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Thirsty Pagan Brewing

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BEER AVG
3.59/5
Thirsty Pagan BrewingThirsty Pagan Brewing
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1623 Broadway
Superior, Wisconsin, 54880
United States

(715) 394-2500 | map
thirstypaganbrewing.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
37
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
163
PLACE STATS
Score:
87
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
42
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by mdwalsh:
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4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in because I had heard some great reviews. The atmosphere and food were great. Pizza sauce was a little spicy, but everyone else at the table loved it. Waitress was very attentive (we were the only people not at the bar). There were 8 brews on tap (nothing on the hand pump though) which was impressive. However, the three we got (a scotch ale, stout and amber) were nothing to write home about. Worth it if you are in Superior at or Duluth for an extended period of time, but I prefer Fitger's. {see below}

Update May 11th, 2010. Stopped in by myself on a Monday afternoon/happy hour. Still feel the same about the beer, good but not great. Service was still excellent and the bartender knew her stuff. She was friendly and chatty. I mostly wanted to add that it's awesome they will do growler fills in any growler, not just theirs (which are only $5). I'd love to see them attempt something a little more interesting though than what they had on. Also, they need to up the CO2! most of the beers were a little flat.

Update July 17th, 2010. Stopped here for dinner with my wife and sister on our way to Bayfield. Great Service, very good beer, great food. Perhaps this place is more hit or miss than I realized. I would no longer say that I prefer this place over Fitgers, I'd say it's good to do both.

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Photo of CaeserTits
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of gatornation
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

In Superior in a BLDG and area that could really be cool with many undeveloped abandoned and some what historic buildings are all around. Its old school inside and thats fine with me , service and food (pizza) is outstanding its dank and musty inside several different rooms had a dozen or so brews on tap which were good the star here is the pizza, this is a place i find myself going to every time im in Duluth, it has a certain charm to it and its beer description and artwork are neat.

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Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.19/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of tribeerguy70_3
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of sgttibbs
4.19/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of d5001986
4.04/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Finally made the stop in (has been on my agenda for a couple years now). The place is nothing fancy, but has a nice casual feel to it. One of the first things I noticed was the live music (which they have 7 days/week), so that was cool. There is ample seating - the bar of course, tables/booths in the main bar room as well as along a hallway and another room, and even some tables outdoors.

I ordered a couple pizzas and a flight of seasonal's/one-offs. The pizza was tasty. As for the beers, some were good, others not so much. The best of the flight was a spruce IPA and a BA Barleywine. Most of the offerings included were sours, none of which stood out as anything spectacular.

Overall the service was good and the servers friendly. Nice vibe, the kind of place I could probably hang out all evening and relax. The beer is kind of a mixed bag, but still fun to try them all (which is a pretty solid 15 or so offerings). For sure a fun and worthy stop.

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Photo of TooGood
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of BigAl18
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of viers002
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

Photo of pat61
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

This is in what appears to be an old waterfront bar formerly frequented by longshoremen and sailors. The crowd is now hipper and more diverse but it still has that vibe. they feature 7 house beers, have a classic hand pump and a series of seasonal offerings - 16 tap handles in all. The food is pizza.

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Photo of NathanMilesLund
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of lonewolfcry
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Did a sampler and beers were OK to good, tried an appetizer which to was OK and satisfactory for a neighborhood pub, but not a destination for an advanced beer geek. Still worth a stop if in area.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Simonh
5/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Z_Anderson_0406
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Vukusich
4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of joe1510
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Stopped in on a beautifully warm late September day and after seeing pictures online I was initially disappointed with the replacement of the glass block windows and brick facade with stucko. Upon entering you're greeted by a hallway with old beer memorabilia everywhere. The larger dining/seating area is off to your immediate left while the bar is down the hall and to the left. Overall, the seating area is quite large when taking both rooms into consideration. There's so many old, local brewery signs (in nearly perfect condition) that this place is like a Northern WIsconsin/Minnesota brewing museum. One side of the room with the bar has an old Miller High Life painting on the wall that looks like it's been there for 50 years while the other side sports an old wood bar loaded with swag and glassware.

It was Oktoberfest time so the seasonal menu was German heavy; Berliner Weisse with a raspberry syrup option, Oktoberfest, Helles, Bohemian Pils, another German style I can't remember, a blonde sour, and White Winter Hard Cider. All that on top of their standard line; amber, pale, roasty schwarz, and an IPA. The schwarz was also on cask with vanilla and coffee. The cask schwarz, and IPA were very good, the sour (Casey Batch 001) and Berliner were solid, and the Oktoberfest was a standout. The service was friendly and helpful. Growlers were available of all the beers on tap.

I loved this place. The old local vibe was awesome and it seemed well worn like it's the weekend hangout for people around town which is always nice to see. I'd recommend stopping if in the surrounding area if just to check out the vibe alone. I went around lunchtime but I'm guessing a lot of fun could be had on a Friday night.

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Thirsty Pagan Brewing in Superior, WI
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