Pulpit Rock Brewing Company

Pulpit Rock Brewing CompanyPulpit Rock Brewing Company
Pulpit Rock Brewing CompanyPulpit Rock Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

207 College Dr
Decorah, Iowa, 52101-1304
United States

(563) 380-3610 | map

Notes: Since 2015, Pulpit Rock has honored the craft of brewing

Built out of an old dairy facility and originally situated next to a laundromat, Pulpit Rock Brewing opened its bay doors during the summer of '15. Founded by four Luther alumni, fueled by two head-brewers and driven by a small taproom team (and the occasional volunteer), this modest brewery embraces the opportunity to produce and serve exciting and innovative beers.

With a rotating tap list that balances classic styles, unabashed hop-enthusiasm and adventurous flavor-infusions, we aim to provide our guests with a spectrum of tastes and experiences.
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
In downtown area. A really small corner building, that looks like a former frosty freeze or gas station. The taproom is quite small and basic, barebones, with the furnishings. The folks are friendly and helpful and the beer is mediocre. Do recommend the No Qualms About It - IPA, though. Go here first, then Toppling Goliath, i.e. opening act, then headliner.
Nov 21, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Aug 26, 2020
Rated: 4.69 by jpbolton from Maryland

May 29, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois

Jan 19, 2020
Rated: 4.61 by hafchicken

Oct 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Second stop in Decorah. It's a smaller brewery, though they do have an event room for additional seating. Their beers were solid, and were all good to try. The bartender was friendly, and I will be going back again.
Sep 10, 2019
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Reviewed by gatornation from Florida

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
Small batch brewery right b4 you cross the trout river into downtown Decorah. Nice vibe with plenty of outdoor seating. Inside is small with some seats and a small bar with a dozen or so whiskey barrels lined up along the wall. 8-10 brews on tap with a few 4pks to go. Superb IPA's Sours and stouts. Wish this place was closer cause i liked the vibe and the brew. Its a BYOF place to eat,and dog friendly. Cool/chill place.
Jun 19, 2019
Rated: 3.74 by coz from Illinois

Mar 31, 2019
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Reviewed by jessejaybean from Iowa

4.56/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
Best Brewer in Iowa. Yes I said it. Its small taproom is a bumber. And its in the northern cornerof the statewhich makes it diffacult to get to releases. But they keep it fresh. Always have something new. cans seem to be avaible at the taproom only. Hopefully they decide t make a flagship beer and do distro. Everythign they touch is gold. Stouts, Kettle and Pastry Sours and IPAS.
Mar 20, 2019
Rated: 4.42 by oldmankoch from Tennessee

Jan 17, 2019
Rated: 5 by DissentFatsquirrel from Minnesota

Jan 11, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by mig100 from Texas

Dec 15, 2018
Rated: 4.09 by Chilmer from Iowa

Sep 03, 2018
Rated: 4.36 by kidzord from Illinois

Aug 26, 2018
Rated: 4.47 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Aug 25, 2018
Rated: 4.73 by badmotorgrunge from Illinois

Aug 25, 2018
Rated: 3.73 by runwild99 from Minnesota

Aug 10, 2018
Rated: 4.76 by JuanAlberto from Texas

Jul 05, 2018
Rated: 4 by needMIbeer from Virginia

Apr 03, 2018
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Reviewed by Vidblain from Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
I most recently visited Pulpit Rock for the Fat Joe release. I recognize - this may not be particularly representative of what an average visit to the site may be... but hey, maybe it will be beneficial to future visitors for releases.

I've been to Pulpit Rock several times now - for the releases of Gallagher, Fat Joe, and also just for a few beers. It's far more typical of a standard bar than your given brewery. Seating is quite limited in doors, but there is a very nice, spacious patio. Don't expect that to be open for shares during releases though.

For the Fat Joe release, there was a nice little heated tent that was open all night long. Yes, all night - because that's how long you'll want to be there to get bottles! The tent was claustrophobic and far too cramped, but everyone on-site was very friendly and happy to share.

Lighting in Pulpit Rock could really use a little help - it's just not sufficient. Selection is decent, though not tremendously varied. I'd sure love more crowlers for take-home consumption as well. And while my review does not sound glowing, I like Pulpit Rock and, honestly, find it quite a lot easier to recommend for breweries in Decorah now that that TG has packed up for a new location. How much easier and more convenient is Pulpit Rock now? I give them credit there - I hope they plan on staying for the duration - I really enjoy the location, minus the parking situation.
Mar 12, 2018
Rated: 4.45 by Foxman27 from Iowa

Feb 22, 2018
Rated: 4.73 by TCOlson from Minnesota

Feb 04, 2018
Rated: 4.69 by Kegger37 from Iowa

Jan 09, 2018
Rated: 4.4 by mothman from Minnesota

Jan 05, 2018
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Rated by NICKtheTITAN from Iowa

5/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
My favorite brewery.
Dec 14, 2017
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Stopped in after the Oktoberfest party on Saturday night. Parking is available next to the tap room. U-shaped bar with seating, and more seating adjacent on one side, more patio seating outside with a couple of table umbrellas. Tap room fronts on Luther College Drive, easy to find. About ten taps, with most Pulpit Rock but some guest beers. Good selection across beer types. Cool, competent bartenders, who did not ask if this is the "first time here". TV was showing the playoff baseball game. Intelligent rock mix on audio. "Square" used for check out. Space is inviting, well use of space.
Oct 16, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by 22Blue from Kansas

Oct 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75
What should be a quaint little bar with some overflow seating and a nice little patio turned into the hot spot of Decorah in no time flat when the masses descended up Iowa for MD weekend. They weren't entirely able to handle the crowd, but did their best to rope off an area for those waiting for bottles, while those just wanting drafts were able to hang on the patio.

The bar is a U-shape and the taplist is about 10 strong, with a nice variety of styles, all aimed at the modern trends--hazy IPA, fruit packed neon-hued Berliner, and pastry stouts. The beers are nicely dialed in and beautiful, all served in Instagram ready glassware.

This place knows exactly what it's going for, but can Decorah support it when the beer geek herd isn't around?
Sep 06, 2017
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Reviewed by swenny916 from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75
Small taproom located in downtown Decorah. Horseshoe bar with a few tables and a small patio area. There are board games and no food on premise.

I actually like the atmosphere here a little more than up the road at Toppling Goliath. When all the taps are flowing, they have a great selection. Have been there a couple times when a few taps were out, but still had some great beers.
Aug 27, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by cd34 from Illinois

Aug 26, 2017
Rated: 4.49 by YvesB from Belgium

Aug 24, 2017
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Reviewed by IMFletcher from Kentucky

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Visited on a weekday afternoon, when people should be working, and there were a lot of people daydrinking. The beer list is large and varied and very good. The people are friendly, we got to strike up a conversation with one of the brewers and had a nice discussion. There's a large outdoor patio and a good sized bar inside.
Aug 21, 2017
Rated: 4.4 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Aug 21, 2017
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Reviewed by Dankacheese from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Fuck wasting your time at Toppling Goliath. Go to a real brewery like Pulpit and have yourself great beers at a great spot. Chill employees and chill brews. Oh, they actually brew their beers onsite as well.
Aug 20, 2017
Rated: 4 by Beerdudenumberone from Indiana

Aug 20, 2017
Rated: 4.51 by Eman17 from Illinois

Aug 19, 2017
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
This was a cool smaller brewery right by the other well known one. It was more cozy and pretty laid back, seemed like more locals and regulars hanging out. There were some patio tables outside, with the garage doors up it almost felt more like a beachside cantina than a brewery.

They do pre-filled crowlers and growler certain drafts but not all. Flights of 4 and 6 offered. Good range of styles with the Koffee Kolsch and Saftig IPA being standouts. Solid quality on all the beers I tried as well.

Service was good but the lone employee seemed a bit rushed. I got a crowler to go and signed for it, but didn't get my card back. Partly my fault since I was in a hurry too.

Overall i'd definitely return the next time i'm passing through Decorah.
Aug 05, 2017
Rated: 4.33 by Sam_The_Elder from Iowa

Jun 22, 2017
Rated: 4.19 by Adamplus4000 from Illinois

Jun 21, 2017
Rated: 4.19 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jun 20, 2017
Pulpit Rock Brewing Company in Decorah, IA
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