Herkimer Pub & Brewery


Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2922 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55408
United States

(612) 821-0101 | map

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Reviews by bucko:
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3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Herkimer is an odd duck in the Twin Cities. Before Dave came on as the brewer a few years ago, they had a reputation for less-than-wonderful beer. I've got to admit that I wasn't all that impressed, either. Despite the reputation that precedes them, they've made some solid improvements in the last few years, even taking a gold medal at GABF for their Kellerbier (Unfiltered Pils). I've gone from being unimpressed to enjoying their beer over the course of the past couple of years. The Herkimer is populated with large, deep booths, a large oblong bar and a variety of tables. The walls are decorated with vintage-style posters advertising their beer... they hired a fairly talented designer to create all of the cool posters. The food is typically pretty good, with respectible portions. I had tacos a few months back and they were fairly bland, but their sandwiches are usually quite good. Service is average to good, depending on the staff. I've never been disappointed, but I'm not usually wowed, either. I think their beer is actually pretty good. I think the fact that their beers are all traditional German styles sometimes throw people for a loop. While others in town are rolling out hoppy IPAs and high gravity monsters in addition to their everyday beers, The Herkimer is taking on more subtle beers like Kolschs, Alts and Schwartzbiers. Given the styles, I think they do a nice job, and their Kolsch is probably one of the best that I've had in the Twin Cities. Overall an underrated place that has only gotten better over the past few years.

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Photo of JeffSK
4.33/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of TrePackDog
3.59/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of gatornation
3.81/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Herkimer has been around for awhile now, they have had a renaissance and have been re-born, the vibe is the best thing here now, beautiful people have filled uptown and its apartments, this place is in the center , the brew has become better or is the crowd is better? Either way this is a go to place when in Uptown , Lynlake and its rooftop is steps away, Go here for the vibe and maybe enjoy the beer.

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Photo of jrsaffert
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Ilafan
4/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

The vibe was good....nice bar with plenty of surrounding seating as well as outdoor street side seating. There were some TVs present to catch the latest sports contest. The quality of the beer was decent....the quality of the food was awesome! The service was great, attentive and made great suggestions. There is plenty to choose from both on the beer and food menu. The food was PHENOMENAL!

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Photo of AJNIDEK
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

First visit in two years and I was very impressed. Back then the food was decent and the beer less than. Excellent food and a wonderful red ale in Nitro. Bartender was top notch.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of hjmayniac
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

In a neighborhood loaded with great places to eat and drink, Herkimer holds it's own.
I've always received great service. As soon as I sit down, I have a menu and a glass of ice water. Food and drinks appear shortly after being ordered.
While there's nothing particularly special about the food, it's always good and prepared the way I order it. I do like the sweet potato fries because they limit the seasoning to salt, and I'm sure they'd leave that off if requested.
There are always at least 6 beers on tap, with a variety of styles.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
2.89/5  rDev -21.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Photo of LambicLion
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of pat61
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

This is in my neighborhood and I want to like it. the vibe is very good especially in the summer when you can sit outside. Their beer is meh. their food is OK.

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Photo of Bunuelian
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

I've been twice and both times had multiple styles of beer - each had the same metallic taste (particularly iron - so blood). Food was okay and service was friendly.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Jackofallbrews
4/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Inside, this is a fairly dark pub (even in the daytime) with a large island bar in the center of the main room. Tasteful logo signs decorate the walls here and there without making the place feel cluttered. A large chalk board at the rear of the building presents the current tap line up including info about ABV and IBUs. Tile mosaic lined support pillars sprout from the floor in a few places. When I was here, there were a few people drinking at the end of the bar, but otherwise I had the place mostly to myself.

My server was very knowledgeable about the beers and the styles they represented--something one does not always find in a brewpub or craft beer bar. Luckily they have started doing a beer sampler since the old days, getting 5-6 oz of four beers of your choice.

My favorite beer was their Maibock. It had a sweet and slightly sulfury lager nose. The beer was a deep copper color with a fine white persistent head. Flavor was sweet initially with a hint of alcohol tingle on the tongue. The taste faded to an aggressive bitterness and dry finish, striking me as more like an Alt beer, but very nice overall.

The Alt had a light hop aroma and graininess. This one had a creamy mouthfeel and sweet tart flavor at first. After a couple of sips I got more caramel and grain with a mildly bitter finish and some citrus and earthy hop flavor lingering after. Not a bad beer, but I would have liked a bit more assertive hop bitterness like the Maibock had.

The Rye Pale ale was unusual. In the aroma I got sweet honey, passion fruit and not much of what I'd typically expect as classic hop aroma. The flavor was very strange with a Skittles flavor at first, that smoothed out after a couple sips to more of a real fruit blackberry or currant flavor. This was brewed with Junga hops, which I had never heard of prior to this. Looking them up, it appears that they are known for a blackcurrant flavor, so perhaps this is not an off-flavor in the beer, but simply a weird hop character. After learning this, I like the beer more! There is certainly something about expectations that color one's understanding and enjoyment of a beer.

The last of my beers was a Baltic Porter, a stronger alcohol dark beer with a deep mahogany color and ruby highlights. Flavor was malt forward with a hint of toffee and raisins. A bit of alcohol warming and a spritzy to almost creamy mouthfeel. Ends very dry and drinkable. This one could be a bit more complex, but a very nice example of the style.

Overall I was heartily impressed by the improvement in the beer quality and range in styles since my last visit. I was also lucky enough to speak briefly to Rachel Grey, the assistant brewer, who was in that day. Rachel is one of only about four female brewers in the state, and I noticed her at first because of her characteristic pink welly boots! She has been brewing at the Herkimer for the past year and has learned a lot in the process. I was impressed by her obvious passion for the job and interest in feed back. I appreciate her time in talking to me, and can honestly say that the beer quality at the Herkimer has greatly improved.

I had a wonderful chicken and waffle for lunch that really hit the spot!

Thanks to wonderful service, excellent food and a good mix of beers I had a very pleasant experience here for lunch. This really exceeded my expectations and I will likely return here

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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Herkimer Pub & Brewery in Minneapolis, MN
3.53 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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