Located in charming downtown Chilton, this place is like a time capsule. Opened in the 1990s, the place hasn’t progressed much and still has relics of even earlier times. In all its comfortable. Completely dead on a Saturday early evening. 10 beers on tap. The infamous Dark was on and was excellent. The other beers ranged from quite poor to quite good. Excellent service. Cash only. Good prices, pint, flight and glass were #16. Barrel count is currently 9068. 700th place rating!
An old brewpub in small town Wisconsin that has a 1950-60s town bar feel to the place. Lots of old memorabilia plastering the walls and the rest of the place looked like it hasn’t been updated as well. Service was decent if not particularly oriented. A number of beers seemed off, but 8 were available as were flights. A few frozen pizzas available and place was dirt cheap. Seems time may have passed this place by...
This is a really unique place, quirky and anachronistic. If this doesn’t 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 you’re 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/brewer’s 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 it’s history.
About the beer itself... let’s 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. Don’t know if this is a tap line sanitation issue or what. However, there were a few that were solid, the Calumet Dark, Mortimer’s Ale, and "Kirby" a test batch brewed with Kirby Nelson (formerly of Capital). The root beer wasn’t bad either.
There’s 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. It’s worth a visit, especially if quirky, off-the-beaten-path places are your cup of tea.
Was interesting to see a brew operation in a Wisconsin small-town local tavern. Brewing equipment right in the front when you walk in. Not a fancy place but very authentic Wisconsin old time bar. Beers were so-so. A little hard to find, I had to circle around the block, too. They sponsor a big beer festival every year in the local park.
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, here’s your beer. 8 beer sampler for $6, great value. Decent root beer as well.
Finally made it to Rowland’s in middle of nowhere Chilton. They had 11 house beers on tap on this visit. Service was good, I’m pretty sure it was one of the owners. Nice wall décor 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.
"Moe, you ain’t thinking about getting rid of the dank, are you? Oh but Moe! The dank!" This quote from Carl Carlson pretty much sums up this bar. It’s on a main street in the center of town, small, smaller inside. There’s a pool table, a couple TVs, half a dozen high tables, and a 20-seat bar. A couple locals drowning their sorrows on the Sunday afternoon I stopped in. And yes, the music did abruptly stop when we out-of-towners stepped in the door. The bartender was friendly enough, but said "I don’t believe in those things" when I tried to pay with a credit card. CASH ONLY, FYI. 11 beers in the sampler, plus their root beer. If I lived in Chilton, I’d be a regular. Beers were generally good, really nothing about the place to actually complain about. It’s worth the scenic route around Lake Winnebago if you have the chance.
I’ve only been there once, but it’s a cool stop if you’re 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 ’em if you’ll let ’em. I haven’t been back since Bob passed away, but I wouldn’t hesitate to stop in if I was anywhere close.
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 Rowland’s 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. Didn’t 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!