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Beer Available At Bodega Brew Pub (arranged by most recent)
Alpine Beer Company McIlhenneys Irish Red 63, Vander Ghinste Bellegems Bruin 87, Boulder Double Delicious Barrel-Aged Cherry Porter , Boulder Beer Shake Chocolate Porter 97, Boulder / Cigar City Nothing Too Fancy , Toppling Goliath Intergalactic Warrior IPA 98, To ōl Baltic Frontier Seabuckthorn IPA 92, Surly Overrated West Coast Style IPA 97, Brewfist / Beer Here Caterpillar Pale Ale 91, Toppling Goliath ZeeLander 99, Toppling Goliath 1492 IPA 90, Oíso Hop Whoopin! IPA 97, Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA 99, Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin 85, Founders Black Rye 98, Founders Backstage Series #11: Big Lushious 99, Founders Backstage Series # 9: Smoked Porter 99, Lagunitas Waldoís Special Ale 99, Turtle Stack Keller - Pils , Deschutes Not The Stoic 99
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Dogbrick (796) Columbus, Ohio | January 8, 2008
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
(Visited 05/2006): Bodega is on 4th/Pearl in town and is thankfully a short walk from most of the area hotels. Parking does not seem to be an issue, but it probably depends a lot on whether the local college is in session.
The interior is pretty small with a lived-in look. There are high tables on one side and the bar is on the other, with not a lot of room between. On the plus side this place has one of the most impressive bottle collections I have ever seen. On the minus side it is dingy in places and the bathroom is a little scary..
And what a beer selection they have! There are around 15 taps, with local/regional selections like Tyranena, Berghoff, & Capital, along with other gems like Kasteel. As for bottles they are pushing 300 with beers from everywhere. Again Wisconsin is well-represented. There is literally no way you could come in here and not find something new and/or something you love. The lazy-susan cooler full of beer bottles behind the bar is worth the trip alone.
Service here was great on a Tuesday night. The bartender was helpful in pointing out local brews and knew her selection. She even went as far as to offer the binder with all of their beers.
No food is offered here beside popcorn.
All in all this place is an unbelievable find for a relatively small city. I am glad to be travelling here for work every few months.
DiarmaidBHK (748) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | July 28, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Located in downtown on what seems like a main downtown street. I found parking on a nearby side street although it was more generous since it was a Sunday. Place wasnít terribly crowded which was good since they only had one guy working. The interior, especially the bar, was well worn and faded which added a intimacy The tap list, with the exception of the new glarus offerings, was solid but nit spectacular. The bottle list on the other hand was full of Mikkellers, southern Tiers, Stillwater,, and even a Three Floydís. they stored the beer in this large copper pot which contained these massive lazy Susanís. It does make an impression. I also like how they were the beer at something close to cellar temperatures so you can really taste it. I didnít see too much of a college crowd but then again youíre not likely to see one on a summer Sunday. All in all it was a pretty good hang.
bytemesis (561) Sunnyvale, California | November 1, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Simple bar atmosphere, bunch of regulars, and a 400+ bottle cellar. Not the place to go for that rare Cantillon, but their list is almost guaranteed to have something you would like to try. Prices are pretty good for the midwestern "locals," a bit steep on many of the other bottles. 25% discount for carry out.
BVery (525) Plymouth, Minnesota | September 5, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Tremendous beer bar! "Brew pub" in their name is a bit misleading - they donít brew their own, but they sure have a heck of a selection of brews! My server was great - he let me sample anything I wanted from their taps. The beer menu can be viewed by style or alphabetically by name (they print 2 different lists), and they also show the beerís origin, style, RateBeer rating, and the rating from Beer Advocate. Very helpful! Bar is cool - hardwood floors, and a huge collection of tap handles, coasters, and empty bottles (in the windows). Also had the Cubano sandwich - tasty. Great spot.
deyholla (385) Minneapolis, Minnesota | December 30, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
A typical "Wisconsin" feel to this bar in downtown Lacrosse. Doesnít appear to have been updated in ages. Bartender was friendly though has to be asked multiple times for water. Tap list was solid but not outstanding, however a great bottle list is available. Sandwiches were solid for bar food and prices were nice. A cool little place.
Brigadier (291) Clevelandish, Ohio | June 5, 2010
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
For being tucked away in the middle of downtown La Crosse this is a diamond in the rough. Offering a very diverse selection of beers from around the region (and world) if you cannot find something here you should consider hanging it up.
The drafts themselves may not be too spectacular. After being spoiled by places like La Cav du Vin, the Beer Engine, and the Great Danes this cannot compete on that level. However if you bear in mind where it is located this has a distinct edge over anything else within probably an hourís drive.
Be sure to ask if there is anything that might not be listed on the menu. When I was there a couple of things were lurking in the cooler that was either not listed (or Iíd just overlooked them). They did let us open a bottle of Two Women Lager and even provided two glasses at no charge. Overall I think Iíd come back here if I were in La Crosse again.
ElGaucho (235) Minnetonka, Minnesota | July 21, 2005| Updated July 24, 2005
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
I have been going to this place for about 10 years, not continuously, but probably a handful of times over that period. And, it appears to me that the quality of their selection has improved markedly in the past year, although I see from balke_13ís rating that they had beers from many of the brewers I saw on this trip over a year ago. So, perhaps either I didnít read over the beer list all that closely last year or wasnít as familiar with the reputations of the brewers. balke_13 didnít mention Three Floyds, and they now also have their Alpha King. The quality of their tap selection isnít so hot, however. It is a different selection than you will see other places, but just didnít have the home run hitters like they do in their bottle selection. The most interesting one I found was Great Lakes Burning River, and it wasnít that great. I found their prices to be quite reasonable for some beers, and more what I would have expected on others. A bottle of Alpha King was only $3 while DFH 60, 90, & 120 were something like $5, $8, & $16, respectively. Other brewers represented include: De Dolle, New Glarus, Bells, Rogue, Avery, Quilmes, JW Lees, St. Bernardus and much more. Highly recommended.
heemer77 (215) Urbandale, Iowa | June 17, 2008
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Nice selection of bottles and a few interesting things on tap. I really liked their beer bottle cooler. Itís a converted brew kettle that is used like a lazy susan. The crowd is definitely college town styled. Friendly folks. While the seleciton was good, I was not too impressed as most things seemed to be relatively readily available.
sthlm (145) Minnesota | October 13, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped by here on a Saturday evening, and was fairly impressed. One bartender was not exactly polite, but they were quick to serve you, and the other bartender was much more amicable. The tap selection was pretty good, but certainly was not that amazing. Given the area though, it is much better than I would have expected. Bottled beer selection seemed fairly extensive, and prices ranged from reasonable to fairly expensive. Overall, it is certainly worth a stop, and if I lived in the area I would be a regular.
1FastSTi (104) Glendale, Wisconsin | July 12, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Visited with DavidP in April of 2005 for the Between the Bluffs beer/cheese fest. Nice selection of taps and bottles with a sweet lazy susan turn-style beer fridge. Small bathrooms. Definitely worth a stop in if youíre ever "lost in La Crosse"...
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