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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery ]
2922 Lyndale Avenue South
phone: (612) 821-0101
(Place added by: Dogbrick)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Herkimer is an odd duck in the Twin Cities. Before Dave came on as the brewer a few years ago, they had a reputation for less-than-wonderful beer. I've got to admit that I wasn't all that impressed, either. Despite the reputation that precedes them, they've made some solid improvements in the last few years, even taking a gold medal at GABF for their Kellerbier (Unfiltered Pils). I've gone from being unimpressed to enjoying their beer over the course of the past couple of years. The Herkimer is populated with large, deep booths, a large oblong bar and a variety of tables. The walls are decorated with vintage-style posters advertising their beer... they hired a fairly talented designer to create all of the cool posters. The food is typically pretty good, with respectible portions. I had tacos a few months back and they were fairly bland, but their sandwiches are usually quite good. Service is average to good, depending on the staff. I've never been disappointed, but I'm not usually wowed, either. I think their beer is actually pretty good. I think the fact that their beers are all traditional German styles sometimes throw people for a loop. While others in town are rolling out hoppy IPAs and high gravity monsters in addition to their everyday beers, The Herkimer is taking on more subtle beers like Kolschs, Alts and Schwartzbiers. Given the styles, I think they do a nice job, and their Kolsch is probably one of the best that I've had in the Twin Cities. Overall an underrated place that has only gotten better over the past few years.
02-20-2007 06:44:00 |
More by bucko
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I stopped by here to meet some friends for lunch during our limited vacation to MN in the summer of 06. Parking was easy as there was plenty of residential spots open a block away. As we approached the building, we passed through the outdoor seating and went inside to grab an air-conditioned booth.
The building had a strange swimming pool feel to it. The first thing that triggered this sensation was the powerful chlorine smell that over came us. Im guessing something just got a thorough cleaning. Then, I noticed that the pillars that held the roof up were covered with aqua tiles. Déjà Vu then set in when I saw the rows of windows along the left side of the building that overlooked the stainless brewing tanks that reminded me of the parents observation room from my swimming career at the Duluth YMCA. Weird. Beside this, the booths were slightly elevated and the bar had a very open feel to it. I can imagine that this place would be an all right late night weekend stop without much of a crowd. Over all, I got a good feeling from this place.
The food here was rather original for pub fare. The girlfriend and I split appetizers of nachos and sweet potato fries, which were above and beyond the standard. Our dining companions ordered these cute mini burgers and veggie burgers along with a warm pretzel. Their miniature sandwiches looked great and they said the loved them. One more thing to add was that all of the foods came with non-traditional dipping sauce, like chipotle mayo and an atypical mustard. Sure beats the standard American Gourmet Sauce (Ketchup).
Our server was a little too chatty for his own good. He did his job well, but came across a little intrusive.
For the beer, I ordered the Hefe and I got two. I asked whats going on here and I was told it was two for one right now, so I got to drink two beers for lunch! Their Hefe was stellar. It was one of the best Hefeweitzens I have had in America. It was just spot on for style. Id like to try more of their offerings, but looking at other reviews, that may not be the best idea. I think I got lucky, but it was delicious none-the-less. Over all, there was about seven or so brews on tap to choose from.
I liked this place a lot. Their food was original and their Hefe was delicious. Ill be back for sure. Some day.
07-17-2006 18:14:06 |
More by DarkerTheBetter
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $
Living just a few blocks from Herkimer, I have frequented it on more than a few occasions. Located in the trendy, Uptown neighborhood, it has the look and feel of being a great brewpub, don't get me wrong, it's not bad, it's just....lacking.
The brewing equipment is right up front and on my latest visit, one of the brewers was inside checking on the operation. The pub itself is small compared to many other Twin Cities locations (Town Hall, Great Waters), but lends itself to the retro vibe going on inside.
The server was fast and friendly, but rather unknowledgable about the beers. The bartender was equally so. I think the only person that knows alot about them is the head brewer and he was out as well.
The menu was small, for both beers and food. The food was excellent, however. I had a BLT and was very impressed with the preparation. My girlfriend had the Strawberry salad, which I tried, it was also very good.
As for the beers, all they serve are lagers, which is fine if you're in the mood. I had the Maibock and it wasn't the best. It also felt...lacking. Little to no aroma. Flavor left some to be desired. The Pils tasted watered down.
These are the beers on tap: Handy's Lager, Daily Pils, Maibock, Alt, Red Flyer Marzen, High Point Dunkel.
They also have a 2 for 1 happy hour from 3-6 M-F. That's when I'd plan to come here, you can try the beers for themselves for a good price.
Overall, the Herkimer is decent if you want some fresh beer in a good atmosphere. If you want great beer, I'd look elsewhere.
05-19-2006 15:13:54 |
More by MeLikeBeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I finally made it to the Herkimer and I liked it better than I thought I would. Noce location but not crowded on my visit. The brewing operation is up front upon entry and I like the central bar in the space. The bar is topped in stainless, I like that better than solid surface of a place like Great Water, less than good old wood. The bartender was friendly and fairly knowledgeable, but he couldn't give me many details about the brewer or the brewing history here. There is an interesting loyalty to lagering here, I kind of admire that though the beers (At least the Daily Pils) did not strike me as having a lot of depth. Still, I would recommend this place as second tier type place for those who have some time to spend in the Twin Cities and are going to be in Uptown, Minneapolis anyways.
02-20-2006 00:41:10 |
More by ADR
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I have been in here three or so times. The place is a little different than the other brewpubs in the area in my opinion. They have some seating out front, which is nice if you don't mind the street noise. Since they are in Uptown though, the people watching is usually interesting.
Small brewing area right up front as you come in that is behind glass. Rather larger bar with a stainless steel top. I prefer wood. Service is very attentive. Free jukebox to boot. They have four or five of their beers on tap. They make small batches, so the selection changes frequently. It hasn't been very busy any of the times I have been in here so it is quiet. There beers have a german flair, and the ones I have had have only been ok. THis is a nice change of pace place to go on occasion.
01-17-2006 18:42:49 |
More by corporatejim
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
If Bryant-Lake Bowl was a throwback to the 1950's as described in a separate BeerFly review, then this place exists somewhere between the 1920's and 1940's. It just feels like an old neighborhood joint must have felt from that era. It doesn't hurt that the advertising tries to evoke this ame feeling, but more on that shortly.
As soon as you enter, you are faced with an oval bar that dominates the center of the room. Above it are a series of pseudo-vintage beer trays, advertising the house beers, which surround the perimeter of the bar. Off to the left are the brewhouse and fermentation tanks, along the wall and behind glass.
The really eye-catching aspect of this establishment are the posters for the house beers. The artist has managed to make homages to vintage advertising, which are totally inspired, as far as I am concerned. They are all very memorable, but none more so than the one for their Oktoberfest. The young lady who is depicted is clearly panties-free. Yow!
My friends and I indulged in a free game of shuffleboard, with the table in the rear of the pub, opposite the bar, on the left hand side. This was very cool, as was the "Hectolitre Meter", which seems to be keeping track of their annual production and reminiscent of the "Keg Counter" at The Drafting Room.
Our waitress was very friendly and kept us in beer as long as we wanted without being overly intrusive or pushy. I just wish that even one of the beers could have been a bit more adventurous ... Ah well. It's a nice, kitchy little place and I'd certainly go back, if for no other reason than to drink the Pilsner and play some shuffleboard.
12-23-2005 04:05:43 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Went in on a snowy Saturday afternoon with my special lady. Nice location, fairly easy to find. Parking cost a whopping $.75. Nice large interior, a central bar with booths around the outside gave it a nice flow (over, say, Town Hall). Wait staff was OK, except when they messed up our food order, but no big deal.
The brewed beers were all german, about 50% ales and 50% lagers. They had a Light, a Pilsner, an Alt, a Marzen, a Weiss, and their biggest beer, a dopplebock. We had the alt and the dopplebock, both pretty good. We went during happy hour apparantley, so beers were 2-for-1, which was pretty good, they are standarly $4 a piece. Not a bad brewpub by any stretch of the imagniation, just doesn't have the quality or zest for different styles that Town Hall does.
12-18-2005 14:55:38 |
More by TastyTaste
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
I visited this place on a nice sunny afternoon in June. It was a great place to go... you can get a table out on the sidewalk and people watch but still have shade underneath the awning.
The brewers were very accomodating. One of them was working on a Saturday and he let me come into the brewery and have a look at their operation. The brewery was very clean and tidy.
I ordered a pint of the Pils and it was ok. Although it was well balanced, there was absolutely no head retention at all. Not even a trace.
The food was alright, although I wouldn't know entirely, because all I had was a basket of french fries.
At the time I was there, there were about half a dozen beers on tap. Overall, all of them were worth a try... they were clean and well-balanced. Definitely give it a go.
12-05-2004 05:04:41 |
More by Sixpoint
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
Came here during a four hour layover in the twin cities.
Pretty neat small place with lots of their beer paraphernalia around. Nice folks and nice decoration.
Beer was actually pretty good. The schwarzbeer was a little old tasting, but otherwise good. The others were dead on.
Service was excellent, except the waiter and I were calling the beers different things, so a little hit there.
Selection was OK. They seem to brew alot of beers, but only 1/3 were on tap. I would have liked to have tried the Alt and the Kolsch, but alas, no such luck.
Food was awesome. I had the Puerco sandwich, with some of the best shredded prk I've ever had the pleasure of consuming. Served with sweet potato fries, which I'd never had, but enjoyed thoroughly.
Nice place to visit for a travelling BA.
11-22-2004 07:00:14 |
More by nortmand
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Herkimer's is only a few blocks from Bryant Lake Bowl on Lyndale about a half block from Lake St. It has a center bar with spacious seating, lots of stools for the bar, some tables and booths. The brewing area behind some large windows and takes up a good chunk of space. Little to no decor, plain warehouse looking with track lighting, a jukebox in back that has great tunes to pick from and kept my toes a tappin'. Some sidewalk patio seating for nicer weather months. Very friendly service and pretty knowledgable about their beers. Atmosphere is tame but fun and relaxing. Food is OK, small menu, but everything is made fresh of a homemade quality with the emphasis on all natural ingredients - wholesome, fresh, that whole uptown thing. Who else would make blue corn, corn dogs? Beers are OK, most are lack luster but a few stick out above the rest with six beers always on-tap and two of those in a rotating cycle for the seasonals. The Daily Pils and the Toolers Weiss(hefe) were the ones that stood out for me. Not something to go out of the way for but if you happen to be in the area such as I was, and with the great friendly service I had, it made for a nice enjoyable afternoon.
08-30-2003 21:53:03 |
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