|The Herkimer, Uptown's premier brewpub.|
2922 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis
Hours & Details:
Everyday 3-6 p.m.:
2 for 1 on beer, wells, and wine
Sunday-Thursday 10 p.m.-1 a.m.:
$3.50 beer, wells, and wine
Everyday 3-6 p.m.
Sunday-Thursday 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
$1, $2. and $3 select appetizers.
is one of the classic places in Uptown that can sometimes get so busy you often write it off just to avoid the crowd. After our recent visit we'll never make that mistake again -- we'll just plan our timing a little better.
Venue: Herkimer is a small brewpub just off the Lyn-Lake intersection in Minneapolis. The pub can be crowded, especially in summer, but if you swing through later in the evening, particularly during the week, it's a lot more manageable, if not actually comfortable. In our humble opinion, the happy hour at Herkimer could easily be up for a "Best of" nomination.
The drink specials are good, but the beer specials are where it's at. Herkimer's featured house-brewed beers run $3.50 a pint. For a cold pint of well-crafted beer, that's a pretty solid deal. We ordered the Kolsch and the KLA. The Kolsch was light and crisp, while the KLA had more of a hoppy, malty flavor. Both beers were good, and we're looking forward to a return visit to discover more.
|The basket of veggies: because sometimes you just need something fresh|
The food at Herkimer is actually what we were most impressed with. It's good, for sure, but the portion sizes you get on its $1, $2, and $3 plates were borderline unbelievable. We started off by ordering the $1 chicken wings. It came with just two wings per order, which isn't bad. It's nice if you're not that hungry and want to complement them with something lighter, like the vegetable basket, which we also ordered.
We were surprised at this size of this $2 appetizer. It seemed to be about a pound of veggies--the standard veggie tray assortment of broccoli, carrots, and celery, plus cucumbers and radishes.
|Warm pub pretzels. So. Good.|
The best deal of the night were Herkimer's pub pretzels. At $3 an order you get four large, soft, chewy, salty pretzels. They're better than any normal ballpark pretzel you're used to. Served with a side of sweet and spicy mustard and a cup of cheese (we could do without the cheese), these pretzels are not to be trifled with.
Verdict: The beer at Herkimer is great, and the food is really good. Some of the prices on its happy hour seem almost too good to be true. The only downfall to Herkimer is that it often gets extremely busy, but once you've been you'll understand why. Overall, Herkimer is definitely a place to put on your happy hour radar.
2922 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN