Barrel Theory Beer Company

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Barrel Theory Beer CompanyBarrel Theory Beer Company

Type: Brewery, Bar

248 E 7th St
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55101
United States

(651) 600-3422 | map

Why "Barrel Theory"?
Our name is derived from Liebig’s Law of the Minimum which explains that the capacity of a barrel is always limited by its shortest stave. Picture a barrel on standing upright with varying stave lengths, the content that the barrel can hold isn’t determined by the taller staves, but by its shortest.

At Barrel Theory, we don’t define our brand by our best-selling or most successful product, but by the overall quality of our beers and customer service. Our quality-control philosophy is simple: If the beer isn’t something we are proud of, we won’t serve it to you.

Barrel Theory’s founders Brett Splinter, Timmy Johnson, and Todd Tibesar bring years of combined industry experience and knowledge. There’s an understanding among the owners that it is a team effort to run a successful brewing operation that produces real quality and that no one channel of the business can reach a high level of success without the others.

Added by gatornation on 06-22-2017

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Reviews by gatornation:
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4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

The taphouse is sunlit with huge windows with a sunny side outdoor seating patio(open soon). this former magic shop has been transformed into a beautiful space complete with renovated/original turn of the century floors,limestone and reclaimed wood, A beautiful L shaped old wood bar top frames the tanks behind the bar even the lighting fixtures are period perfect. Now the brew its Stouts,sours, and Ipa's, to start. The quality of the inaugural brews are superb with the Berliner Weiss and NEIPA being the best. Service is very good you dont have to wait the folks direct you and want to serve up the brews. The owners Timmy & Brett are usually here visible and approachable, looks like they will have a pass thru restaurant service (wall cut out) available at some point to Dark Horse . In the future a basement below the brewery will house 100's of Barrels for Stouts, Saisons, and wild fermented offerings, This is what they will excel at IMO

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dexterk1
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of U2Chaser
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Hopstout
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of GeneralBurden
4.74/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Great taproom vibe. Music is always kickin’. Lots of indoor seating and a great place to watch the Vikes if you aren’t attending the game. Usually not too crowded. Outdoor patio. Kids are allowed for ill or good depending on your point of view.
No food served only beer but plenty of great food joints nearby.
Service is top notch. Always plenty of styles to choose from on tap. IPA’s and berliners is where this brewery really shines.

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Photo of Submerged_Brewing
4.65/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Beer nerd and a bit hipster atmosphere. Taproom is not as big as I was thinking it was going to be. The brewery is a 1/2 and 3/4 wall away. Large bar with an ordering station on the end opposite the entrance. I guess there is a patio but I was not about to explore that area in the 90 F day. Service was good and professional. I was a bit letdown by the beer selection. A bunch of hazy NE-style pale ales,, a couple adjunct infused milk stouts, and a couple fruited kettle sours. No real IPAs or anything that shows off anything but hype generating beer ability. If you had one of their pale ales, you have had them all. They are well done, but, yea. If you like your beers on the drier side, skip this joint.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Making some of the best beer in MN

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4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of fitzy84
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Visited the metro region and wanted to visit this place since i heard good reviews. The brewery is conveniently located in Lowertown, right near a park and among other bars and restaurants. The brewery has multiple tables to ones left and right and a huge L-shaped bar stretching across the brewery space. A big screen TV was on, but it was so packed with patrons that you could not hear the TV. The bar was mostly brick inside and it was probably an old mill space. Lots of pictures, mostly album covers, adorned the walls including some art.

I sat down at the bar and appreciated the 4 oz samplers. From when i got in there until i left, i had 11 of their beers in their 4 ounces and was amazed at how good their beers were. Beyond that, the customer service was great. At least 4 different people would come over and ask me how i was throughout the night; providing me with a steady stream of water, my next beer selection, or info on the brewery.

I found this to be a pleasant brewery experience. Great beer, but great vibe, feel, and customer service. I am shocked it was not more busy on a Saturday night; i hope this brewery expands and grows further in the future.

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4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

What a cool place - downtown St Paul prime space, the vibe is a little hipstery, but the service is phenomenal, and the selection is phenomenaler. What a fantastic addition to the MSP beer scene.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A must-visit in the MSP area. Lots of well exacuted IPAs. Solid to excellent for other styles as well.

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4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Sludgeman
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Visited on a Tuesday evening around dinner time. Not too crowded and never filled up.

Barrel Theory reminds me of Veil in Richmond, VA. A beer drinkers tap room with knowledgeable staff and patrons. A place that makes good to great IPAs and even Berliner Weisses but that has trouble with the dark beers (e.g. the two stouts that were on tap during my visit - note Veil has the same problem).

V - This place has a great beer vibe with still coming across as bright, clean and friendly. The cool wooden bar is a beauty. 4.5

Q - No complaints. Great glassware. Maybe the stouts were served a bit too cold. 4.0

Ser - Barret was great. Great service. Very helpful, knowledgeable about both the BT beers as well as others. 5.0

Sel - Barrel Theory had almost exclusively IPAs, with two Berliner weisse and two stouts also available. Having a beer not so far to the extreme would be nice. A porter, a steam beer, a pilsner - something in the middle for those who are less adventurous or who just need a break from the hoppy, bitter, sour, darkness of the other beers. 3.75

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4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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4.47/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mothman
4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

All around a great spot. Great vibe that is open and bright. Very beautiful space. The staff is super awesome and friendly. Very helpful and easy going. Lots of great IPAs and berlinners on tap. A few stouts as well! Best brewery in the state.

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3.98/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2

BT straight up knows what they're doing - they're easily in my top 3 in the Twin Cities, and they're 1) not even a year old yet and 2) haven't released ANY of their barrel-aged work as far as I'm aware.

The tap room is great - maybe a little small, and it's in a downtown area, so parking ain't free - but they've got a great building and are in an awesome spot in St. Paul. The taproom has a great vibe - right next to a great restaurant, plus the wood they've got in the room really just looks spectacular.

The beer, THAT BEER THO! Seriously, they haven't had a miss yet as far as I'm concerned. Black Lotus is fantastic, their IPAs are excellent, and I've never had Mexican stout quite like El Gato Diablo. The only thing I'm not in love with is that they really have two beer categories they're rolling with - IPAs and stouts, with some occasional sour/Berliner types. A little more variety would be great but 1) they've got time to get there, 2) their current lineup is just fantastic period and 3) their barrel-aged stuff is gonna be killer anyway.

Basically, if you're in the Twin Cities and don't hit Barrel Theory while you're here, you're screwing up badly.

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Barrel Theory Beer Company in Saint Paul, MN
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