McCann's Food & Brew

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

3310 3rd St N
Saint Cloud, Minnesota, 56303-4123
United States

(320) 217-5800

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2007

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of KarlHungus
2.28/5  rDev -39.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 1

I've been to a couple dozen brewpubs, and can say with complete certainty that McCann's is the worst I've visited. The atmosphere is a cross between a cheesy game room and a chain sports bar. The beer selection upon my visit consisted of three regulars (blonde, amber, and IPA), and three seasonals (witbier, brown ale, and a fruity wheat beer). I tried the brown ale, and the IPA. The brown was uninspiring, and reminded me of Lienie's Dark. The IPA had potential, but tasted stale with a noticeable cardboard quality. The food was awful, and quite possibly the worst meal I've ever had at a restaurant. I ordered the buffalo burger, and what I got was an unseasoned premade patty that can best be described as bad cafeteria food. On top of that it clearly had not been grilled in any way. Overall, I will not be going back to McCann's Food and Brew. The mediocre beer they make is not enough to draw me back knowing the kind of carp they pass off as food.

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Photo of opwog
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

The people who work there are exceptionally cool and helped my GF and I out by allowing us a table to the side for as long as we needed for some internet work for me and for some phone conversations for my GF. The beer was decent, but nothing great. The IPA was above average, as was the porter. They didn't have any of the stout that seems to be their flagship beer according to reviews and it was mentioned on the staff shirts. Bummer when a place is out of the one beer that they are most known for, as well as being my preferred style.

But after an IPA, I went for a porter and they said that because it was still in the 9th inning of the Twins game, I could get a liter mug for $4.75. Ya have to love places with specials like that, even if you can't finish the special. The only downfall was the food. Now I only have had the one meal there, but it was awful AND was still one of the night's specials. Supposedly I was getting a pan seared Walleye sandwich, but I inspected and this fish had never touched any heating surface except maybe a microwave pan. There was no markings at all that showed that this had been cooked on any conventional surface and the texture was slimy. If I hadn't already been through such a trying day, I would have sent it back. I forced down about half and left the rest.

Overall, cool people, pretty good beers and great specials. Just watch out what you order for food.

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Photo of jera1350
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Met up with some friends here prior to a sporting event. About six different beers on tap that are brewed on premises. I had the Rye P.A. and the Oatmeal Stout which were both really good. Friends of mine enjoyed their lighter beers as well. Growlers also available for sale. Pints were very reasonably priced and the bartender was very attentive and helpful. Had a pizza which was quite tasty. Decent food selection available. I had never even heard of this place before, but was happy to find some quality craft beer in a town not known for it.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

After reading good reviews on this site, my wife and I decided that this place was a "must" for our recent day trip to St. Cloud. Perhaps it was the hype, or perhaps something else, but I just wasn't all that impressed. Our server was pleasant enough, and the beer was okay, but it just didn't have the vibe I was hoping for. The whole establishment seemed very "bar like." The biggest gripe that I have is that there were Miller Lite banners and accoutrements EVERYWHERE. The place would have a much nicer feel if they were to do away with all of that stuff. It took what might otherwise be a nice establishment and cheapened it.

As for the beer and the like. The beer as I said was decent. We were able to sample the five beers that were on tap and then choose our favorites. I enjoyed the stout, my wife preferred the maibock which I believe had a name something like "bavarian." The house beers were cheaper than the macrobrews which is a plus for the craft beer lover.

Food. . . We only had the appetizer platter as we had already eaten a short while before. It was alright, but just your typical fried food type of stuff. I can't say anything about the rest of the menu, but what I saw at other tables was all fried food. Definitely "bar food" as opposed to "pub fare."

It seemed pretty family friendly as there were children dining with their parents freely.

Service was decent to good. The atmosphere really is what put a damper on things.

I really feel like I missed out on something. All of the glowing reports were contrary to my experience. I hope to perhaps make it back and give it another try, but whether that occasion will come or not I cannot say. I won't make it a destination trip, but if I am in St. Cloud I might give it one more shot.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Went to McCann's for my first Cloudy Town Brewers meeting, had a blast. Went with two friends and ran into a third. We each got a liter of McCann's brew, three Amber's and Stout and all were impressed. Service was a little slow, but I suppose when you're filling up liters, it can take a while.

This place is huge, though not as big as when it was O'hara's I've heard. First floor is average, but below there is a large banquet room and a pool hall type area that takes up the basement of the entire strip mall it occupies.

And it is pretty amazing this place which serves beer allowed a homebrewers club meeting to go on as well!

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Photo of morimech
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A large establishment for a brewpub. Very spacious and I did not even go downstairs. Another 6 or so tables outside on the patio. The place is kept in immaculate condition. All the employees were busy cleaning when they did not have customers to wait on.

A nice varied selection of house beers. They also have many choices for the BMC drinker. The menu is heavy on burgers but enough choices for just about everyone. The food was very good.

Very cheap specials if you hit it right. I stopped by on a Saturday afternoon and the house beers were a $1 a pint. Cheeseburger basket for $5. Cheap and good.

This place deserves a stop in if you find yourself in St. Cloud or just driving by on I-94.

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Photo of bedwyr
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

I stopped in to test out the local flavors before catching a Northwoods League baseball game. The place was pretty much empty (it was about 4:00) and I had all the servers' attention. I have to say...I was tempted to stay. First I sampled all the beers on hand. None jumped out at me. Their IPA was well crafted, but a bit more hoppy than I care for. The Amber was very quaffable. They did have a dopplebock that was extrememly tasty, but I figured it was probably a bit dangerous for my evening.

The two best things about McCann's were the beer prices and the staff. The staff was just fun and friendly. When I came back after the game they all yelled and said, "He's back!" And depending when you get there, you might be able to hit some ridiculous specials like a ten dollar wrist band that gets you nickel taps of their micros all night. Yeah. Sweet! All in all, if you're in St. Cloud and you're a beer lover, it's a great stop.

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Photo of slyke
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We stopped into McCann's for an early lunch shortly after opening on Friday (6/20/08).

The place has a cool feel with lots of stone tile work, including the bar top.

We sat at a hightop in the bar area, so the bartender was our server. She was very attentive. I had the IPA, the fiance had the stout. Both were very good. We did wish there were a couple of more beers to try.

The food was very good. We both had lunch specials. She had half of a club sandwich and a cup of soup (clam chowder). I had the half walleye sandwich. I had never seen a "half" sandwich that large before. The fish was fresh, tasty and fried in a batter that included their golden ale.

Overall, our experience was outstanding. This will probably become a regular stop for us when passing through St. Cloud.

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Photo of ZAP
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I finally had a sit down meal at this place after a few other appetizer stops.

Atmosphere is improved from the old place....nothing majestic about it but a nice friendly, clean corner bar/grill type place.

My family and I ate in the bar area on a relatively busy Friday night.

We were served by one of the bartenders and I honestly don't think you could expect any better service. This guy was on top of everything. Quick, attentive, asked to fill my growlers while we were eating so we didn't have to wait for them after the meal. Just really top notch. I was impressed.

The beer is very good. I've had enough of their offerings now to confidently say this is a legit brewpub. Much better offerings than the old O'Hara's.

What is cool about this place is they always have two different seasonals on tap...usually a lighter seasonal and a darker seasonal. So far they've had an outstanding porter, a top notch triple, a tasty stout, and a solid bock/schwartbier. I'm not sure what the future holds but I have been encouraged with the initial offerings. Their basics are also solid

The one complaint I have is their glassware still has a detergent/antiseptic smell to it It takes away from the quality of their beers. I enjoy them much better out of growlers at home when I can pour them into my own glassware.

As for the meal. I had the Walleye hoagie as did my daughter...this is one badass sandwich...I'm a big strong young lad and I can eat....this was the biggest walleye sandwich I have ever had....outstanding size....I will be ordering more of wasn't cheap nor expensive...about 11 bucks if I remember only suggestion would be to tweak the batter a was kind of bland...the walleye tasted as it should but the batter lacked character...perhaps some beer added to the recipe would do the trick? The wife seemed happy with her salad or whatever she had..

We were on our way to the cities and in a little bit of a hurry and the service was perfect...I had a couple beers, we all had full meals and we left in a relatively short amount of time with two growlers in hand. I was very happy with everything and will definitely be back for more walleye hoagies.

***Update**** The hoagie Walleye is smaller now and not as good....decent but not as good as the one described***

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