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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
600 E Superior St
phone: (218) 726-1392
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 59 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
In my second trip to duluth in as many years, I made sure I came back to Fitger's.
Beer: Great selection, about 10 or so brews on tap. I sampled every offering in two trips on my recent visit. Nearly every beer was an above average sample of the style they were brewing, with some individual flare.
Food: A large selection, great burgers, good lunch specials.
Service: Polite and very knowledgeable. Appropriate amount of attention and the food was served quickly and hot. Pretty much something on the menu for everyone.
I would like to enjoy some live music there on my next visit to Duluth. If you're in Duluth this is MUST visit...trust me you stop by and end up staying for quite a while.
11-02-2007 18:06:05 |
More by uwmgdman
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A little confusing to find the actual BREWHOUSE in the large complex but once I found it the atmosphere was great. Dimly lit with the ambiance of an English pub. The walls and beams are covered with coasters and beer stickers adding some nice reading while drinking and waiting for food. The beer itself was fantastic with 9-10 choices on tap at the time, with the Witchtree ESB on nitro being my favorite. The food was good as well with great service. If you're in Duluth this is a must see. Also, parking is validated which is a nice plus.
06-09-2009 02:00:25 |
More by BehindtheFinBrew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
BEER HEAVEN? Read on.
This is simply the best brewpub I have ever been in. I've been to hundreds of places through the American West, Germany, Belgium, and many points in between. For the shear enjoyment of beer, this is my favorite.
I lived in Duluth for many years and have fond memories of the city, so you might think I am being nostalgic; but Rod, Tim, and Mr. Hoops have pulled off a miracle. Imagine my surprise after leaving Duluth for 8 years, that this place would improve so much.
Here is why I said "miracle:"
Take a small city that possesses the harshest 6 months worth of winter that you could imagine (in February, you can literally drive a snowmobile from Duluth to the North Pole-- if you could pack the supplies and could bear the weather). Now, add in fact that the nearest big city is 150 miles away. It is hard to believe that a brewpub could survive at all in a city like that, but here sits the Fitger's Brewhouse. Nice enough as a restaurant, decent service; but the beer is outrageous!
They always have new and exciting beers rotating in and out of the taps (just look at their list of brews on this page). Mr. Hoops (brother of the Hoops at Town Hall in Mpls) is a genius. I remember this dude back when Rod and Tim first went to a brewpub... didn't know his Cascades from his Fuggles. But now he absolutely rocks. Congrats, boys. Ya dun good.
Do yourself a favor... Get up here and try this place out. Go ahead, send me nasty beermail if you don't think that they have completely mastered the art.
11-04-2005 02:34:03 |
More by puckee
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This place is truly the gem of Duluth. Out of the remnants of a defunct mass-production brewery is this eclectic brewpub that employs lots of innovation while appreciating its roots. The building that is almost two complete city block is now a brewpub, brewery museum, motel, bar, other restaurants, and a mall with several shops.
The brewpub takes up 2 stories, with the fermentation tanks visible from the interior mall corridor. The menu has many burgers and sandwiches, with pizzas and typical pub appetizers. The beer selection consisted of 8 or 9 house brews, some with atypical names. The el Nino IPA, at 7%, seemed like a good option and turned out to be a good pick. For food I got some southwest chicken sandwich that had some great tasting BBQ sauce. The stout was nice, the cask beer didn't have much flavor to it, and the black IPA was nasty, like sour candy and pepper mixed together.
The service was great. The staff answered many questions and was happy to get any extras I wanted.
If you are fortunate enough to visit this city that's a hidden treasure of the Midwest, Fitger's is a required stop.
10-04-2011 03:02:10 |
More by DesMoinesMike
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Fitger's is one of the original brewpubs in Duluth. They are constantly making new styles of beer along with the classics that many have come to expect. Bartenders and servers are more than willing to let you try a sample of a beer first before buying a pint, and they also offer tasting flights.
You really can't go wrong with any of their beers. My personal favorites are the El Nino IPA, Superior Trail IPA, and Wildfire. The food in the establishment is usually very good too. Service can be hit or miss, but that is to be expected with many restaurants. Prices are what one would expect for Duluth (tourist area), but nothing outrageous. Beers are around $5 pint and most meals are between $10-15.
Fitger's is definitely worth checking out if you are in the Duluth area. Another thing to note is that some of their beers are served off site at their "sister restaurants" Burrito Union and Tycoon's.
03-12-2013 18:10:43 |
More by stark379
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I was born and raised in Duluth and this is by far the best drinking establishment in a couple hundred miles. Granted the brewery business in little Duluth (thats Superior WI) is getting a little bit busier each year, it still cant hold a candle to The Fitgers BrewHouse.
Location, Location, Location! The Building itself is located on Lake Superior in a commercial area. Tragicly, its street side and not lake side, but its location is still great. That, and its a half block from Sir Benedicts Tavern, so if its possible to get sick of The BrewHouse, You can always run across the street to get some quality imports. Also, the lakefront boardwalk ends right at The BrewHouse, so you can park the car down at Canal Park, take a walk, have a pint, and then work it off on the way back to the car. Its a sweet deal.
Ive never been disappointed with the food here. My Father and I like to head in for lunch and grab the hummus platter and a pint. Quick service and friendly staff. Also, the seating is pretty wild. You can sit at the bar, in the dining area, up in the loft, or at booths overlooking the fermentation tanks. Theres live music (mostly folk, blues and other) there pretty regularly, most of which is played at a reasonable volume so you can appreciate your company, your beer and your music.
Ill be honest, The BrewHouse was a bit rocky going through the past few years with some pretty disappointing, downright thoughtless batches. Dont get me wrong, most of it was a cut above Schells and Leinenkugels, but it wasnt anything too special. Thankfully, in current years, the quality of brew has skyrocketed! Every pint is not only full of brew, but of quality. Theres something that differentiates, say the color of grass, and the color of grass right after the rain. Sure, theyre both green, but the latter glows. I dont know what they do there, what ingredients they figured out, or who sold whos soul to whom, but keep it up!
Ill be back in town for the Christmas of 05 and I vow to have a pint of everything they have on tap!
All right, I only had four pints! 'Till '06 then!
-Only one pint in July '06...
11-14-2005 22:37:57 |
More by DarkerTheBetter
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Great place to hang out and have a good beer.
In the historic Fitgers brewery, the building is huge stone block, beam ceilings.
Beer is some of the best I've had. Big boat oatmeal stout is perhaps my favorite beer. Always a good selection that rotates regularly. Every time in town I'll have a couple of growlers filled. (Big downside... they can't do growlers on Sunday so fill up early in the weekend.)
The people working there are friendly and helpful with selection. Service is quick.
The food is better than average, haven't had anything to complain about. But it's the beer that keeps me coming back.
02-22-2008 17:56:53 |
More by iron78
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I have been a regular here, about once a week for about 4 years now. So my review is a bit biased.
The atmosphere is top notch. It's in the old fitger's brewery building, and there are remnants of that still seen (at least thats what I would guess). Nice woodwork all around, lots of old brewerania (there is a cool Hamm's poster/sign in one of the siderooms). All the pillars throughout the brewpub are covered in stickers, some quite hillarious. One of the siderooms has a view of one of the fermenting areas. There are signs in every room posting the currect beer selections. It can get quite packed in here when there is music, and there is often a wait thursday-saturday night for dining, but I guess this stuff is all common of restaurants/brewpubs.
The beer quality is fantastic. Rarely a disappointing beer.
Service. We (wife, friends) have gotten to know various servers throughout the years, most are very friendly, especially the more you get to know them. A lot of them unfortunatly move on to something else. They are always knowledgable about the beer.
Selection again is fantastic, always about 10 or so various choices, all from the brewpub. You could complain that they rarely have guest beers on tap, but with such a good selection of their own great beer, there is little need.
Food. I am probably the most biased here. Having been going there for so long, I've tried basically everything on the menu. It's hard for me to pick favorites that really stick out, and also hard to pick anything that you shouldn't order. Everything is very good, with a great variety of salads, burgers and sandwiches. That all being said, the main draw is the beer.
The value is about the same as most brewpubs. One complaint is there is no happy hour food specials. Happy hour beer is a decent deal at $3/pint. There is also pitcher nights on Thursdays which I believe is at $9/pitcher now. Great deal with some good music usually going on.
Best brewpub in the north (of Minnesota), hands down! (Although there isn't much around for competition)
02-26-2008 16:36:07 |
More by sweetkness
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Along with Town Hall Brewery, Fitger's might be the best pub in the state. Always a wide variety of beer, and if you get on the email list you will always know what's on tap at a given time. Also, the website seems to always be updated and accurate. Which, for me living in the St. Paul, in great--I know what's going to be there when I make the effort. And the quality is always great and the creativity a driving force, much of which is probably already noted in other reviews.
An added bonus is a great vegetarian menu. The wild rice burger (pub style with mushrooms/onions is my favorite) is a unique and delicious meal compared to most pub grub. Also, the veggie chili is my wife's favorite. Blue corn chips came with the artichoke dip during the last trip. Going up north or small town can sometimes doom a veggie to pizza, fries or an overcooked gardenburger, but not at Fitger's. I'd stop for the veggie burger even w/o the great beer, but since I get both--I always stop.
Another great stop at the fabulous pub. Service was a bit slow, but friendly and helpful. Took my niece to dinner, per our tradition, and had the Lake Huron Smoked Dopplebock and the Misty Mountain IPA, both excellent. Wild rice burger was awesome as usual. Great place that's still a great place. Must stop in Duluth.
10-11-2006 03:26:30 |
More by FightingEntropy
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
Fitger's Brewhouse in Duluth, MN
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