Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing CompanyToppling Goliath Brewing Company
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4.22/5
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23,414 Ratings
Toppling Goliath Brewing CompanyToppling Goliath Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

310 College Dr
Decorah, Iowa, 52101-1336
United States

(563) 387-6700 | map
tgbrews.com

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Added by emerge077 on 07-15-2010

BEER STATS
Beers:
49
Reviews:
3,433
Ratings:
23,414
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.53/5
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
300
pDev:
10.38%
 
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Reviews by mdwalsh:
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4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Toppling Goliath Brewing Company - 12-17-10

I stopped in here on a personal beer tour on a Thursday just after they opened around noon. I was the only customer in the place, but the staff of five was having their meeting in the same room, so it wasn't awkwardly quiet which was nice. The tap room looks brand spanking new with a nice wooden bar that would seat maybe 12 people, and then chairs around the rest of the room. There are 6 taps (I think) at the bar and another three behind. A chalk board tells what's currently on tap and the prices while a white board just outside of the brewery (more on this in a moment) lists all the beers they make total, which I really liked because it enticed me to check back to see when some of those beers might come on. There is also a cooler with a pretty solid grouping of guest beers, some of which also make an appearance on tap.

Behind the bar and through a door is the kitchen and brewery, though they have recently purchased a new brewery facility off the property where they have a larger brewing system. I believe the plan in to brew mostly at the larger facility and brew some of the specialty/smaller batches at the tap room.

The service was good, even though they were in the middle of the staff meeting I never waited for a beer for too long. The owner was present, so after the meeting I was able to talk to him at length about the beer, their plans to expand distribution in Iowa and Minnesota and plan to bottle their beer. This guy has an aggressive plan to expand.

I ate, but it was just French fries because most of what was on the menu of appetizers was not available, the delivery truck was late. But the bartender didn't charge me full price for the fries at least.

This is definitely a place I plan to go back to and would highly recommend to others.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ColoradoBuckeye
4.11/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of AngEo
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Hophazzard
4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This is an absolutely tiny place and it looks like it was put together in a hurry. However the service is amazing and the beers are simply out of this world. I wonder how the new facility will be like.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of RockRuler
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

It's on the smaller side with 8 stools at a "L" shaped bar top, tables and an outdoor patio. 14 beers on tap, mostly of the hoppy variety. They have a cooler with bombers and 4 packs to go. They do not serve food but you can have food delivered. Very freidnly staff. Very tight parking. Right now the tap room and brewery are located at different locations. Said they are constructing a new brewery and taproom where they will all be in one facility scheduled to be open by early 2018. Their current building was once a pizza place and most recently a florist.

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Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
4.44/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.99/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

For such a world-renowned brewery, existing in small town America seems to have ensured that this taproom has kept that hometown bar feel where everyone knows your name. There's a small L-bar in front of the taps, with a few short 4-seaters around the open floor. Some sports plays on the TV and the taplist is moderate, but at least consists entirely of super fresh, ultra local, intensely delicious beers coming out of the old-school, triple faucet taps.

As a side note, it must be said, TG is really adept at handling a massive crowd for large events. They pump people through with an efficient speed and a good attitude that you rarely see at beer releases of the magnitude of Mornin' Delight.

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Photo of Dankacheese
4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of IMFletcher
3.95/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Visited on a weekday afternoon. The inside is like an old, converted restaurant that seemed largely untampered with. There were less than 10 beers on tap, and from what I could tell, they were only the ones you can find in the TG distro footprint. I always hope to try something on tap at a brewery that I can't try anywhere else. Their patio is shaded and very pleasant, and the service was friendly.

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Photo of Beerdudenumberone
4/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of GreenBayBA
5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Sam_The_Elder
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Adamplus4000
4/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of bound4er
4.11/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 2.75

Visited on 6/16 as part of a weekend of bike riding, beer drinking and shopping in Decorah with my wife. When we drove by the place we almost missed it. An earlier reviewer's comment of it looking like an old steak house is spot one. Once inside the place is very inviting with tables around the front entrance followed by a wooden bar near the back. To one side is parking and on the other side is a beer garden. We drank at the bar and then ate Mabe's pizza outside. The service was excellent - the bartenders were nice, helpful and not afraid to pour a small trial sample. My only beef (more like my wife's) was the lack of non-hoppy beers on tap. Dorothy's was the only non IPA / PA beer they had on tap. I enjoyed the hell out of Sue, Pompeii and Scorpius Morchella (wish they'd bottle this stuff). If they would have had a dark beer or hefe on tap my wife would have enjoyed TG a bit more. Hop heads paradise in a nutshell.

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Photo of cgwami
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of NappyB
4.94/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of TCOlson
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.62/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Visited for the KBBS B3 release. The place is tiny and looks like an old steakhouse, very unassuming as you could drive right past it and not know it. The staff were top notch though, very efficient during the release and did their best to accommodate everyone. Selection was about as big as you'd expect for a building this size, they seem to go for quality over quantity.

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Photo of countrypeddler8
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Nuro0101
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Good atmosphere to sample the brews but the selection was a little lacking considering all the beers on their website.

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Photo of codytwo
4.16/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of DamienArk
5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company in Decorah, IA
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