Rowlandís Calumet Brewery | Chilton, Wisconsin
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Rowlandís Calumet Brewery
Exceptional based on 19 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

25 N Madison St
Chilton, Wisconsin United States 53014 [ print map ]
920 849 2534

rowlandsbrewery.com

Hours: Tu-Th 2:00p.m; Fri-Sun 12:00 p.m; closed Mon


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19 reviews for Rowlandís Calumet Brewery
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  85%
 Selection  73%
 Food  40%
 Value  87%
 Overall  74%
 Rating  84%
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100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 1/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 20/20
jewedekind  (37) Middleton , Wisconsin | July 26, 2005| Updated April 22, 2007
If you want an experience along with incredible beer, this is the place to go. Arrived on the hottest of July days early on a Friday afternoon. Only regular locals at the bar (one in house slippers). Bob ruled the day, telling us ribald jokes by the score, watched some golf and tried about every beer he had. The beers are unique to Bobís crooked view of the world. Spicy. diacetyl -heavy and very unique beers. Not for everyone - but right up my alley. This place screams WISCONSIN!
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
Pjones6738  (25) Madison, Wisconsin | February 9, 2004
I agree with Muzzlehatch. Fun little local bar, with great beer. Bonita is great. Ask her about "the idiot from New York" that they shipped the growlers to.
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus  (333) Las Cruces, New Mexico | February 17, 2004
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
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76  (1) Richmond, Virginia | March 13, 2004
absolutely awesome. Bob and Bonita are great, and yes, they laugh heartily at the beer geeks. Bob's mission is to brew beer that makes you have to take another sip shortly after the last. Ask Bob for some quality jokes, and he'll have you laughing heartily as well. Just a super cool little place. yes, the total eclipse is the best, but I havent had the bock yet
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch  (255) Burlington, Vermont | February 8, 2004
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!
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar  (142) Columbia, Maryland | May 12, 2004
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.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti  (67) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | May 21, 2005| Updated December 18, 2005
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 :)
80
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 15/20
emerge077  (129) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | September 13, 2013
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.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash  (138) Pewaukee, Wisconsin | January 8, 2008
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.
78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor  (122) Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin | June 27, 2005
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.

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