Stub & Herb's
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 51
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.6/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Okay, now I know we were walking along some roadway, but then it ended, like deadended, in a nowhere nothing something and I think there were stairs, well there must have been stairs 'cause we got ourselves atop the whatever was below and there was like a platform for trains or something with I think them vestibules you hang in when the weather's inclementesque but we weren't inside them really except to look at the artwork briefly maybe, and I think they had sectional themes as if different school clubs maybe were representing, don't know, but as we trekked along them I know I saw the Mississippi River pass way down below the somehow we got on a bridge, and it didn't seem to get much better for us once we got to the other side as how did we get to walking in the shoulder of a heavily populated major roadway to be honked at in a hurtful way, I don't know, but eventually found real walkways that weren't alongside the road and then if you make a left, there's Stub & Herbs...
Inside, a copper topped rectangular bar with a brass handrail & footrail; seating a dozen and a half all the way around. 2 towers of 16 each on one side, and a single handpump on the other side. Bar island of booze all around on center, up and below, baby TV's on both sides, and glassware racks over the bar. Subway tile over wood slat lower walls with windows on 3 sides and the wall to the rear holding shelving with board games galore, which Witzel will not entertain (probably for the best), and a Silver Strike Bowling game to the rear. Ornate ceilings and flatscreens in, I'm thinking, every corner. 2 dozen+ hightop & shorty tables, and booths throughout, and another dozen tables in a room downstairs, where the bathrooms be. And a side room with some interesting muralage, 2 pool tables, electronic darts, some video gamage, and guess what? TV's... um everywhere. It's considerably cooler here, I don't know why, I don't really care. I'm going back to the bar.
32 taps and all of them kind craft; more than 1/3 of them Minnesota beers (Lift Bridge Chestnut Hill Nut Brown, Farm Girl Saison & Crosscut Pale Ale, Summit Unchained Kolsch & Oatmeal Stout, Surly Bender, Coffee Bender, Bitter Brewer, CynicAle & Furious, Flat Earth Bermuda Triangle Tripel, Schells Light, St Croix Cream Ale). Nearly everything remaining being Mid Westerners (Tyranena Scurvy, Capital Autumnal Fire, Furthermore Oscura, Goose Island Extremely Naughty Brown Goose, Matilda & Pere Jacques, Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout & Raspberry Ale, Founders Centennial IPA & Breakfast Stout, Bells Oberon) and Mountain time zoners (Steamworks Steam Engine Lager, Great Divide Hercules Double IPA, Avery Kaiser Imperial Octo, Left Hand Octoberfest, Grand Teton Howling Wolf Weizenbock), with just a few that are not (Ommegang Rouge, Sierra Nevada Belgian Tripel, Magic Hat #9). And lest I forget the single handpump (Bells Two Hearted).
They were out of my first few choices (Dark Horse Tres, Bells Oberon, Surly Coffee Bender) but I gone made due with first the Surly Bender and then the Left Bridge Farm Girl Saison. Witzel had beer too, fucked if I know what. Also, I made the note "Rogue Dead Guy Whiskey, oof-ta!" so I can't rule out a sampling of though I sure don't recall as much.
5 dozen bottles, a mix of micros, macros, maltos, imports, N/A's, ciders, etc. including a nice selection of Midwest goods (Founders, New Belgium, Summit, Brothers, Bells, Furthrmore), but it's really the taps you want to play. Champagne, wines, and a list of 101 shots I wouldn't brag about (Bongwater, Shit in the Pool, Russian Quaalude, Muff Diver, Surfer on Acid, Liquid Cocaine, Orgasm, Fuzzy Dick, Alligator on the Rag, FAIL).
Angelo tending, he fed us a bit of this, a bit of that. We were talking some Bowie having just heard "Life on Mars", and he went and threw on Ziggy Stardust, kicking off with "Five Years" (the greatest damn thing on the album). I'm a very happy not entirely sober person. Well into what would have been side 2 if vinyl were, we got talking David Byrne (Sure, the Catherine Wheel doesn't suck but The Forest is where it's at). Chillin' late late night. It's lightly populated at this wee hour but I'm sure madness ensued in the earlier. An excellent tap list, the beer clean & fresh. Apparently, your grandfather drank here.
12-17-2009 04:52:27 | More by slander
4.15/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Located right off of campus, S&H looks for all the world like an old breakfast diner that has now been converted into a pretty impressive beer bar. The place boasts that it has been around for some 40 years and it's easy to believe. The dining area looks as if it has been around for a while, though if anything that just imparted an even more relaxed vibe I thought. This place is fairly good size, with a fairly large wrap around bar area in the middle of the place. Looked like they had around 6 or 7 TV's as well, turned to various sporting events on this particular friday.
The beer selection here is pretty damn good, with something like 30 different beers available on this particular day. The selection ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous, and included things like Grain Belt premium, Schell's firebrick and hopfenmalz, as well as GIBCS and Odell's IPA. Really seemed like they were trying to offer something for everyone at S&H.
Service here was OK. I gather this place is largely staffed by students from the U, and it appeared as if they were often more interested in socializing with one another than checking on customers in the dining room. This lead to an occasional short wait from time to time, but otherwise everyone was polite and pleasant.
Food here was pretty good I thought for what it was. There is an emphasis on pub grub here, but I have to say that what they do serve is still pretty darn tasty. We got the yummy blue balls (couldn't resist the name - turns out they're just hamburger sliders with a bit of blue cheese stuffed inside), as well as the stuffed jalapeno burger. Both were well prepared and as already noted, quite tasty.
Overall, I thought this a very solid place and I would stop by here again in a heartbeat. The only thing that kind of surprised me a bit was the pricing. On the one hand, I appreciate the fact that you can order beer here in a variety of sizes (for most beers). Generally, you can order a 7 ounce pour, a 12 ounce pour, a pint or a pitcher, and I think they have 4 different price points (there are numbers next to the beers on the menu, which correspond to the price list at the bottom of the menu). While I like that, the bad news is that a lot of the beers are really pretty spendy. A 7 ounce pour of GIBCS was $7, while a 10 ounce glass was $10. I think a pint of Odell's IPA was likewise in the $6 range. Granted, if you don't mind drinking grainbelt premium and/or Schell's Firebrick, you can keep costs down considerably here.
All that aside, and as already noted, this is a very solid place and one I'd likely visit anytime I'm in town.
11-27-2010 18:19:54 | More by johnmichaelsen
4.74/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Do you like good beer? Do you like top shelf draft choices? Are you in Minneapolis? If you said yes to the above, you should be at Stub & Herb's.
I stopped here on a Monday between semesters at UM. Not too many people on such a night, maybe 8 people sitting along the centrally located bar. I guess about 20+ taps, all very good craft beer selections (with a strong focus on Northern Midwest breweries):
Surly Coffee Bender
Tyranena Imperial Hefeweizen
Tyranena Hop Whore
Tyranena Bitter Woman
Sierra Nevada Celebration
Some Summit beers
and other beers I can't remember (but all were good).
The bartender knew more about the beers than his youth would imply, and as luck would have it I was priveleged to drink with "JohnBierman", one of the people responsible for the make-over at Stub & Herb's (and the great selection of beers now available there). I got a great education on the MN beer scene, he's a knowledgable and friendly guy. If you're in Minneapolis there are many great choices for a beer, and this place at or near the top of the list.
Also, I heard Surly made Stub & Herb's the establishment for kicking off the launch of 2008 Darkness, with 4 kegs (1 of which still exists without a tap). Strong support for this awesome bar.
01-13-2009 05:22:32 | More by TurdFurgison
4.3/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
hit up Stub & Herb's on a Saturday night for a few hours and practically had the place to ourselves - odd.
there was a large banner promoting this as the 12th best place to have a pint according to a BA poll.
Stub & Herb's was located just across the river in the University area - long walk to town hall but not impossible. the building looks a little run down and the interior clearly shows the effect of years of university-area drinking.
the taps were nice - all the Surly offerings (furious, bender, cynic, bitter brewer) were on, a handful of flat earth and brau brothers taps, lift bridge, goose island, summit, schells. There's a definite local preference and the selection definitely worked for us.
the juke box was one of those e-friendly ones that is pricey - luckily the whole LCD Soundsystem catalogue was on sale for 1 credit, instead of the usual 2.
service was strong - not any real beer chatter but very attentive
we didnt eat - looked like bar food but after being at 112 eatery, we were very full
08-29-2010 20:28:21 | More by dirtylou
4.14/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A fairly quick ride on the bus with Sir Lou put us across the river and basically at the doorstep of Stub & Herb's, a local joint that pretty clearly caters to the University set - and by sheer chronology gets the honor of my 200th beerfly...hurray beer travel!
The barroom is obviously aged and seems to have been there quite awhile. It smells somewhat of dirty mop water, and keeps a thin patina of grime built up over the years. Not quite sure whether I'd call it a dive, but a couple taxidermied animal heads could secure that designation.
It's quite large - there's a main barroom with a 4 sided bar and booths along the windows, with a pool/game room directly adjacent, and some sort of party room downstairs - which is where you'll find the restroom, or at least that's where I ended up.
Selection rates high - lots of local selections in keeping with their recent declaration to pursue that course, including nearly all of the common Surly beers, and smaller pour sizes available. Great place for out-of-town beer tourists to hit, for sure.
Service was fine - the bartender was friendly enough and quick to replace an empty with a full.
09-03-2010 00:40:40 | More by blackie
4.44/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Another must stop on my recent trip to the twin cities.
My friends and I walked in and immediately grabbed four stools at the bar. The bartender was already asking us what we were interested in before I could even get my jacket off. That's the way I like it. Of course I had trouble deciding with all the great beers to choose from. While I was looking at the beer list the bartender was helping my friends make descisions. He gave them samples of several beers which I always think is awesome.
The bartender was super friendly and chatted with us throughout most of our night.
The place has a nice corner bar vibe combined with phenominal tap list.
I will make this a regular stop from now on when in the area.
02-16-2010 03:12:07 | More by beerwolf77
4.58/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stop number two on our tour.
Stub & Herb's has been awarded as a college bar, but it is more like a beer-lover's bar on a corner adjacent to the University of Minnesota campus.
The two walls facing S. Washington Ave and Oak streets have decorative frosted glass. The tables and open booths are pretty basic, but the bar and nook booths on the interior wall have so many ornate and beautiful touches. Molded designs on the ceilings, cut wood, decorative brass work lining the front edge of the bar, pillars with "carved" grape vines...lots of great little touches.
We sat at the bar, where Jake took brilliant care of our beer needs. He made great recommendations, and allowed us to sample quite a few things we were unsure about. He was right every time, too. For instance, when he told me the Summit Stout was "just okay", I tried one and made the exact same assessment - it was just okay... We unfortunately didn't get to meet John, the General Manager who gets credit for the fabulous selection (32 taps!)
The beer menu features "Beer School", which is a listing of style definitions from beeraddvocate.com, followed by the beers currently available in that style. For those who don't require the style guide, there is an All American Tap List, featuring Minnesota beers on the top, American microbrews in the middle, and at the bottom of the list, a bottle list including domestics, imports, Belgians, ciders, malt liquors, wines and champagne. The beers are also prominently featured on two chalkboards.
Happy Hour is 11 AM - 7 PM and 10 PM to midnight, and with the exception of a few select drafts, pints are $3.50. There is NOTHING macro on tap - not even Guinness and Newcastle.
Here are the things we tried:
Flat Earth Belgian Pale Ale (MN) - 5.2% ABV
Surly Mild (MN) - 4.7%
Tyranena Bitter Woman (WI) - 6.6% ABV
Surly Furious (MN) - 6.2% ABV
Summit Stout on nitro (MN)
Schell Einbecker Dopplebock (MN)
Surly Two (MN)
Rush River Lost Arrow Porter (WI) 5% ABV
03-30-2008 13:28:20 | More by Deuane
4.5/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Simply one of the best beer bars I've been too. The draft list was amazing; at the time of our visits there was roughly 7 Double IPAs on-tap about 5 IPAs and a smattering of other great beers from Bender to Golden Monkey to a couple Imperial Stouts. All the beers were American craft. It was an outstanding selection. There just wasn't many wasted tap handles (they did have Grain Belt Light on but really, who cares?).
The prices for the beers, it seemed, were on par with other beer bars in the city if not better on most offerings. Plus they had a long happy hour.
On our two day beer vacation we visited Stub & Herb's both days because we were so impressed with the beer. The service was solid, our first trip started rocky but everything was cool and we had no issues the second time.
The vibe was very laid back, the bar was not busy either night but the majority of people drinking were college age kids. We played Yahtzee and drank great beer, how cool!
We didn't eat here either day.
One complaint: The bathrooms downstairs were kind of small and I bet that could be an issue on a busy night.
Overall, we loved Stub & Herbs. It is the best bar (I've been too) in the Midwest. Why this place doesn't get more hype nationally is a mystery. We were very, very impressed.
04-07-2009 17:03:28 | More by bditty187
3.6/5 rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
Stopped by here twice during the Darkness weekend festivities. The first the night was during the Darkness release party and then I decided to come back to give an accurate review because the beer list for the party was different than a normal night. For the party a pretty sick list, the regular list is average. Its got lots of MN beers but nothing special, I was pretty bored. The atmosphere is so-so, a total college bar, nothing spectacular. The crowd is young with beer people mixed in. They do have several promotions mixd in which is cool, but again geared toward the college crowd. The bartenders seem to know a decent amount about beer, the servers know very little, a mixed bag. Neither offered very good suggestions.
A decent beer bar that probably gets a little too much pub. If I was in college I'd love this place. Worth stopping by but if I lived here probably would only be a once in the blue moon stop.
10-27-2010 00:18:07 | More by jrallen34
4.3/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Traffic and parking were both a bit of a bear midday on a Friday--had to use an inexpensive garage down the way. I've been told this is only a ten minute walk from the English department's building at the University, and if that's the case then well it's gonna get to the point where they have glasses there with my name printed on them.
Atmosphere is nice, but nothing really exceptional. There's nothing really beer barish to it (actually, macro ads make up about half of the decor). This isn't really a good thing or a bad thing--at least it doesn't have that ersatz, constructed feel of a lot of of the beer places you'll find around the midwest. This building feels old, like it has a history. Also a little cramped, and surprisingly busy for 1:00 in the afternoon on a weekday. I guess Minneapolis likes to party.
Happy hour lasted from 11-7 on weekdays, and then again from 10-12. That's pretty goddamn happy. Most pints were 3.50 during HH, though a few of the more rare ones (Coffee Bender) were a little pricey. It's hard for me to gauge relative prices in the Twin Cities, seeing as this was only my second visit to the area, but aside from the happy hour deals things seemed a little bit more expensive than most other places. Still, Happy Hour lasts pretty much all day so I guess if you're on a budget just don't come between 7-10.
Tap selection was top notch. As I've said a few times before in my more recent beer reviews, I really have no idea why the map room is still so revered--so many other places, like this one, have a tap selection that rivals it (and a nicer atmosphere, too). Decent variety of one-offs and rare beers, along with all the Minneapolis staples. Bottle selection left a little something to be desired, but since I only very rarely get bottles at beer bars it didn't really bother me.
The waitress was busy, but she was also friendly and fairly knowledgeable about beer styles. There were up-to-date printed beer menus at every table, and one chalk board that had people sitting right up against it so it was very hard to read. Like I said, this place was busy and a little cramped. Aside from that, though, it's an excellent beer bar and worthy of all the praise it gets on this site.
11-22-2008 18:21:25 | More by mynie
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Stub & Herb's in Minneapolis, MN
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