Granite City Food and Brewery - Madison

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch  (284) Beloit, Wisconsin | July 23, 2016
Visited August 2015. Well, it could have been worse - we could have gone to a Buffalo Wild Wings. I visited here with my mom, brother, and his family because we were just out for a drive and ended up at the mall - and of course like most malls these days the food choices consist of a food court and one "real" restaurant - this being it. This is a bit brighter and more overtly family-friendly than the Rockford location, but the same bland food in mega-portions and generally so-so beer. Service was super-friendly, Iíll give it that; I guess if you want a beer and you happen to be at the mall...otherwise, certainly skippable.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
t0rin0  (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 8, 2013
Visited October 9, 2010. Last stop of the day.

I hear that Granite City is a chain that doesnt have much to offer but Iíve never been so I wanted to check it out. This location is in a mall and was decently busy, Took a while to get some service but they were friendly and promptly got my sampler for me. The beers werent bad but all run of the mill, perhaps a bit too sweet. They also included some blends (blended at the tap).
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
Lemke10  (20) Waukesha, Wisconsin | March 28, 2013
This was my second time at Granite City in Madison. This time we just went into the bar area for drinks since we were waiting to pick something up in the mall. I noticed maybe 4-5 of their beers on tap with no signage saying they offered any other beers than those. Not much for a selection and a little overpriced but at least it was a 20 glass. They do have a mug members club discount but I donít live close enough to get much use from it. The classic craft vs crafty argument can be made here. Considering Old Chicago is just across the street, that makes for a much better selection and price!
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
CMUBEERMAN  (49) , | April 13, 2009
awful chain brewery that has awful beers. food is about as good as a TGI Fridays. Thatís about it. Not expensive...friendly staff...but shit beer and mediocre food.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 8/20
notalush  (390) Denver, Colorado | April 8, 2009
I tried to hit JT Whitneys yesterday, only to find that it was out of business, so I went here since it was right down the street - I could tell this place was going to suck before I even pulled in the parking lot - itís location in the mall, and exterior decor, all screamed crappy chain brewpub - faux upscale mall restaurant, nuff said? - this place is like the Cheesecake Factory, only instead of delicious cheesecake, they make crappy beer - as I had been to a couple brewpubs that day, I didnít feel like taking any more notes, but the beer was quite bad (if you canít make a halfway decent IPA, you should not be in business!), and there were only four to choose from - the food was okay - the staff was very friendly, but trying a little too hard to be so - our waiter was so chatty that is was almost awkward - anyway, stay away from this place.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 11/20
jarlbartar  (7) Janesville, Wisconsin | July 6, 2007| Updated July 30, 2007
A chain brewpub located right next to the West Towne Mall. Ambience seems like they are trying really hard to pull off the local brewpub vibe, but not doing too good of a job. Staff was very knowledgable about the varieties of beers and gave 2 small snifters as free samples. I tried the stout and the porter which were both average. The food was typical pub fare, burgers and such. Way overpriced though! $24 for a new growler, with a special $1 refill on tuesdays, otherwise $14 for a refill any other day. Not an overly bad experience, just way too expensive for a modest product.

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