Yard House - St. Louis Park

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  1. Mplsmetro57

    Mplsmetro57 Aspirant (280) Jan 30, 2013 Minnesota
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  2. cmannes

    cmannes Disciple (379) Mar 15, 2009 Minnesota
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    Hallelujah! My west-side options are improving.
  3. AnalogErik

    AnalogErik Disciple (377) Jul 23, 2013 Minnesota
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    Sounds awesome, but my only concern is tap lines going south...

    One of the biggest problems with bars that sport huge selections is that they can't keep the tap lines clean, and can often mess up otherwise good beer.
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  4. herman77

    herman77 Meyvn (1,058) Jan 24, 2010 Minnesota

    Nice! Within walking distance for me.
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  5. dc55110

    dc55110 Aspirant (282) Oct 24, 2010 Minnesota
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    Maybe we could finally get a beer together!
  6. mothman

    mothman Poo-Bah (6,018) Jun 21, 2007 Minnesota
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    Almost within walking distance... well I guess I could if I had to. Only about 1.5 miles away
  7. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (1,724) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    First JL Beers and now Yardhouse! Opitions in the western 'burbs are lookin' better and better! :slight_smile:
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  8. herman77

    herman77 Meyvn (1,058) Jan 24, 2010 Minnesota

  9. opwog

    opwog Defender (663) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    I used to live right by the original location and worked near the second location. The beer lines were surprisingly never an issue and once you see the set up, you will be shocked to hear that because logistically, they are usually set up with incredibly long lines.

    Despite the number of taps, they are usually pouring mainly common stuff. The good things are that the number of lines usually allow them to always keep some solid picks on, like a nitro Old Rasputin, for instance. They also started to have beers brewed for them, as well. So you will see something like a Belgian Yard House beer that will be good but not great. Their food is actually surprisingly good for a chain and at respectable prices. Their happy hour is pretty killer. Back in CA, I honestly didn't go very often, because I had one of the best beer bars in the world, within half a mile of me. And I am not saying that there aren't great beer bars here, but I usually have to go a lot further for them now. For a chain, this is probably the best place that could possibly pop up and the location couldn't be better.

    BTW, expect long lines almost immediately and expect them to be a regular occurrence, if you are looking for seating. For bar dwellers, there is usually plenty of room (if maybe not stools) and plenty of bartenders.
  10. Mplsmetro57

    Mplsmetro57 Aspirant (280) Jan 30, 2013 Minnesota
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    According to today's Star Tribune Yard House opens @ West End next Thursday, March 13.

    "The sprawling 300-seat operation is notable for its bar, which will tap a staggering 140 beers — is that a local record? — stored in a showy, glass-enclosed, 5,000-square-foot cooler."

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  11. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (1,724) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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  12. BierVogel

    BierVogel Initiate (162) Oct 29, 2012 Minnesota
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    Definitely looking forward to this opening as it's a short drive for me. They usually have 6-8 chalkboard specials that rotate frequently. Other than that, the lineup doesn't seem to change much, but with 140 taps, it'll be awhile before anything gets repetitive!

    Oh, and their food is pretty decent too!
  13. Stimulus199

    Stimulus199 Initiate (183) Dec 11, 2013 Minnesota
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  14. SirBottlecap

    SirBottlecap Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2013 California

    don't let them tell you that 1-1/2" of head is the "proper way beer should beer poured" like they do at Yard Houses in California!
  15. opwog

    opwog Defender (663) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    If that opening date is correct, that is well ahead of what they were saying at their headquarters. I saw how far along it looked to me and finally called about three weeks ago and they gave an ETA of early May.

    Also, if that date is correct and if they do things the same across the country, they surprisingly have had the best corned beef sandwich featured on St. Patrick's day. They don't normally do anything else Irish themed, but I bet that they still get a lot of spillover crowd from Cooper that day.
  16. opwog

    opwog Defender (663) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    Has anybody gone here yet? Beers of interest?
  17. McRyan

    McRyan Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2012 Minnesota

    I have been a couple times. They had pints of Abrasive for $5.00 at happy hour and it was tasting amazing, followed that up with some Abyss. They had a lot of Belgians on that I haven't had but other than that nothing too interesting.
  18. cmannes

    cmannes Disciple (379) Mar 15, 2009 Minnesota
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    LOL! :slight_smile:
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  19. KV12482

    KV12482 Initiate (154) Oct 24, 2010 Minnesota
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  20. SipIt

    SipIt Aspirant (234) Jul 18, 2013 Minnesota
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  21. McRyan

    McRyan Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2012 Minnesota

    They didn't..
  22. opwog

    opwog Defender (663) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    Their happy hours are usually a good deal. Their taps tend to breakdown like this (from what I saw over the years in CA):
    80% crap

    18% stuff any beer geek can get happily by on when friends want to hit happy hour, large groups, people want to see coinciding sport events without feeling too much like you are in a sports bar, etc. Usually these beers are something that makes you say "man, I haven't had that in a while."

    2% - usually interesting stuff to any beer geek

    It is still less than two weeks old, so it may take a bit to hit their stride. Tomorrow is one of my exception days from my otherwise non-drinking Lent, so I was trying to pick a place where some non-beery people would also be happy.
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  23. opwog

    opwog Defender (663) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    I went here last night and I have to update that breakdown, because there was far less "crap" beers. A lot of businesses have stepped up their selections, so maybe Yard House has had a chain wide uptick in the number of quality beers that they are making available, but this SLP location only had about 40% crap and about 58% solid beers, if maybe not terribly exciting beers. But no complaints over $6 pints of Abrasive and Death Of A Contract Brewer.
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  24. shadetree67

    shadetree67 Disciple (384) Sep 11, 2013 Minnesota
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    Perhaps in missing something obvious but how do you see the tap list on their website? I found the chalkboard but want the full list
  25. opwog

    opwog Defender (663) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    The odd thing that I noticed is that on their full website, you can't see the full tap list, but I did have the option when I looked them up using my phone. I am using chrome at home and chrome (mobile) on my phone, so it does seem a little odd.

    Also, I don't know how often they are updating that list, because I could see some handles already flagged with "tapped out," which will always be common to see. I don't get the feeling that Yard Houses ever switch out kegs through the day, probably because of the number of options.
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  26. PieOhMy

    PieOhMy Devotee (415) Feb 23, 2013 Minnesota

    Stopped in today; lot of beers, nothing too amazing, but for the love of god, when will this urban industrial decor bullshit end? That vibe just sucks. Didn't work in 2004. Still doesn't 10 years later.
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