Along Hiawatha Ave is a billboard for a new-to-me multitap called The Rail Station, so decided to check it out when I had some time before One Voice's performance at the Harmony in the Park concert at Minnehaha Park.
|Lucette's Slow Hand Stout|
I found several brews to add to the database, but only had time for two. Started with Lucette's Slow Hand, an American Stout. Super smooth with a light roast, it was nice on a hot afternoon. For the second pint, I tried Brau Brothers Sheep Head from Lucan, MN. According to the Brau website, Sheep Head is a style splitting malty IPA, which was good enough that I have to try it again some time.
For dinner, I ordered the quesadilla from the appetizer menu. Not many veggie options plus the servings of dishes going by seemed large. The service was fantastic, friendly and very fast. Since I was in a hurry to make the concert, attentive service was appreciated today. Dinner was basic but fresh and good.
The Rail Station has a nice tap list of 40 beers (according to the billboard) with a representation of macro beers to light craft with Surly Furious being the far end of the spectrum. Not a bar to make the beer geek drool, but boundary pushing for the clientele. Looking around the TV laden bar, many of the customers in the happy hour/after work crowd were drinking mixed drinks or macro specials in a bottle.
But a significant portion of us were drinking craft. Beers were well served, clearly very fresh and the beer clean glasses that left a lace. There's always the fear that an out of the way multi-tap isn't serving enough to maintain freshness, but, from my short experience, there's nothing to complain about here.
Plus, I really like the concentration on Minnesota craft brews.
Great local bar that I enjoyed and made me want to live in the neighborhood. While it's not a destination bar for the beer geek from out of town, I would encourage anyone to try The Rail Station if you find yourself in the Longfellow neighborhood.