JL Beers franchise coming to north Minneapolis

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  1. StarRanger

    StarRanger Initiate (153) Nov 27, 2006 North Dakota

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  2. minnesotaryan

    minnesotaryan Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Minnesota

    awesome! now they just need to come to st paul!
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  3. deadbody

    deadbody Aspirant (296) May 10, 2010 Minnesota
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    Love this place in Fargo Moorhead. Was a godsend when I was in the forsaken hellhole of Grand Forks. I will go to North Minneapolis to eat here.
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  4. jarrgal

    jarrgal Disciple (316) Mar 12, 2012 North Dakota
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    I wonder what breweries they'll feature at this new location. Pretty standard lineup here in ND given the limited distribution. I'm sure they'll attempt to be competitive with the other great beer bars in the Twin Cities.

    Really hoping Surly expands into ND as rumored in the "How far will a production increase to 100,000 of Surly barrels go?" thread. That would almost guarantee Surly on tap at the JL locations here. Would also be nice to eventually see Surly on tap at the JL in Moorhead. I feel a little awkward enjoying a pint every so often at Atomic Coffee, although I think Surly has some deal worked out with them.

    It's worth mentioning they have an app available on both Android and iOS displaying the beers they currently have on tap. As you can probably infer, the app is very useful. In my experiences, the app is more accurate than the beer menus at JL.
  5. GFG

    GFG Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 North Dakota

    I really think JL will be a hit in the Twin Cities. There will probably be some places down there with better beer selections, but it seems that it's the burgers + the beer selection that keep people going back to JL Beers.
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  6. pmccallum86

    pmccallum86 Zealot (517) Apr 7, 2009 Minnesota
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    If JL beers built their establishments a little more open and less cramped I'd be a fan, until that happens ill keep going elsewhere.
  7. GFG

    GFG Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 North Dakota

    That's one thing I don't like as well.
  8. Michael_Evans_7

    Michael_Evans_7 Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2014

    The location is in Northeast Minneapolis on University Ave! Awesome spot! 24 Univerity Ave NE just north of Keegan's Irish Pub! Opening mid-end of March! Cheers!
  9. mnbearsfan

    mnbearsfan Aspirant (249) Dec 25, 2009 Minnesota
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    Correct me if I am wrong, but that seems like an odd spot to put another "beer bar" New Bohemia is next door. **Do not take this as an advertisement for NB, I have never stepped foot in there. Nor do I plan to.
  10. NIN1988

    NIN1988 Initiate (186) Oct 9, 2013 South Dakota
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    The one here in Sioux Falls has good food. BUT, you pay out of the ass for the beer. Beers here are prices 3-4 dollars above the prices that other bars here in town carry them. Burger prices are great, but it's a very in and out mentality. Do not go there thinking to enjoy a burger and multiple beers and b.s. with friends. Not enough room and not enough time for the way they run their places.
  11. hoeg0015

    hoeg0015 Aspirant (234) Jul 15, 2008 Minnesota

    not to mention that the twin cities burger market is already pretty crowded. tough to really separate yourself there
  12. deadbody

    deadbody Aspirant (296) May 10, 2010 Minnesota
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    I didn't think their beer prices were unreasonable when I was at the one in Fargo, or Grand Forks, or Moorhead.

    Not cheap, but not overpriced. And the burgers are cheap and good. Is it a place you want to sit for hours? not really, but I don't feel like cattle being herded in and out either, it just is a bit louder.
  13. Seefeldt

    Seefeldt Initiate (48) May 15, 2008 Minnesota

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  14. monkeysort

    monkeysort Initiate (0) May 18, 2009 Minnesota

    If they operate with this model in NE Minneapolis, they won't survive long.
  15. StarRanger

    StarRanger Initiate (153) Nov 27, 2006 North Dakota

    Prices in Fargo are not that out of line, maybe $1 or a bit more over some other places if that.
    They are opening their 4th location in the Fargo/Moorhead area tomorrow and another franchise is slated to open in Minot, ND later this year.

    My wife took me to one for lunch today so I made note of the prices - Hopslam $7.25 for 10oz in a Hopslam glass, Two Hearted $6.25 for a pint, $7.25 for a tall and $18.75 for a growler (they can fill in ND), Summit Saga $5.25/$6.25/$15.75, Green Flash Palate Wrecker $6.50 10oz, Deschutes Black Butte $4.50/$5.50/$13.50.

    They complaint I hear most about them locally is that they don't give out water for free. If you want water you have to buy a bottle. Their whole layout is not condusive to spending the afternoon or whole evening like you can in a sports bar. A line of people waiting for seats can make it seem like you are being rushed out but I've left when I feel like it and met some nice people sharing tables with people I didn't know.
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  16. jkwikkel

    jkwikkel Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2008 Iowa

    I usually have one with my burger at JL, then go across the street to Bros for 2fers.
  17. jera1350

    jera1350 Poo-Bah (2,126) Dec 15, 2007 Minnesota

    You have to buy a bottle of water? Seriously? I always have water with a meal even if I have beers also. That is just one of the dumbest things I've ever heard. That glass of tap water can be awfully expensive!
  18. evilgenius1917

    evilgenius1917 Initiate (158) Feb 16, 2009 Minnesota

    I think charging for water might be illegal in MN restaurants. Not 100% sure, but it sounds familiar.
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  19. GFG

    GFG Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 North Dakota

    That's my biggest gripe about JL Beers. That and their beer prices are usually about $2 higher than the other places in Grand Forks.
  20. UnderbellyAles

    UnderbellyAles Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2011 Minnesota

    I'm also curious about why.
  21. NIN1988

    NIN1988 Initiate (186) Oct 9, 2013 South Dakota
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    If you're smart though, you ask for a empty pint glass and run to the bathroom. Ingenuity.
  22. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Maybe it's how they are set up...since they're not really a bar (more of a burger place with tap beers) they might not have a water tap or "gun" and instead have a cooler full of bottled water.
  23. jera1350

    jera1350 Poo-Bah (2,126) Dec 15, 2007 Minnesota

    But if you're only moderately smart, you might come back with a glass of toilet water.
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  24. maximum12

    maximum12 Poo-Bah (3,634) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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    Not only that, but I'd be wary of filling my glass with water from a public restroom. I'm not squeamish but...eww.
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  25. ben4bier

    ben4bier Initiate (140) Mar 3, 2013 Minnesota

    I feel like this is a staples mill joke somehow.
  26. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (1,746) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    A bump to note: J.L. Beers opens -down the block from Keegans and New Bohemia- on April 23.
  27. dougofthefuture

    dougofthefuture Aspirant (270) Oct 15, 2009 Minnesota
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    Huh, interesting that it is 21+. Fast casual doesn't strike me as a concept that demands this. I'm sure others will like them for this, but I'll be there less often. Oh well.
  28. BeerGoogler

    BeerGoogler Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2014 Minnesota

    Seriously, ever seen the video of dispersion after a toilet flush? I've never kept my toothbrush anywhere but in a sealed container in a drawer at home after that...would never consider consuming anything that was in the room. Ish.
  29. StarRanger

    StarRanger Initiate (153) Nov 27, 2006 North Dakota

    The layout of their locations is not really family friendly. They use the tagline, Seating for 1000, 32 at a time. In their older locations, more than half of the seating was at the bar itself. Their newest location in South Fargo which opened earlier this year did have an expanded seating area with more tables compared to their other locations but still isn't family friendly. For a while Fargo did not have any good beer places where we could bring the kids too but they are there now and I do admit that JL Beers is a common spot I go with my wife when we get someone else to take care of the kids for a while.
  30. McRyan

    McRyan Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2012 Minnesota

    This does not sound like a good recipe for success considering the location they picked...
  31. henderan

    henderan Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2007 Minnesota

    Jl beers in Sioux falls is excellent. Great burgers and prices are low. Absolutely zero complaints
  32. Tyecko

    Tyecko Devotee (449) Mar 19, 2014 Minnesota
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    I lived in Fargo for years for school, and loved JL Beers. Great selection, food is excellent, cheap and fresh, and the staff was friendly. I for one am very excited about the Twin Cities expansion
  33. MNBeerGeek

    MNBeerGeek Zealot (557) Jun 25, 2013 Minnesota
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    Idk.. I was skeptical that they would make it in the Twin Cities (being from Fargo originally), but I think this might be a good model in that location. That area needs another good beer spot in addition to New Bohemia. The Twin Cities has a lot of good places with limited seating that people still love. It just might work.
  34. evilgenius1917

    evilgenius1917 Initiate (158) Feb 16, 2009 Minnesota

    That's funny, I thought the opposite: with NB, Pracna, Mac's, Bulldog, and Ray J's right there maybe things are a little crowded?
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  35. MNBeerGeek

    MNBeerGeek Zealot (557) Jun 25, 2013 Minnesota
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    Yeah fair enough. I guess in my mind I separate that part of NE from St. Anthony main. Which I know makes no sense, but a lot of times it's like St. Anthony Main or a different part of NE. It could just be partially because I hate that irish bar there and feel like that street would benefit from having a good bar next to the irish one.
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  36. SipIt

    SipIt Aspirant (236) Jul 18, 2013 Minnesota
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    I'll check it out. I'm not expecting it to beat a bunch of the excellent burger places that already exist in the cities, but hey, put a nice slab of beef on a bun and I won't complain much. Add in a few decent beers and I might stop by from time to time.
  37. ZAP

    ZAP Poo-Bah (3,542) Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota

    Not a huge fan of how they cook them.....speed cook them somehow in a couple minutes...they are ok but there are many better burgers imho
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  38. evilgenius1917

    evilgenius1917 Initiate (158) Feb 16, 2009 Minnesota

    If there's one thing this town is good at it's cooking hamburgers.
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  39. deadbody

    deadbody Aspirant (296) May 10, 2010 Minnesota
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    Like others have said, it won't compare to the good burger places around here, it is closer to a better culvers with beer. The burgers are fast, the toppings are good, the fries and chips are fresh, but it isn't high end burger.

    But a burger and a beer you can get out for less than $15 with tip really easily at the ones I've been to, so it's quick and inexpensive with good beer.
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  40. McRyan

    McRyan Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2012 Minnesota

    This place sounds way more suited for the burbs. Plymouth or Woodbury.
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