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Harriet BrewingHarriet Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar

3036 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55406
United States

(612) 315-4633

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2011

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 56
Photo of atone315
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

One of the last nights this place was open...visited over Thanksgiving Weekend while visiting family and friends. $5 cover to enter, worth it after hearing the live band. Very cool atmosphere, loved all the paintings of musical artists. Beer was proper, not many to choose from...maybe cause they were closing in a few days? The crowd was very low key, and unpretentious, which is not the easiest to find in a bigger "beer-snob" city like Minn-St Paul. Overall, would have loved to see this place stay open as I would have re-visited any time I was in town....my type of place!

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Photo of DaveAnderson
3.07/5  rDev -24.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

I love Harriet, so it pains me to write a somewhat tepid review. They opened one of the first taprooms in Minnesota, and batch 1 of West Side was one of my favorite beers ever.

But a recent visit prompted me to write this.

First the good: This place has such a strong neighborhood vibe. There is live music and a food truck virtually every day, a house cat, and plenty of original artwork on the walls. When there isn't a musical act, the ambient music comes from the house vinyl collection or a DJ. Musical genres are all over the map, which is a welcome relief from some local breweries that only play the various shades of metal.

The beer is mostly inspired by Belgian and German styles, but they also offer a Sahti and an American IPA on tap. I'll refrain from reviewing them here, since each is different and can be reviewed separately. Selection is good for a brewery of this size.

Now for the bad. First of all, the place is a little dirty-looking, and there is a single unisex bathroom that I have not found especially well-kept. Additionally, the website is not kept up to date. Before my last visit, I was pleasantly surprised to see their Belgian-style stout listed as "on-tap" on their website, but upon arriving, was told that it had not been on tap for over a month. That's inexcusable.

Ultimately, it's those kinds of details that really hurt my ratings for this place. If they fix them, I'll revise.

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Photo of pat61
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This is another brewery on my bike route. There is a big garage at the back of the brewery where you can either fill a growler or stand around and drink with 50 or so of your closest friends. In decent weather things spill out into the parking lot and there is usually a food truck or two around. Their beer somehow tastes better in the brewery than anywhere else. If you are touring Minneapolis's craft breweries this is a must.

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Photo of AlexBassBerger
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

When I lived in Minneapolis, Harriet was my go to spot. It's an unassuming warehouse space on the city's south side, and the owner/head brewer is usually on had whipping up the next batch of beer. Their mainstay brews are tasty and they seem to lean towards the fruity side of Belgians. Harriet is also a big supporter of the local and regional music scene, and they usually have a band or DJ on hand to provide a soundtrack to fit the festive mood.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Comfortable and consistently solid beers. Regular with music and most often it is live. Food trucks regularly in the parking lot. Service is low not because it is bad, more there just isn't that much going on. Not a wide range of styles but all beers are solid.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Live band with four guitars, three brews left on tap when I arrived, but one of them was a very nice Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Great atmosphere, like a very cool party in a very cool brewery. Wait a minute, It IS a very cool party in a very cool brewery. When you order your brew, if you look to the left, there are the brew kettles, right out in the open.

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Photo of fuldhim
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Harriet has a fantastic assortment of beers. You should be able to find something on tap that will appeal to the beer grognard as well as more casual beer drinkers, although maybe not folk who swear by cereal beers. I was there on a Wednesday and not only had two great pints (Saisson Nourrice and Woluptuweiss) but got to hear great music. I could've had food as well, courtesy of the food truck that they'd invited in, but I'd already had a Juicy Lucy (a burger with cheese in the middle) across town.

I rate their atmosphere a notch up because of the live music at the back of the brewery. They've set space aside for a stage, lights and actual sound gear, and like the food, they draw an assortment of bands from the area. You can probably guess the general leaning of music types from the psychedelic tinge of their logo. They also have DJs--if you stop by, have a look at the assortment of LPs they have on hand. There aren't too many music genres that aren't represented in their collection.

Overall, top marks. A very friendly place, with ancient couches and stuffed animal heads and funky paintings and murals and more. Any member of this site is bound to like this place.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
4.13/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Love this tap room! It was one of the first in the cities, and they did it right. In the summers they have great outdoor space and excellent live music almost every night. This place is a lot of fun, and they make some pretty good beers, too. Their Hefeweizen is one of my favorites, and they do a few Belgian styles that are really good, too. This place is always a blast to hang out at on summer nights (and can be cozy on winter weeknights as well). They did it all the right way here. The only minor negative is that the place is small when the patio is closed off in the winter, so it can get tight on busy weekends.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

this is a great little brewery. very artsy/hippie atmosphere. good classic folk rock music played on original records and a turn table.
great Belgian style beers, was fortunate to try this place when they had 3 of their normal style beers "soured"...this was an amazing experience, unfortunately was not able to enjoy it for as long as I would have liked because there was a cover charge for a comedy show that night and was unable to stick around for it so had to leave about a half hour earlier than would have liked,
great prices -2$ samples
great variety on tap 8+ beers
quality: only one beer outta the 8 I tried were not to my liking
will be going back here in the future

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Photo of pourmeadrink
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Harriet has bands come in for taproom shows. A great place to hang with a few good beers. They have food trucks come in from around the area. The rotating menu is great. Everyone was friendly. Not a ton of space and only one bathroom. I would go here again. Get the hefeweizen - it is bomb.

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Photo of gatornation
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

this is really 1 of my favorite brewpubs to visit love sitting outside in the summer with downtown visible to the north and a nice band on stage usually have only3-4 taps going but i always find something i like kind of a hippy vibe going on mixed with a coffehouse feel always have a good time here

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.66/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Harriet Brewing's tap room is one of my favorite hangouts in the Twin Cities. Part brewery, part art gallery, part music venue, part patio with a beautiful urban view. The beer selection can be minimal at times, but I like all of their beers so much I'm still happy with a mere three choices. Usually, however, they have more to choose from including some barrel aged options. Prices are another huge draw. There regular prices rival most happy hours around town.

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Photo of PolhillS
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Judging this place using the standard rating criteria is a bit unfair, Harriet Brewing's taproom is a bit unorthodox and quite unfinished. The atmosphere is a bit psychedelic and hippy-dippy (see the artwork for Harriett Brewing's labels and the tie-dyed logo T-shirts). You will either love the place or hate it. As with many of the local Minneapolis taprooms, there is no kitchen, food is provided by way of a rotation of food trucks. On the evening that I was present, there were three fresh beers on tap, live music (an old-timer who sang, played guitar, had the gift of gab and a great sense of humor), and an eager crowd waiting to be entertained. The place was a perfect storm for an early Friday evening of fun. I thoroughly enjoyed it all.
Go at your own risk...

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Photo of Fowlmouth
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This place is amazing. Jason and the crew are so laid back and friendly. Not only do they brew some kick ass beer, the music they play is great. An awesome place to grab a beer in the tap room and listen to some good music then grab a growler to bring home.

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Photo of BobGrins
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

The place is a converted garage, with the garage door opening up to give a more roomy feeling to the tap room. Not sure how well it'll work during a Minnesota winter. The walls are decorated with ever changing art by local artists (both mural and hung art). Usually there's a food truck in the parking lot, plus a couple restaurants across the street.

Great group of people; they really love their craft. Fun, open tap house, very generous with samples. Local bands play regularly and it's a good environment to mingle and gab. The Growler was a good deal, with a $5 deposit for returning the bottle.

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Photo of Viper29223
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

On my Minnesota brew tour I was on last month I happened upon the nice little neighborhood brewery .I sampled 4 beers but the one that stood out was the IPA it had a great bite to it .While I was sampling I got to check the local artists work on the walls ,his art is kinda of abstract and is put on the labels each painting has a meaning and is tied to the beer or the local lake .After sampling I went on the tour which was way to crowded and hot.But afterwords I got to try proper pints 4.00 a piece enjoyed my beers listen to local dj play reggae records and ate some wonderful sweet potatoe tacos from the local ever changing food truck.So great place loved how everyone rode there bikes to the brewery and had compartments for the growlers .Great Beer Great Food Great Art

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Photo of jera1350
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Front part of the brewery is for samples and growler sales. Cool beer "label" artwork displayed. They don't actually have labels, but the artwork is for each specific beer. The back of the brewery is where all of the fun is. Indoor lounge area with lots of artwork displayed, records playing and beer being sold and served. They often have a local jewelry artist honing their craft their as well for watching or buying items being made. Their is also an outdoor concrete pad with tables and chairs and ample standing room. They usually have about four beers to choose from for pint purchases. Sometimes a couple more. Lots of bike parking available also. Although I have not been here during, they now have a food truck and live music on the weekends. All in all, a good neighborhood place to kick back and enjoy some brews.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.93/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Small tasting room up front features two taps offering free tasters and reasonably priced growlers and growler fills of the same. Samples of various malt and hops are in jars for you to smell. A few mismatched pieces of furniture adorn the room but remain largely unused.

Around back (through the ample parking lot), you'll find a gated-in patio space with numerous tables and chairs. Inside you walk right into the brewing machinery and rows upon rows of freshly filled kegs. There is also a small stage and a few sets of chairs scattered near-by.

You can order a pint close to the stage or have one promptly brought to you by the attentive, friendly, casual (hip) waitstaff.

The same two beers were the only things available surprisingly, though perhaps their capacity doesn't allow them to easily brew many more at once. No guest taps.

They don't have food, though a food truck is frequently invited in for the evening.

A friendly lively crowd, good live music, bicycle friendly but still with plenty of parking if you require it...decent beer - all in all worth visiting if you are visiting the area.

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Harriet Brewing in Minneapolis, MN
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