Ale Asylum | Madison, Wisconsin
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Ale Asylum
Excellent based on 78 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: arkurzynski (3) | Taps: 10 |

Ale Asylum

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Beer Available At Ale Asylum (arranged by most recent)
Ale Asylum Pilot Batch 002 , Ale Asylum Pilot Batch 004 , Ale Asylum Impending Dissent , Ale Asylum Impending Descent , Ale Asylum Bamboozleator 44, Ale Asylum Kink 91, Ale Asylum Pantheon Imperial Brown Ale 85, Ale Asylum Limited #8: Phantasm Autumn Ale 80, Ale Asylum HuMMMane 79, Ale Asylum Tripel Nova 81, Ale Asylum Demento Session Pale Ale 94, Ale Asylum Ballistic IPA 95, Ale Asylum Bedlam! 98, Ale Asylum Gold Digger Blonde Ale 37, Ale Asylum B2-D2 II , Ale Asylum Lemmy II , Ale Asylum Velveteen Habit 91, Ale Asylum B2-D2 , Ale Asylum SíPoon , Ale Asylum Diablo Belga 90
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78 reviews for Ale Asylum
 Ambiance  79%
 Service  80%
 Selection  79%
 Food  71%
 Value  78%
 Overall  81%
 Rating  93%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
notalush  (386) Denver, Colorado | April 8, 2009
Stopped in here for lunch yesterday - man, this is way out on the edge of Madison, on the corner of an industrial park - not the greatest of locations - cold exterior, etc. - the interior was about as homey as it could be given the circumstances - Iíve never been to a brewpub that had itís own mechanized bottling line visible from the bar - it was kind of neat to watch as I had my lunch - the staff was young and hip (ie. lots of tattoos and piercings), but very friendly and attentive - the food is sandwiches and pizzas (there is not kitchen; they make all the food right in front of you behind the bar), so you get your food pretty fast- the sandwich I had was decent, but nothing special - the beers ranged from quite good, to mediocre - their strong suit seems to be session ales, and the stronger beers are less impressive - a good selection of ten beers, but Iíd like to see more interesting styles - overall a nice place to stop, but I prefer the Great Dane downtown.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
LilBeerDoctor  (349) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | October 11, 2014
Probably my favorite brewpub in Madison. This is a large place, with a tankard visible outside. The taps available are available as signs above the bar, lit if on, dark if off. No TVs. They had about 10 taps, all were excellent. I really enjoyed Big Slick (a super chocolatey stout) and Bedlam (a Belgian IPA). Calyptic session IPA and Ambergeddon were solid as well. The menu is a few salads, sandwiches, and pizzas. The chicken peanut salad was delicious. Overall, excellent beer, this place is not to be missed.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 10/20
JK  (331) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | August 22, 2015
Stopped by for dinner on Friday before the Great Taste. Not especially busy, and they were not pouring anything special or otherwise doing anything for the festival. My pizza was ok, my wifeís pizza was not good (veggie). A very large place, and coming from Minneapolis, I canít help but compare this to surly in both size and atmosphere. Staff was friendly, they had about 10 beers on tap but had room for more.
Brigadier  (291) 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.

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
savnac  (284) Anchorage, Alaska | December 29, 2011
Very cool place located in a commercial area. Interior is nice and clean, not huge, I could see it getting packed in there. Service is pretty much sell ordering at the bar, but they brought out the sampler to us. They had a couple of food items but we didnít eat. Value on the beer was excellent considering the quality. This place is a must stop if you are in the Madison area.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog  (281) 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 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale  (266) 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 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
esjaygee  (262) Oak Creek, Wisconsin | April 30, 2009
Finally stopped in Ale AsylumÖ I love this place. The pizza, made fresh at the brewpub, was excellentÖ itís craft pizza so to speak. They offer a wide variety of choices. I already knew the beer here was going to be solid, and I wasnít let down by the handful of taps I hadnít tried before. The sampler platter is $1 a glass and you get some pretty good size pours. Building is what it isÖ In an industrial park, lined with Ale Asylum posters everywhere. Non smoking inside, always a plus. Location is decent, not too far off I-94 and not too bad of a drive from Milwaukee. Iíll definitely add this one when making that all too frequent trip to Tyranena.
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 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 3/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho  (243) 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.

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