Stopped at this place on a busy Saturday in the early evening. Itís very modern and interestingly designed on the interior. Almost appears like a martini bar on the inside. They had most of their standard offerings on draft, of which most are at least pretty decent. I was kinda hoping for some brewery-only special releases, but oh well. The tour was very fun and probably the most detailed/informative tour Iíve been on, even though the tour group was really large. We had one of their pizzas, wihch are essentially frozen pizzas warmed in their little toaster oven thing. It was surprisingly good and they had several combinations of interesting toppings (goat cheese and walnuts, etc). I would definitely go back and recommend to others.
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.
Beer overrides everything else in my book and makes this a must-visit every time Iím in the area (uh - why (on a beer rating site) isnít there a category specifically for beer quality!?!?).
Their good beers are killer...everything else is an after-thought.
Had to check out Ale Asylum after trying and liking their Madtown Nut Bown Ale. Ambiance was OK with nice lighting and adequate decorating. Bartender was knowledgable and amiable. Had a 6 glass taster (3 to 4 oz) for $6 as well as their bread and soup. Food just OK but the beers were all very good. Their Madtown Nutbrown was my favorite but they also have very good Porter and Stout beers. Other patrons were enjoying the Armageddon, apparently this breweryís signature beer. Iím not partial to hoppy beers but this was a good one. I was there over happy hour and they seemed to have a fair number of regulars. Fun stop.
Itís easy to drive by Ale Asylum in its strip mall location. However, if you do, youíll missing out on a gem.
You must order a sampler. $1 each for 4 oz. pours. We tried everything they had on tap (10 beers) for only $10. What a deal! They have a wide variety of beers, including a few Belgians. The best of the brews, in my opinion, were the Hopalicious Pale Ale ad Ballistic IPA.
Food menu is limited, but of high quality. Pizzas are made off-site and cooked in mini-ovens at the bar. Ingredients are local and fresh - surprisingly good! The chips & salsa are also tasty.
Next time Iím in the Madison-area, Iíll be sure to visit the Asylum again.
Finished up my Lake Michgan beer tour here. Kind of a nouveau industrial park feel. Very good beer. In fact, only Right Brain had better offerings in terms of deliciousness. All 10 beers on tap were very tasty. Limited food offerings. Nice bar staff. I get the sense that the owners here are a bit full of themselves, but why not when you make beer this good? If you can only stop at one brewpub in Madison, right now, make it this one.
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.
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.
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.