The Muddy Pig
Taps: 48 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place was a charmer. Made the drive late on a Friday night, expecting the place to be obnoxiously full and the service to stink, but it really wasn't and it didn't. The atmosphere is the kind of thing I go for in a bar setting, dark, old wood, somewhat retro, but full of character. When we first arrived there we were met with a string of about 8 Who songs over the stereo, cool. The beer selection was excellent for the Twin Cities, with many rare Belgians in bottles, and some really rare ones on tap. Who knew 't Smisje Speciale even existed? But I got to try it, and it was just nestled among the other rare beers they have that I wanted a crack at. Service was fast and friendly, food was good (we only had bruschetta, but it was quite tasty and not too pricey). Beers were from 4-8 a piece for draft, and bottle went quite expensive for some of the corked and caged Belgians. I had the aforementioned 't Smisje Speciale, while others ordered Surly, Grotten Brown, and Avery Samael's (which was bargain basement priced at $5 a bottle). I liked this place much better than it's sister bar, The Happy Gnome, but that is for another review. I will return.
08-19-2006 13:44:58 | More by TastyTaste
3.85/5 rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
This place was almost unbearable until the smoking bad went into effect. Now it is a relatively quiet beer bar. Good atmosphere with dark wood and leather booths. The service and selection are good. Best belgian selection in the Twin Cities and the servers know what they are talking about. The food is a disappointment other than the grilled sausage appetizer. I used to spend alot of time at this bar before it became a smokers hangout. Now with the ban I will probably frequent it again. When I go out for beer it is usually not for Belgians, but it is nice to have that option.
06-29-2006 14:06:32 | More by hgrong
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
The score for this place seems a bit inflated, but that's neither here nor there. This is a really fun place and was easily my favorite beer bar during my recent visit to the Twin Cities. The place has a very nice selection of beer on draft and bottle, with approximately 20 very well chosen beers available on tap (including 3 or 4 Belgiums). The atmosphere is laid back and informal; exactly the sort of place that is conducive to hanging out and having a few over the course of several hours. Service was a bit slow the day I was there for lunch, but the other two times I was there it was just fine. The only real draw back I saw to this place, if you want to call it that, is the limited and pretty ordinairy food selection. The artisinal cheese plate was pretty average, and based on the buffalo wings I had there, one would have to conclude they don't know how to make them very well in Minnesota (mediocre blue cheese dressing, very uninspiring buffalo sauce). Nevertheless, I really liked the vibe of this place and would visit it on a pretty regular basis if I lived in Minn/St. Paul. Beer-wise, there's no doubt this place was the hi-light of my trip to Minnesota. What a great place!
06-15-2006 00:07:12 | More by johnmichaelsen
4.55/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Oh, Muddy Pig, how I love this place. Parking can get a little sparce, but better than trying to find a place downtown. I've actually never been there during the summer, so can't say anything about the neat little patio seating area. But the bar and seating area has a pretty good atmosphere. Not spectacular, but still pretty good. Quality of beers is bar none. So many Belgians, and other beers from around the world, and the tap beer selection is pretty great. I wish there were more taps, but hey, what is it, 12 or so? Not so bad. Service is really good, extremely knowledgable. Thats the thing I like most about beer bars, that they know about all the beers they serve, and recommend them with meals that they also know well. I havne't had too much food from there, but what I've had is usually really good, though pretty pricey. Overall experience, everytime, has been very high. A great place to go with friends and spoil your palate.
01-23-2006 01:47:10 | More by objectivemonkey
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
On the way home from a good time at a friend's 40th birthday party, I decided to stop at the The Muddy Pig on the way home from Stillwater. Leinenkugel Honey Weiss was the strongest beer at the party, and while a well done and freshly served brew, I was in the mood to score a new beer for my list. And, finish reading a poetry book based on film noir in a lowly lit corner of bar that looks like the opening to scene twoappropriate, I thought.
Checking over my beer list, Ive had over twenty new beers at the pig over the last two years. Highlights include bottles of Boon Gueze and Fantome Saison, and drafts of Abbaye des Rocs and Bosteels Triple Karmeliet. Also shared a couple bottles of Deus with friends while playing cribbage. Good beer memories. Their standing and rotating selection are great, even a throw away Miller Lite tap for the friend who cant swallow Stella Artois or Old Speckled Hen. It get a new beer every time I walk in. I never minded the usual $20 to $30 bar billit was worth it to drink this well with friends at a bar that does beer right.
The food is also far above normal pub fare. Walnut Encrusted Walleye and Three Garlic Pasta are my favorites, along with the Artichoke Dip for an appetizer. Ive never been disappointed. The Muddy Pig also hosted one of the best times Ive ever had out with friends, four couples and a whole night of drinking with dinner. We were even fine with the $300 tab for our merry group because it was such a good night, though was havent returned(waitits foreshadowing).
Which is why I returned last night after a seven month hiatus, and chose a politically incorrect holiday beerHebrew Jewbelation 5776 on tap from Schmaltz Brewing Co. While the beer was well served in a tulip glass by the always attentive waiter, the thick haze completely masked the beers smell, and much of its taste consequently. For those not up on politics in the land of 10,000 lakes, much of the Twin Cities is now smoke freeexcept bars in Ramsey county that can get an exemption if alcohol sales are more than 50% of revenue. In spite of The Muddy Pigs excellent selection and handling of beer, my friends and wife, refuse on principle to go with me because it is the only restaurant we frequent that still allows smoking. It seems that the tragically hip Friday night clientele even usurped what used to be the nonsmoking rear of the bar: several were lit up near my smoke allergic body (feels like spiders crawling slowly).
Im willing to pay for good beer. Very willing. Im even willing to brave thousands of invisible creepy crawlies, and having to shower and do laundry when I get home for good beer. Maybe too willing. At $7 plus tip for a single draft of beer that was ruined by the late night stench, Im not getting the experience I paid for. I dont think I will return soonespecially since my drinking companions prefer other smokeless brewpubs in town.
I miss The Muddy Pig. And, I gave it a shot. When it comes to good beer, Im weak and will probably go back again, maybe in the middle of the afternoon on a Tuesday when Im off next summer, before the days cloud is too dense. If youre a smoker, please keep this really fine bar open until we drink uninhibited by second hand smoke like Los Angeles and New York. I want to go back to the pig, hold a world class beer lightly by the glass stem in one hand, and put down my book as I greet friends with a laugh and a smile.
10-16-2005 04:36:11 | More by FightingEntropy
4.45/5 rDev +4.2%
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 | More by feloniousmonk
4.45/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
The is what a beer bar needs to be. It's all "corner pub" feel, if somewhat eclectified. Not a big place, low lit, and full of various beer paraphenalia. But Saison DuPont signs replace the more typically seen Bud neons. Tables form the periphery, around the showcase central bar. Plenty of wood, and it's not too clean, but it doesn't have to be..in fact, it is not supposed to be. That would ruin everything.
The beer list is the thing. I've forgotten exact numbers, but there is a shitload, and all of it is well chosen. From, oh, say, 20ish Belgians (with big ringers in Dupont and des Rocs Grand Cru), along with other notables like Prima Pils (draught, and excellent), Youngs Chocolate, Fullers ESB, several Summit's. Memory starts to fade, but there is enough to keep a person's interest night after night, for a lifetime.
And I haven't even mentioned the bottled offerings yet. Even more to choose from, higher priced, but if the mood hits for a Unibroue Anniversary, or a De Dolle Dulle Teve (or about 40 others), they've got you covered.
Service was prompt, thorough, attentive, and fairly knowledgable.
I got a burger here, and it was absolutely tasty. But this place is really about the beer. You get what you pay for, most pints are $5 and up ($7+ for Belgians), and the 750mL are upwards of $15.
Highly, highly recommended.
08-15-2005 19:56:03 | More by cokes
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Its all about selection at the muddy pig. If you want a guiness or anything trendy enough to be found elsewhere, don't go, cause if you do, you will be paying for me to be able to chose between a host of belgian ales or german lagers. And pay we all will. This is not the right place to get yourself plastered. This was where my friends took me on my 21st. I have to say that getting my first legal beer buzz off of Chimays at the muddy pig at my friends expense was about the best treatment a guy can expect from his friends. The food is a little pricey and not exactly what you'd expect, but it is good. I'm pretty sure that it is exempt from the new smoking ban, so if you're in the area, and are looking for an entire page of beer choices so that you can match the exact right beer to your cupido cigar, you've gotta stop here.
05-24-2005 18:13:34 | More by ThisOnesOnMe
4.53/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
This is my "local", so my review may be slightly prejudicial in favor, but there is a lot to be favorable about. Like many bars in the area, this establishment is in an older building. There is a c-shaped bar, surrounded by comfortable booths lining the walls. There is a non-smoking room and a tiny outdoor patio. The service is capable and friendly, and the staff is knowledgeable. The food is a cut above the average for pub fare and is inexpensive and filling.
Now for the beers. They have 20 draft lines, only one of which is a watered down macro. The other 19 taps are divided among American craft brews(Summit, Bells, Sierra Nevada, and others), Belgian, British, Gerrman, and other beers. Better still, instead of imports(Bass, Guiness)one can find anywhere else, they have, for example, Young's London Ale on draft. On a recent visit I was able to follow draft Bells Double Cream Stout with Summit Oatmeal Stout and conclude with Young's Double Chocolate Stout(both nitro draft). Yum!
Their bottle selection is equally eclectic. Besides the usual macro swill, they have a large selection of Belgian brews, as well as other craft and imported beers. They rotate in new bottled beers every couple of weeks. Current selections include Skullsplitter and Red MacGregor Ales.
All in all this is a fine place to either try something new or to sip a pint of an old favorite. For beer aficionados, it is a must-visit destination in the Twin Cities.
11-26-2004 20:06:26 | More by edbeered
4.13/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
Once you walk in the door you enter the bar area which is pretty big. Lots of room around the c-shaped bar, more table seating at the windows to look out onto Dale St. Where there isn't windows are tall dark green padded booth seating. Spacious, industrial warehouse look with deep red walls, simple and aged, tattered wood paneling and beams highlight the place well. Decorated with lots of pig related items and the usually beer, wine, and scotch accompanying wall and shelf spaces. Has a very small outdoor seating area with a wooden blue fench around it. There's a dining area separated up a step from the bar area with half booth and half tall chair seating. Service was fine, friendly, informative, changed the TV channel for me so I could watch the Wild game while I ate and had my La Trappe Dubble(served in proper glassware). Food menu seemed a little scarce for lunch, but I believe the dinner menu is a step up. Surprising selection for such a small corner bar. With 28 Belgian Style beers to choose from, bottled, Unibroue well represented- about a dozen microbrew goodies with Bell's, Rogue, Victory, Sprecher, Anchor, and of course Summit. Imports are about a dozen choices as well with Old Suffolk, Speckled Hen, Sam Smith's, Weihenstephaner, and Dorothy Goodbody among the top notchers, usual suspects Heiny, New Castle, Warsteiner, Harp, and Bass. Only 7 or 8 taps to choose from with a few Summit brews, Sierra Nevada(Celebration), Two-hearted, Guiness, Leinie's, and Miler lite. They also list specail seasonal choices which included a few of the Winter brews available around MN and even Bell's Batch 6000 for $6 a glass. No real diappointment with the burger and chips, plain and ordinary pub grub. Looking forward to heading here for dinner to see the difference in menus. But this place has a great selection compared to any other bars here in St. Paul. A place I may just frequent when not heading to the liquor store. Very spendy though.
11-28-2003 20:41:39 | More by tavernjef
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The Muddy Pig in Saint Paul, MN
94 out of 100 based on 55 user ratings.