Rowlandís Calumet Brewery

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Jabswitch  (16) Green Bay, Wisconsin | January 24, 2006| Updated July 2, 2006
I wish this was my neighborhood bar. I live about 30 miles away and paid my first visit to Rowlandís on a beautiful winter Saturday in Jan 06. Tried the Irish Red, Amber and Rye and was not disappointed! Walked into the place and big Bob was behind the bar. A biker and his babe (both hippie burnouts) were shooting pool. Didnít know what to expect. Soon we were talking about the great pyramids of Egypt, who discovered the concept of Pi, and most importantly, beer festivals. Give this place a visit if you can. Quaint old Wisconsin town, no traffic, no crowds, not much hops, but some excellent lagers!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
TheEnemy  (44) Chicago, | October 10, 2005| Updated October 12, 2005
Ambiance-wise, this is what a brewpub should be, especially one in a small town in upper Wisconsin. Basically a Northwoods small-town tavern with the ambiance to match, though more tidy than your average backwoods cheesehead watering hole. The difference is this tavern also happens to brew and serve only its own beers. I wasnít as overwhelmed by the beers as most other reviewers, but with the exception of a painfully salty glass of liquid diacetyl described as a bock, I didnít get a bad beer either. (How the hell did the bock get so highly rated here anyway? Was mine just from a bad batch??) The server, however, was rude and had no qualms about insulting someone who had just driven some 250 miles for the express purpose of trying their beer. Some would write it off as the non-PC attitude of the place/owner/staff, or their bewilderment at beer geeks, or whatever. Maybe others who read the reviews here before visiting will be better prepared for the attitude than I was. In hindsight I suppose it was all in good fun, but at the time I wasnít expecting it and was simply taken aback. Iím glad other reviewers here were able to get samplers. When I asked for one, they refused. (Maybe it wasnít all in good fun after all??) I might stop in again if Iím in the area on other business but I wonít make any special trips back.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
DavidP  (58) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | August 9, 2005
Nothing new to add just another positive experience!
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  • 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!
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  • 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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  • 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 :)
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
hezron  (26) Viroqua, Wisconsin | April 10, 2005
I felt out of place here in a tshirt and shorts and only driving a Honda. We pull up behind like 25 Harleyís. My friends were wondering why in the world I was bringing them to a biker bar. It took a while to get service, poor lady was busy. Once things settled down a bit we joked with her about feeling out of place and she agreed with us. Then she pointed out a road cyclist at the other end of the bar and said he must really feel out of place. Interesting place. Brewing stuff was laying around in the corners, behind the pool table, etc.. Old buckets holding blowoff tubes from the fermenters. Fun place.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Terminus  (356) St. Louis, Missouri | 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
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  • 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.

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