Day Block Brewing Company

Day Block Brewing CompanyDay Block Brewing Company
Day Block Brewing CompanyDay Block Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(612) 617-7793 | map

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 60
Reviews by morimech:
Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of NodakEric
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of U2Chaser
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of runwild99
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of Sundin10
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4.75

Photo of Ginger_notgingerbeer
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of KarlHungus
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
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.


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 -6.3%
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 +6%
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 Usernames
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of gatornation
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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 juanny
3.4/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Photo of TrePackDog
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of qcbrewer
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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 jakemn91
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Josholson666
4.78/5  rDev +25.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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 thorkelson
2.26/5  rDev -40.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3.25 | selection: 1.5 | food: 2.25

Photo of Ilafan
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Glenn_Cole_BTBC
3.82/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3

Photo of Chucker17
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.78/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Day Block Brewing Company in Minneapolis, MN
Brewery rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 279 ratings