Herkimer Pub & Brewery
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2.35/5 rDev -34.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $
this place is good but i cant recommend it to any one who expects service. this along with other hippie/ yuppie bars in uptown have some of the worst servers on the planet. they stick in a corner or on the side of the bar talking amongst staff and other close friends/patrons?. i think you can get better service if you ask more aggressively but i don't like to have to hound a bar tender to do their job. the beer was good once, i had the alt beer and the bock, thought they were excellent. but the most recent trip to Herkimer was more disappointing yet. after troubling the bartender for an alt beer i take my first taste and discover that the lines were filthy or something because it just tasted like sugary syrup and was disgusting. since i don't live by it any more i don't think i will ever go back. p.s. if you do live by it and you can choke down grungy beer from the uptown staff they do have a good happy hour, not sure about food though since it was never offered to me and i didn't want to bother the kitchen staff at the end of the bar.
03-15-2009 07:36:21 | More by BLACKOUT0213
2.99/5 rDev -17.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Abit disappointing, as I really was not sure what I was expecting. But then it was my first excursion into the Uptown area. Okay selection of beers with 6 on tap, all German style lagers. Food looked good, especially the burgers. Service was mediocre, as the servers seemed to be focused on each other and not with service. Redeeming factor was the 2 for 1, which compensated for the lack of service. I'd go back but wouldn't make this a regular hangout. Schwartz beer was my favorite. Crowd was a mix of regular folk and the eclectic. Be interesting to see what the clientle is comprised of later in the evening.
12-17-2009 02:12:30 | More by Seahorse
3.03/5 rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I was in the Twin Cities area for October and visited on a Monday evening, during Monday Night Football. There were certainly people there, but hardly busy. Decor was basic - it seemed to be going for a bit of a simple classic vibe to me, but I wasn't there for the vibe, but rather to enjoy a few beers, so I took a seat at the bar.
When I got someone's attention, they showed me a beer list. The good news is that the beers are different from the standard american microbrews. They were generally German styles and mostly Lagers, although Alt is an ale. The printed descriptions were a bit helpful. Unfortunately the help didn't seem that interested in beer.
The beers themselves were decent. Not spectacular, but good. They also were not styles I have that much. Because they are a change of pace, I rate them a bit above average for selection.
I'm glad I went, but never felt like going back.
11-14-2011 02:18:29 | More by KC8LTL
3.23/5 rDev -10.5%
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
3.23/5 rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
I have been to the Herkimer a few times in the past year (4 or 5). I go there basically anytime I have company come to town as my first encounter was with my wife and kids and it is not a "kid friendly" establishment as there are no high chairs or booster seats. Let me just go ahead and say that is fine, but I wasn't expecting it. The service was terrific on my visits early in the day and if you sit at the bar but I felt a little forgotten at a table late night. I haven't been enough to know if that is normal. It is a younger crowd even though I am not that old. The shuffleboard games that go on are quite possibly the highlight. The food quality is alright, but that wouldn't be why you went there. The beers made me think that it was great place for people to cross over from drinking macro beers to microbrews as they are more mainstream and less risky than some microbreweries and brewpubs. It is a great place to hang out at night and just "have a few." I have read some others postings about parking and construction, but unless something changed since then I can usually turn up some legal parking despite the construction, but I am also willing to walk further than some. I have tried everything that has been offered on my stops to the Herkimer. I enjoyed the Berliner Weisse (White) and perhaps the novelty of it coming in three separate glasses helped propel it to the top. On other stops I hit the seasonal offering as I have notes on an Oktoberfest here and a kellerbier that wasn't present in my first couple visits. I don't go enough or often enough to know what the "regular" beers are, but I did pick up a stack of coasters that I am pretty sure gives me a hint. Go hang out with a buddy, you will like it.
07-11-2008 02:11:58 | More by Ragingbull
3.25/5 rDev -10%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
This place will not be remembered for its atmosphere by me. The inside is basically a large bar with very little decor. It's really a no frills place. The outside patio is fine, but their really isn't much to look at in terms of plants or surroundings. They do have two beanbag courts which give people something to do. They had five available beers. All german styles, but the darkest beer available was an alt. Would have been nice to have one bigger beer option. Service was average. A bit slow really, but not terrible. The beers I did try seemed to be on par for the styles. Some of the styles are pretty unique and were first for me. Tried some sweet potato fries which were phenomenal. Not a bad place, but it just wasn't a fit for me and I can't see myself going back.
09-12-2010 01:45:38 | More by jera1350
3.4/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
The Herkimer is one of a handful of restaurants in Lyn Lake and remains one of the few brewpubs in Minneapolis proper. Its focus on German-style beers sets it apart from the dime-in-a-dozen mold of American brewpubs, as any visitor is likely to encounter a style (gose, berliner weisse, dunkel, kellerbier) hardly ever seen at other breweries.
The atmosphere is neutral--lots of grays, blacks, and vintage-style posters advertising some of the house beers. There are large, cavernous booths along the perimeter of the bar, and the bar itself occupies the middle of the restaurant. There's a bit of sidewalk seating available as well.
They keep six beers on tap, and when I visited, only one of them was one of the 'year-round' offerings. Instead they had a dortmunder, kellerbier/zwickel, dunkel weiss, gose, alt, and munich dunkel. The gose was an interesting experiment-- somewhere between a wit and a berliner weisse according to the restaurant's description, though the salt flavors were a little overdone. I also sampled the kellerbier and the dunkel weiss; both were above average, if otherwise unmemorable.
Given the paucity of brewpub selections in Minneapolis (and only Minneapolis), the Herkimer is a must-visit stop by default. Overall, the German brews make for an interesting angle on the brewpub; I'd certainly go back for another visit.
08-19-2008 02:13:36 | More by benito
3.48/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
I have been to the Herkimer several times in the past, most recently this last weekend. It is located in trendy Uptown, so expect to be surrounded by a diverse crowd. Everyone from hipsters to older neighborhood residents and families can be found there during the afternoon.
Herkimer is a lager-intensive German brewpub, so it helps knowing beforehand that you are not going to get a DIPA hop-bomb when visiting the place. They do not offer guest beers either. The beers are good, but not great. My favorite is the Alt, but also have enjoyed the Marzen and the Kolsch as well. Bonus points for the 2-for-1 happy hour 7 days a week from 3-6PM; very nice on the budget. Decent service; not entirely that knowledgable about the beers, but pleasant and timely.
The food is mostly standard bar fare. Incredible homemade soft pretzels are worth a trip to this place by themselves.
Overall, a decent place to grab some beers. Not a lot bad to say about the place, but nothing that blows you away, either.
04-08-2009 18:36:14 | More by kbaker91
3.5/5 rDev -3%
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
3.54/5 rDev -1.9%
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
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Herkimer Pub & Brewery in Minneapolis, MN
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