Wicked Wort Brewing Company in Robbinsdale, MN is like the quiet kid in your junior high class who keeps to himself, flying safely under the radar until unexpectedly auditioning for the school-wide talent show and showing everyone up with a solo dance performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” step-for-step, forevermore memorializing himself as a celebrity.
We’d heard small talk about Wicked Wort but didn’t know much more than where it was located. On a whim, we found ourselves walking in on a blisteringly cold evening the day after Christmas.
As fate would have it, we’d just walked into one of our greatest finds of 2017.
Downtown Robbinsdale is quaint and endearing, and before we’d even parked we were planning another visit soon during daytime hours to visit the local restaurants and boutiques. Walking into the brewery itself, we immediately felt at home. The taproom had an oddly kitschy feel we couldn’t quite place — “eccentric” was the word that came to mind — with the cushioned booths of an old 40’s lounge, chandeliers of a stately ballroom, wood accents of a lodge up north and wall-art of a grungy biker’s bar.
As it turns out, our initial impressions weren’t too far off.
The old TCF Bank was built in 1967. The Wicked Wort reconstructed a portion of this old bank into our taproom in 2015…The taproom also features two unique bars from the 1930’s & 40’s giving the space a speakeasy vibe.
While some taprooms can feel small and confined, Wicked Wort offers plenty of seating and space for foosball, table shuffleboard among other board games. Another neat feature is the way it reveals it’s multi-level complex; a large protected opening in the floor reveals the brewing space the floor below. Quite the unique floor plan!
Twelve beers on tap included IPAs and APA’s, Blonde, Brown and Mild Ales, a raspberry wheat, a double stout and a kolsch. We began with a flight of four — Indubitable Double Stout, D’s Nuts Imperial Pecan Brown Ale, Showgirl Raspberry Wheat and Big Deal Kolsch. ⬇️
We were pleased at how spot on the taste descriptions were. We could taste the pecan in the brown ale and the fresh raspberries in the raspberry wheat.
The stout was dark, rich and subtly boozy, very tasty. The pecan brown ale was unbelievably delicious — nutty, sweet and smooth, one of the best beers we’ve had all year and one of Adam’s Top 5. The Raspberry wheat was also exquisite — not at all sour as many fruity beers are, but smooth, drinkable and pleasantly true to raspberry flavor. The Kolsch was delectably dry and wheaty.
We followed our flight with a couple more samples of the Medieval English Dark Mild Ale and Pine Overcoat APA before settling on final rounds of the Pecan Brown Ale and Pine Overcoat — really phenomenal craft beers!
Overall, we can’t praise Wicked Wort Brewing Company enough. Our experience was highly positive and a great way to conclude the first calendar year of Ale Adventures. We’ll be eager to visit again soon!
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 notable factors: Dog friendly, free popcorn, additional kitchen food available, tours available, table shuffleboard and foosball tables, live music events
Adam & Katie, Ale Adventures