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Herkimer Pub & Brewery
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Active Beers: 31
Beer Ratings: 101
Beer Avg: 3.65
Taps: - / Bottles: -
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery ]
2922 Lyndale Avenue South
phone: (612) 821-0101
(Place added by: Dogbrick)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
My girlfriend and I stopped by Herkimer at about noonish after visiting the Walker Art Center. Parking was easy to spot, but hard to get to on behalf of road construction. Once inside the place is fairly inviting. I liked how all the brewing equipment is very visable, and I liked the tiled pillars. I also liked the tinned roof that only covered a small section directly over the bar, which was odd but interesting. The servicer was excellent (I think his name was Eric): very attentive, very friendly, and knowledgeable about the beers. The food was pretty good, but standard pub fare. I was a little disappointed to find out that the lunch menu is a lot smaller than the dinner menu which is on their website. The citrus chicken club I had was good, and paired very well with the Berliner Weisse I was drinking with it. My girlfriend insisted that her burger was the best she had had in a long time, and was way better than my meal. I was very impressed with the beer. I have read a lot of mixed reviews on this site about the beer at Herkimer, but I really enjoyed the two beers I tried. They only do German style beers, which I like and dislike. I lived in Germany for over three years, and learned to love beer there. I was also frustrated with the lack of creativity in the German brewing scene. While I do think that they are handcuffing themselves from a creative standpoint, I do like how they are at least venturing into some obscure styles of German beer. The first beer I had was there Sky Pilot Kellerbier, which one them a gold medal at the 2006 GABF. It was incredible, enough noble hops to create a meriad of flavor and enough malt to keep me from calling it hoppy. The second beer I ordered was their Berliner Weisse. To my astonishment, when the server brought it out he brought two 10oz goblits, with two shot glasses (one for woodruff syrup, and one for raspberry). I had had Beliner Weisse before, but with out the syrup. Herkimer's Berliner tasted great on its own with a wonderful sour, tart, lactic taste to it. I liked it even more with the woodruff syrup which added some sweetness, but still let the sournees/tartness to come through. I thought the raspberry syrup made the beer a little too sweet, but it was still enjoyable. I ordered a growler of the Berliner Weisse and the server through in a couple plactic containers of the woodruff syrup for free. Overall, I was very impressed with Herkimer, and will certianly visit again as there were a lot more beer on the menu that I would like to try.
07-26-2007 17:19:23 |
More by KarlHungus
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: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This brewpub is a little different than what most BA;s are looking for, but worth a stop. They brew only German lagers and do a pretty good job of it. I happened upon their Gose, a fairly rare style of wheat beer, which was very tasty.
The service has been consistently good. The staff usually isn't the most enthusiastic group of folks, but they're friendly enough and do good work. I sat on the patio/former parking lot on my last visit, but inside is more comfortable in poor weather.
If you're hitting up all the area brewpubs, this is a good change of pace from Town Hall, Barley John's, and Great Waters.
06-06-2007 05:34:25 |
More by tempest
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
If you fight through the road construction and the lack of parking you will find a nice brewpub. I guess everyone parks, as I did, in the VFW parking lot and risk being towed. I visited during a weekday afternoon so the place was completely dead. There is seating in front of the pub but I wouldn't think that was very attractive considering the street traffic and heavy construction vehicles surrounding you. Inside is a quiet and clean pub. The brewing equipment sits off in one corner while tables sit along the walls surrounding the huge bar. The floor is unfinished concrete which I found slightly amusing. Service was good and friendly.
I think 6 of their beers are on tap. I had a Keller and a Kolsh. Both were delicious and priced at $4.50 a pint. The food was good but the meun seemed a bit limited. Still there should be something that you will find appetizing. I think this is an underappreciated brewpub in the Twin Cities.
05-15-2008 23:17:09 |
More by morimech
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We walked into the Herk for lunch and the place wasn't to busy. It's a nice setup with a bar in the middle of the room that seats patrons all around. To the left of the bar (from the door), are big glass windows displaying the brew equipment. Our Bartender, I don't remember her name, was very polite, attentive, and took good care of us. I ordered the Mac and cheese with ham which was very good and also had their Alt and the Kellerbier, both of which were pretty good. It looks as if they have 5 beers on at a time. I would have liked to see something a little different on tap, but this was pretty good, anyway. Lastly, the music at the Herk is pretty enjoyable.
01-11-2009 19:34:49 |
More by Greggy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This brewpub is populated with the typical uptown crowd and music (and it's right next to the VFW if you happen to be in the mood for some karaoke). One thing I really like is the vintage style posters they have for their beer all over the walls. In addition the service has always been good.
The first time I came here it was about 1am and I had been at drinking at the Minnesota Irish Fair all day. It was a very hot day, then it rained, hard, while I was at said fair, which didn't seem to stop my drinking or enjoyment. Anyway, I was kind of tired and Herkimer was out of their beers taps that I wanted to try, namely the schwarzbier and and the dunkel. What they did have was their Daily Pils and Dortmunder Gold, both of which I though were sub par. Needless to say I was disappointed but I thought that since it was my neighborhood brewpub I should give them a second chance.
I did give them a second chance and I have returned several times since. Upon my return trips they have yet to be out of any beers and I have enjoyed the ones I have tried, the schwarz, alt, bock, dopplebock and dunkel are all quite tasty.
02-27-2008 19:15:29 |
More by LeonTrotsky
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in to the Herkimer for an early supper. We found the pub to be cozy with the bar in the center, booths on one side, tables and a view of the brewing equipment on the other.
For beer I had the Alt and found it to be very tasty; the SO had the Gose which she enjoyed quite a bit.
Service was friendly and quick. The waitress really knew her stuff, quick with commercial equivalents when the SO asked about different beers.
Six beers were available, this was the one area we may have wished for more. We also were a bit disappointed at the lack of a sampler.
Food was also good. We had the Puerco and Crab Cake sandwiches, each with sweet potato fries.
Prices were reasonable for the Twin Cities metro area. After such a positive visit, we will be stopping at the Herkimer again and understand why we found a line extending out the door driving by a couple of times before.
09-07-2008 02:23:04 |
More by slyke
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Walking in, this place looks like (surprise!) a brewpub: large glass walls partition off and highlight the fermenters, large rectangular bar in the middle, and seating along the sides. Furnishings were largely modern, with retro-style decorations featuring their beer offerings.
Speaking of beer offerings, what I like about this place is the list of brews consists of all German lagers. Pretty different than your standard ale-centric brewpub. So, I was pleased to take down a couple tasty brews (and share/sample my friends' choices) with dinner. Beers were of an above-average quality. There were 5 brews on tap at the time, with a total beer list as shown on this site.
Everyone's food was good. The menu was pretty typical nice bar food of burgers, salads, sandwiches, and a couple entree selections. I knocked down the food score because I thought there should be more German food on the menu!
The service was helpful, and our waiter had a surface-level knowledge of the beers (that is, color and a few descriptors). At times, service was a bit slow, but we didn't mind.
I look forward to continuing to visit this brewpub more frequently and doing a few ratings of their tasty brews.
01-09-2009 20:51:45 |
More by CHSLBrew
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Since we were already on Lyndale, we decided to stop in at The Herkimer Pub & Brewery. It isn't highlighted on BA, and several of the people we talked to about beer talked about it as an afterthought. We're not big lager fans, but we decided to try it anyway.
Considering the style, it was not that bad! We started with their two GABF gold winners - Sky Pilot Keller Bier and Alt Bier - which were both pretty good. I really enjoy Kellerbier, simply because it is so unique, and C enjoyed the Alt because it did carry a nice hoppiness with it.
By the time we ordered the next beer, it was happy hour, which is 2 for 1, so even though we didn't intend to, when I ordered a High Point Dunkle, we were served up two pints.
Herkimer had free Wi-Fi, so that gave us a reason to linger and enjoy the additional pint. The Dunkle was lightly smoked and a beautiful dark color, almost like a light porter.
Herkimer really is a worthy stop if you find yourself on that edge of town. I wish they had a few more beer style selections but overall not a bad place.
04-01-2008 12:20:20 |
More by Deuane
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 |
More by tavernjef
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