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Beer Available At Rowlandís Calumet Brewery (arranged by most recent)
BVery (400) Burnsville, Minnesota | September 3, 2011
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 13/20
The building is an old fire hall from the 1800s that was turned into a bar in the early 20th century. Found out that they are only on the 3rd owners since this became a bar! Kind of a dive bar, but it has style. 1 pool table, 1 dart machine, 1 high def TV. Food is limited to frozen pizza. Server/owner seemed very matter of fact - nothing flashy, hereís your beer. 8 beer sampler for $6, great value. Decent root beer as well.
Terminus (333) Las Cruces, New Mexico | February 17, 2004
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
visited this place spring 2003-very much a midwest bar with a brewery. I thought that the dark was over-rated, but still a strong brew. all their brews were consistant and very good. Yes, do ask about the "idiot from NY" and you will get a great story
esjaygee (262) Oak Creek, Wisconsin | May 14, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
Finally made it to Rowlandís in middle of nowhere Chilton. They had 11 house beers on tap on this visit. Service was good, Iím pretty sure it was one of the owners. Nice wall dťcor with articles about brewing and old tap handles and other assorted brewania abound. The beer was fairly disappointing. I see lots of high reviews on here but tried many flawed samples. Food was limited so I went around the corner to eat.
muzzlehatch (255) Burlington, Vermont | February 8, 2004
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
This place is certainly a must-stop if you're in Central-Eastern Wisconsin, somewhere around Lake Winnebago and/or Green Bay. It's a classic small-town Wisconsin bar, but instead of Miller products, you get Bob's great classic German-style lagers. The celebrated Dark is actually second in my book to the schwartzbier, Total Eclipse, but everything's pretty decent. Bob and Bonita will talk your ear off and they'll appreciate that you've heard of them from Ratebeer, even if they don't quite understand why you would care. An essential experience!
CaptainCougar (142) Columbia, Maryland | May 12, 2004
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Iíve made the drive from Milwaukee to Chilton a few times now and Iíve always been pleased. The beer is fresh and enjoyable, the service excellent, and the selection better than most brewpubs. The prices are also amazing, cheaper than you pay for most macros at a bar. I also had a frozen pizza that they made in a toaster oven there that wasnít half bad. A definite place to check out if youíre anywhere near the area.
Ughsmash (138) Pewaukee, Wisconsin | January 8, 2008
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Iíve only been there once, but itís a cool stop if youíre in the right place in the middle of nowhere in Wisconsin! They have a really cool bar area, great beers, and will talk your ear off about íem if youíll let íem. I havenít been back since Bob passed away, but I wouldnít hesitate to stop in if I was anywhere close.
emerge077 (129) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | September 13, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 15/20
This is a really unique place, quirky and anachronistic. If this doesnít interest you, stop reading here. For the intrepid seekers of one-of-a-kind experiences, read on...
We made a detour here from Green Bay, en route to Door county, despite the protests of a few locals based on the overall quality of the beers (more on that later). The building itself appeared to be well over 100 years old, with a cool mural of the Calumet Brewery logo. The front door was a unique copper plated design, heavy and rustic. Brewing equipment was visible though the windows. Inside it was dark and a little divey, high ceilings and a tv above the bar playing dr. phil. If youíre a breweriana fan, the collection here is worth the visit alone. Plenty of old trays and piles of crates high above on the walls, many from the old Calumet Brewery (closed 1937) and from collection of the bar owner/brewerís mother. She was tending the bar, and had plenty of great stories to tell, a real salt of the earth lady who cared about the place, the beer, and itís history.
About the beer itself... letís get the quality issues out of the way. They brew with a house yeast, and there was diacetyl in a few of the beer samples, so some of the less interesting beers tended to all run together. Donít know if this is a tap line sanitation issue or what. However, there were a few that were solid, the Calumet Dark, Mortimerís Ale, and "Kirby" a test batch brewed with Kirby Nelson (formerly of Capital). The root beer wasnít bad either.
Thereís something to be said for upholding local brewing history, reviving a lost brewery, and maintaining it for over 20 years in this tiny, quiet town. Itís worth a visit, especially if quirky, off-the-beaten-path places are your cup of tea.
StewardofGondor (122) Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin | June 27, 2005
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
In the middle of nowhere sits a brewpub. We even drove right past it and then had to circle back. Went on a Saturday afternoon and were nearly the only people in the place until a wedding party in between events showed up. Like Jason, I did the sampler, and it came with 12 beers (I think.) Overall, very tasty. Nothing was particularly mind blowing, but itís good to have done the experience. If youíre even in the area (how many times do you pass through Chilton?), Iíd say hit this place. Classic.
kmeves (100) Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin | July 29, 2009
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
This is a great little place in a small town. Too bad the beers are a shadow of what they once were, full of diacytel.
JCapriotti (67) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | May 21, 2005| Updated December 18, 2005
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
This is a great hidden brewpub. There really arenít any big beers here, but there also arenít any bad beers. And today I got a 12-beer sampler (~2oz each) for $6.50. I was amazed! Bob Rowland, the co-owner and brewer, is a cool guy.... a little non-PC as he puts it, but also very down to earth about owning such a successful business. And, regarding Hezronís comments about a "biker bar", this place must be on a list of bars to stop at if you are a biker. On a sunny weekend afternoon, Iím guessing this place routinely gets bombarded by bikers for an hour or two. You can see the owners go to battle stations at the first sound of the thunder, early-pouring pilseners and lagers to meet the demand. Fun stuff :)
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