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[ 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: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visit Fitger's Brewhouse every time I get up to Duluth. This is another place I can't believe it took this long for me to review.
Atmosphere is great with a mix of dark wood and natural stone walls in the cozy bar and interior dining spaces. Service is decent, but can occasionally leave something to be desired.
Beers are very good, with 8-10 selections available at any one time; my favorites are the El Nino IPA and the Big Boat Oatmeal Stout.
Food is very good and shows some imagination. Overall, the Fitger's Brewhouse experience is not to be missed.
09-17-2006 21:14:34 |
More by slyke
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Spent the weekend in Duluth with my wife, so we made our way to Fitgers a couple of times. Have been there several times in the past.
The Brewhouse is in the Fitgers complex on the shoreline of Lake Superior in Downtown Duluth. The place itself is a little small, which means it can get crowded at lunch or dinner time. It would have been nice if the brewhouse was on the other (lake) side of the hall, perhaps with a patio overlooking the Lake.
The service was fine, with young and attractive twenty-somethings answering questions and providing quick service.
The food is decent, a little better than average bar food done well.
The beer that the Brewhouse produces is excellent. I had a pilsner, an IPA, and a belgian strong ale. All were tremendous. We made sure we picked up a couple of growlers for our return to the Cities.
Prices were fair.
Overall, this place is a must-visit for anyone traveling to or through Duluth.
08-07-2011 21:43:32 |
More by kbaker91
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is as near to beer heaven as one can be. The list of expertly crafted brews always on tap is long, with lots of diversity and always one brew to really write home about. Prices are fair for the quality. My only complaint is the lack of proper glasswear.
The food is great pub food (try the Wild Rice burger). The service is quick, friendly and warm. The ambience is classic. Growlers are available in glass or nalgene for $6 refills!
I nearly lived here during my time in Duluth and now I miss it dearly.
Hoops is a masterful brewer, with great innovation and execution. Their recent expanse has been nothing but successful and talking to him at festivals is great. The whole brewing crew are a real good bunch.
07-22-2006 17:52:02 |
More by CharlesDarwin
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I've visited this place several times during the Christmas holiday. This year I had extra time to make two trips to Fitger's. The beers have always been very good. Here's what they had on their menu this weekend: Bellsnickle Wheat Wine, Big Boat Oatmeal, El Nino IPA, Gale Force Cranberry Ale, Ginger Pale Ale, Heaven or Helles, Lighthouse Golden, Saaquatch, Starfire Pale Ale and the Witchtree ESB. I did not try the Wheat Wine and the Sasquatch was all gone. The food has always been very good. My California Chicken sandwich was okay but they really skimped on the guacamole. The atmosphere is pretty good. They are working on a retail store in the basement. Overall, Fitger's is a place that you shouldn't miss in Duluth.
Edit: Dec. 2008 - Retail store is done. Fridges have filled growlers and 750ml corked bottles.
12-30-2007 19:32:55 |
More by zeff80
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 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
always stop here when in Duluth for brew ,food, the lake and the atmosphere, plenty of parking all around fitgers is on the north shore on LK superior its an older classic looking place with a mall inside a hotel specialty shops a growler shop and other retail food and clothing but what i come here for is the ever changing brews and the tried and true ones, the bar is always packed it is 2 levels but i seem to always stay by the small bar, thay offer flight of 7 brews or pints ive never been diisapointed by the brew, the food ,the service or the atmosphere , this is a destination and a must stop when on the north shore i always buy a growler when there and if it were closer to minneapolis i would drive there more often
12-11-2011 00:42:23 |
More by gatornation
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
What a great place. I live in Minneapolis, and my wife and I get up to Duluth about once a year for conferences.
Every time we go to Duluth we hit Fitger's. The beer is wonderful and the spot is very comfortable and cool.
They always have a nice selection of brews on tap, a cask offering, and craft soda for the kids and non-drinkers.
The beer flight is a great value and option...7 beers (3 ouce pours) for 7 bux. Then, if you can catch happy hour you can get pints of your favorites for $3.75...
Great stuff. Also, they don't import out of Duluth, so it's a special treat...
05-04-2011 18:26:47 |
More by corcoranjc
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
What a great place.
I first visited this place by accident. I was on a fishing trip with my father in northern Wisconsin. It started pouring rain one day and we decided to take a day trip and go to Lake Superior. We ended up in Duluth, and soon afterwards, we were at Fitger's Brewhouse. What a score...
Housed in an awesome location overlooking Lake Superior, the atmosphere is great. The brewery is on sort of a balcony overlooking a bluff, and the dining room is adjacent. Not only does the bar have fresh beers on tap, but there is also live music on most weeknights.
I met both of the brewers while I was there. They were very friendly and accomodating, and they also let me have some of their fermenting beers right out of the taps.
When I was here, there were at least 10 different beers on tap, maybe more. Also, the lunch I had was pretty good, and our waitress was very friendly.
Definitely check this place out. All of the beers were very tasty and I'm sure if you like quality you will feel your money was well spent.
12-05-2004 05:51:45 |
More by Sixpoint
Fitger's Brewhouse in Duluth, MN
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