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Inasuitcase Mar 20, 2013 06:38 PM

Looking for a new venue for my Monthly Pint group. Would prefer something in St. Paul or on the East Side. We need a nice selection of beers on tap (The majority being craft beers.) Our group's events average 200 guests so there needs to be space for most of us. A friend suggested Shamrock's but I've never been and completely clueless. Thoughts?

My most recent Pints were held at The Hole near the U of M and The Liffey in St. Paul. Tomorrow night's Pint is at Gabe's - not a fan. There was no event in February. So, I need to make April's Pint, extraordinary. That's why I'm turning to all of you:-) Thanks so much.

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    mull0263 Mar 20, 2013 06:46 PM

    Shamrock's isn't a bad place for burger and pint or two, but they don't offer too much for the craft scene other than some of the standard imports and a few regional craft beers on tap. It'd be along the same lines as the places you mentioned above for past events, except with good wings and burgers.

    How about the Happy Gnome? With a group that big I'm sure you could reserve the upstairs, which is only open to the public on Wednesday nights, otherwise it's just used for private events. They have 76 craft beers on tap and a pretty impressive bottle list. Food is also generally pretty good.

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      Inasuitcase Mar 24, 2013 07:08 PM

      Thanks for everyone's input. We've been to the Happy Gnome but it just didn't work well for us. It was a bit spendy and I don't know... the socializing just didn't happen as much as other venues.

      We do not do a buyout. Also, not all 200 people show up at once. However, it has become a challenge as this group has grown and flourished so much since its inception. That's good and bad. lol

      So, I'm still searching... If you have other ideas, I'm still listening.

    2. Foureyes137 Mar 20, 2013 07:57 PM

      200 people. 200 people?

      Are you doing a buyout?

      Most of the places noted in your 2011 request are still relevant now.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/761482

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        brlattim Mar 21, 2013 07:59 AM

        With that many people you pretty much have to kill a few craft kegs. I feel bad for the person that randomly strolls in, but kudos to keeping the craft movement alive. I still can't believe under 10% of sales are craft beers. Insane.

        I dont get how I have a friend that drinks craft beer and mich golden light. Its like buying filet and lunchables in the same basket.

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          The Professor Mar 24, 2013 08:02 PM

          It's only 10% because not all small brewer craft beers are so great (especially with the massive numbers of new brewers jumping on the bandwagon).

          Given that it is becoming more apparent that 'craft' is really just a marketing term, you really shouldn't overlook some of the specialty offerings from larger brewers...it's best to keep an open mind and not count out the big brewers. They're beginning to turn out more and more products which are every bit as worthy as the best of the small brewers.

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          BigE Mar 21, 2013 09:51 AM

          The fireplace room at the Happy Gnome comes to mind, but that thing is not cheap at all.

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            Brad Ballinger Mar 21, 2013 11:30 AM

            +1 for upstairs at Happy Gnome. A no-brainer.

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              alpa chino Mar 21, 2013 02:10 PM

              Just moved to StP and I found some great places. great waters is good. Bulldog has an immense selection. Amsterdam has tons of stuff. But right now, I'm buying growlers from Vine Park---unbelievable beer.

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                karykat Mar 21, 2013 07:34 PM

                You'll need a good amount of room for 200 people. Places that I think of that have a good selection of craft beers - like Groveland Tap - wouldn't accommodate that many people.

                One idea is Flat Earth Brewery's tap room. I've been there on one of their brewery tours. It's nothing fancy but that's kind of what I liked about it. It's just comfy. I don't see anything about it on their web site now so maybe they aren't offering it any more. But it would be worth a call.

                Of course, you'd only be drinking their beers. But their beers are really good, I think.

                Even if they wouldn't normally be open, they might like to accomodate 200 craft beer lovers.

                They'd probably let you bring in your own appetizers, I'm guessing. If they're open to it.

                If you do call and find out about it, let us know if they're open. I'd been thinking about seeing if they could host a smaller gathering I'm going to be organizing.

                1. ibew292 Mar 25, 2013 05:03 AM

                  If your looking for cheap go to Sallys at U of M. Want quality go to Republic. There aren't that many places that have quality beer and want 150 people showing up once and giving you beer cheap.

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