United States > Wisconsin > Eau Claire
WisconsinBeer (10) St. Paul, Minnesota | July 15, 2006
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
I grew up in this area and have been to this place plenty of times. The beer is nothing special for beer geeks like ourselves, reason being that by my estimates 90% of the local populace wants nothing to do with strongly flavored micros. Northern WI is a haven for cheap swill beer drinkers, and the brews at this pub trend toward the macro palate. That being said, the beer is good for what it is, but not amazing.
The thing I like about this place is the food. It is solid pub fare, with burgers, wings, steaks, and fried food being popular.
The service for the most part is exceptional, the staff is laid back and polite. And those WI accents always crack me up.
If you are in town looking for a decent meal and a beer, check it out.
pablo951 (77) Chicago, Illinois | July 13, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 11/20
Great place, rustic cool ambiance, and the food is delicious with good values. They have a large selection of their own beers (and others), but most are average at best.
ChiGuy68 (38) Illinois | July 7, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Nice place with good food and ok beer. I loved the pie.
nuplastikk (42) Madison, Wisconsin | August 19, 2012
40 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 2/10 VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 6/20
Really subpar, outdated brewpub. Sysco food experience. You can still swoop in and grab a six pack or mix pack of their beers for 7.99, probably a better choice than suffering through them at the bar at bar prices.
BVery (471) Burnsville, Minnesota | November 18, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Visited on Nov. 18, 2011. Hunting lodge vibe but very comfortable. About a dozen beers on tap. Flights available. Free lot parking. Beers arenít good, though.
phishpond417 (51) Madison, Wisconsin | August 2, 2009
36 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 7/20
The second brewery we stopped at in the same day. Brewpub- not sure if they use grains but i wouldnít doubt it if it was actually extract. The beer was obviously marketed toward non beer drinkers. In my opinion,(and i usually try to avoid being overly critical of a brewers beer) this beer was tasteless, weak and not worth drinking. I guess i didnít know what to expect, but i wouldnít ever go again. As far as service goes- no complaints. The ambiance definately fit the name of the establishment. Big couches and hunting shit all over the place. Sports bar like atmosphere. All in all, beer sucked everything else was ok at best.
satan165 (102) River Grove, Illinois | October 31, 2008| Updated December 18, 2008
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 13/20
nice room, reminiscent of a hunting lodge. all wood grain as far as the eye can see. typical clintele seems to be seniors, not sure where and when they are selling the beer. espically confused becuase the beer is definately sub standard fare. however, the service was excellent, replete with girls in norweigan dress to match the flags on the walls. the food was excellent had a 1/2 order of fried pickles (and you get 5 huge spears in a half order!), then the corned beef dinner which i dare say might have been corned in house. the sides were also fresh and very good. bread, pies and baked goods are definately worth the hype. the only downfall is the beer, pretty bad stuff. value is off the charts for my pickles, corned beef w/ mashed potatoes and corn and rye bread, a slice of blueberry pie for dessert and 2 beers, i paid about $25 w/ tip! thats real value!
DrnkMcDermott (89) Downers Grove, Illinois | January 22, 2008
46 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 8/20
Original rating from 2003: Stopped by and tried a sampler of everything they had on tap, which was okay, I guess. All the beers were force carbonated to the same pressure, and there was too much emphasis on light lagers and ales. Hey, I guess itís what sells in this area. You know youíre in the woods when they offer drink specials for anyone wearing their hunting gear. Just one big caveat: I took home some of their bottled beers, and found them all to be very badly contaminated. I would hope this was a temporary problem that they should have fixed by this time.
fisherman01 (1) | December 17, 2007
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
This place rocks. Adding the Norske Nook was a great addition It has definetly improved. It now not only has a northwoods feel but now with a norsk twist. The beer has definiatly improved. THey have a Dunkel Wisen that is really true to style and the flavor is fantastic, whidh is alot for me who does not normally like wheat beers . The food has gotten excellent and the pie is to die for, just like moms. But the beer is what matters here and the brown ale, little bandit brown the GABF metal winner just keeps getting better. Another one that is great is the flopping crappie, Its kind of a cross of several styles being a brown beer with a light golden taste.
BDR (61) Roseville, Minnesota | June 3, 2007
50 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Attached to a Norske nook with a woodsy motif going on. Plenty of their own watery beer on tap.
nflmvp (33) Fox Valley, Wisconsin | January 23, 2007
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
A nice looking place (well packaged) that falls a little short of expectation. I was really hoping to find a great beer here but everything I tried seemed about average. Not bad, just not great.
The food was good, the service was ok.
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