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?
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.
498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
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
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.
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-- http://beeradvocate.com/lists/style/116)