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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 slander
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of Sammy
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

One of the most reviewed brewpubs in the country, we conveniently stayed at the Holiday Inn next door to make a couple of visits. The beers are above average with the occasional great one. A fairly long bar, and additional tables added in the back. It was crowded at lunchtime, after supper was much better. Good service, big beer turnover so all if fresh,and growlers available for take-out. Some of the beers were a bit cold and needed to warm, I don't know whether that's because its so cold everywhere in this city after Fall, or people want it this way. Great variety, experimention, house taps. Only criticism is that it in no way seemed like "one big happy family of regulars" like a staff member told us.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Rifugium
3.54/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I hit up Town Hall pretty late on a weeknight, so the crowd had died down a bit. They were still serving food, so that was cool. Anyway, it's a pretty classic pub set-up, good sized bar, lots of table space, wood and mirrors and TVs. Looked like what it is: a bar that's been around for a while and isn't going anywhere.

I've heard a lot of good reviews and recommendations, but I wasn't really into any of the beers. There were a ton of different beers on tap, and a very diverse range of styles. So I went with the seasonal sampler, then followed that up with a Mango Mama and a Three Hour Tour. Really nothing that I would want to have again, though the Java Porter was the best of the bunch.

Service was okay. The bartender was a little wifty and distant, but I really have no complaints. Food seemed like standard pub grub, and I was just looking for something small, so I went for the southwest egg rolls. They were good, but no better or worse than the ones they make at Chili's.

Yes, I was kind of disappointed overall, but I'd still say Town Hall is worth checking out at least once.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.6/5  rDev +8%
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 dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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 Redrover
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I was very happy to stop in at the Town Hall during my most recent visit to the Cities.

There was a very nice crowd in the bar after the football game. The atmosphere may have been impacted a bit by the Vikings close loss to the Bears or maybe it was the fact that it was a late Sunday afternoon and most folks had to go back to work the next day, but it was very subdued and mellow.

The TH has a nice beer garden/patio in front. It’s a great place to people watch and enjoy some fine beers. The bar its self is very nice. It has a classic long bar, lots of tables and an attached pool/TV room. Extra points for the guys playing chess. I also liked the fact that there were several dogs wandering around with their owners in tow. I like to spend my money at a place that treats our canine friends well.

I only had an appetizer, so I won’t rate the food. What I saw looked very appetizing. I will be sure and eat next time I go.

The service was friendly, efficient and seemed to be well versed in beer.

They offer a nice selection of regular offerings and specials. I think they have 5 regulars, three specials and a couple of cask options. I enjoyed every beer I tried.

I’m already looking forward to my return visit!

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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 StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

this was a major destination for us, and our first stop in the twin cities. i was stoked to finally have the highly acclaimed masala mama ipa, and while that wasnt my favorite beer here, it sure is nice. it looks like quite an old building, dark and rather european on the inside, with lots of wood features and a full bar. more of a restaurant feel than a brewery feel, and plenty of outside seating. they had maybe ten or twelve beers pouring, the andys ale nelson pale was my favorite, a total winner and very unique beer, but all that we tasted were very very good. i had an awesome sandwich too, a walleye hoagie. i wanted to get a taste of the region, and this food did not disappoint. tons of food, very fairly priced. the service was just okay, friendly enough and prompt and all of that, but seemingly uninterested in the place or the beers or anything. an institution of sorts, very much enjoyed the overall experience. its far better than the sum of its parts i think, sometimes ratings dont do justice to a place, and thats how i felt about the town hall. fantastic beer, and thats what its really all about.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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 zeff80
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The atmosphere of Town Hall is very good. It has a huge bar and the architecturally feel of a British pub. The quality of the beers that I had were outstanding. The Masala Mama and West Bank Pub Ale were both very good. Service suffered a bit. There was one waitress, who tried hard but couldn't get the job done. The bartender came out from behind the bar to serve some people but not us. Also, he seemed to be less than helpful for our waitress. Granted, it was lunchtime on New Year's Eve Day...I imagine they were fully staffed for that night. They were out of a couple of the brews and offered us guest brews...which I find a little sad. The food was quite good. Their guacamole and salsa were very good. The rest of the food people had was pretty good, too. Overall, I'd recommend it for the beer. Hopefully, the poor service was an aberration.

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Photo of spointon
4.9/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I visited this place on 5/11/2009 while on a beer trip with fellow BA roadhouse.

This place was just a short drive from the highway and pretty easy to find. Parking sort of sucks unless you are willing to use a public garage (about $2.50) which we were and made things a lot easier.

The interior of this place is a throwback to the 1920's era...super high ceilings, lots of beautiful old woodwork, ornate bar, tall windows, etc. Everything was just a bit worn giving the place a wonderfully welcoming feel.

Service was prompt and friendly (we sat at the bar) and the bartender was not shy about pouring us samples as we pondered the beer menu.

There were about 10 house brewed beers on tap with a couple guest taps to boot. The Marsala Mama, Mango Mama, and Scottish Ale were stellar, as was the growler of Oatmeal Stout we took back to the hotel.

The food was good, solid pub grub. Prices for both beer and food were reasonable.

We had a fantastic experience visiting this place and I would give my left arm to have this brewpub near my home. Outstanding in all respects!!!

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

Great brewpub with plenty of solid standbys (Mama) and an ever growing list of experimental, and down right crazy brews (that more often than not...work). Fairly small interior, but designed to maximize occupancy. Huge patio that is perfect for people watching, especially late on a weekend night, as Town Hall is surrounded by a half dozen crappy college kid bars. Stopped in at Town Hall on a Saturday with Jeff Krenner and WankerWeezel a few weeks ago and had no trouble getting in and placing an order even though there were lines at bars near by. Thank God the college kids don't know what they are missing. Beer is top notch. That goes without saying. A few select guest taps are also featured. Service is fine. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mynie
4.86/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

My ladyfriend and I stopped by Town Hall three times during the course of a stumbling, drunken cyclone of a 36-hour visit to the Twin Cities. We were there at midnight on a Friday, nine PM on a Saturday, and then 11 AM on a Sunday. Normally the difference between literal night and day is for bars is... well, the difference between night and day. Amazingly, Town Hall kept up the same relaxed, chill vibe. Even when it was dark out and full of drunks, even it was the early morning, the year's first snowfall, and there was no NFL game being played anywhere in the Midwest so the locals had no reason to go out and drink so early.

Bartenders were friendly and fairly knowledgeable, even when they were busy. Of course, the early morning guy was more talkative, seeing as we were his only customers. The night crowds were very drunk but not rowdy at all. The music was pleasant and played at a decent volume. There were TVs, but not too many. It wasn't a sports bar, thank god, but if there was a game you just needed to watch then I suppose you would have been able to watch it.

The place feels genuine. That's probably because it is genuine, and if you need to know what "genuine" means so far as beer places are concerned you'll probably be happy supping at a Rock Bottom or Granite City and so there's no need for you to continue reading this review. Nothing in here was testmarketed. No interior designers were consulted when it came to equipping the back room with sofas. The bathrooms smelled a little bit, and there were places (nothing conspicuous, just _places_) where the paint was peeling a little bit. That's nice.

As for the beers... well come on look at those goddamn scores. Masala Mama is one of the ten best beers in the world. I'll agree that normally it's probably the best American IPA. But, brother, let me tell you, you ain't had a Masala Mama until you've had it on cask. You can't get that in a growler, sadly. You got to come here for it.

I didn't try the food, but everything was else with either perfect or damn near perfect. Believe the hype. This is an absolute must-visit.

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Photo of blackie
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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 beerwolf77
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
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 shivtim
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A cool location on the outskirts of downtown with several other bars and restaurants in the area. I'm pretty sure we parked illegally, but it didn't seem to cause any problems. There's a small shaded outdoor area on the sidewalk. Inside it's like an old pub mixed with a sports bar. The ceiling is nice, and the old light fixtures are too. Yeah, I noticed. Service was weird... it took literally 15 minutes to get our drinks once we ordered them, but our food took maybe only 10 minutes. The food was good and reasonably priced. Portions were very large. We had great sandwiches with excellent fries, for around $7 or so. It was a little warm inside, they could have kicked up the AC. Overall a nice place, especially for lunch or dinner with a beer or two.

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Photo of jera1350
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Town Hall is an awesome beer joint. The bar is really rustic and historic which creates a warm and classic atmosphere. It's unique in that aspect and the beers they're serving up are outstanding. I like the fact that they have their everyday staples like Masala Mama and always have new and different brews on tap too. Great selection of great beers here. Service can be a little slower during busy Friday and Saturday nights, but that can be expected. They do offer brewery tours once a month which I would like to try out in the future. Growlers are available, but you can't get everything such as Mango Mama. Prices aren't the worst, but a smaller glass of Mango Mama in the middle of a weekday afternoon was still $5. Great beer, but wasn't quite expecting that price. Still, it's not going to stop me because their beers are totally worth it.

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Photo of Deuane
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We love this place because they have cask ale at all times, but today they had Masala Mama IPA on cask, and THAT was just what we needed!

We have had this wonderful elixir before and couldn't wait to return and have more!

Additional beers we enjoyed at Town Hall (which does, by the way, serve half pints) were Pot of Gold Potato Stout (4.9% ABV, brewed with chunks of Yukon Gold Potato in the grain mash), Black H20 Stout and Masala Mama on draft (which was so fabulously aromatic and the hops flavor just bursting in the mouth!)

Town Hall is located on a corner with two walls of windows, so we could look out on the world. The sun was shining when we went in, and then snow began to fall. Then the sun came back out, and then the snow returned. Then sun AND snow...it was ridiculous, but very nice to be sitting inside nice and warm and watch the bi-polar weather!

We enjoyed a few hours of beer, basketball and the food. I had the fish and chips - perch in a thick, roasty beer batter - and C had the chicken burrito which was as big as a loaf of homemade bread! It was ridiculously large, and we will be enjoying half of it at a later time.

Even though the place was bustling and our server busy she did a good job keeping us taken care of, inlcuding my frequent requests for water fills.

The beer and the atmosphere at Town Hall are so enjoyable. This really a great place to come hang out.

If you can enjoy only one place during a visit to Minneapolis I cannot recommend this place enough...I truly enjoy it!

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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 FightingEntropy
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Just so everyone knows my perspective, I consider Town Hall my home pub. I’ve recorded over a 100 different beers in the past three years of Wednesday night tappings and Saturday Pint Club. Very simply, if you haven’t gone— go.

For this review, I decided to approach it a bit different. While traveling to pubs outside of Minnesota, getting hooked into a local event at the pub is the hardest. Whether you’re local, in the Twin Cities for business, or are looking for something special to entertain visitors, attend a beer dinner at Town Hall if you get a chance. The dinner below was on September 27th, and the rumor for the next one was sometime after the New Year, January or February. Your effort to attend will be rewarded. (My number ratings for Town Hall are for this dinner specifically, though they are close to this rating regularly).

Below are the pairings for the evening with comments for each:

Amuse (paired with Thunderstorm Ale)
Chilled Ginger Peach Soup w/Ginger Lemongrass Coconut Sorbet

While a bit odd sounding, the opening was one of the best pairings of the night--and, the one I talk about most often to others. The herbal taste of the Thunderstorm matched perfectly with the lemongrass in the sorbet. The peach soup was sweet, but not as strong as the assertive ale—which increased the complexity of the match. Also, the ale, soup, and ice cream were of three distinct temperatures, again adding a luxurious tone to the beginning course. This was one of my wife’s favorite pairings in spite of the Thunderstorm not being her favorite Town Hall beer.

Course 2 (paired with French Oak Aged Abbey Ale)
Honey Glazed Duck Breast&Mesculin Greens w/ Vanilla-Shallot Vinaigrette, Dried Cranberries,Stilton Cheese, Red Onion & Walnuts

The smooth, winey texture of the oak abbey mixed nicely the salad, especially the strong taste of the cheese.

Course 3 (paired with Heather Ale)
Grilled Lamb Chops w/Cucumber Mint Relish, Rosemary Lentils, & Balsamic Reduction

Course 4 (paired with Northern Waters Smoke Porter)
Roasted Pork Enchiladas w/Green Mole Sauce, Black Beans, Tillamook Smoked Cheddar & Cinnamon-Apple Relish

Here’s where you find out my wife and I are vegetarians. The head cook Eric has been great, adjusting the last two beer dinners for our dietary needs. No duck on the salad, stuffed Portobello mushrooms for the lamb chops, and rice enchiladas. The remaining ingredients were kept the same, and match perfectly. The mixed taste of the mole sauce, smoked cheddar, and smoke porter was my favorite combination of the main entrees. The people around us eating the meat dishes were making lots of yummy sounds as well, seeming to be especially impressed with the lamb chops and Heather Ale.

Dessert (paired with Barrel Aged Irish Coffee Porter)
Ice Cream Sandwich with Black H2O Stout ice Cream & Warmed Honey Chocolate Sauce

And, the best for last. The strong dry coffee taste was countered by the chilled smooth oatmeal, and smothered in super sweet sauce. The sandwich part of the ice cream sandwich was a dark chocolate taste that offset the sweetness. I still dream lustfully about dessert.

All for the low, low price of $55 per person plus tip. The portions for this dinner were more reasonable than the first time I went last year, so dessert was more enjoyable. My first dinner at Town Hall the entrees were full American restaurant portions—each enough for two. This dinner was more reserved for size and increased the quality. Serving size of the beers is small enough to be able to drive home after two plus hours of gustatory bliss, even with the free “warm up” beer in the cool souvenir mug, but more than enough to parcel out for each bite. Showing up early for a tour by head brewer Mike Hoops made the night even better, getting to see the underbelly of my hometown pub.

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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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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3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

While in town for a week I was lucky enough to hit here every nite by getting off the train at the Riverside stop and walking up the hill a 1/4 mile to Washington Ave and strutting on in. Town Hall has a main room with their taps, bar tables and tvs with sports, and a second room in back with pool tables and the brew tanks. I was way too in lust with the beerin the front room to ever venture into the back room. Town Hall has a cozy feel with high tin ceilings, dark wood and a long bar. The front is all glass so you can people watch. There is a side outdoor section too.

All the beers were amazing. Quite a tight yet broad selection. Some new beers were tapped there throughout the week. Cool! Too bad that I missed the barrel aged beers to celbrate their anniversary.

Service was outstanding. The goofy law about no growlers sold after 8:00 pm meant that I had to hide my full (paid for) growlers behind a bush out back. The barkeep gave me a bag and ice to stash my goods. How cool!

The giant chicken burrito and beans was cheap as al get out, huge, and decent.

Can you take your mother here? I actually wouldn't because it gets loud and crowded. But is it one of the BEST brewpubs in the country??? Yes! Town Hall is amazing!

Beer is good. Happy brewpub beering.

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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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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