Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came…
We all know the theme song from “Cheers,” right? Hayes’ Public House in Buffalo, MN will give you that same feeling. In fact, they claim so right on their website:
…a gathering place for all walks of life looking to enjoy good conversation, a pint of craft beer and the occasional live music all housed in our cozy pub.
Right next to Buffalo Lake, Hayes’ is the pinnacle of an authentic Irish pub. After chatting with several regulars, we learned that the owner, Pugs, spent time in Ireland to research and absorb the pub culture in order to give the customer the “feel of Ireland.” Adam and I picked up on that the second we stepped in the door. The decor, including numerous musical instruments 😍, and furniture are fantastically Irish. Look for yourself!
Cozy and deliciously Irish, am I right?
The hospitality and overall friendliness of the patrons attributes to the authentic Irish vibe as well.
We wanted to create a feel of Ireland’s pub culture from the décor, music, and most importantly the hospitality. From the chairs, church pews, and stain on the woods, everything was picked to give the customer a feel of Ireland.
Adam and I happened to visit on a Wednesday, and we soon found out Wednesdays mean live music. Several men and women crowded around one of the tables with guitars, a banjo and accordion and started jamming. Pugs, himself, grabbed the string bass sitting against the pub wall and joined in! It was the most delightful thing. True Irish magic! I was in heaven. We are planning to visit another Wednesday so I can join in with my fiddle. 🎻
Onto the beer!
Hayes’ motto is “Inspired Old Ales” which means they brew mostly “traditional British ales, with added twists.” We each enjoyed a flight, as to taste almost all of the ales on tap. We thoroughly enjoyed every beer we tried but the standouts were : Clíodhna the Goddess Apple Ale and Bairín Breac. The apple ale was the perfect balance of the sweetness of apples/ spices and the bite of hops and malty goodness. I learned later in the evening that upon request you can get the apple ale mixed with others on tap. I tried it with Hartfiel’s Smoked Export and WOW was it delicious! Think apples and BACON. It was seriously so good. Bairin Breac is another gem of an ale. With tastes of raisins, spices and bread, this dark ale is the perfect addition to any holiday gathering. We learned that they actually include homemade bread in the brew!
Another notable feature of Hayes’ tap list– many of the beers are named after the owner and brewer’s family and friends. So unique.
Adam and I were lucky enough to try a bottle of Daiker’s Wee Heavy Scotch Ale. A dark ale that’s incredibly smooth with malty and sweet notes. It’s one of the best ales we have had. This beer isn’t on tap, so make sure you grab a bottle or two to bring home!
Hayes’ is the most unique, warm and welcoming brewery we’ve visited yet. We cannot wait to go back to enjoy some excellent ales and experience Ireland all over again. 🇮🇪
Here’s our full review (categories are rated out of five 🍺):
- Beer Selection (number and styles available): 🍺🍺🍺🍺
- Beer Taste (expected of style): 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
- Location (find-ability/ accessibility): 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
- Atmosphere/Venue: 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
- Service (of staff): 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
Other noteworthy factors: Authentic Irish setting, delicious ales, fantastic staff and patrons, picturesque location, live music on Wednesdays.