t0rin0 (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 28, 2013| Updated August 30, 2013
Visited August 9, 2013.
Walked here from Dexterís on GTMW eve. This place wasnít even on my radar but while walking someone mentioned that there is a place nearby that we should check out. Glad I did. Even though the place was relatively empty and the tap lineup wasnít great they had a half a dozen taps from a place called Title Town Brewing. They didnít want to do a flight but since there were 4 of us we just ordered a glass of each. The server was nice but didnít interact with us much. We didnít actually spend a whole lot of time here. Might stop back in next year to see which brewery theyíre featuring, otherwise itís a bit out of the way.
BVery (609) Plymouth, Minnesota | September 3, 2011| Updated March 24, 2015
Visited here for the first time on Sept. 3, 2011. Kind of a dingy bar feel, and the service was just so-so (I sat at a table for 10-15 minutes with no service, then went to the bar where the bartender screwed up my first ordered beer). However, 18 taps and 200 bottles, and suddenly I could care less about trivial stuff like atmosphere and service. They even have 3 Fonteinen and Cantillon! Proper glassware is used. No flights, which is disappointing given that they have a good number of taps.
Update - revisited in March 2015. I actually love this vibe now.
Seems to be a dive taken over by a pretty serious beer aficionado. In fact it has become a true pub. No TVs! We came on the night before Great Taste and it was packed yet still not a ton of trouble to order a beer. At the time we were attracted to selections from Cantillon, Dupont and Glazen Toren, but I remember being impressed by the other bottles available. A nice patio outside as well. Discounts for Trappist ales on Tuesdays and 750ml bottles on Saturdays.
Iím not sure how I overlooked rating this place after a couple visits but it deserves a visit if you want the experience of a dive bar with the selection of someone who cares about more than the bottom line.
It is tough to judge the normal selection as most visits have been during Great Taste takeovers. However if those are anything to go by you wonít find too much PBR, Miller Lights, and Bud here relative to the local drafts from Ale Asylum, New Glarus, Lake Louie, and beyond.
Food consists of the typical bar fare - greasy but perfect for soaking up alcohol. Friday night fish fry gets the job done though isnít the best in the area. Sevice might be spotty; I wuld have to go on a less busy day to compare it against times when there is a line out the door.
Parking might be the only downside. Be prepared to hunt but you will be well rewarded with a Madison gem that fits right in with the local neighborhood.
I drive by this place twice on each trip to Madison but had never stopped in before. 18 taps were filled with plenty of decent choices and a nice bottle list was there as well. There was outdoor seating, though I donít know if that was only for Madison Beer Week. Service was ok, not the friendliest on this visit but Iím always willing to give some place another chance. Iím sure if I lived in Madison it would be in my rotation, though not to catch the game as there were no TVs.
Great laid back atmosphere, nothing pretentious about this place, just a tidy bar with great beer. Free live music at least once a week. Always among the first to have new Wisconsin brewed beers on tap. The selection is broad but somewhat shallow. Iím afraid the number of taps is just too small for the grand ambition of covering Belgian, Wisconsin and US craft beer under one roof. The Belgian taps in particular seem to rotate amongst the same dozen or so classics. The bottle list is similarly thorough, but nothing super rare. These are pretty quibbling criticisms though, quality is quite high and thereís always something exciting to drink. Servers are top notch.
The new place in Madison, owned and operated by Bill of the Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild (he is in chair of the Great Taste!). Only been open for a week, but this place shows some serious promise. Very laid back and classic ambiance (I think the bar is over 150 years old). Folks are helpful and knowledgeable (especially if Bill serves you). No food. Selection is evolving, but look for plenty of beers that you donít see around Madison everyday. Opening week had plenty of Belgians drafts (including a 2005 Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise on tap!). American craft drafts are a deal and belgian drafts are priced right. This place could shape up to be as good of a stop as Maduro, so letís hope they keep the draft and bottle list interesting.
Stopped here to see what they had on tap as my brother and I were hoping from some Cantillon on tap. Instead we ended up having a Bitter Woman on the Rye, Alpha King, and SN Bigfoot all on tap. Nothing pretentious here, just good beer and friendly people.
This has got to be Madisonís best beer bar. Atmosphere is great. No TV, no sports crap, no loud music, no food. Just first rate Belgian and Wisconsin beers (about 18 taps and a large bottle selection). Looks like they have some pretty good whiskeys, too. The prices are reasonable, esp. during Happy Hour from 4:00 to 7:00. We had Ichtegem Grand Cru and Lakefront Bridge Burner (American strong ale - 8%) on tap. Parking lot is a bit like the surface of the moon, they donít have a website and they donít have a sign. But these are minor problems. Located on Washington Ave., a little north of the isthmus. If youíre anywhere near Madison, itís a MUST VISIT.