Large, airy gastro pub with a slightly upscale feel. Beers on offer numbered about 10 and focused old world styles. The beer was surprisingly quite good - the wit and kolsch being standout examples of styles that I generally don’t enjoy. The food looked great - the menu emphasized farm to table cooking and was surprisingly adventurous. This isn’t a brewpub that mails in wings and garbage pizza. Service was quick and professional. Overall, a really nice spot. This place could compete in a crowded market, not just Wasau, Wisconsin.
First visit today for a late lunch & beer. Not a bad place inside - clean and spacious, closer to a "modern-industrial" look than anything else - right across the street from a gun shop, that might add (or detract) from the experience... Taps included 8 of their own, and 5 guests - one of which was a brand-new sour from Tallgrass, so they’re trying to keep up with cool stuff. The Red Eye brews included a good sour of their own, a very good kolsch and rye porter, a solid IPA, and less-stellar but mostly competent renditions of quad, dunkelweizen, schwarzbier and dubbel - no lightweights here. The food menu is eclectic and creative by brewpub standards for sure with several vegetarian and vegan options, several interesting-looking pizzas, and barbecue among other items. I had a beer-cheese-mushroom soup that was good and BBQ brisket with a quite spicy house sauce that was excellent, and we all shared one of the best pieces of carrot cake I’ve had. Service was super-nice and patient (we had two very loud little girls with us). All around excellent and worth going out of the way for.
Tried to get a dinner reservation through Open Table for a Sunday in January, but they were booked after 4pm. Might have had something to do with the fact that the Packers were playing a playoff game starting at 7:15pm, although with only one large screen TV behind the bar, most of their restaurant seating is not conducive to TV viewing. Luckily I called and they were able to get me in at 6:45pm. Glad I went! I was extremely impressed by the beers. I had a 6 beer sampler, including 2 IPAs and a hop forward rye. Four of the 6 beers were truly winners and the other two were solid. If you picked this place up and dropped it into the Twin Cities, I’m convinced it instantly becomes a top 5-8 brewery. The food tends toward the foodie, which is good. Shrimp skewer appetizer was excellent, the red eye beer & brie soup as well, and the Locavore woodfired pizza outstanding. Growlers are available for purchase, and I did. Highly recommended!
RedEyeMatt (2) Eden Prairie, Minnesota | October 15, 2015| Updated October 16, 2015
Good sized space. Clean and up to date. Super friendly. Excellent food. All the beers very good to great. No duds. There were no "this is good enough so lets throw that out there to expand our tap list" beers. Its apparent the brewer takes pride in crafting quality beers. Would certainly go back.
Nice addition to downtown Wausau and just a mile south of Athletic Field, home of the Woodchucks (a college-level wooden bat baseball team). Brewpub has a large bar with ample seating, and there are separate indoor and outdoor dining areas. Seven taps were dedicated to Red Eye’s brews (with excellent printed menus and chalkboards to explain them) and three guest taps were also available. It looked like there was a fair top-shelf liquor selection, too. All sandwiches ordered by our group were well-received. Waitstaff very friendly and knowledgeable about their products.
Great spot. Industrial vibe, extremely friendly staff, and high-def TVs over the bar. Cool bikes hanging from the ceiling, for which I got the background story (ask if you are there). Pizza was flat-out killer, and the beers were very good.