Barrel Theory Beer Company

Barrel Theory Beer CompanyBarrel Theory Beer Company
Barrel Theory Beer CompanyBarrel Theory Beer Company
Brewery, Bar

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

(651) 600-3422 | map
barreltheory.com

Notes: 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.
BEER STATS
Average:
4.31
Beers:
112
Reviews:
296
Ratings:
1,351
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.46
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
60
pDev:
8.52%
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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 60
Reviews by morimech:
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3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

May 2019 visit: I knew what to expect at this place but I was still disappointed with the beer. Of all the beer they had available, there was only one that I would drink again, a pale ale. Even the pilsner was too damn sweet.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of eithne
3.67/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of strat21311
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Photo of REVZEB
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of penickc
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ElizKarr
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This is one of the best places to go for a good beer and relaxing atmosphere. Never had to wait long for a beer. The quality is the best in the area.

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Photo of kbaker91
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of pat61
3.96/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

It is on the east end of Downtown St. Paul near the Saints Stadium in an old building that used to house a luggage store (I think). It is rehab chic with exposed brick walls and feels warm and comfortable. The place is full on a Sunday afternoon. The crowd is mixed and friendly, the service is decent and the beer is good.

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Photo of Burgy
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of GreenBayBA
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dexterk1
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of U2Chaser
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Hopstout
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of GeneralBurden
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Minnesotamatthew
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Making some of the best beer in MN

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Photo of frasergrove
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of jera1350
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of fitzy84
4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of Jewcemane
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of bsp77
4.46/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ovaltine
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +2.7%
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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Barrel Theory Beer Company in Saint Paul, MN
Brewery rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 1351 ratings