Trip to IA: Toppling Goliath

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  1. mjchapley

    mjchapley Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2012 Minnesota
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    Hi All,

    I am going to be heading down the Waterloo, IA for work on Friday and driving back later on that day. Is Toppling Goliath worth stopping at on the way back? Based on everything I read, yes.

    Any suggestions on growlers I should bring back?

    Cheers
     
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  2. Guzzi

    Guzzi Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2011 Iowa
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    Toppling Goliath is worth the trip, sample a few beers while you are there and grab a Growler of whatever you like the most. You can't go wrong with psudoSue.

    The people there are very nice too, stop in and chat awhile if you have time.
     
  3. Cyclone8

    Cyclone8 Devotee (415) Oct 19, 2011 Minnesota
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    In a word, yes. In another, more descriptive word, IFYOUAREANYWHEREINTHEVICINITYOFDECORAHIOWAANDYOUDONOTSTOPATTOPPLINGGOLIATHYOUAREANIDIOT!!! They are wonderful. Get a flight or two - the only trouble will be deciding which growler(s) to bring back!
     
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  4. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,244) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    !00% yes as far as growlers Psuedo Sue and golden nugget those are the 2 that i have had both great
     
  5. mjchapley

    mjchapley Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2012 Minnesota
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    Well sounds like I would be pretty dumb if I don't stop in there so looks like I will have something to look forward to on the ride home.
     
  6. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (594) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    If you are going anywhere near Decorah on your way, yes, you'd be dumb not to stop. Sue is a must. Golden Nugget is as well. Hell, try everything you can.
     
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  7. jaminjohnson

    jaminjohnson Initiate (189) Jul 3, 2012 Yukon (Canada)

    Get some sr-71, stuffs legit
     
  8. BrettHead

    BrettHead Devotee (474) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    you'd be crazy not to
     
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  9. tgchief

    tgchief Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2010 Iowa

    Sorry to say that we may be out of pseudoSue in our taproom brewery, however, we should have Pompeii (Mosaic IPA) to take it's place as we wait patiently for the nest batch of Sue. We also have some small batch, dark ale and RIS that is worth the trip for. You can not get the SR-71 bbstout anywhere yet, and Assassins Shadow is a fun dark ale made with the final running of our Assassin 2014, which went into Pappy VW barrels.

    But the best part about stopping is you! Give us your honest opinions, we listen.

    Travel safe and Cheers!
     
  10. jlpred55

    jlpred55 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2006 Iowa

    It is worth a stop x1000! If you want to get any swag like a t-shirt, good luck. I buy a t-shirt and pint glass from every brewery I visit and I've struck out every single time there on the shirts.....though I almost pulled the trigger on a medium once, it was a bit tight on my massive beer lifting arms....:wink:
     
  11. deadbody

    deadbody Aspirant (296) May 10, 2010 Minnesota
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    No self-respecting beer drinker can wear a medium shirt, unless they are under 4 feet tall.

    So are you a filthy, drug-peddling midget? Or are you lying to us about your ability to fit into a medium shirt?
     
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  12. tgchief

    tgchief Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2010 Iowa

    We have them both now. Hop Patrol pint glasses and long sleeve Hop Patrol tee shirts! We usually only have time to make beer, not clothes :wink:.
     
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  13. jlpred55

    jlpred55 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2006 Iowa

    Complete lie! HAHA.
     
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  14. tewaris

    tewaris Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2009 Minnesota

    Since this thread is already up, I have a couple questions regarding Decorah:

    * Places to stay the night?
    * Places worth checking out (mostly food related)?
    * Vegetarian options?

    Thanks!
     
  15. jawzman

    jawzman Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2010 Minnesota

    I've made the trek many times. We stayed at many places, from the historic Winneshek (sp) to the Country Inn, the lodging is straight forward. Food has some options, with my favorite being Bistro La Rana. Ever changing, very good bistro fare and they always have Golden Nugget on tap...
     
  16. tewaris

    tewaris Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2009 Minnesota

    Thank you.
     
  17. CLaBarre

    CLaBarre Aspirant (288) Feb 22, 2013 Iowa
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    Went to El Bait Shop last night - all out of Pseudo Sue but enjoyed a Golden Nugget. Had to get a growler to go... Love the TG beers!
     
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  18. copslovebeer

    copslovebeer Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2012 Minnesota
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    Mabes Pizza FTW. No joke that place is to pizza what TG is to beer.
     
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  19. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (594) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Hmmm....they must have tapped a fresh keg sometime after then, as I enjoyed 2 pints of Sue at El Bait last night.
     
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  20. youngac

    youngac Initiate (159) Jul 14, 2005 North Carolina

    Stop thinking and make sure you stop at TG. A very special brewery about to explode!
     
  21. youngac

    youngac Initiate (159) Jul 14, 2005 North Carolina

    Understandable, but marketing is a good thing.
    Wore my TG shirt to 4 hands in st. Louis and had a few people talk to me about you guys. Would love to have more swag to wear at other beer festivals, GABF in October, etc.

    TG is a good story to tell and swag helps you do it.

    But, if I have to choose...I'll pick the beer over swag, but don't make me choose!!!! :wink:
     
  22. ZAP

    ZAP Poo-Bah (3,401) Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota

    I LOVED the one growler I got from this place (Psuedo Sue I think..my brother got it in Hudson) and would seriously contemplate a trip down next time I am in the Twin Cities to load up on some growlers. Figure about two hours from the Twin Cities right? The big question is do they fill any growler or does it have to be their own...If it is the former I am there with 8 growlers....if it is the later I won't make the trip....
     
  23. copslovebeer

    copslovebeer Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2012 Minnesota
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    You can fill any growler with a govt warning label on it, as long as it is 64 oz. correct me I I'm wrong Clark Mike or Bob
     
  24. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (594) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Not trying to stir any shit or anything, but I 100% agree that marketing is a good thing. I know you guys already have a plan for the growth of your brewery and are completely focused on producing the best beers in the Midwest (which I can probably speak for us all and say we applaud and agree that should be the focus), but, you could benefit from growing your merchandising. I know a LOT of people who would gladly and proudly buy and wear a TG worksheet or t-shirt or hat, but have no easy way to get those items.

    If you guys opened a simple web store and offered a few shirts, glassware or bottle openers....I think that would be a decent way to not only promote your product/brands, but also produce a little bit of side revenue, which is always nice.

    I reliaze TG has probably already explored your potential avenues, but I would suggest storenvy for a simple web store. http://www.storenvy.com/
     
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  25. youngac

    youngac Initiate (159) Jul 14, 2005 North Carolina

    Mostly I'm just selfish and want more TG in my life be it beer or swag!!!! :wink:
     
  26. copslovebeer

    copslovebeer Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2012 Minnesota
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    Not
    Not sure if you were at darkness day or not but the Hop Patrol was out in full force, they were Handing out free glassware like it was going out of style. Best part of all, the glass was full of beer! They got shirts for sale at the brewpub and I'm sure you could email them and they'd mail you one out if you sent a check. I'd rather the time be spent making awesome IPAS and not designing shirts. With thy bein said, send me a BM and ill be glad to mail you a TG shirt in a trade.
    KCCO
     
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  27. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (594) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Don't we all.

    But honestly....I think it is a decent business strategy, as long as you don't overproduce your merchandise and invest a lot in inventory you will be sitting on for many months. I would bet it would sell well though.
     
  28. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (594) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Never tried to email and find out about apparel, but according to their website, they said no phone/email orders accepted for shirts. It is about a 3 hour drive for me here in Des Moins to the brewery, and I actually haven't made it yet. When I do make the venture (soon hopefully), I hope to score a Hop Patrol shirt.
     
  29. copslovebeer

    copslovebeer Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2012 Minnesota
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    You'll be glad you made the trip. Good people and great beer.
     
  30. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (594) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Yeah....I realize all of this. Just need to find the time!
     
  31. copslovebeer

    copslovebeer Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2012 Minnesota
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    Let me know when you get down, ill make the trip and we can grab some pints!
     
  32. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (594) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    It is UP to Deorah for me....but will do, buddy! :slight_smile:
     
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  33. youngac

    youngac Initiate (159) Jul 14, 2005 North Carolina

    They won't mail merch. But as others said, the trip is well worth it!!!
     
  34. JediMatt

    JediMatt Initiate (80) Jun 18, 2010 Iowa

    Road trip? :grinning:
     
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  35. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (594) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Would totally be down sometime!
     
  36. tgchief

    tgchief Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2010 Iowa

    Me too....I'll raid my cellar for such a get together!
     
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  37. copslovebeer

    copslovebeer Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2012 Minnesota
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    Clark-

    I'm wondering when you are going to come up for some Pool 4 walleye fishing!?!
     
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  38. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (594) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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  39. jkwikkel

    jkwikkel Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2008 Iowa

    As would I, but I'd need to drive too.
     
  40. BeerGuyEsquire

    BeerGuyEsquire Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2012 Minnesota

    For a moment I thought Jawzman's picture said "I love Beer and Rape." I was like woah... Then I realized it was probably the Schell's barleywine that made me read it incorrectly. lol
     
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