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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
600 E Superior St
phone: (218) 726-1392
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 59 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
this place was always one of my favorite places to go when I lived nearby. Fitgers has good to great beer, sometimes even mind blowing but mostly just good everyday beer. Their food is excellent and there prices are very reasonable for the quality and quantity. definite destination spot if traveling to Duluth.
09-22-2013 03:03:42 |
More by Beerlover
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I dropped by the Brewhouse, located in the historic Fitgers building yesterday for a drink and a bite to eat. I had last tried the place way back in the early 90's but somehow never made it back for another taste until this tuesday.
The first thing you need to know about the place is that Fitgers is a retail, hospitality, and hotel complex located in what was Fitgers, a gone-but not forgotten Minnesota brewery that went out of business in the late 70's. The sprawling building, located on the shore of Lake Superior, has long since been renovated and it is gorgeous. On the outside the familiar silhouette of the building is preserved- the smokestack with FITGERS painted on the side, and the bright red watertower that used to feed the copper brew kettles (one of which is preserved in the museum on-premises). The exterior is the dark brick typical of local architecture of that vintage, covered in engelman ivy, which is just now coming into it's fall colors. Inside, the building is of lighter red brick and dark old wood. It can be a little daunting getting around, but luckily there are "you are here" map kiosks located throughout the complex. As I said, there are many retail and other shops within, but my interest was the Brewhouse, which happens to be just inside the main entrance and to the right. There are large glass windows set into the hallway, where you can look at the stainless steel kettles and tanks. I was pleased to see that there were also wooden aging tanks. The brewmasters were hard at work within (there are several other clubs in the complex that use their beer as well). I think it's always a plus to be able to drink absolutely fresh beer and to see the actual people who made it. To the side of the brewhouse was the Brewhouse Bar. The decor is all dark wood and brick, very much like I imagine an English pub might be like- wooden columns all covered in placards and booths and tables off to the side in the restaurant side of the pub.
If you sit at the bar, as I chose to do, you can see into the kitchen area and watch the cooks at work. As it happens, one of them (Hi Jessy!) was an old acquaintance from Brainerd, so we visited a bit between orders.
The Brewhouse has 12 beers on tap at any one time- I imagine there are others that rotate in and out as well, but the active ones are displayed on several chalk boards- you can also get growlers of most of them as well, just ask your barman. I had the Big Boat Oatmeal Stout (6.6%), the Hair O' the Monk triple (10%), and the El Nino Double-Hopped IPA (7%). All were good and fit into their respective styles, though I was particularly taken by the wonderful apricot and grapefruit nose of the IPA. Also, even though they were all just 10 oz pours, I was slightly bent- but that's what a lack of sleep an an empty stomach will do for you. Luckily, the Brewhouse has a big menu- with a bewildering selection of the usual bar food and appetizers, as well as a surprisingly large veggie menu. Jessy made me a chicken sandwich with chutney and blue chips. Tasty. All told, with 3 pours, dinner, a growler, and a ten dollar tip, it came out to about forty bucks- a bargain.
To really get the most out of the Brewhouse, plan on getting a room there as well. As it happens, there are several big music festivals and other events in Duluth- it seems like just the place for a short vacation.
09-05-2007 23:27:07 |
More by shadow1961
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 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 1 | $$
Wow, where to begin? Took the whole family out to dinner at the Brewpub at my request. Three kids 6 and under, my wife, In-laws, and myself.
Let's start with the good. The beer was great. I started with a pint of El Niño followed by a Starfire ale. Both delicious.
The restaurant was busy because it was dinner, but it was a Tuesday night. The food took the better part of 30 minutes. We ordered an appetizer for the kids just it case the food took too long. It never came.
The food came out to the table and they were missing one of the kids meals. Seven minutes later for the missing chicken fingers, and we all could eat. My mushroom and Swiss burger resembled a hockey puck, dry and burnt. The waitress never checked on us to see how the food was. Not until she cleared our plates and noticed that I took three bites did she inquire. They did take my burger off the bill which was nice, but no further apology was given for the other issues.
Needless to say, the only way I will be going back on our next vacation is by myself, just for the beer.
07-29-2011 19:00:44 |
More by steggers
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Fitger's is hands down the best bar in Duluth. Great beer, great food, great atmosphere. Anyone passing through Duluth should definitely check this place out. While the bar itself has outgrown itself, and can be a little cramped at times, this bar is definitely a unique experience. The Apricot Wheat and Oatmeal Stout are my personal favorites, but its hard to go wrong with any beer at Fitger's. If you're going for dinner, the Wild Rice Burger is a must-try! Delicious! If you're going anywhere in Duluth, it may as well be Fitger's.
11-23-2011 15:25:12 |
More by hohnx012
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place has a very mellow feel to it... i sat upstairs along the rail and its nice to just looks down while drinking some great beer.
Another really cool thing was that the Taps were all made of custome blown glass, i thought this added some character to the place.
Walk downstairs and you can see where the brewq the beer and they also have a gift shop where yo ucan purchase clothing and grownlers of some of the beer they produce.
this place will have a beer that you like, that is guarenteed
Very cool place and i would def go back
12-28-2012 17:48:10 |
More by imthaschmidt
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
Great Brewhouse. A comfortable atmosphere, gets loud at night, often musicians playing.
Fun to go just for a beer or to get dinner. Many options on the menu, from continental to Mexican to fresh fish from the lake outside the back door.
The beer selection is pretty decent, although the same beers stay on tap for very long periods of time. It would be nice to see new IPA's from time to time, even though the El Nino is a classic. Nice to have the option of taking a growler of the good stuff home with you.
Good service. Highly recommended.
02-27-2013 03:55:18 |
More by pizza
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Fitger's is one of the original brewpubs in Duluth. They are constantly making new styles of beer along with the classics that many have come to expect. Bartenders and servers are more than willing to let you try a sample of a beer first before buying a pint, and they also offer tasting flights.
You really can't go wrong with any of their beers. My personal favorites are the El Nino IPA, Superior Trail IPA, and Wildfire. The food in the establishment is usually very good too. Service can be hit or miss, but that is to be expected with many restaurants. Prices are what one would expect for Duluth (tourist area), but nothing outrageous. Beers are around $5 pint and most meals are between $10-15.
Fitger's is definitely worth checking out if you are in the Duluth area. Another thing to note is that some of their beers are served off site at their "sister restaurants" Burrito Union and Tycoon's.
03-12-2013 18:10:43 |
More by stark379
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
Nice place. Waitress did not seem to know much about the beer. Food was good. Beer was great. Love the cask offering. Got a table right away with kids on a Friday night. Seemed pretty busy. Service was good and valet parking. Hoppaluja was fantastic.
11-30-2013 16:06:58 |
More by Djsaturn1
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