Castle Danger Brewery

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Castle Danger BreweryCastle Danger Brewery
BA SCORE
3.9/5
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783 Ratings
Castle Danger BreweryCastle Danger Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

17 7th St
Two Harbors, Minnesota, 55616
United States

(218) 834-5800 | map
castledangerbrewery.com

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Added by Chaz on 05-07-2011

BEER STATS
Beers:
30
Reviews:
215
Ratings:
783
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.14/5
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
26
pDev:
10.87%
 
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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of DiggerDahl
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.89/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25

Castle Danger has a great taproom with a real fishing lodge feel. Lots of wood, plenty of seating and a nice deck.
The beer was good, the George Hunter stout on nitro was exceptional.
Service was very good, prompt and friendly.
Selection was only OK. About 8 beers on tap, nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of jera1350
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of JDoHo
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of GreatGrayGhost
2.83/5  rDev -31.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Was really excited to visit CD, lots of advertisements on the radio and in print, and had Mosaic at a party. Was greatly disappointed by the beer selection. Usually, such a broadly spoken-about brewery has at least 1 great beer, but I was shocked to find their entire selection to be average at best. Certainly a step above BMC, but it seems that the profit-first model of brewing has reached Northern Minnesota.

The Drive was great, went there in a topless Jeep Wrangler in inappropriately cold weather. Location was nice, there was a lake view but not a great one, and it is certainly not lake-side. The quality of the mini road-trip was matched by friendly service.

Unfortunately, the hype turned this adventure into one that left me with a very poor feeling towards Castle Danger. With breweries like Surly, Folsom, Indeed, and even Duluth's Bent Paddle, Castle Danger seems profoundly out-classed in beer quality. What's upsetting about this is that CD is priced the same of higher quality beers.

I started with the Danger ale, my partner started with a brown ale. Both had that bready taste of a rushed beer, brewed for speed and volume with low consideration for quality. Tried a stout (hunter), wasn't bad, but wasn't something I'd order again. Went with another Pale Ale and an IPA, and they all followed a pattern, quite sweet, low hops; probably fitting more with Northern Minnesotan mild sensibilities towards non-offensive brewing.

Just odd. I was expecting at least one beer to stand out. Frankly, if Castle Danger sold $6.99 or $5.99 six packs, I could see myself becoming a fan. The premium price for sub-premium beer is odd.

I'd return, but not for the beer. Nice place, nice people, nice drive, but this is supposed to be a brew house.

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Photo of HoistinBrews
4.68/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of camiconnell
4.43/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of TooGood
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of CaeserTits
4.93/5  rDev +19.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Hugh open brew pub with lots of Northwoods feeling. Bar has lots of beautiful wood in side with plenty of seating. A wrap around deck for out side seating has a partial view of Lake Superior. They have a swag shop and growlers both 750's and 64 ounce. Thier brew is very good had at least 8 on with flights available. There are several places nearby to grab some food and eat here. If you are in Duluth this is just a 15-20 minute ride away if traveling up Hwy 61 its just blocks away. Either case this is worth a stop.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great option if you're cruising up or down 61. Nice big space with plenty of seating/tables, a vibe that feels like you're "up north," and a good patio for the summer and decent views of the lake/harbors. Very friendly staff/bartenders and about 10 different of their beers on tap, with a fairly good variety and a number being brewery only.

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Photo of tmtungse
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Gorgeous new taproom and brewery (opened summer 2014) overlooks lake Superior and is just a few blocks south of highway 61. Ample parking around, and has a huge wraparound porch which is dog friendly. Spacious and well-lit interior has a north woods, rustic barn feel.

Eight beers on tap plus a nitro and a cask offering. Standard offering (lager, cream, pale, couple IPAs, "strong" and a stout), but we tried four and all were fantastic brews. Everything was to style and extremely well made. They fill 64oz and 750ml growlers, but only in their glass.

They have board games, there's a ton of swag for sale, and tours you can book in advance. Service was fast but not personable by any means. These guys know what they're doing - don't skip this one!

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Photo of maedhros09
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A great stop after a day along the North Shore. They offer unconventional pours (11 oz and 18 oz) and you can pick your own flight of 4. They sell some packaged snacks as well. Lots of nice outdoor seating not far from the woods for a nice day.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Cool location with an awesome wooden castle danger sign behind the bar. Lots of board games to play and large tables. The bartender was very friendly. Solid beer lineup

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Photo of sgttibbs
4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Docrock
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Nice little place in Two Harbors. Offering around 10 beers on tap with a couple BA offerings. Prices are reasonable and staff was nice and Heflin. 1 oz samples offered if you request. Not many people there while we were but it seemed like mostly passers thru/tourists. They offer a 4 beer sampler on a big wooden plate. There is no kitchen but you can but bags of pretzels or chips. Also allowed to bring food in. It's not too far off of highway 61 with an okay view of the Harbor.

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Photo of mothman
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of TGanyone
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Ilafan
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of MNBeer1017
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of vikinghorn
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of BigAl18
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of kguard
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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Castle Danger Brewery in Two Harbors, MN
Brewery rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 783 ratings