any aversion to smoke, cacophonous chatter, and the twittering and buzzing of barely-legal co-eds getting they drink on.
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almost 2 years after my first beerfly, I concur with myself, only the beers are even better, with new, more creative brews coming out at a phenomenal pace. I've also become more impressed with the output of the kitchen, and with the top-notch service.
Also, thanks to the smoking ban in Hennepin County, you need not fear the interference of pipe/cigar/cigarette pollution in the enjoyment of your imbibement.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I took a multi-hour trip to get to the Town Hall in search of one beer, The Masala Mama, and was elated to see they had it on cask. I was not let down by this beer.

The place is very nice with a big wonderful beer garden ( a group of 30 or so tables out on the plaza) which would be a great place to eat but all drinks have to be in plastic cups. I went into the bar and the have a nice open bar with mirrors many taps, chalkboards of specials and beeriana.

The quality of beer was not bad and the cask beer was wonderful. There is no smoking inside and it is pretty open so food smells don't get in the way of that wonderful hops aroma.

The night I went in was kind of slow but the bartenders, while not really cold, were aloof to my presents. When I asked for the run down of casked beers and specials he just pointed to the chalkboards. After more prodding he described the specials in as few words as possible. Make sure to ask for the daily specials menu as it describes the seasonal beers, incase you have never tried an American white beer or a double red. When they pour the casks they pump hard enough to shoot a spray of beer out of the top of the glass and most of the beers on tap they would pour until enough foam spilled out to bring the beer to the rim. Both bartenders had this style of pouring and then they would use water to wash of the glasses. A rather strange and wasteful practice. As the night went on our bartender did defrost a bit.

It was nice to see a selection of their beers plus some other guest beers in bottles. They also have a good selection of whiskeys and a full bar.

The food was a nice contemporary twist on American pub fare and it went well with the beer.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is obviosuly a great, great brewpub in downtown Minneapolis. Nice looking, but smaller than expected from the outside. The same can be said for the inside. Nice wooden interoir decorated with some nice worldwide breweriana. This place is very small, and I always assumed this was in an old town hall building for some reason, bot the case! A small neighberhood, locals pub, brewpub that is not touristy or in a touristy area at all. Although many beer tourists (such as I) obviously make the trek here. Quality of the beers is great, and the service is awesome as well. I tried the new robust porter, and american wheat at $1 a pint on the opening night special. The next day I returned for some mama and the new galena pale ale on cask. All of the brews were of excellent quality and the selection here is nice as well with 2 handpumps and 7 or so brews on tap. Food is good as well, although I only had a chicken ceaser salad. It was big, cheap, and good. What more can you ask for? Go here.

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Photo of mentor
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Stopped in one early June Saturday in 2005 as part of a BA event. Town Hall is located right downtown, not far from a parking ramp. Outside seating was available at large metal tables and I wandered in to get a glass of one of my all-time favorite beers, Masala Mama. Every seat at the bar was taken and I felt like my BA T-shirt was drawing some uncomfortable stares from the bar-regulars (seemed like alot of them). Eventually I found a place where I could order from the bartender and got my mug of IPA. Back outside I went and grabbed a seat at an open table. Eventually, a couple other BAs approached and we enjoyed some beers and the pretzels that I ordered. Service was mediocre, as there appeared to be too few wait-staff for the number of patrons at that moment. At one point, I was asked to dump my beer into a plastic mug (I've found it to be pretty standard that bars serve glass inside and plastic outside). I haven't marked them down for this as a negative, I'm only saying this so those who read my review will know that glass mugs need to stay inside. I'm glad I made this pilgrimage to Town Hall as the beer was wonderful. I suspect the service might be better under different circumstances (a home Twins game was about to start, it was a gorgeous spring day, and all the regulars were in the house for some mug-club special).

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Photo of schoolcb
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I'm here on business for a few days, and stopped by for lunch on my way to the office and had a burger and a couple of pints. It was well past the lunch-time rush and the place was all but empty, so the service was good. Beers were very good (see my reviews), so I came back again tonight at about 5:30pm. It was much busier, but I had no problems getting a table. Again the food was good, the service was good, and I had 2 different pints this time and they were also good. I noticed they have won some awards at the GABF for several of their beers, and it's no secret why. These guys brew good beer. If you are in the area it's a worthy stop.

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Photo of corporatejim
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is one of my usual haunts. I love the place. Located at 7 corners in Minneapolis in a cool old building. Long old real wood bar and several tables dominate the front room. The back room has several more tables, a pool table, real cork dart board, and you can see several of the serving vessels through glass.

Their IPA, Masala Mama, is one of my favorite beers but it seems I hardly get a chance to have it anymore with the fine selection of seasonals that rotate through.

This was the first stop this past Saturday for us on the "I Love Beer" pub crawl. Stopped in around ten to have brunch before the event. Nice spread and a deal at only 6.95 IMO.

We ate at the bar where we got a view of the beers that would on for the crawl. Very nice. In addition to the regulars, they pulled their Maibock out a week early for this, they had a Belgian Stong, and an awesome wood aged Imperial Porter. num

Some of the establishments we visited on the crawl had limited their selections for this event, Townhall added a couple of special ones. I am very glad we started here. Great place!

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Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Easily the best brew-pub in Minnesota. I didn't "discover" this place until I started up on BA and by then I was on my way to Utah! D'oh! Now, I stop in at least once whenever I make it back home. The Town Hall has a great feel to it, whether you're sitting outside, or up at the long, beautiful bar, or on one of the comfortable chairs over by the fire place. The inside is split into two areas; the east side has the bar, while the west side gives a view of the brewing equipment. Service is decent, but can be understandably slow on a crazy weekend night in the summer. Aside from their everyday line-up of brews, they always have at least two seasonals that rotate frequently, one or two beers on cask, and a guest cider (Strongbow everytime I've been in). Every beer I've had has been above average, with the exception of perhaps "Festivus," and the Mama cannot be beat. You can never go wrong with her. The food is decent, especially the walleye sandwich. My only gripe is that when you are sitting outside on a beautiful summer evening, they serve your beer in a plastic pint. But this may be a city regualtion or something. When in MN, you must go here.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Me and a couple of buddies went here this summer late at night, probably after 12 or 12:30. We had been in a bar nearby, and i convinced these gentlemen that this place would have some beer that we would be interested in. Of course we had the Mama first and were absolutly blow away. I also had the scotch ale and that was great as well.

I wanted to get a growler but the bartender told me that i would have to come back during the day when it wasnt as busy.

The place was packed and had a mixture of about half college age and half older. Great place and if it was just a touch cheaper we would be hanging out there all the time. The beers are amazing.

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Photo of bditty187
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was in town long enough to visit this brewpub twice.

1st Visit: We stopped in around 1 o’clock in the afternoon on a Wednesday. I parked on the street; metered parking is not the way to go in town. I was surprised with the lack of people. We sat outside because it was a nice day and we had been driving in a car for the previous six hours. The patio was pleasant but I was surprised that the beer was served in hard plastic glasses. Later I learned that this is a city ordinance. Maybe I’m too beer geeky for my own good. The food menu was plenty wide with enough choices for most people. I enjoyed my half Caesar salad and pulled pork sandwich with fries. Everything was very tasty. The service was prompt and friendly with enough beer knowledge. I quaffed a few dandies before heading to the hotel.

2nd Visit: We stopped in around 8:30 pm on a Friday and parked in a nearby lot. It was just getting busy. We sat outside again and watched all the Twins fans walk to their cars. We didn’t eat anything aside from some guacamole dip. Good stuff. This is when I tried Masala Mama on cask, damn good stuff! This time our waitress was overworked and wacky. We got good service, considering her burden. I also figured I better at least go inside and look around. The bar is fairly big with a few tables. I noticed a pool table in the back room by the exposed brewing equipment. It was really too smoky to walk around. The bathroom was very dirty.

Overall I really liked this place, the beer was great as was the food. Obvious I’m telling you nothing new. It is well worth a visit.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have finally taken the pilgrimage and It was good. I decided to go last night for three reasons. I had the day off, several BAs were going to be there (TastyTaste, feloniousmonk and steorn as it turned out), and the Columbus Pale Ale was nearing its glorious end and I just had to have some. Besides that, I had waited as long as I possibly could to taste the legendary Masala Mama. So, with a "you are batshit crazy" look from my wife, I gassed up the car and headed north.

Almost 4 hours later I pulled off I-35, looked over to the right and saw the object of my quest. I parked in a convenient parking garage just a stone's throw from the brewpub and walked on in. I didn't bother with the restaurant side, but now wish that I had at least taken a look. I took a seat at the bar, ordered a Columbus Pale and, thirsty from my long trip, downed it in no time. I also ate dinner at the bar and enjoyed every bite. They have a very nice beer selection and I wish that I could have spent more time trying more of them. With 250+ miles ahead of me I didn't want to go overboard. They had Masala Mama and the Columbus on-tap and on-cask which I thought was pretty cool. One of the bartenders gave me a sample of the Columbus on-cask so that I could compare the two. I hadn't realized until I had finished my on-tap pint that they had a cask version too. I'll save my impressions of the beer for their reviews except to say (spoiler alert!) that they were great.

The service was exceptional. All of the bartenders were friendly and attentive and genuinely thanked me for tips. I also have to extend a great big 'thank you' to the owner Pete, a great guy. They were all out of pre-filled growlers of the Columbus and the bartender said that since the brewmaster had gone home and since the filling of growlers is done at one time, under controlled conditions, etc. that it wouldn't be possible for me to get one. A little friendly begging on my part prompted him to go to the back and ask Pete if it could be done and he graciously agreed to fill one for me himself. That's the kind of generosity and attention to the customer that has made Town Hall the legendary establishment that it is. Well, maybe the insanely delicious beer has something to do with it as well.

So, as I pulled onto the highway and pointed my car south, I was a very happy man indeed. I had met three great BAs, soaked up the atmosphere of one of the "holy places" of beerdom and had a growler each of Masala Mama and Columbus Pale Ale on the seat beside me. It was a memorable trip and I'm already getting the urge to return.

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Photo of cokes
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

First off, much respect to all the beerlovers and BA's that were present when I visited TH. Huge, feloniousmonk, Shit (thanks for driving), tavernjef, steorn, and jeffboo.

The glistening "brewpub" sign in the middle of a metro area is always a good sign. From a geographic standpoint, it reminds me very much of my beloved Great Dane.
I failed to explore the interior as much as I could/should have. The front contained the main bar and some booths. The back had some couches and tables, and seemed generally more relaxed. Very near UM campus. The Wednesday night crowd only partially reflected that fact.
The beers are as good as the locals say they are. I had a few while I was there. I wasn't in a reviewing mindstate at the time (luckily, Huge and Monk set me up growler style), but what I had utmostly impressed. Only the cask Scotch Ale failed to wow. The Black H20 Oatmeal Stout (on cask as well) was incredible. Otherwise, my reviews should speak volumes as to the quality here. Their Masala Mama, Bourbon Barrel Stout, Big Ticket Double IPA, West Bank Pub Bitter and Grand Cru were all extraordinary. (as a caveat, the Bourbon Stout and Grand Cru were not on tap during my visit....I got these solely in growler form). They also had Golden Ale (Bright Spot) that I did not try. And I think a Potato Stout too. 7 going at once, if my count is right.
Service was fine. I was occupied otherwise and have nothing to note, good or bad.
To nitpick, I'd like to see a couple more brews on tap. But it is hard to argue with what was flowing. They also had a Lindemans Framboise on the guesttap and Strongbow Cider too. But to order either of those over, say, anything else, would be heresy. There is more than enough to hold one's interest.
A trip to the Cities without a stop here is a trip wasted.
The locals are friendly too. Except for felonious, who won't let you leave until you adquately praise the Mama (trust me, it won't be hard) and Bighuge, who is a bit of a club-wielding caveman.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

It was a great pleasure to visit the famed Minneapolis Town Hall for two nights this past month. The beers range from pretty good to best anywhere and the food was first rate. (The pasta I had with grilled chicken and sun dried tomato was culinary bliss).

TH is a nice old-style place with a very comfortable feel to it. Lots of stylish woodwork, a tall ceiling with ornamental tin tiles, old time oversized photos and prints on the wall. The floor plan is a nice split between a back room restaurant (smoke free I believe) and a long classic barroom saloon. Outdoor seating is available seasonally. The brewing facility sits behind glass walls in the restaurant area.

This is mostly a serious beer bar. A quick glance shows the overwhelming beverage of choice among the clientele is house beer. But the Town Hall also has a full bar with a menu of exotic mixed drinks and single malt scotches. The beer list is modest with five regular house beers on tap plus two or three seasonals and two cask-conditioned. There's also a Town Hall root beer, a guest cider, and a guest tap that featured Lindeman's framboise lambic when I visited in April '04. Growlers of house beers are available to go subject to the new and peculiar growler law which prohibits off-site sales on Sundays or after 10PM. Rumor has it that growlers are poured exclusively by the brewer himself who we are told is "very anal about it."

While there I met the owner, a young man named Peter who told me about the history of the building being once a theater and a trolley house. Peter informs me that the brewery has an 1100 bbl capacity and is currently brewing at 850. I also learned of the pint club which costs $125 for a lifetime membership and affords the member a 75-cent discount on all pints for all time and free beer from 4-5 on Saturdays. That's right, free beer. Word is that openings for pint club membership are very infrequent and are currently not being offered.

The Minneapolis Town Hall is a must for anyone visiting the Twin Cities. The beer is legendary and shouldn't be missed. It can be a bit noisy owing to the fact that the brewpub practically sits on the U of M campus but don't let that stop you.

Cheers to steorn for hosting me.

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Photo of jwilli7122
4.6/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Nice place
beer selection: right now they have 5 permanant beers on tap- IPA, oatmeal stout, scotch ale, "pub ale" and golden ale- plus 2 or 3 rotating seasonals. current seasonals are- double IPA, dopplebock, and potato stout.
You could say the IPA, "masala mama," is a local legend, and in general all of the beers are quite good.
Also on tap is one "guest beer" - right now its some sort of framboise i think...and they have one guest beer in bottles - right now it's grainbelt premium.
They appear to have a good selection of quality liquor, wine and cigars as well - although I have been completely occupied with the beer.
Atmosphere - fairly young crowd - lots 20-30 yr olds - but pretty mellow atmosphere, definitely not a sports bar or a rowdy place.
Bartenders are good - they know the beer and are very professional

Beer prices are very reasonable

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Photo of TastyTaste
5/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Went there randomly on a friday night. Not very crowded, I am guessing because school was not in session. It's a nice place, lots of wood trim, and seperate smoking (the bar) and non-smoking (the restaurant) sections. We had a bigger group, and sat in the restaurant. Service was very fast and attentive, and made sure we knew what beers from the sampler we were trying. Food was great. I just had a burger, and it was excellent. The beer is top notch. Every beer had it's own strengths, but the Masala Mama was definitely the best. Start out with the sampler, but make sure to drink the IPA first, it'll sprain your taste buds... I didn't get to try the cask conditioned offerings, but that is a reason to come back. Definitely a destination.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I went twice in 2002: once on a Saturday night when the place was jimmied-jammed with young go-getters like much of the neighborhood. The servers were definitely keeping up with the crowd. It was noisy and smoky and not terribly conducive to ale-sipping, but then again, what the hell did I expect? Luckliy the servers also care about beer as their figurehead and a reason people return, so BA-type drinkers will get a proper reception.

Better for me was mid-Sunday afternoon with only a couple of tables full for lunch: their walleye sandwich, which every Minnesota outsider must try while there. As David Byne sings, "Dark. Dark in the daytime."

The brewery had a great number of varied choices, and the beer list was obviously driven by makers that had mastered some basic styles and were jazzed by trying unusual recipes. The scotch ale and IPA come recommended, and the dunkel weizen seasonal was also pretty excellent.

Now that Sherlock's Home is gone, I'd put this as my favorite MN brewpub.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This was the initial meeting grounds for the 4/5/03 Minnesota BA gathering. You couldn’t ask for a better atmosphere; a group of good people talking about good beer. Other than that there was the long, dark hardwood bar, with smaller tables strewn about. In the back dining area where we gathered was a clear view of the brewing setup. They had a very nice line-up of beers. Of my favorites were the cask IPA, and the Single Malt. The service was great at the bar and in the beginning of our event, but eventually no one came by for our orders anymore. I was a bit frustrated by this, as were others in our group. I can’t speak to the food, but looking through the menu it looked to be your regular bar & grill type line-up. Overall, it was a very good brew pub with some excellent brews. I will definitely go there again.

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Photo of ADR
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Nice renovated theater building with hammered tin embossed ceilings and hanging chandeliers. Twenty foot wood bar with small tables in the 600 square foot front room, the similar sized rear area also houses the views of the brewing apparatus. Bartenders were more or less friendly and knowledgeable, one didn't know how to use the beer engine, but I guess she might be new. Big windows and lots of sunlight. Location of April 2003 Minnesota Beer Advocate get-together. Practically all the beers are outstanding, only the Raspberry Porter was not a good to great beer on this visit.

Head Brewer: Mike Hoops

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The beer is great, the IPA on cask and the scotch ale are fantastic, following close behind by the single malt and the pub ale on cask are also quite good, a few rotate throughout the year either on-tap or cask with various seasonals and regulars. Summer and fall bring out some good ones including my favorite, the Double Hefe.It's diffentately worth stopping in and having a cask ale, ecspecially for the IPA but most are worth a try. Very Solid!
Growlers on the take now for $13 and a refill is $8 when ya bring em back. The food can be hit or miss, most of it is pretty good, lunch specials are always a great deal. The service comes and goes depending on the crowd and the atmospere is the same, I've been there at dead times and when its busy and neither suits the place. It needs to be about half full to just a few folks to really enjoy the place. Warmer weather brings out the patio tables which can be nice, albiet its located right on a pretty busy intersection so there's alot traffic, I like to sit in the shade closer to the back near the hotel in back, little less noisy.

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Photo of beernbbq
4/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Definitely a must visit when in Minneapolis. I didn't have as much time in here as I would like but I will definitely go back, if only on the strength of the Masala Mama IPA. This was an exceptional beer, a real original interpretation. I will write a seperate review for the IPA. Overall, good service, good food - I had the tenderloin, great beer. I tried the Rasberry Porter, which was not my thing, a little medicinal tasting for me, but oh that IPA. The only thing to watch out for is if you do not like cigarette smoke. There didn't appear to be a non-smoking section as they seated all the patrons in the bar. Before I knew it there was a gang of four puffing away furiously. I will definitely ask next time.

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Photo of jeffboo
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This Brew-pub was becoming my local before my son was born almost 2 years ago but I still pop in while I can. It serves good
sandwiches and some really good beer. It consists of a nice, large
front bar, a dining room in the back and a nice patio in front during
the warm months. It's located near the University so it usually has
a nice crowd but not too loud for easy conversation. My favorite beers are the IPA and the Scotch ale on cask. They have frequent
seasonals that change often, some pretty good, others passable.
I do appreciate the experimentation of the brewer. He does try
many different things.They have had sucess at the gabf lately with
a bronze for a beer this year. I recommend checking it out when you're in town......Jeff

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Photo of wawood
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Quite possibly the Twin Cities' best all around brew pub. Located on one of the "Seven Corners" off Washington Ave, it is situated next to the Holiday Inn and its parking structure (enabling convenient parking). Do not park at a street meter between 4-6pm weekdays as you will be ticketed. The interior boasts a unique ornately designed ceiling and two large rooms, one that features the bar itself and the other with pool tables and couch chairs. The beer is not only exceptional, but is very reasonably priced: $3.50/pint ($2.50 during Happy Hour). I have yet to have a poor beer at the Town Hall; with at least 7 offerings on tap at any given time and ever changing seasonals, there is always a reason to go back, again and again.

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4.9/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The main reason I go here is for the beer.

They have five standard beers: Golden Ale, Scotch Ale, IPA, Oatmeal Stout and Bitter. 2 Cask choices (sometimes it is one of the standards.) And usually 2 or 3 seasonals.

I was here on April 6, 2002 and had 7 pints. Not a one of them was even average. This is how I'd rate the beers I had:
1. Imperial Stout- Exceptional (This was the beer that was aged in oak for the GABF and won the Gold Medal in Experimental Category.)
2. IPA - Exceptional
3. Potato Stout - Very Good
4. Oatmeal Stout - Very Good
5. Pub Ale (a cask bitter) - Good
6. Scotch Ale (cask) - Good
7. Red Ale - Good

This pub seems to change their cask options every week. They are pretty experimental in their brewing as well. Some of the other very good seasonal beers I've had in the past year include: Anniversary Ale, Big Black Belgian, Cabernat Stout, Coffee Stout, Smoked Porter and Vanilla Rose (around Valentine's day).

In my opinion, this is one of the three elite brewpubs in MN (along with Sherlocks Home in Minnetonka and Fitgers in Duluth).

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis, MN
Brewery rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 4808 ratings