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The Muddy Pig
Taps: 48 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
162 Dale St N
phone: (651) 254-1030
(Place added by: ADR)
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Reviews by feloniousmonk:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
You know the old adage, "You learn something new every day?" Well, I learned today that it takes about 90 minutes for me to bike from my home in Downtown Minneapolis to the Muddy Pig, via the route I chose (which was entirely intuitional). Other thing I learned? It's totally worth it. My kind of place.
Actually, I knew that already. I've been aware of them for far too long, and finally visited with a friend last December. Had overpriced Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, a bottle of Zatte Bie, a beer I had not yet seen, and a decent meal. I liked it, and I admired the focus of what they're trying to do here. My second visit was after the Winterfest last January, stumbling mere blocks from the fest's site to find many draft selections I wasn't aware were available, such as La Chouffe and even De Dolle. I was also again cognizant of the noticably higher pricing structures. I'm in the industry, so I know how much things cost, and it seems like every Belgian serving was priced at $7 a glass (usually 12 ounces, I think), regardless of how much the keg cost.
On this visit, the beer prices still seemed higher than anywhere else, but a bit more reasonable. I had a Young's London Special Ale (who else has this? anyone?) for $5, and a Maudite, my second draft pour, but first here in the Cities, for $6.
Still, there is nowhere else like this in the Twin Cities, where beer is the focus, and quality comes first. The taps number 20 these days, and the selection was quite impressive. Local & Midwestern micros: 3 Summits, 2 Bell's, & a Rush River. Plus Victory Prima Pils and Hair of the Dog Rose. Yup.
Belgian & Belg. style: Unibroue Maudite & Ephemere Cassis, Delirium Tremens, St. Bernardus Witbier, Hoegaarden, Stella, and others, Guinness, Old Speckled Hen, 2 different Young's, and a Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest. Nice. Oh, and one crap: Lite. Whatchagonna do?
35 Belgian bottles. Amazing. On the menu, under "Domestic Micro", stuff from Avery, Great Divide, Victory, HotD, & Viking. The phrase "Other" covers macro crap, bland lagers, malternatives, ciders, and bottled water. Very well thought-out. Non-Belgians are covered under "Other European".
Nice look, old-feeling bar, full of all the fine beer signage they can get, and plenty of pig toys and such. Food is okay, but not outstanding. It really has the feel of a nice, local pub, a neighborhood hang-out, but with an emphasis on quality beer. Service is professional and perfunctory, but I had the feel, at the bar, on this occasion and others, that I'd have gotten more attention or even a little eye contact, if I was a regular. If I were a local resident, I would be a regular, though, as long as they have such a stellar selection of brews,
So, here's to the Pig, Muddy though it may be, long may it stand, and I swear to swing by a bit more often. I could use the exercise, anyway...
09-07-2005 03:17:27 |
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
My favorite place to grab a good craft beer. Very nice selection on tap that constantly changes. Very good food for a bar at a reasonable price. I've never had to wait for a table and all the servers are knowledgeable about whats on tap and in bottles.
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More by Wendigo
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
My go-to place when the Happy Gnome was too packed, the Muddy Pig offers a similar wide selection of beers (though only 48 taps to the Gnome's 76). Also they generally had a better selection in bottles to make up for fewer taps. Food is certainly a bit more down-to-earth, more bangers & mash and chicken nachos as compared to the Gnome's duck confit and rabbit rillette, but still somehow the nachos were classy nachos. Generally I would come here if I had a group larger than 3; lots of great beers and atmosphere without the wait.
07-16-2013 00:46:13 |
More by recoveringmormon
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Game in on a Sunday night as the Vikings-Packers game was ending. The bar room with the TVs was pretty packed. No one was in the other room, and they allowed us to sit in there. Great looking place. The second room looks like an old pub hall. The beer/drinks were high quality. (My father-in-law got a great Martini at a great price). Good quality beer. Nice selection with a good deal of local/Minnesota brews. The staff was very friendly. I always snoop around a beer bar that I haven't been to and they kept asking me if I needed help. They were quick to answer all questions we had. We didn't have time to try any food since we had reservations at The Happy Gnome. It was fun to watch the crowd change from a sports bar crowd to a beer nerd crowd after the game ended. All in all, it was a cool place to have a drink.
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More by zeff80
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great old building in St. Paul. Wood paneled walls make you feel right at home. An ever changing selection of at least 40 beers on tap and hundreds of Whiskeys and Scotches. They also have a great menu and delicious food. The beer list on their menu is always kept up to date and they also have a little paragraph written out about each beer including IBUs and ABV. Very knowledgable staff and good service. They also sell their tumbler glasses for a swift $3 a piece if you're looking for a souvenir. Definitely a place to seek out if you are ever in St. Paul.
08-26-2012 06:02:36 |
More by JamesMN
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Have been coming here quite a bit since I've moved to the city. Laid back in the afternoon but becomes quite crowded in the evening. All ages represented. The taps are a little above average, with lots of range; surly, weyerbacher, odell, schell, great divide, avery, and seasonals.
The only problem I have with this place is the bartenders. I've always had terrible service at the bar. It doesn't matter what time, or how busy they are. They're very slow, and rarely social. They just seem out of it, and party'd out. On several occassions, my friends and I have ordered beers and the bartender get side tracked and forget to bring them to us. Just shitty service.The waiters and waitresses are great though.
01-07-2012 22:22:18 |
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