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Beer Available At Fat Abbey Biercafé (arranged by most recent)
kmeves (100) Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin | September 3, 2009
46 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 10/20
Unfortunately this place has decided to stop serving Belgian beers as well as food. Its a Bud Light college bar now, too bad considering what it used to be.
MIBRomeo (141) Wisconsin | August 16, 2009
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
Fun little place off water street, generally overcrowded w/ a college aged crowd. Some surprising beers on tap for the area. Nothing amazing in terms of a beer bar though.
Juelze (24) Green Bay, Wisconsin | March 7, 2009
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
A decent Belgian beer bar. Prices are a bit high for Belgian beer, but it’s Milwaukee so it’s expected. Food was solid for pub grub. I wish they didn’t have the music blaring and people smoking but it’s a bar, so I guess it comes with the territory. I’d come back here again.
esjaygee (236) Oak Creek, Wisconsin | February 2, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 12/20
This use to be the Lodge, a place I would frequent before Bucks games to get a good burger and mediocre beer. A bit excited when I saw it turned into a Belgian bar, but the price list on the door screams 400% upcharge or more in some cases for the bottles. Cafe Centraal, owned by the same people (I think) has the same outrageous prices. If you are going to stop in for a bite to eat and one beer, sure...
That1Guy (22) Boulder, Colorado | September 28, 2008
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice. Got a huge discount cuz a friend was an employee, otherwise I guess it could run a little expensive. Great selection and the staff was cool shit. Got to sit outside and crush for a bit. Will definitely return if ever the chance presents itself.
Petrucci914 (9) Green Bay, Wisconsin | September 3, 2008
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
A nice place with a large selection of beer. They also have some pretty decent beers on tap like Lindeman’s Kriek. Although not the greatest beers, it allows the average person to really broaden their horizon. I wanted a glass of Cantillon Classic Geueze but they were out. The food was good but I believe they screwed up my order. It was quite a slow night, but sitting outside next to the fountain was nice. And all the unique beer posters were cool.
Flyer (50) Hartland, Wisconsin | August 2, 2008
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
A lot of Belgian-themed places don’t quite get it. They have a handful of solid Belgian choices and that’s all. They don’t seem to realize that (A) the least they can do is add Belgian-style American craft brews, and (B) a Belgian theme doesn’t mean they can’t have other stuff. Fat Abbey has figured all this out. A great beer list, dominated by but not exclusively Belgian. The atmosphere is pleasant, lots of brick and posters indoors, with a nice outdoor patio. Food menu consists of burgers (excellent) and pizzas (not yet tried). The service on my second visit was more beer-savvy. The feel of the place is just a little too calculated, but other than that, this is a great addition to the Milwaukee beer scene. I’ll be curious to see how the Water Street sports bar crowd reacts to this.
surlysober (24) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | June 30, 2008
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Although Fat Abbey has a great food menu and a pretty extensive selection of beers (several pages, organized by style, including a name index in the back), there was just something about it that left me feeling odd. I think BeerBelcher said it best with this quote from the Simpson’s (from when Moe fixes up his bar), But the dank, Moe? Where’s the dank? However, as a restaurant Fat Abbey excels, and might rank as one of the better beer and food establishments in Milwaukee... not quite as good as the Palomino, but the food selection is more extensive than downtown places like Comet Cafe and Cafe Brucke, while the beer selection is more extensive than places like Trocadero and Rock Bottom. Overall, I’d definitely recommend Fat Abbey, I just wish it had a bit more dank.
BeerBelcher (134) Columbus, Ohio | June 26, 2008
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
I just had lunch here, and really enjoyed it. I’m happy to see the north side of Water Street get a bit more mature in both its decor and beer tastes.
The beer list is Belgian focused (as the name implies) although there are certainly Belgian-inspired American craft beers present also. The food menu is not huge (salads, burgers, pizzas), although the frites are good (as they need to be in a Belgian themed place) and beer is featured somewhere in the preparation of most if not all menu items. I had a burger with frites, and the burger had an onion melange that was beer-flavored. I was quite happy with my food, and the pizza sounded great. Decor is cool and classic, and not dingy like I remember The Lodge (which was in this same store-front). No doubt about it, beer is the star of this place. Service was not too beer savvy, but was very attentive, so I was happy with our server.
I’m excited to have a place like this on Water Street, and hope to drag my wife back here. I visited with Flyer and SurlySober, and split an Avery Reverend with Flyer. Prices were just a little bit more than what you’d expect, but not over the top. I will be back.
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