Serving Minneapolis since 1934, Gluek’s Bar & Restaurant is the oldest restaurant in downtown Minneapolis. Built in 1902 for Gluek’s Brewing Co. of Minneapolis, this establishment is modeled after traditional Bavarian beer halls experienced by the company’s founder, Gottlieb Gluek. One of the most historic stories of Gluek’s Bar & Restaurant is the fire of 1989 that left intact only the historic building’s lavish 1902 facade. The building still stood tall and had to be gutted to become the popular Bavarian staple it is today. Whether your going downtown for a concert, sporting event or just for a night out, expect laid-back crowds, easygoing good times, and live music and karaoke depending on the night at Gluek’s. The menu offers typical American and German fare, including wiener schnitzel, ribs, bratwurst, and burgers. It’s time to belly up to the bar, grab your stein of beer and enjoy the wonderful food!
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To start a butcher block of the Four Sausage Platter landed in front of us at the bar. This starter dish, based on a traditional German recipe, is an assortment of grilled sausages, including Polish, jalapeno bacon, Andouille and apple gouda, along with sliced gourmet cheeses and crackers. The spicy mustard on the side adds a nice compliment to the many flavors of the platter. For a beer pairing we chose to order a stein of Hofbrau Original. Hofbrau Original embodies the special atmosphere of the beer-making capital of Munich, and exports it to the four corners of the globe. Gluek’s Bavarian atmosphere makes this original a perfect beer to have on tap. Its refreshing, bitter flavor and alcoholic content of around 5.1% volume have made it famous worldwide. Hofbrau Original paired with the various flavors of the Four Sausage Platter balance each other nicely. With the light, crisp flavor of the beer, it lends itself to become a blank canvas of flavors. Each bite and sip offers a flavor profile letting you create a different painting of flavors every time. Let your mind be free as you create your own art with the wonderful flavors of this pairing.
Nothing replicates Germany like the Heidelburger on the menu. Named after the city of Heidelberg in Germany, this well-known destination is known far beyond Germany due to its romantic and picturesque cityscape. We can use the same description for the Heidelburger. This picturesque burger is prepared with seasoned pork sausage, green peppers and onions ground together, topped with Swiss cheese and sauerkraut. Like the romantic scenery of the city, this burger is easy to fall in love with. We paired this dish with a favorite from across the border, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Big Eddy Uber-Oktoberfest. Uber-Oktoberfest is a bolder, toastier take on an Oktoberfestbier that can only be described as “Uber.” With a tawny orange hue, toasted malts and spicy hops, Big Eddy Uber-Oktoberfest is then dry-hopped for added hop complexity. The complexity of flavors of the Heidelburger help mask the alcohol content of the beer bringing out the toasty, malt character of Uber-Oktoberfest. Add a side of the spaetzel and you will feel lost in Heidelberg. An absolute wonderful food and beer pairing.
For the last dish, you can not go wrong with the Beef Stroganoff prepared with beef tenderloin tips, mushrooms, house made gravy, served over egg noodles with a dollop of sour cream, fresh bread and butter. To wash this flavorful dish down we chose another Munich specialty on tap, Hofbrau Dunkel. Today, Hofbrau Dunkel – the archetypal Bavarian beer – is still as popular as ever. With its alcoholic content of around 5.5% volume and its spicy taste, it’s a refreshing beer that suits all kinds of occasion. A beer in the traditional Munich style! The texture of the dish gently lands on the palate with the richness of the tenderloin tips and mushrooms pulling out a dry fruit character from the beer. A beautiful ending to this “Hump Day Lunch Day” at Gluek’s Bar & Restaurant.
Next time you venture to Gluek’s Bar & Restaurant don’t forget about these exceptional food and beer pairings. With food and beer this good, we’re sure you will be leaving a member of the Stein Club!
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