True beer lovers take note: this is not the place for you! I always think that a true beer lover is not someone who would go to a place to drink a plain domestic, like Budweiser or Miller Lite. Don’t get me wrong, both of those choices are alright, but someone who really, really likes their beer would maybe go for something craftier than that. Needless to say, I was very disappointed in what 3 Monkey’s Pub and Grub had to offer.
It had seemed promising from the beginning. It had a funky name, and the place looked cool enough. Decorated in a nice green color, it had monkeys hanging from the ceiling and every which way. There were a lot of great TV sets, and a lot of room to spare. It seemed like a hip place to grab a really cool brew. But their tap list was pretty short, and they didn’t offer much that was interesting. Of course, they had Summit. You can hardly have a bar in the Twin Cities without finding Summit there. But the rest of the taps were Miller Lite, Michelob Golden Light, and Budweiser. So I looked to the bottle list, and was disappointed once again. All boring domestics. It seemed pretty generic to me. There are a few things that I saw that I don’t mind drinking now and again, such as Heineken. And I did appreciate that they had Red Stripe. But that was about it.
I did manage to find two brews that I really enjoyed, and those were both Goose Island. Goose Island is like the Summit of the Chicago area, and it is also popular in Minnesota. The Goose Island Honker’s Ale was very excellent: it had a good taste, and it was an easy drinking brew with a very tiny coffee flavor. I also tried the 312 Urban Wheat Ale, another easy drinking brew which was also very delicious. I had never really had much of Goose Island before, so I was happy with that, but it was one of the few things I was happy with at the 3 Monkey’s.
3 Monkey's Pub and Grub is at 1410 Nicollet Ave South in Minneapolis.