Huge place, walking distance to the airport. Flights available, beers were tasty. Food was tasty, healthy and fresh. Server was friendly. Worthwhile stop.
t0rin0 (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 28, 2013| Updated August 30, 2013
Visited August 9, 2013.
Very nice location. Close to the freeway and they have a nice patio as well as well decorated interior. The service was friendly albeit not overly knowledgeable on the beer. The food was good as well. With all that this could be a fun hang out if the beer was better. The tripel and the one IPA were alright but the others were a let down. They donít do flights outside but you can order a flight of 5 inside at the bar. So after we each finished our pints and food we went inside and ordered a flight. They also said that they give brewers a free beer and since we had a brewer with us they gave him a free glass of the IPA but spent the whole time asking about his brewery and why he didnít bring any beers to share. Probably better to not say anything. Also, the stout, oh man. After about 150 beers tried on the weekend that was the worst. It came out really murky, looking like chocolate milk. The initial taste was very burnt and ashy. That flavor continued to build in intensity, much like some chilis do. After about 5 seconds I was downing other samples just to get the taste out of my mouth. Horrible. Why would you serve that? Who thought that was a good idea?
(Visited 08/2014): Ale Asylum is located on the northeast part of Madison near the airport on Pankratz. There is a large parking lot in front of the building.
The interior is dark with sort of a heavy metal theme, with red walls and hanging lights. The beers available are denoted by lit signs behind the bar.
As for the beers, there are around 11 available. On our visit the menu included a Blond, Hefe, Nut Brown, Kink Belgian, Porter, Stout, Amber and a couple IPAs. A sampler is available. The beers were above average on the whole.
Service on a relatively slow Friday evening was good. The bartender was personable and knew the beers.
We did not have food on our visit.
Overall this is a worthwhile brewpub to visit in Madison, with nice ambiance and a solid beer list.
Went during an early dinner hour on a Tuesday in July. The gigantic place was packed, always a good sign. The staff was friendly if maybe a bit impressed with themselves, but the service was good. Iíd call the ambiance high-tech biker. We shared the black bean burger and it was outstanding, and all the beers we quaffed were above average to excellent, making this probably the best stop on my brief visit to southern Wisconsin. (Brewery #606)
theisti (763) Kansas | October 4, 2011| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited with a group of friends mid-afternoon on a Friday (before a La Bamba hajj). Located in a very non-nondescript business park, I was pleasantly surprised to see a well designed interior tasting room with plenty of bar space, and tables through out. The place was billed as a deli, though the menu included pizzas and a variety of other options. I believe they had 8 of their beers on when I visited. The service was friendly, and really handled our group well. Great place to throw some darts and have some crazy fresh beer. There was something about this place that really reminded me of Black Raven in Seattle.
82 = ★★★Ĺ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Huge place. Large two story bar, lots of swag around, kind of a sprawling restaurant area with windows of the brewing areas. About a dozen beers on tap. All well executed and enjoyable. Bar staff was a little passive. Flight was a little pricy at 6 for $15 but it is a crap toon of beer. Did not try the food. Plenty of parking. Overall a worthwhile stop.
Magnificent. Absolutely great beers. Very cool atmosphere and great service. Itís not in the centre of the city but thatís why it was easy to reach by car. I definitely would like to visit again.
BVery (618) Plymouth, Minnesota | September 5, 2011| Updated March 23, 2015
I love this place - best brewpub stop on this Wisconsin tour Iím on! Cool chill vibe in here, beer bar + small restaurant. Pizza available, plus flights of their wonderful beer (7 oz size samplers - trying all 9 is a test!). Beers consistently had great body/palate and monster foamy heads. Bought a hoodie sweatshirt here too.
New location, updated rating. Wow. Destination brewery. Go here.
phaleslu (535) Cincinnati, Ohio | March 23, 2010| Updated August 12, 2013
New review, based on the new location- which is HUGE. Itís a cool place out by the airport that looks fairly nondescript from the outside but has a ton of space inside. The beers remain on lighted signs behind the bar, which is a really great concept and easy way to see the offerings. Just like at the old place, we didnít come here to eat. Beers are very good and served in pint glasses. Service was incredibly friendly; it helped to be with another local restaurant person who knew the staff, to be fair. We played pool on one of two tables; there are also darts. This is a must-visit if youíre in the area, as one of the key brewers around.