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Ni Neart Go Cur Le Cheile – Hayes Public House

Unlike most taprooms in Minnesota, Hayes’ Public House is hosted by Buffalo, MN – a town about an hour west of the Twin Cities. Growing up around his grandmother’s restaurant in nearby Monticello, the bristly bearded Pugs Hayes was born to be apart of this industry and found the lake side location in Buffalo to be a perfect fit for his public house. Pugs’ dream of opening an Irish pub and restaurant has yet to come true, instead, five years after his idea’s inception – the dream has evolved and come to fruition by means of public house via taproom.

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Pugs and yours truly


A “public house” or pub traces its roots to the British Isles during the Early Middle Ages and has continued to be an essential part of village and community life throughout England, Ireland and even America – having transitioned to the New World along with many of our European forebearers. Pugs pays homage to this and his own Irish heritage with Hayes’ Public House.

Hayes' Public House

Hayes’ Public House – courtesy of Hayes’ Facebook


As a certified welder, Pugs honed his craft on a homebrew system he built and he now brews on a 3 barrel system in the brewhouse at the back of the building – one of the smallest of any brewery in Minnesota (also making them a nanobrewery – a system under 4 barrels). Allowing for versatility and the ability to venture into uncharted beer waters, the only downside to this small of a system is it can be hard to keep up with demand.

Hayes brewhouse

Hayes brewhouse

Although Pugs is both owner and brewer, the journey has not been a lonely one. “There’s no strength without unity”, the mantra of Hayes’ Public House as emblazoned in Celtic (“Ni Neart Go Cur Le Cheile”) on their bar, which was crafted by Pugs’ father Brian and emblazoned by KR Customs LLC. His friend and first employee Kevin Rogers of KR Customs LLC also created the beautiful Celtic stonework that can be seen throughout the bar area. Pugs also found a mentor in local legendary Irish entrepreneur businessman Kieran Folliard who along with Jason Davis of Enki Brewing in Victoria, MN helped navigate along his hop ridden path.

Hayes' motto: "Ni Neart Go Cur Le Cheile"

Hayes’ motto: “Ni Neart Go Cur Le Cheile” – courtesy of Hayes’ Facebook page

As Pugs put it to me while I sampled his first bourbon barrel aged beer – aged in Elijah Craig 12 year bourbon barrel, “Every ship has to have a captain but without a crew – I never would’ve gotten to this point”. Hayes Public House has now been open for nearly 6 months and already has a following that call this pub their ‘local’; he regularly sees demand for past beers to come around again.

Elijah Craig 12 year Bourbon barrel

Elijah Craig 12 year Bourbon barrel – courtesy of Hayes’ Facebook page


Pugs beer line up changes often (as you can imagine with such a small system) but focuses on British inspired ales that include: Hayes’ Irish Stout, O’Ruaidhir Irish Red, Bare Knuckle Bitter, Wee Heavy, Green Kilt IPA, Fountain Jacks Old Mild as well as not so traditional British ales: Sgt. Stella’s American Pale, Hillbilly Peach Picker and Imperial versions of a Russian Stout and IPA with more to come (Nitro versions are also available in limited quantities in certain styles for that authentic pub beer feel).

With summer just around the corner, there is no better time than now to go see Pugs. Hayes’ Public House sits just across the street from Buffalo Lake and will have a patio area which, rumor has – will be hosting a pipe night this summer!

Where and when to go?

112 1st St S
Buffalo, MN 55313
Hayes Hours

photo courtesy of Hayes’ Facebook page

Monday – Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sunday: Closed




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There and back again… a journey into beer.

Happy New Year Minnesota craft breweries, imbibers and of course to all of the family, friends and others who read and support my blog, TallPour.

I am excited to announce that in 2014 I will be embarking on a lofty beer expedition. With the explosion of new breweries over the past few years, Minnesota has become one of the premier locales in the nation to visit and imbibe high quality craft brew. In 2013 alone, we saw the Twin Cities expand, adding: 612Brew, Bad Weather, Bang, Bent Brewstillery, Enki, Hammerheart, Lake Monster, Northgate, Sociable Cider Werks; as well as greater Minnesota adding: Bent Paddle (Duluth), Junkyard (Moorehead), Hayes Public House (Buffalo), Wenonah (Goodview); with Burning Brothers, Day Block, Fair State, Tin Whiskers, Urban Growler and more all on the horizon in 2014. With this boom in full assault, it behooves someone to venture forth and expose the masses to the influx of these sudsy entrepreneurs. This undertaking promises to be a long and arduous one, full of countless hours – touring, tasting and chatting with brewers. Alas, with great sacrifice comes great reward – I hope to share in these benefits with you.

My goal is to expose as many people as possible to the vast experience that is beer in Minnesota. There is something for everyone and my aim will be beer drinkers of all levels (yes and most importantly the non-beer and/or light domestic beer drinkers). I will visit these bastions of beer progress, write a post on my experience and highlight some of uniqueness of that brewery. This journey will be an interactive one. While it certainly will not be feasible to make an event out of every visit, I would like to challenge my family, friends and readers to join me. I will be creating a facebook page in addition to chronicling my journey on my blog (, where you can follow and find out where I will be and join me. As is per usual, I will be updating the Twitters (@TallPour) with random beer geekary and pictures from my visits.

Here’s to you joining me for a tall pour on my Beer Trek in 2014.

“It’s a dangerous business, going out of your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to”… join me and be apart of the journey!