Well it is literally in a mall and between the tunes on the radio the generic decor and flat screens you can tell. Service was effecient and friendly, the crowd sparse on a weekday evening. I did not eat. With the existing vibe and just average bears, not a real destination.
Ate here the night before and after a job interview. Of course the second night I drank each beer they brewed. Abbey Normal Ale was delicious. Food was decent, staff were outgoing Wisconsonites with the funny accent.
A nice brew pub that can a bit pricey if you’re getting food. That said though, the food is pretty good. The ambiance is especially great in the location down by the Fox River. I once saw two bald Eagles sitting out on a dam section while eating - priceless.
gws57 (92) Saint Charles, Illinois | March 3, 2009
Visited for drinks as part of WinTour 3. Service was prompt, and beers were all fair to good, if all formulaic and uninspiring. All in all, it’s worth the stop if you’re in town going to the mall.
far superiour to the oshkosh location in terms of ambiance....however, you do pay for it.... i could swear the prices were cheaper there (same menu). food was above average at minimum and service was excellent. a ’belgian style’ beer in a shaker pint was a loss of points but thats to be expected. i had the muffeleta....lettuce and tomato was a bit much for a sandwich of this style and olive salad was a bit weak but more the edible overall. had the abbey normal and the hoppy face and left satisfied at minimum.
I can’t believe I haven’t rated this place before today, considering that I live about ten minutes away.
The ambiance is typical chain-style restaurant but with a few tanks thrown in for effect. It’s pretty much a big, open, warehouse at one end of the mall..nothing like the rest of the mall.
The last time I ate there, the service was a bit lacking. However, in their defense, I can only imagine that employee turn over is fairly high. Apparently training is not the management’s strong suit.
Selection was average but at least it was all their own beers.
Food was good but had a ways to go to equal great. Again, typical chain-style. As someone said in an earlier view, there’s nothing wrong with the beers but they certainly have been dumbed down. The idea behind this is that EVERYONE who eats there will find something they find unoffensive. You don’t know how badly I WANTED to like the beer. The chocolate Stout was ’ok’. I’d probably order it again but only because none of their other beers has ever done anything for me.
Overall, I can’t give them a very high score, simply because I feel they are severely underachieving. With the location, they are in a prime position to awaken people to great craft beer but I suppose they could be considered something of a gateway. Too bad for me. If this place rocked, I’d be spending my daughter’s college fund here.
This is a worthy stop if you’re in the Appleton area and you need decent-to-good brewpub food and a wet beer. The location is in the Fox River Mall, so there is adjacent shopping. I enjoyed the food, and the beers ranged from below-average to about average as far as brewpubs go. I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to stop here, but if I’m close, I’ll probably stop in.
This place was cool the first time I was in there, which was about 2005. I was in there for lunch about a month ago and, while the food was pretty good and the beer above average, the service was terrible. The soda my on-her-way-to-work friend had was flat, and it took forever to get served and then for them to deliver the food.
Today, I find out (via http://www.postcrescent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071025/APC03/71025141/1979) that the FRBC is no longer even at the mall it’s another Fratello’s Restaurant. Supposedly they’re still serving the beer though.