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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.
Haslinger (6) The World of Beer, Texas | January 4, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Extremely impressed by the selection and knowledge of the bartenders.
awaller05 (20) Sharon, Wisconsin | September 20, 2007
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Went to the Bodega which is in downtown Lacrosse, and enjoyed my time there immensely. Pretty laid back. Mixed age groups, not as many college kids as I thought there would be. I liked it alot a must see when in LaCrosse
rjks58 (1) | August 8, 2007
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
I lived in LaCrosse for 14 years. I take Bodega as the standard any other establishment would be wise to emulate or if ambitious and wealthy, improve upon. Due to local ordinance, on duty bartenders are forbidden to sample so they come by their knowledge through personal love of beer or from the owners mandatory staff only tastings. The building length windows make the place open and bright with people watching a popular past time. With little effort you can sojourn the planet from a bar stool at The Bodega.
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"...
Philip (64) Illinois | June 11, 2007
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Great beer bar run by a RB guy, Dr. Pimento. Note that the name "brewpub" is a bit of a misnomer, as they do not brew anything on premise. The location itself is an asset, and the ambiance is good, although I could do without the trite banners and flags and other such items. Great tap selection with New Glarus well represented, and an emphasis on Belgians from what I can see. The bottle selection is even more impressive, with an emphasis on the hard to find beers. Prices are very reasonable. A must visit if youíre in the area.
fuyajo (4) Portland, Oregon | February 23, 2007
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Probably my favorite beer bar in the US. Amazing selection, knowledgable staff, and fun, laid-back atmosphere. If you find yourself in La Crosse, WI, it is a MUST VISIT!
Optigon (40) Bloomington, Indiana | January 16, 2007
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
An excellent bar with a spectacular selection. A fun selection of beer bottles decorate the front. The only short-coming Iíve had with this bar is that it can get crowded and smoky on the weekends.
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.
DavidP (58) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | April 9, 2005| Updated April 10, 2005
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Stumbled upon this bar, sure glad that I did. Good tap selection and the bottle selection was outstanding. Their lazy susan beer fridge is cool, too. Nice airy atmosphere inside, but they could probably lose the video poker games at each table.
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