Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

BEER AVG
4.27/5
Toppling Goliath Brewing CompanyToppling Goliath Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

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
Ratings:
21,136
Reviews:
2,995
PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Ratings:
289
Reviews:
54
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
4.59%
 
 
Taps:
8
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by mynie:
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Decorah is weirdly set up. I turned off of 52 into what looked like the beginning of a populated area but 30 seconds after passing some gas stations I was driving through a sea of trees. This part of Iowa bears a superficial resemblance to the Northwest--a resemblance that actual northwesterners would dismiss out of hand, but that the occasional visitor may understand. There's these big hills covered in trees, see, and then beneath those hills there lies pockets of buildings. It's beautiful, makes you feel warmly isolated, apart but secure.

Most of the buildings in town appear to be over 100 years old, but I'll guess that TG's was built sometime in the 60s or 70s, and has probably been a long line of restaurants. It sits atop a small hill, underneath trees and overlooking a street.

The bartender was wonderful and the crowd was affable. Trying to describe why I liked it so much is proving difficult, because the visit just felt so damn personal. The bartender actually seemed to enjoy talking to me. The locals said things I was interested in hearing, and they seemed to appreciate my company. There was absolutely no pretense, no artifice. Just a bunch of people sitting together on a patch of cement beneath a pocket of green, talking and drinking good beer.

The beers were fantastic, probably the best in Iowa. There was no food, nor any fancy-ass decorations or anything like that. Just peace and beer.

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More User Reviews:
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5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Sam_The_Elder
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Adamplus4000
4/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of bound4er
4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
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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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of TCOlson
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.62/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
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 +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Nuro0101
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
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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4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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4.84/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ThirstyHungryLife
4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

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4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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3.03/5  rDev -30.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

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4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company in Decorah, IA
4.27 out of 5 based on 21,136 ratings.
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