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

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.
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Reviews: 200 | Ratings: 358
Photo of nickd717
4.47/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Whelp, my ass done got schooled by the airlines, stranding me in MinnesOOOta for 2 days (Airlines 1, Tick 0) while sending my bAAYg back to California (Airlines 2, Tick 0) while I was left in a place where it was snowy and 10 degrees, while traveling dressed for warm and sunny North Carolina or California (Airlines 3, Tick 0).

After buying some clothes at Mall of America, I made my way over to this joint. This is basically a standard bar inside more or less, average-sized with nice decor and a comfortable feel. There were 5 standard beers on tap (available as a sampler), a couple seasonal offerings, a barrel aged beer (Honey V), and 1800 IPA and Masala Mama on cask. It's almost too obvious to say, but the quality of beers here is excellent, easily in the top 10 percent of brewpubs you will visit. There are also some good guest taps on. I was tempted to finish with a bottle of Grain Belt Premium just for the tick, but I spared my dignity and passed on it in the end. There is also a nice selection of whiskey if you're into non-beer malt-based drinks or want to taste something that you've had a beer aged in a barrel of.

The food menu includes a lot of "bar food" that is fairly well-done. I was hoping for a Juicy Lucy, but sadly they don't serve those here. Prices for food and beer are about average.

I was there on a Tuesday night and we got pretty good service, but it's hard to say how it would be on a more crowded night.

So how did it all end up? I got 8 new beer ticks, 1 new place tick, and 1 glass of Masala Mama on cask. Game over! Tick 10, Airlines 3. He shoots he scores! If I ever get back to MinnesOOOta, this place will definitely be on my list of stops.

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

Stopped here the day after the St. Paul Beer Festival. Nice clean brewery with the charm of an older building and thought the service was very good. Everyone knows about the must have beer had which was excellent, but thought most of the line up was nothing spectacular, although very good. Remembered a few beers not on tap but I wanted to try. For that, the atmosphere, and the highly regarded IPA I will be back, and also ponder the bus route from there to see a Twins game and more prominently, their new stadium. To this point, this is the best Minneapolis has for a brewpub.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.3/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was at a business trip in Minneapolis and was stoked to convince everyone to go here for dinner one night. It was definitely not something that I wanted to miss out on while I was in town.

Atmosphere: The place was pretty busy for a Tuesday night. Looked like a pretty standard brewpub; a bar on one side, restaurant on the other. My group and I were on the restaurant side due to the size of the party. We all had a good time, for sure.

Quality: All of the food served was high quality, and of course the beers were too. I wasn't disappointed.

Service: Service was good, considering there was 12 people in the group. Always had beer in my hand, so I wasn't complaining. The food seemed like it got out quickly.

Selection: Awesome selection, of course they had their standard beers, seasonals, and some other specialty nuggets that sounded great. I got a Masala Mama, Twisted Reality, Cocnut Mango IPA, and finished off with their Black H20 Oatmeal Stout. All were either very good or excellent.

Price: I'd call prices reasonable. I got the beer and a meal for $40. Pretty good for what I got in return.

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

Stopped by for lunch today.

MTHB appears to be a small size pub when viewed from the outside, but it turned out to be pretty good size once we got inside. There is a back dining area and smallish lounge when you first walk in, as well as a nice size bar area and another dining room to the left. There is a lot of wood in the pub, and the place really has the feel of an old English style pub. The place has an informal, very relaxed, easy going vibe, and seems like a great place to hang out with a beer or three.

As for the beer, tried the sampler of the seasonals, and all of them were pretty good I thought. A blueberry tripel was my favorite, but enjoyed the amber IPA and blueberry porter as well. Also sampled Masala Mama on cask, which I thought an enjoyable (if not exactly mindblowing) IPA. In addition to the 10 house beers available, the brewpub also had 5 guest beers available, which this day included SN celebration, Great Divide fresh hop, left hand imperial stout, etc. So all things considered, I thought the beer selection here pretty solid, with the quality level very high.

Service was pretty good. Our server was pleasant and efficient, and could answer most basic questions about the beer here. Food was your basic pub grub, but everything was done pretty well I thought.

All things considered, I enjoyed our visit to MTHB, and would happily come here again. Beer and food were both solid, in a pleasant, relaxed setting.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.6/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Such an injustice - this was my 201st brewpub/brewery visit and I spent my landmark 200th visit at a (respectable) chain two days earlier.

The injustice of missing my connecting flight in Minneapolis and having to stay over a night, head downtown to take in MTHB is what I consider equal justice and long overdue.

Found parking next door by the Holiday Inn multi-level parking garage. Not much in the way of free on street parking in this somewhat busy area on a Saturday evening around 9 pm. I was later told by a very friendly couple at the bar that this area is considered part of the University of Minnesota campus which explained a lot of the younger yet mature crowd.

I settled in at an awkward seat at the corner of the end of the bar where the eye-level taps had me speaking to the waitresses chest.

Began with the excellent and experimental seasonal sampler...
Poblano Hefe and a smoked hefe. Both were delicate and very well done. Smoked hefe could have been a tad more pronounced but I imagine it's easy to overdo. The pumpkin had great mouthfeel and some of the best pumpkin beer flavor I've ever had. Very subjective here and the nutmeg (or seasoning) may be too much for some. Blueberry porter convinced me to take a stab at the concept at a homebrew level. Cask English IPA rounded out the sampler. Dissapointed that they were out of the seasonal fresh hop.

Ate a very well done Greek salad with a Masala Mama and then finished the evening with a half pint of the oatmeal stout.

Enjoyed the company of a young couple who worked at General Mills. Talked a lot of shop and shared some of my beer travel stories with them.

I didn't see the dining area. The bar area was large with high ceilings and provided easy access to the sidewalk seating which was crowded to a ~50 degree evening.

The beers were all exceptional and MTHB has made my list of top eight brewpubs in North America.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.13/5  rDev -27.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4

A must stop in Minneapolis while in town for Darkness Day. I was super excited to visit this place and had been for quite some time, however sadly I came away disappointed with my experience. I had the regular sampler beers and was really disappointed. The West bank was solid, the Masala Mama was totally off flavor wise and the other 3 were meh at best. The rotating beers were the biggest disappoinment of all. They had NOTHING good at all on tap. Its DARKNESS people, have good stuff here for us. None of their highly regarded beers at all, some chili beer and other dribble not worth mentioning. You guys really crapped the bad on this on pleasing out-of-towners. Before I had planned a weekend to just come to this place, now I wouldn't bother.

The atmosphere was decent, big and spacious. The food was good and well priced. The server was a total tool. He was not engaging at all, didn't chat, when asked questions gave one word responses and offered no suggestions with any substance. I get it your busy, but you gotta know beer people are going to be in town, we're going to ask questions.

Maybe an off day for MTH, but between the service and lack of special beers this place that I was hoping held a special place in my heart proved to be nothing more than a slightly above average brew pub.

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Photo of adrock7309
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Cant explain how awesome it is to have this so close to home.

I have to say that Town Hall does a great job of rotating in seasonal and specialty brews to their already solid lineup. They also sell growlers which is nice. Typically you will find 4-5 additional taps that arent on their standard menu.

Food is pretty good bar fare but they make up for it in very generous portions.

Great patio right in the heart of seven corners and the university of minnesota.

My suggestion is to stop by in the summer for the thunder. If you have had it - you know what i am talking about.

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

Visited with some friends while in town for Darkness Day.

Atmosphere here is great. There's live music, a pool table, a lounge area... just seemed like an all-around great place to hang out that just happened to also be a brewpub.

Quality was also very very good. Town Hall has a semi look-in kitchen which is cool and they provide a whole host of different types of entertainment.

Service was exceptional. Our waitress was very attentive in every aspect. The menu was delivered quickly, the food and drinks were brought on time and in order, and when it came time to leave, we got our checks quickly. Almost no waiting in every phase of the dinner!!

In terms of beer selection, Town Hall is one of the only brewpubs I've been to that has a large selection of beers NOT brewed on premise... even though the beers they offer are second to none.

I ordered the Black and Blue Burger for dinner and I don't remember if I was hungry or not, but it was one of the tastiest that I've had to date. Brewpub food always seems to impress me and Town Hall is no exception.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Town Hall is the fact that everthing was so cheap! $5 pints and $$12-$18 entrees for the most part means that dinner and drinks for each person usually only comes out to about $35-$40 with tax and tip. I usually have to spend twice that in NY.

Town Hall is worth the hype for everything they do. Great service, great beer, great food, all of which makes for a more than memorable time. Worth going out of the way for a visit!!

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I've been to the Minneapolis Town Hall many time, and every time I make a trip to the cities I make it a point to stop there for at least one pint.

As many people have stated, it looks kind of run down from the outside, and appears to be attached to the Holiday Inn. There is a nice patio area outside with plenty of shade for those hot days. Once you get inside its a different story: nice seating area with a decently large bar. The ceiling is really cool and the paintings/wall hangings are really impressive. There is a additional dinning room with the brewery showing through glass windows.

The people there are very nice and helpful, often answering questions whenever they have the chance. They give out small samples if you ask. The beer is the best part, with the food coming in at a close second. Their beer is world class and the main offerings (Masala Mama in particular) is fantastic. But their special/seasonals are outstanding. Offering a wide variety during the year, with barrel aged brews and beers that reflect the season, you can't go wrong with the town hall. Unique brews can be found there as well, often their regular offerings infused with some sort of fruit (they seem to be using a lot of cherries lately...) They also offer guest beers, but I usually just stick to the brews they make (why go there to get someone elses beer?) Their food is fantastic for a brewpub and for a restaurant in general! I usually go with the Town Hall burger, but my girlfriend and I have been obsessed with their goat cheese nachos lately :)

Overall, this is my favorite brewery in the world (seriously.) They always amaze me with different things that I've never had every time I show up. Keep up the good work, Town Hall and I'll probably see you sooner than later :)

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Photo of blackie
4.3/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Town Hall is a big place. First in the door is a large bar area with what appears to be a huge dining room attached. Outdoors there's a large patio and, at least at the time of our visit, bocce ball courts.

Not much to look at from the outside, but the interior is comfortable and the patio a nice place to hang out once the heat subsides. Tiled floors and ceiling, brick walls, and lots of wood - has a well-worn neighborhood vibe for such a large place. During two Saturday visits, once mid-afternoon and another in the late evening, the brewpub was fairly packed and lively.

Selection was large, with everything sampled of top-notch quality, if without much "wow" factor. On draft were 5 "every day" taps, 5 seasonals, 2 casks, and a few guest spots. My selections were cask Masala Mama, Thunderstorm - a honey/lemongrass/orange ale, Smoked Hefe, and an Abbey dubbel.

Service was fine, especially as busy as the place was. Beers were provided quickly and served well.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

the infamous Town Hall. We stayed the night at the adjacent Holiday Inn - not luxurious but critical BA-friendly location

the inside was packed at about 4:00 on a Saturday - we sat at the large bar and continued to fight off a Duluth hangover. The 2nd visit included 3 (well 2, if you're blackie) latenight pints on the large outdoor patio (stays open until 2 - nice change from the terrible ordinance laws in Chicago).

The atmosphere wasn't anything terribly special but the late-night patio was fun and I enjoyed the people watching.

The beer was very well done though the initial tapist was kind of a letdown compared to some of the beers I had tried at fests over the years. Still - I enjoyed massala mama on tap and cask, a great oatmeal stout on cask, the smoked hefe, and a pretty nice abbey ale (accidentally served in a standard pint to finish the night).

We never ate, but it looked fairly standard.

Service was fine all around - the patio waitress was worth the stop alone.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I frequent this establishment quite often as it is fairly close to my house. The inside is pretty big with a nice 30 person bar along with multiple tables. Back room has pool tables. Outdoor patio is excellent during the summer and fall periods. Food menu is pretty decent. Surprisingly awesome gyro. Most importantly is the beers. Excellent everyday offerings including Masala Mama. Awesome seasonals as well with new ones weekly. Cask offers too. They also have a handfull of guest beers to expand their offerings. Overall an excellent place with great beers, good food, and fun staff. A must if you are visiting MN

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Photo of greggj
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The Town Hall Brewery is still one of my favorites around. I've never had a beer there that I didn't like, and the food is terrific! The worst item I've had off the menu was the meatball sub, and my only gripe with that was that it was a little difficult to eat, though still delicious.

The atmosphere is pleasant - not too loud but obvious that people are there to be social. Nothing sticks out in my head about the service but that is usually a good thing.

My last visit I thoroughly enjoyed their cask conditioned Scotch Ale and Imperial Pilsner. Add in some of their cheese curds and you will be satisfied! If I go back in a week it won't be soon enough.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went here on a trip to MN to visit with my wife's family. On Friday I met up with mothman and kbutler1 to have some beers and I went back on Monday for lunch before my flight. Thanks for drinking with me guys.

This place is a typical looking bar, normal enough with indoor and outdoor seating and a pool table / brewery area in a back room. Lots of windows so its bright with natural light during the day and that's when I was there. There are nice informal displays of various beer paraphernalia on the walls including an impressive collection of pretty cool growlers on the walls.

Most of the beer on tap is there own. They showcase about 10 of their own beers at any given time, 5 regulars and 5 seasonals. I had several seasonals and a few regulars spread out over my two trips and the beer is good and above average in almost every respect. Both times I sat at the bar and both times I had the same bartender. She was nice and attentive but I'm an easy customer to please. She remembered me the second time I came in. It is nice to be recognized.

The cost is reasonable, about 5$ a beer about 10$ a sandwich, they do flights and half pours if you are unsure what you want. They also sell several growlers of beer as well. I'd go back (I've already been 4 times) in a heart beat. In fact, I wish I lived closer....well...that would be about the best thing about living in MN.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Visited on 6/1/2010 after a week fishing for walleye in Northern MN. Stopped by on the way back to the Chicago Burbs.

The atmosphere of Town Hall is reminiscent of huge drinking hall meets English pub with lots of cozy wood furnishings complete with a very impressive wood topped bar that runs the length of the bar room. Other room (with the brewery equipment visible) was closed during our visit (much to my father's chagrin). I really liked the feel of the place, and can appreciated the quiet seating in the dining room, loud seating in the bar, and lots of outdoor tables.

The quality of the beers was outstanding. This was my first experience with the place (or its beers), and I left completely satisfied with the quality of their product. Masala Mama, the Dortmunder, and the Scotch ale were all very good standard beers, but the infused / seasonal beers were exceptional. They had just kicked Mango Mama before I got there, but had Coconut Jack Frost, Grand Cru, Abominable and Big Ben Double IPA on. Great beers that did not disappoint.

The service was pretty good without any real complaints. We had to wait a good time for our meals during a pretty light lunch time crowd, but less than an hour. We also were not given a heads up on what was on cask (or that they had a cask going).

The selection was great. 5 house beers, 5 seasonal / infusions, plus about 5 other guest taps if nothing brewed in house suited your fancy. I wish that I could have grabbed some of the seasonal / infusions in growler, but I understand the limitations of a smaller brewpub to meet demand.

The food was decent, but unremarkable. Our group got three different meals as well as some appetizers. The jalepeno pretzels were kind of bland, and the spicy chicken sandwich I had was also unremarkable. It was not bad, but I would probably eat elsewhere while enjoying the awesome beers to be had.

Overall I am very impressed with the Town Hall Brewery. I came for Masala Mama and came away impressed with pretty much all they do (except for the Abominable, should describe the taste, astringent and harsh tasting only of coffee). Will be looking forward to tasting more of their beers and checking this place out again in the future.

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Photo of pwoods
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped by a couple times during my weekend trip for Darkness Day. The atmosphere is pretty cool. Hung out on the patio by the '5 points' intersection(is that what they call it?) the first visit, and then sat at the bar for diner on my second visit. The inside is very neat with all the wood and the long bar. The service was quick and they knew about the beers. Lots of goodies available and a few casks. They also had a couple guest taps, which is also nice. The food seemed to be mostly pub fare but the burger I had was cooked to my liking and very tasty. Prices seemed fair, especially for the amount of food you get.

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Photo of happilysurly
4/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went here for the second time ever after the second ever twins game at the new target field! When we got there the outdoor seating was pretty full so we went inside instead. The bar area where you seat yourself was packed so we went in the back where we had to be seated. The first server had a bit of an attitude as she told us we had to wait to be seated and then just stood there until someone else came over and showed us to our seats. We went there for a beer and a couple apps, so thats what we ordered. I got a flight of their regular beers and my father a flight of their specialties. We both got to try 10 beers this way. Then came the wings, fries and the pretzels, which I thought were all good despite earing from multiple sources that the food here was not very good. Four people, 2 plates of wings, some fries, couple pretzels, 2 flights ($9 and $7), 2 glasses of wine and the total bill with tip was about $75. I'll go back again.

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Photo of kjyost
4.3/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Packed on a Saturday afternoon, but I got a place along the bar and never had to wait to be looked after. Very busy with the place packed a nice pub-like chatty buzz and vibe. There are a whole host of their own beers available, including a few on cask, although they had some other options available. Some of their beers are fantastic, and none of them could be considered weak choices to have on tap from a craft perspective. Just under $5 a pint is a little high, but it is some sensationally good beer. I am fairly confident you can regularly run into a BA'er here.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I stopped at Town Hall last Friday with some friends while visiting the twin cities.

The place seems rather spacious. It wasn't overly crowded. Although we were there around eight so not exactly dinner rush or late night drinking crowd. We were seated immediately and I loudly proclaimed to our waitress I would like a pint of Masala Mamma. An order she seemed to not take as jokingly as I had hoped. The pint arrived and was gulped down with pleasure. I took a brief pause between my gulps to order a couple appitizers and an entree. All of which were fantastic. I had the stuffed pretzle and a buffalo chicken sandwich.

Overall a great place to grab a craft beer and a good meal.

Everyone in my party enjoyed the food and the beers. We will be stopping here from now on when I visit.

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

Visited the brewpub for dinner of 1/30/10 during a trip to Minneapolis.

There were three of us in the group and came around 6pm on a Saturday. It was crowded but not packed and we were able to be seated right away. We were seated in the back right next to the giant windows looking into the brew house in the section between the mash tun and boil kettle. For me the seat was great as I love to stare in at brewery porn. The only downside is we were in a direct path of a cold draft every time someone opened the front door which the two women in my group did not appreciate. The ceiling was really high which added to an open not crowded feeling.

The drink menu was separate from the food menu which I prefer and had a nice listing of both their in-house beers and a nice selection of guest taps. The food menu wasn't overly huge but had some interesting selections. I settled for a half chicken ceasar salad and opted to turn it into a wrap which was a nice option. The beer was served quickly and when we had finished a pint the server was quick to ask if we wanted another. The wait for the food was average meaning I was almost done with my first pint by the time it came. My wrap was decent but not spectacular and my wife and her friends said their food was pretty good as well. A decent value considering the three of us ate and drank for about $75 including tip. My only complaint about the service was that after the dinner it must have taken 15 minutes before the server noticed that we were ready for the check.

This was an above average brewpub experience any time I'm in Minneapolis I'm sure I'll stop in as the beer was well crafted and the food was a good value. I'd say it's a must stop if only for the Masala Mama on cask.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited some friends in Minneapolis this last weekend so I made it be known this was to be the first place we were to go. I needed to get my hands on some Masala Momma. We got there at the right time and we able to get a table. After that it became pretty busy but that didn't stop the waiter from checking in on us every few minutes and answering any questions we had or just to chat with us. Great job there. I loved the feel of the place. We ordered some food and it came quickly, and it was pretty good pub fare. I knew I was going to leave with at least one growler and I did. The price was on par with every other growler I have purchased from various other brew pubs. After everything I had heard about the places, I had high expectations and everyone was met or exceeded. If you are in the Minneapolis area, this is a must stop. The Masala alone is worth the trip.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Spent an enjoyable Saturday afternoon watching football and drinking beer at Town Hall this past weekend.

The atmosphere here is quite impressive. Huge bar, high ceilings, nice feel, and slightly cavernous. Once inside, it's easy to forget you're in the city. It's easy to feel far removed. The only strangeness to this place is the use of space. Behind the bar area is another large space that could be better utilized.

My only real goal was to enjoy Masala Mama and watch the game: mission accomplished. Overall selection was decent. I am spoiled, but I wish they offered a wider selection of styles. Nonetheless, still an enjoyable experience.

The service was attentive, despite the massive crowd. The food was typical pub style, good but not great. I can't comment on splitting the bill as a buddy was gracious enough to pick up the tab. The prices were fair and this place has a nice feel to get lost in.

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Photo of slander
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The good ride up to Minnesotapolis now done, we've parked, hoteled, and started out on the out. The mapping's suggestive of some zigzag there, it really does look like the walking the train tracks are the shortest distance between the two points (hint: it's not. Stay to the road, laddie). Saw some sights unimpressive, maybe we'll cab this back, eh? Finally arrived at the town hall well after the municipal offices had closed there...

Cool ancient building on the corner. Discovered its entrance and the loooong "C" shaped lacquer topped wood bar with a lip and a copper foot rail. Seating for 2 dozen, including us this dead Sunday night. A tower of 12 on each end, plus a pair of 2 taps each, and a single solo one, too, along the bar, and then 2 handpumps on one end both live. The barback is a massive triptych mirror paneled unit. A shelf across the center mirror holds booze displayed and another lies above it with steins, house glassware, a totem, an '08 bocce ball tournament trophy, a baby elephant piece and various other pieces. Pillars to both sides of center, and tiered booze counterside below the outer two mirrors. Some wines & glassware below the bar and cupboardy cabinetty space otherwise. And growlers in a cooler further down. Glassware stacked along the bar.

15 candlelit green top 2's & 4's tables run an "L" along the bar below the large front windows & side doors on the other wall off the corner, both with paneled windows on brick above. A shelf above the front windows holds steins ceramic, urns, yard glasses, and various pieces. Alternating spot tile floorings, high high room with an ancient pressed tin ceiling painted over and over and over again and crown moldings and some wall lowers & trim on the inside walls, gray over burgundy in this light. Drop buttercup chandeliers on center with baby ones surrounding, and drop lamps over the barback. Plants here & there, and TV's in the corners. A mounted Town Hall beer board lists their wares and there's another board for the guest beer. Old time pics and then kind of strange paintings of old time pics (horse & carriage, beer, & brewery) displayed about. Brewery schwag & GABF medals in a case to the rear. Through to the side room, a cushy chair & couches around a fireplace & flatscreen, and a single pool table beyond. GABF quilts brewer's mom made over the far brew room view windows. A dozen+ tables run from there forward around an open kitchen on the inside wall. And an outside side pen off the bar holds some seating yes, roughly 2 dozen tables there.

5 house beers on different sampler options, served on a paddle with a paper piece listing what is. I started with the one offering the full time regulars (Dortmunder Local Export Lager, 5.4%, Saaz, clean, very on; West Bank Pub Ale, 4.8%, English style, light & hoppy; Masala Mama IPA, 6.0%, wonderful fucking IPA; Hope & King Scotch Ale, 6.0%, caramel toffee without the smoke, nice; Black H20 Oatmeal Stout, 6.0%, nice oatiness, roasty good), and then got the one with the seasonals (Traditional Pale Ale, 7.1%, German traditional hops, nice hoppiness; Tripel Vision, 8.0%, nice goddamn tripel, malty & sweet; Smoked Porter, 7.1%, roasty, but sadly all bandaided up; Mango Mama, 6.0%, you get the fruit up front, really nice, not yer #9, that's for damn sure; And because the Kolsch, the 5th seasonal, had kicked, it was to be replaced by my choice of cask, either the Masala Mama or the Oatmeal Stout, gee, I don't know, I guess, duh, it was the Mama, very nicely smoothed some, the corners off, really tasty). Dortmunder Local Export Lager, both versions of the Masala Mama IPA, Hope & King Scotch Ale, Black H20 Oatmeal Stout, Tripel Vision & Mango Mama were the best of 'em, but there was really nothing I'd call shite (although the Bandaid Porter, well, maybe).

Returning the next night, we found a few additions (LSD - Lavender, Sunflower honey & Dates, 7.2%, it's a bit way too much. Witz says "Hi, I'm the Cuvee Du Fleur except all Du Fleur and no Cuvee", it's just too much lavender, seriously; and the Warrior Strong Pale Ale, 8.0%, spicy, sprucey, citrusy, sticky, piney, in a good way).

And the aforementioned guest taps (Cidre Bouche Brut DuPont, Duchesse De Bourgogne, Sierra Nevada Brown Saison, Sam Adams Imperial White, Steam Works Conductor Imperial IPA, Blackthorn Cider) and a handful of bottles (Grain Belt Premium, Lakefront New Grist, and a pair of N/A's).

And not having 'et since an early day brunch, I'm so due for food. Started with the blackened braised duck leg app (awesome) and then had a wild rice steak salad (simply the best steak salad ever). Witzel was happy with his fried cheese curds (they were bits and there were many of them).

Andy tending bar, chatty, polite, attentive. The beers; a good range there and of outstanding quality for the most part, and the food was excellent. The place is comfortable and chill, just a great house. It's all that.

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4.3/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Certainly the reason to go to Town Hall is the beer, which is fantastic. In addition to their typical line-up, they also have plenty of seasonals and 'guest beers,' all of pretty good quality. The food is typical Americana, though it generally well done. Sitting on the patio during the summer is nice (as long as it isn't windy. . .) and there are also two rather nice sections inside as well. Service is a little hit or miss; I've had both terrible and excellent service. I'd suggest checking Town Hall out, just on the beer alone.

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

Great place, great beer. Went just to have Masala Mama which remarkably I never had before this time. Staff was friendly but busy and therefor a little slow to get to us. They were very helpful, and willing to give us a few samples even though we had no intention of buying it. Probably my biggest complaint would be they didn't split up our bill like every other place. Growlers are especially affordable, leading me to take one home. Parking was nice and easy with the garage right next door. Not always the easiest place to find though as so many roads in the area curve and whatnot, but worth seeking out.

To amend this with several subsequent visits, I'll say service has improved and is faster. We've been stopping in regularly on our way from St. Cloud to Rochester and have found nothing that doesn't just call us back again.

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis, MN
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