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The focal point of the Freehouse’s concept – that they’re brewing their own beer -- is a gutsy move when you consider they're practically on Fulton’s doorstep. But this family-friendly addition to the North Loop does well with its dark, full-bodied brews, like the nutty-sweet brown ale and the meaty but highly drinkable stout. And the integration of their house beer and brewing ingredients into the menu is also successful, as with the Kolsch batter on the fish and chips, the hops-infused hummus, stout butter melted into a burger patty, and brew grains in the surprisingly light, marmalade-glazed pancakes. The concept could use some focus -- such a large and varied menu is hard to manage for the Freehouse’s kitchen. But the Freehouse's cool warehouse vibe, good service, reasonably priced cocktails, and the staying power of its owners, the Blue Plate restaurant group, could make this another busy North Loop spot. PHOTOS BY ALMA GUZMAN
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The Freehouse 701 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis 612-339-7011; freehousempls.com
Published on January 14, 2014