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Jun 17, 2011 07:06 AM

Best Minneapolis Brewpub

I want to take my east coast brother to a brew pub in Minneapolis this weekend to try some local beers. Any recommendations?

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  1. If you want a true brewpub, USA Today just gave a nod to Town Hall Brewery...

    If you want a bar that serves a wide selection of MN beers, I'm surprisingly stumped. There isn't a place that stands out to me. I love the Happy Gnome, but their selection tends to be more worldly than locally focused.

    Happy Gnome
    498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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    1. re: BigE

      Town Hall....Get the Masala Mama, one of the top rated IPA's in the U.S.

    2. I'd choose Barley John's in Roseville over Town Hall in the brew pub category. But I don't know if you're willing to head over that way.

      Surprisingly, I can't think of a place that excels in the local beer scene either, but Happy Gnome does have a good selection of regional brews.

      Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
      1430 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

      Barley John's Brew Pub
      781 Old Highway 8 SW, Saint Paul, MN 55112

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      1. re: bob s

        Roseville is not usually my first choice destination, but we might have to give it a try! We will head to South Lyndale Liquors to buy some local beer, but wanted to have an option for going out, too.

        South Lyndale Liquors
        5300 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

        1. re: bob s

          +1 on Barley John's also has interesting food and a nice outdoor patio.

          1. re: PPOD

            +2 on Barley John's. They also have the most polarizing garlic bread in the Twin Cities, so there's that.

            1. re: kevin47

              And a +3 on Barley John's, really fine beer and good food as well.

            1. re: Foureyes137

              Tried to eat at Barley Johns tonight. NOT HAPPENING. 90 degrees inside with 100% humidity. Stuck to every surface I touched, it was actually hazy in there! wouldn't have sat down for a free beer. How can they find that acceptable? Won't be trying this season I guess.

          2. I've only been to Barley Johns a few times, but it hasn't really knocked my socks off. If I was treating someone from out of town, it wouldn't be my first spot.

            They only have 4 beers on tap and the food is nothing special...not saying the food at Town Hall is any better, but the beer selection is.

            1. Consider taking the Summit brewery tour in St. Paul. You get beer with your tour.

              1. There is really only one choice, and that's Town Hall. One interesting possibility if you're interested in other local and regional beers is the new Town Hall Tap, which has several Town Hall beers, as well as a good selection of other stuff.

                (Masala Mama, which someone else mentioned, is, for what it's worth, currently ranked as the #2 American IPA in the country--