District Warehouse

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Now a part of Minneapolis' downtown nightlife, the District Warehouse offers a brewpub look and feel inside its end of a nightclub bar. Occupying the left side of Rosen's Bar & Grill, the brewpub features a highly visible copper Bohemian brewing system at the end of the bar. The warehouse look sets the mood; casual and comfortable. The mirrored bar hosts ten tap towers with four of them pushing mega beers. No bottled beers are carried. On the light wood floor stand tall dark wood tables and chairs. Around the room hang framed black & white prints of celebrities such as John Belushi and Jerry Garcia. At the far end of the room overhead grain sacks peer down on the six foot DJ control system for the track lighting and disco ball. While no stage is visible during the day, one appears through a transformation at the magic hour. Pooltables, pinball, electronic darts and dining tables are slid around to make room for the dance crowd.

The menu is a pleasant surprise for both its quantity and quality. Standard looking upon first glance: Appetizers $4 to $8; Soup & salad $3 to $7; Burgers $5 to $6; Wraps $7; Sandwiches $5 to $7; Pastas $2 to $9; Pizzas $7 to $8; Stir Fry $7 to $9; and Entrees of Pork, Chicken or Ribeye $10 to $11. The pastas and salads offer great flavors while the artichoke dip appetizer could feed a family of four. All portions coming from the backroom kitchen appear generous. A beer sampler of five four-ounce tasters runs $4.50 while pints are $3.75. The Blonde is a clear gold with a thick white head with a very light malty flavor matched to a light body. The IPA appears a hazy dark amber with a smooth mouthfeel, slightly sweet malty flavor along with a slight hoppy bitterness. The HoneyWeizen is a hazy gold with a very light body and slightl clove flavor. The Amber is a clear dark amber with a rich malty flavor, light body and clean dry finish. The Oktoberfest is an opaque brown with a medium body, malty sweet flavor and dry malty finish. The Stout offers a thick creamy brown head over its light body with a smooth mouthfeel, creamy dry chocolaty flavor, and slight hint of toasted coffee in the finish.

Although Rosen's has been around since 1991 the brewpub addition dates to only 1996. The night-time crowd is pretty evenly split between men and women with the women looking "dressed to kill." Forget hunting for parking downtown. Use the municipal parking garage around 3rd Ave. and 5th St. and consider it $6 well spent. This will leave more time to enjoy the food, beer and atmosphere at the District Warehouse.

The District Warehouse
1st Ave. & 5th St.
Minneapolis, MN

Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - October, 1998

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