Ale Asylum | Madison, Wisconsin
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Ale Asylum
Excellent based on 67 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

2002 Pankratz St
Madison, Wisconsin United States 53704 [ print map ]
608 663 3926 | facebook

Hours: Mon-Thu 11a-12a, Fri&Sat 11a-2:30a, Sun 11a-10pm

Mayor: ChiGuy68 (4) | Taps: 10 |

Ale Asylum

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Beer Available At Ale Asylum (arranged by most recent)
Ale Asylum Limited #7: Demento Session Pale Ale , Ale Asylum Limited #5: Blonde IPA 82, Ale Asylum Limited #6: Pantheon Imperial Brown Ale , Ale Asylum Ambergeddon 96, Ale Asylum Bedlam! 98, Ale Asylum Big Slick Stout 98, Ale Asylum Ballistic IPA 95, WBC #003 Porter , Ale Asylum Madtown Nutbrown 83, Ale Asylum Limited #3: Blood Red Ale , Ale Asylum Hopalicious 94, Ale Asylum Satisfaction Jacksin 97, Ale Asylum Sticky McDoogle 81, Ale Asylum ‹nshadowed 84, Ale Asylum Limited #4: Belgian Table Beer , Ale Asylum Contorter Porter 89, Ale Asylum Happy Ending 89
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67 reviews for Ale Asylum
 Ambiance  78%
 Service  81%
 Selection  79%
 Food  72%
 Value  78%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  93%
Rating Distribution

Brigadier  (259) Clevelandish, Ohio | June 3, 2006

Stopped in here with hezron and malachi just after the grand opening weekend to check it out. I am very impressed with what theyíve done - if they can build momentum this will be a must-stop location for those visiting Madison.

It was pretty empty when we went in, but I assume that has to do with the fact it has only been open for a few days. The bar area was very busy though and very well set up. Besides the bar stools, there is an outdoor patio area for smokers, a couple of nice leather coaches and a bunch of four seat tables. Free pool is available if the same two people do not monopolize it for the three hours that you are there. Lighting is low to provide a nice mood once the sun goes down.

There was a food menu which looked good but we missed it by a few minutes. It is gourmet sandwiches with locally made bread, cheese and meats. The deli offerings are not your typical brewpub fare. Service for the drinks was great. I think they may have been suprised that someone wanted to order one of everything. At $3 per 9 oz sample (with tip), the price was excellent.

The beer selection covers a wide range of styles. All are well done and not mailed in. There may be seasonals in the future but we sampled the base offerings. Overall, I was very impressed with both the diversity and the quality of the taps.

muzzlehatch  (255) Burlington, Vermont | November 28, 2006
Boring prefab/industrial park on the outside, comfy if modern and a bit too shiny inside with black tabletops and blonde woods, very new. Didnít try the food (only sandwiches I think) but the bartenders were very cool and the beer was basically all well done, from the lightest BMC-friendly stuff to the big Belgians and stouts. A must visit in Madison, IMHO the best beer in the city at the moment.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog  (240) Lansdale, Pennsylvania | July 23, 2007
Stopped by at lunch on a Monday. Had the whole place practically to myself. Sandwiches and pre-made pizzas (sandwich was good). Located in an industrial strip mall. Nine beers on tap and all available in full or half sized samplers. Belgians were decent.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 3/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho  (224) Minnetonka, Minnesota | June 18, 2006
I hadnít heard of this place until I saw Brigadierís rating of it. Since it was near Warner Park, and I was coming from a Mallardsí game, I figured it would be convenient. Interior is dark. Modern decor, nice free pool table, some leather couches. The bar area needs something. The bar itself is nice enough, but it is relatively short. There were only a couple of high tables behind the bar seating and otherwise youíre in the rest of the place. Outdoor patio is nice, but too small. Thereís plenty of space to expand it, but why didnít they do it to begin with? The large oak tree that covers the patio adds character, but prevents sunbathing while drinking. The exterior looks like a large warehouse. The parking lot is limited, although I believe there is plenty of free alternative parking elsewhere. Food was limited to bags of potato chips, although apparently they had some sort of free happy hour spread earlier. This is the only bar in the area, so itís going to need business from beer geeks, cuz it wont get it from people bar hopping or ambling by. Fortunately, their beer is very good; this place, beer-wise, was a true discovery.
GeneralGao  (222) Iowa City, Iowa | November 22, 2006| Updated May 13, 2008
Tucked into an office building right next to the airport. Interesting location. Pretty unassuming from the outside. Clean bar/seating area adjacent to the brewery with a patio on the side. The patio is a bit noisy due to the traffic on Stoughton Rd. They usually have most of their beers on tap and offer a sampler for those who are interested. They were selling several of their beers in 6 packs and you could also get them in growlers. Overall they are decent. I have never eaten here, but they have pizza and sandwiches.
heemer77  (212) Urbandale, Iowa | October 23, 2006
One of the brewers insisted that this was a brewery and not a brewpub. There are only sandwiches to be had for food. Also, they will be bottling 4 of their regular line up sometime in November 2006. The beers were solid, but the location leavers something to be desired. Not much in the way of decoration.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
kseecs16  (205) Naperville, Illinois | April 30, 2010
Nicely renovated and comfortably stylish space in an office/industrial park, but conveniently accessible off of 51. Parking was a little limited. Friendly staff and a diverse and interesting tap list. Smells like a brewery when you enter. I did not eat but food menu looked limited, though they some of the pizzas sounded pretty interesting.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale  (177) Lansing, Kansas | October 15, 2012
Stopped in on a Friday night. Was extremely busy. Service was a bit slow but understandable. Food selection was limited. The sandwich I selected was excellent. Their beers were well above average. Think a must stop if in the area.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
drowland  (172) Valdosta, Georgia | August 4, 2009
Went to this place while visiting in-laws and couldnít have had a better visit - will definitely go back to this place. We took the tour, which was led by the head brewmaster and then sat around for drinks and snacks. The ambiance is pretty cool as you can see a lot of the brewing equipment from the side room. The service was always fine - plenty of bartenders around to get us our drinks. I didnít pay much attention to the selection beyond their own offerings, but you can get several of their beers on tap or in the bottle, which is nice. The value is about average for pint prices, but if you get a beer for the tour itís cheaper, and the tour was long enough that most of us had drank all of our beer, so the brewmaster got fresh bottles out of the fridge and passed them around for free. Nice! Overall, I really liked this place, their beer was great, and I will definitely be hitting this place next time Iím in Madison.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
Strebs  (167) St. Louis, Missouri | February 21, 2014
This is probably the most professionally designed and built brewpub/micro brewery that Iíve ever had the pleasure of visiting. The beer was good, but nothing really stood out. None of the more highly rate beers were available when I visited. I enjoyed my food choices. Even though the location is out by the airport, I feel that this is a plus because as great as downtown Mad City is, it can be awfully difficult to find a place to park.

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