The flight down here, on a brand-new little Embraer, was horrid. Minneapolis was having weather issues and held us on the ground in Vancouver, then we circled our destination for a half-hour. The pilot came on and said “Well, ladies and gentleman — uh, hold on” (a minute’s silence) “I was about to tell you that we’d been diverted to Duluth, but we just got clearance for Minnie”. He said it was a thousand-foot ceiling, but I think that was optimistic. Anyhow, I thought I’d stick my head out of the hotel and see about dinner and the ball game. Right across the street was the Town Hall Brewery, and I recommend it wholeheartedly. Lots of beers, but the first one tried, a seasonal Scottish Pale Ale (Scottish Pale Ale? Huh?) was so good that I stuck with it. The burger was competent and the fries outstanding, I mean really great. Plus, they had comfy chairs and sofas set up in front of a big HDTV screen to watch the ball game. Friendly strangers to argue with about Joe Borowski and Mike Timlin (who was pitching for the Blue Jays when I was watching them win the Series in ’92, he’s still throwing 93mph, yow). Town Hall is ten years old and I’d bet on ’em for the long haul.



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From: Lars Marius Garshol (Oct 16 2007, at 06:11)

Wikipedia says American brewers tend to use the term Scottish (Pale) Ale for "pale ales with low hop levels and a malty sweetness".

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From: Drew (Oct 16 2007, at 07:52)

Hey Tim, welcome to town. You're right over by where I work actually (U of M). We've been known to wander over for dept lunch at Town Hall, although sadly no beer allowed. Is there any sort of ongoing beer and burger plan or is it just a conference and go trip? Regardless, if you get a chance pop over the bridge to Dinkytown and check out the various food and coffee joints. All the local places are pretty darn good and the chains are what they are. One highlight for atomosphere is the Kitty Cat Club (nice seats/decor eclectic live music) which has the added benefit of sharing its menu with Annie's parlor upstairs. You can also meander a few blocks down Cedar from Town Hall and find a number of good resteaurants including the ecellent Chai's Thai Cafe.

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From: suthsc (Oct 16 2007, at 17:11)

You can always tell if the the ceiling is less then about 800 feet by looking to see if you can see the top of the IDS tower. It's the black steel and glass number. It's listed as 241M (792 ft.) and the top is frequently obscured by our cloud cover.

On the other hand, those clouds hold the heat in. Stop by in Feb on a nice clear day, and you'll be wishing you couldn't see a burning ball in the sky. ;)

Enjoy the town. Seven corners (where you are staying) has a bunch of stuff, but there's lots more in other places. You should probably get over to Nicollet Ave. (pronounced nik-let in Minnesotan) for a walk and a look see. It's ten blocks or so to the west of where you are. If you walk to the Metrodome, you can catch the LRT.

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