Forager Brewing Company

Forager Brewing CompanyForager Brewing Company
Forager Brewing CompanyForager Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1005 6th St NW
Rochester, Minnesota, 55901-2741
United States

(507) 258-7490 | map

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 43
Reviews by morimech:
Photo of morimech
3.86/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Did not have any food so no comment there. Arrived at the tail end of the Easter Sunday brunch rush so it was crowded but still was able to find a seat at the bar. Thinned out in about an hour. Service was prompt and courteous but not that friendly. A wide variety of beer styles available and everything I tried was very good to excellent. A 6oz pour option is available. About the only complaint I have is about the bar area. If you do not have a companion, you end up staring at a wall 6ft ahead of you if the bartender or other patrons do not want to talk to you. I grew up in the area and I am very surprised a place like this would open in this chain loving city. People in the area better support this place.

2019 update: They are relying too much on trends. Too many bullshit hazy IPA's, fruited kettle sours, and pastry stouts. Score adjusted accordingly. I am also indifferent about the food. It is alright but there are other places in town I would rather eat. That is not saying much in chain restaurant haven of Rochester.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of dbrauneis
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of mngermanshepherd
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Good local choice for fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Very impressive beer list and the keepers are very friendly. Highly recommended if in the area!

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Photo of gatornation
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Forager is 3 places in one. A coffee shop,restaurant, and brewery. They excel at all three. Its rustic and charming inside as you pass the coffee shop you walk into a full service nice sized restaurant with an eclectic northwoods feel . Bar seating and brewery is on the right. They have an outstanding outside patio thru some open doors. Service is attentive with a dozen or so brews on tap. Flight are available with half pours or pints. Have 5 or so crowlers for to go brew. A very pleasant ,rustic setting with great service,brew, and food. Only down part was lack of parking, the lot fills up fast as they open at 11am.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.64/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of f_ulmen
2.98/5  rDev -32.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.75

Photo of oldmankoch
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of Vidblain
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

By all rights, Forager has some of the best food I've ever had at a brewery - granted, competition is not thick, but Bell's Eccentric Cafe and Forager are my top 2. Where I go from there, well, it's a bit of a blank honestly. Prairie Artisan has a great kitchen, Surly used to (I've heard the pizza there now is great - unconfirmed as yet), and etc. Hard to rate the others with very limited options.

I went to Forager on a date a few years ago (and have gone many times since) - it's about an hour and a half drive for me, but my date lived in Rochester so it was an easy spot to meet at... and a great excuse for me to pick up some crowlers, of course. I wasn't quite on my IPA quest to the same degree, so I stuck to their dark beers - I had a pour of Sherpa's Survival Kit, and a raspberry variant. Neither blew me away, though I rated them quite decently. I'm more a fan of milk chocolate as an adjunct that dryer, dark chocolate, and that's no fault of the beer - it's still very good. My date and I also shared pizza and a bacon flight. A BACON FLIGHT. It was pretty delicious - several different varieties of bacon prepared in different ways. I love savory, rich food with beer, so this was perfect - especially paired with high ABV, fairly sweet beer.

The service is always friendly here, and quite helpful and quick. It's a very casual dining spot, but plenty of business types seem to be around frequently as well - Rochester being home to the Mayo clinic makes this a no-brainer. The brewery also frequently hosts local music spots, which is pretty cool. Not generally my speed, but it's always decent music.

The parking can occasionally be a bit of a headache, as their parking lot is nearly always at capacity - this is even more problematic during bottle and crowler releases. But, street parking, or adjacent lot parking, generally seems to be possible. It's all free parking at least - you may end up walking a bit though.

I'll happily go to Forager any day for food - the beer is just a bonus here. Their IPAs don't generally blow me away, but I love the sours, and their darker beers tend to be fantastic - Nillerz, Nook, and (allegedly - I've still never had it) Magnus have all grabbed national attention... and even a bit of international interest.

I definitely recommend Forager. The drive is a bit of a hassle, but it's a perfect stop on the way from the Twin Cities on the way down to Decorah for Toppling Goliath or Pulpit Rock visits. It's certainly one of Minnesota's best breweries.

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Photo of Minnesotamatthew
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

So very fortunate to live near this place.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of needMIbeer
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Cliffy21
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of atone315
4.11/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of mugspide
4.91/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

It's a brewery and restaurant that is its own island. I'm happy they CRUSH it across the board with food, atmosphere, and especially beer.

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Photo of 22Blue
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Very nice brewery in Rochester. Excellent experience. Well made beers, great service, and a very nice facility. All of these made for an enjoyable visit. Well worth a visit if you are anywhere near here.

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Photo of SlightlyGrey
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

First time here. Plenty of seating. Nice bar area. 8 taps. Plenty of food options, I had the pizza, and it was very delicious. Beer, only had one here, but it was damn good. Probably the only main problem is parking, or lack of. Not much could be done about it. Great place to stop, and recommended.

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Photo of Omkamibeer
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Great feel love the music and overall vibes. Great beers and pizza. Staff fantasia and have a genuine love of the craft. Recommended

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Photo of MrUse
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of Taybeh
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Forager is a very cool place. Housed with a coffee shop, it has a combo hunting lodge/steampunk vibe. We were there in the afternoon so it wasn't crazy busy. Quality is top notch. Awesome IPA's.
Service was superb.
Selection was good with about 8 Forager beers available. Pre-filled growlers (with great labels) also for sale.
The food is also excellent with fabulous wood oven pizza.
Love this place.

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Photo of Angerhaus
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of AngryBikeWrench
4.51/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Nice ambiance. Rustic and eclectic decor. Nice bar. Beer is top notch; best in Southern MN, and they do a little of everything - great IPAs of every style, stouts, porters, and sours. Food is great. Pretty kid friendly if you're into drinking with your kids.

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Forager Brewing Company in Rochester, MN
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