Here in Houston we used to have something similar to Granite City called Two Rows. For stupid political and financial reasons, we no longer have authentic brewpubs. But on a recent trip to MN I was able to enjoy something I really love. Fresh Beer and Great food. Granite City is a typical bar/restaurant with a large U shaped bar on one side with a great number of tables on the other. At the bar you get very good service from knowledgeable barstaff (and quick response times on drink orders, which is a huge plus). I opted for their beer sampler and wound up ordering a couple of pints of their Belgian style blonde. Very tasty. For dinner I had some fantastic ribs in a spicy blackberry sauce that really was delicious. My wife had the spicy shrimp tacos, and boy can I tell you were they spicy. She couldn't even finish one because of how insanely hot it was. For dessert, oh my. They had a special Maple Bacon Funnel Cake. It was as glorious as it sounds.
All in all, a very good place to get a drink and some great food. Well worth your time if you find yourself in St. Cloud.
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