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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
600 E Superior St
phone: (218) 726-1392
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in at Fitger's twice to/from Isle Royale. The first stop was just for a burger and a pint but the second stop was for a burger and 5 pints.
The brewhouse is located in the Fitger's building, which I didn't get a great feel for. There is an inn, bottle shop and a few other establishments of varying atmosphere.
There were 8-10 taps and a cask. On our first visit Surly Bender was listed as a guest tab. There wasn't anything too crazy going on from a seasonal standpoint but the El Nino IPA, Stafire Pale and Big Boat Oatmeal Stout were all absolutely top notch. Selection has to go to 4.5 due to there being 3 top class standards.
The bar area was pretty small but we managed to land a couple stools for our long 2nd visit. I got the feeling that the place was larger than meets the eye, but didn't really explore outside of the main bar area. The service was mostly strong - just don't try and buy an overpriced tshirt after 9pm as they lock all that stuff up.
The food, while limited mostly to burgers and other pub-fare kind of stuff, was great. Locally raised beef highlights really strong burgers with a variety of options. The onion rings were winners too - perfect for a first meal after coming out of the woods.
The nalgene adventure growlers were pretty - just dont forget about the backwards "no beer on sunday" laws in Minnesota.
Great local brewpub in a very cool town.
08-24-2010 00:24:30 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Had a hard time finding the place to begin with. I walked into the tap room another bar in the complex. I was concerned because no one was there and the place kind of looked like a typical bar but the BT directed me to the right way to the brewhouse.
Walked into a nice lively place on a thursday afternoon. Handdrawn beer listing on the chalk boards with ABV and some S.G.'s . There was 11 different varieties to choose from. Decided to take a seat at the bar and ordered two Orange Blossom's. One for me, One for my gf. It was despended though a handpumped faucet. Something I'd never seen.
Overall it was a pleasant experience...
Since my first visit in the summer of 2006. I've stopped at the brewhouse every time that I visit duluth. The adventure growler are a nice travel companion as we are usually doing something that would break glass while in duluth. The food in the place is excellent. Beer battered fries are definitely worth a try. The red stag burger is my favorite. Beer has always been great and they are not shy about samples. They do offer boots by request and they don't cost too much to get either. Overall my favorite place to drink beer at.
07-18-2010 06:30:54 |
More by mnfinnkidd
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Had to finally stop in and try something on our way up to the North Shore. Located in an old warehouse building which now houses several shops and services. Really cool building with some history. Stopped at the restaurant portion and the hostess directed us down to the beer store in the basement as I told her we were just interested in growlers. She did also say we could purchase them at the bar, but downstairs usually has a better selection. The beer store was really cool. About eight to ten different beers already filled in growlers in the cooler. Each had a brief description and the young lady working was very helpful in giving a more detailed description. Picked up a growler and a pint glass as the shop had other brewery paraphernalia for sale. Prices were typical for a growler of beer. The beer place to stop in the Duluth area.
06-30-2010 01:00:39 |
More by jera1350
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in after a few days on the Superior Hiking Trail needing a cold drink. I was alone and was seated by a waitress at a table near, but not at the bar, despite there being open seats at the bar. I hate sitting along at a table in a bar. I soon moved myself over to the bar. This place is a little heavy with regulars, and that impacts both the amount of attention one gets from the staff and also, I don't know, seems to make you feel a little less wanted.
The waitress I think knew her stuff. It's hard to tell if they don't know what they're talking about or they think you don't know what you're talking about, but her knowledge of beer was acceptable.
At the bar, the beer was good. It had good pressure, and the bartender knew his stuff. They had a broad selection of their own beers plus '10 Bigfoot. Nothing terribly exciting on the menu for beer, but nothing to avoid either.
I had a burger and fried, very simple but it did it's job.
I walked out with a growler and a tab slightly higher than I would have wanted it to be, but that's alright.
05-12-2010 03:17:57 |
More by mdwalsh
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
My fiance has family in Superior so this is a must stop everytime we are up in that area. The place is a little hard to find once inside the building because the place is more of a complex with shoppes and other restaurants. It has an older, comfy feel to and you are not too close to others.
The beers made here are overall, pretty well made. I have had about 5 of their offerings and was impressed everytime. Plus the styles the brew range from a simple blonde to bourbon barrel stout. The service is decent and the food comes quickly but when I had some questions regarding the beer, they couldn't tell me much.
The menu isn't huge but you will find something you will like and you will find a beer or two to suit your needs. They offer growlers which are standard and at a pretty good price. Overall this is a place for decent food and some good beers that vary in terms of style. If you are in the area, this place is a must stop because I can't really think of anywhere else around that can compete.
03-06-2010 06:18:24 |
More by Wisconsinality
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Fitger's is certainly a place you must get to if you ever visit Duluth. They offer growlers for those who care to take their pleasure home. While they don't have a huge selection of brews they do hit up all the staples; IPA, stout, light, lager and wheat. I can't say I've had them all but what I did try was worth it. The place has a very interesting feel to it. It's dark and the mood is ver relaxed. Don't pass on Fitger's. They aslo have a solid music schedule if you're so inclided to enoy an eveing of brews and tunes.
01-26-2010 04:43:16 |
More by cdkrenz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Duluth on the lake. A good few hours ride up, gooder actually in that I didn't have to drive it. Over the hill, the little city there. In a big old building where a brewery once lived, a large multi floored complex we cannot easily navigate. Shops, eateries, other places not the brewpub, hallways, ramps, stairwells, fire poles, chutes, ladders...
A tight little place with an angled "U" shaped bar off to the left seating 10, though you wouldn't think so. Light wood with a foot place, and a wood overhang tracing the bar with tap selections & growler pricing on lower vertical slatings, some glassware shown above, and barrels and birdhouse atop. Most unusual, the tap set up; an upside down bar tower row of 11 taps suspended from the underside of the overhang (haven't seen that one before), the tap handles themselves looking like glass pot pipes that I must have seen on a TV documentary somewhere once, and a handpump dead up front. A small TV to the rear of the bar, and a kitchen in the behind the bar back there with a side service area and a vertical board above listing beer & boozings.
Block stone & brick exposed mostly, and some green plaster with vintage Fitger's beer signage. The front panel windows burgundy velvet curtained overlooking the mall hall. Blackboards lining above listing tap selections, wine, whiskey, scotch and growler pricing. Rows of guest tap handles mounted over the boards (strange, 'cause I don't think they pour guest beers), and some neons & bar towels up atop. Wood slat floorings with a tiled area around the bar. Upright & above giant red duct work, pillars & ceilings. Postcard plastered pillars throughout the room, including one behind the bar with a fit rack holding some booze. Big old Fit's pics, shirts displayed on one wall and hats horizontally lining the top of the far wall.
A dozen booths and tables at various heights and of different shapes up front and to one side of the bar. On the other side sits a growler fridge sits in the corne, at the foot of a far room holding a ½ dozen tables and a free standing bar counter on center. On the near side, another room holding a ½ dozen tables & booths, with views on 2 fronts of the corner brew room; 2 rows high of wood lined brew kettles on one wall and fermenters in a row on the other. Through and out from there to a better weather exterior seating area with views not of the lake. And an upstairs perch, I will go see. 3 booths, 5 tables and seating for nearly a dozen on a forward bar counter.
Sampler is 7 beers on a paddle (Witch Tree ESB, pleasant, well balanced, nice bite, good bitterness; Lighthouse Golden, crisp, clean, light sweet maltiness, easy drinking; Undertow Pils, grainy, a little corny even, decent bite; Big Boat Oatmeal Stout, licorice, rich & roasty, big oatiness; Cherry Ale, most pie filling Wisconsin Redlike, very cherry, I do dig; Starfire Pale Ale, good floral hoppiness, nice bite; El Nino Double Hopped IPA, big beer, assertive hoppiness, does not suck), and the other 4 that didn't make the sampler but I wanted to include them in my afternoon so they wouldn't feel neglected (Stasz Summer Wheat, an American Wheat, easy enough; Herbst Lager, lightly sweet, a nice Vienna style lager; White Knight Wit Noir, a roasty, spicy black Wit; Blue Label Grand Reserve, Abbey Dubbel, big beer at 9.9%, sweet). Witch Tree ESB, Big Boat Oatmeal Stout, Cherry Ale, El Nino Double Hopped IPA, Herbst Lager & White Knight Wit Noir were my faves, though there really weren't any clunkers there.
Look, all I'm saying is I had a crazy good grilled Cajun tuna steak sandwich on some kind of phresh multi-grain roll of good, and something red pepper lemon mayolike running down my arms. Traded up the fries for a side salad of great viscosity; romaine with cucs & baby tomatoes, I know there were some sprouts somewhere there along the way. Sandwich win.
Service was good for the most part, Gail ran the room like a mad woman, seemingly the only one there. She left Witz sans beer at one point (for his sins) but then brought him beer and made it better. Playing decent tunes; I don't know what but it sounds Wilcoesque, some of it anyway. And as an oh, by the way, there's a little store downstairs where they sell brewery shwag and growlers, and really cool Jes Durfee glassworks stuff (wine stops and the like). Good food, very good beer. Well worth the hike up north. A great brew pub, superior even.
12-22-2009 05:36:49 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A little confusing to find the actual BREWHOUSE in the large complex but once I found it the atmosphere was great. Dimly lit with the ambiance of an English pub. The walls and beams are covered with coasters and beer stickers adding some nice reading while drinking and waiting for food. The beer itself was fantastic with 9-10 choices on tap at the time, with the Witchtree ESB on nitro being my favorite. The food was good as well with great service. If you're in Duluth this is a must see. Also, parking is validated which is a nice plus.
06-09-2009 02:00:25 |
More by BehindtheFinBrew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I had no idea that Fitger's is such a large place. Well, the complex is large, but the brew house is a little more compact. Housed in the remnants of the old Fitger's brewery, its housed on the land locked side, so no Lake Superior views (not good planning, imo). But the place is pretty sweet. Entering, the bar to the left, some general dining ahead and to the right, we (coworker and I) sat up in the loft, at the table with comfy upholstered seats. There was a chalkboard with the beers listed by ABV, and we had several between us, with plenty more available. There were a variety of beers, all pretty good, some better than average, none a knock out, but all were quite good. Service was nice, attractive, attentive, mostly knowledgeable about the beer. I had a bacon BBQ burger, which was pretty stock for pub food. The beer was cheap, the food a little pricier. All in all, I'd most definitely visit any time I'm in Duluth, and am glad to see them whenever they make it down for beer festivals.
02-27-2009 03:35:37 |
More by objectivemonkey
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Been here a few times and always have enjoyed it. Perched beautifully overlooking Lake Superior. I go to their sister brewery, Town Hall, pretty often. This is a somewhat quite and secluded counterpart. In terms of beer selection, I tend to favor the latter over Fitger's. But Fitger's has a better food selection than Town Hall. One of the times I went was with a good friend who is vegetarian, and they even had a decent enough selection to make her happy. The inside is warmly decorated and inviting.
12-27-2008 19:16:51 |
More by lhaqq
Fitger's Brewhouse in Duluth, MN
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