Day Block Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.91/5
Day Block Brewing CompanyDay Block Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1105 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55415-1225
United States

(612) 617-7793 | map
dayblockbrewing.com

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Added by Fatduck on 02-09-2014

BEER STATS
Beers:
92
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
311
PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
54
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
2.56%
 
 
Taps:
6
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 54
Photo of KarlHungus
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

My relationship with Day Block Brewing is long and intimate. When the brewery first opened they had an offer where a thousand dollars up front got you free beer in their taproom until the opening of U.S. Bank Stadium (this last part makes sense in light of the fact that the brewery is within a few hundred meters of the stadium). Having tried the beer and food, and living within easy walking distance of the brewery I took them up on the deal. It was a great decision.

Over the two and a half years in which I received free beer I not only got to drink many good things, but I also got to see up close a brewpub evolve from a rocky infancy to a stable place as both a brewery and a restaurant. I learned a lot about the process of professionally brewing and serving beer from the brewers and bar staff, and about cooking professionally from the kitchen staff. More importantly I made a lot of very close friends along the way.

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Having two separate spaces (a restaurant, and a taproom both connected by a common entry), Day Block Brewing has two atmospheres. Aesthetically both rooms have the same elements: high pressed tin ceilings, long, straight dark wood bars, large front windows looking out onto Washington Avenue, and exposed original brick walls (the owner of the brewery has put a lot of care into restoring many elements of the 1880's build Day Block building). The restaurant side, however, has more seating, and is generally quitter and more family friendly. The taproom side is, for the most part, only open in the evenings, and is used predominantly for hosting shows. I've seen numerous bands, and an increasing number of comedy shows.

The beer selection is limited to six taps which is disappointing (I've been hearing talk of a tap expansion for a couple years now, but it has yet to happen). The taps usually consist of their house IPA, and pale ale, and other four rotating beers. There is almost always something new put on each week. The quality of the beer has improved immensely since the brewery opened. Their current head brewer, a former Lift Bridge assistant brewer named Adam Weis, has yet to make a beer I didn't like. His brewing philosophy is to keep recipes simple and traditional (i.e. if he's brewing a Belgian strong pale ale he's using 100 percent pilsner malt, and Belgian yeast). I greatly appreciate this style of brewing, and lament that most American craft brewers twist traditional styles into what are often lesser beers.

Being a brewpub, Day Block also has a full bar with wine and liquor. They actually make really good, and inventive cocktails. A fair number of the bartenders they've had through out the years have taken the art of mixing a drink very seriously, and I've witnessed them on many occasions talking passionately about the spirits, cordials and syrups the are using to perfect whatever drink they were concocting at the time. I think the fact that even though I received free beer for two and a half years at Day Block I still order cocktails on a pretty regular basis says something about how good they are.

Day Block Brewing food has been great since the day they opened. The kitchen is a scratch kitchen with everything made in house. They specialize is pizza, and have created some really unique ones over the years. Recently, they've rounded out their menu more by adding more sandwich, and salad options. Overall, I feel very confident in saying that Day Block has by far the best food of all the Twin Cities brewpubs.

It is hard for me not to be biased in discussing the service at Day Block Brewing; I have become close friends with a lot of its staff. I can say that management takes creating a culture among its employees of providing great costumer service very seriously, and the vast majority of the service staff are completely on board with it. As with every other company they have made some bad hires, but I've seen let those people go quickly.

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Photo of mbraverman123
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Day Block is a great place to come after work, or to meet someone for dinner. They have a number of unique pizzas to choose from, and other delicious options. Unfortunately, they have a somewhat small selection of their own beers on tap for a tap room. They do have wine and cocktails as a lot of other tap rooms don't necessarily have.

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Photo of Lucular
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

My wife and I visited on a lazy Monday afternoon and there were a few other folks there at the time. The bartender was attentive and while we didn't try any food the menu was fairly large and looked good. All 3 beers I sampled were solid as was the cocktail my wife ordered.

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Photo of gatornation
3.94/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Right beside grumpys about a 4 block walk to US Bank Stadium, and just across the HWY from 7 Corners. Unobtrusive and smaller than it looks from the outside a small bar in the middle with the open kitchen in the rear. 6 brews on tap i had the citra APA and it was good as others said the food is better. I like that a kitchen is here on premise also like the smallness of the brewery, was genuinely pleased with my visit, and will be back.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

this is a neat little spot, right downtown, with a couple of bar rooms and a great kitchen. its smallish inside, high ceilings in an old building, comfortable, bustling. they didnt have the largest beer selection in the world, maybe seven or eight of theirs working, but the beer i had was tasty. i liked the berliner a lot, and the citra pale is a nice summer beer. what impressed me the most was the food, i had a killer lamb dish and a really awesome pizza with wild mushrooms and sausage on it. they have put some work into the menu, and the food was much better than standard brewery fare, even the ones that do good pizza, this was pretty next level. i would have liked to see a little more creativity on the beer list, but these guys have obviously found a nice in the increasingly crowded twin cities beer scene. the place was busy and the service was professional and the experience was very enjoyable overall. food far more memorable than the beer, but thats not to say the beer wasnt good. i could see this being a go to happy hour spot if i lived up here.

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Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A short walking distance from USBank Stadium. Should be a very popular space before and after Viking games. The exterior and interior is nondescript and a little austere. Only six beers available so they better be tight. All were good, but none were mind blowing. Full bar with drinks, wine, and spirits available. The kitchen is where this place shines. Excellent pizza with them taking a different path with ingredients and combinations. Snacks, sandwiches and a bacon flight.

Go to Minneapolis Town Hall for the beer, but come here for the food.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

The beers are decent and the food is better. None of the beers screamed amazing...but the pizza a and bacon flight more than made up for it. The place itself is fairly non-descript. The service was friendly enough. The selection was good....6 beers available and sandwiches and pizzas to chose from. Also a good snack menu. Certainly worth a visit.

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Photo of pat61
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Food is sandwiches, pizza and snacks, food is decent, beer is in the good range and they have done a nice job restoring a classic building. If you are on a Minneapolis beer tour, add this to your list.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

I'd probably rate this place higher if I'd tried the pizza since it looked good, but on beer and ambiance this place is a 3.5.

It's a nice space, although somewhat small for a brewery. You can ask for a taste of any beer. That's always good.

I wasn't particularly blown away by the beers here, but they weren't bad either. I tried about four and of those, the Golden Strong was the one I chose to have a pour of. It was good but unremarkable.

If you are walking from downtown Minneapolis, this is a good stop on your way to Minneapolis Town Hall Brewing, Republic and Arcadia Cafe.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +2.6%

After a long winter, we took advantage of a sunny Saturday afternoon to go to Town Hall pint club for the first time in a while and then walked down the street to Day Block Brewing.

Day Block is next to Grumpy's Downtown on Washington. So much beer side by side may look like a bad idea. However, Day Block is much more of an upscale, industrial chic compared to Grumpy's gritty character. My guess is that the clientele for the corner may not overlap much. Plus, with a brewpub and a beer bar, their offerings will likely compliment as much as they compete. Hopefully, the flow of traffic from the nearby apartments, Guthrie Theater, Open Book and the future Viking's stadium will provide more than enough customers for both bars.

We ordered a rack of all six samples. All of the beers were solid interpretations of the styles. Of the group, I order a draft of the Frank's Red Ale that had lots of body and a pleasant hop balance. Fruhlinhgsfest was my next favorite, in spite of it not being a favored style, followed closely by the Honey Amber IPA. The Spring Lager and Kolsch were both strong for their styles, just not styles I drink. Lot 56 was adequate but I had been expecting more from the description and Al's reviews of other hoppy Day Block beers.

Dinner was a cheese pizza, thin and slightly reminiscent of Pizza Paradiso in DC but didn't live up to that memory. Thin crust, a bit greasy, full of cheesy goodness and a slight char on the crust, it was a good size for sharing.

I like Day Block. While not in the same league as Town Hall (yet), it's likely a place we'll visit again.

Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2014/05/day-block-brewing-minneapolis-mn.html

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Inside, the main restaurant, bar and small kitchen are located off to the right of the entrance. There is a second bar area on the left, that was not open at this time, but gives them room to spread out during peak hours. The 10 barrel brewery itself is located in a glassed in room behind that accessory bar, and is all fresh and glistening new stainless steel. Both bars are of fine-grained lighter colored wood with a fairly large silvery tin-tiled back splash. Growlers and glasses line the back of the bar and 6 hand-turned wooden tap handles are used to pull foaming pints of craft beer for thirsty patrons. Brown painted tin tile lines the tall ceilings, criss-crossed by track lighting and industrial piping. Exposed thick brick walls and a huge expanse of spotless glass windows line the room. The overall impression is of extreme age with a fresh coating of paint, populated with new wooden booths and tables. The look inside the building is pleasant and well-lit, but has a slightly generic feel to it.

They usually have six beers on tap at any one time, but had just run out of one during my visit. With a small sized brewery, they are able to do many smaller batches and try more things, which is one reason I tend to like brewpubs. They have listed the batch numbers on the beer menu, and at least one beer was up to batch seven. This indicates that they have had time to dial in their system and hopefully make tweaks to recipes for fine tuning. I ordered the six beer sampler for their 5 beers and got an extra pour of the rye bock. Served in a long wooden paddle the flight certainly looked impressive when brought to the table. I'll give my impressions of the beers as a BJCP beer judge, but keep in mind my tastes may be different from yours! If you like a beer that I don't, that doesn't make you wrong. The Winter Wit was a Belgian Wit style beer with a pretty strong orange character--I actually liked this one pretty well. The humorously named Former Mayor Ryebock (R.T.Rybak for those non-Minnesotans out there) was a pleasant and malty maibock with rye and probably my favorite of the day. The Black IPA was fairly good for what it was but I'm just not a fan of the style, so can't get too excited about it. The Porter was decent, but didn't blow my socks off, seeming a bit thin in body. My least favorite was the Frank's Red Ale. I got diacetyl (buttered popcorn) and too much toffee sweetness from it that made it difficult to drink.

And the food? The kitchen at Day Block is tiny, but has an interesting mix of appetizers and pizzas. We ordered the pickle sampler, which included pickled radish, kimchi, and regular pickles with hops in the mix. All were good and refreshing. We also ordered the much-discussed bacon flight: a mixture of three specialty bacons served end-up in tiny porcelain bowls filled with dipping sauces. I love this idea and the sauces were really tasty (spicy chocolate, curry and another I can't remember) but at least half of our bacon was burned to solid black twigs of meat briquette. If bacon is on your menu as a signature plate you really, really need to cook it correctly. My wife ordered a Taco Truck Pizza topped with flank steak, cotija cheese, pickled jalapeno and radish. This was good, but didn't "wow" either of us. I ordered the Bahn Mizza: a pizza-fied take on the classic meat filled Vietnamese banh mi sandwich. This one was a winner! Slightly spicy with Asian flavors, pork and shaved carrots, atop a perfectly crispy crust. Now this is a signature dish!

My overall impression of Day Block Brewing was favorable, but with some caveats. I think the food was good, but they need to step up their game on that bacon. Nine bucks for mostly burned bacon is nine bucks too much. The beers were mostly good quality (minus the red) but none of them really excited me. Perhaps my palate is jaded after years of chasing the next new hop or funky beer. I'm hoping that these guys make full use of their small brew system and create lots of seasonal and one-off projects rather than sticking to a bunch of safe standbys. I didn't mention it previously, but Day Block makes a note of trying to use as many fresh and local ingredients as possible--a policy I thoroughly agree with. The beer they ran out of used a rare hop from Wisconsin, and I know they use malts from Rahr in Shakopee, so they are trying to do this in their brewing as well as the restaurant. I would certainly stop by here for a beer again, and perhaps a Bahn Mizza, but probably won't make the 45 minute trek from home just for that.

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Day Block Brewing Company in Minneapolis, MN
3.91 out of 5 based on 311 ratings.
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