Large, cool building.. Decent beer, okay food. Had a very rude young lady bartender but the other people there seemed nice, think we just got a dud. Not worth going out of the way for but if you are going by, it’s worth a drop in.
Met up with my brother-in-law here for lunch and some brews on BVery’s recommendation. Location was easy to find and close to highway. Service was very good and there was a decent selection of beers. Did the sampler of 6 for $15, the servings were large and waiter said was about 3 pints of beer. Solid place to stop by when in the area.
(Visited 08/2014): Ale Asylum is located on the northeast part of Madison near the airport on Pankratz. There is a large parking lot in front of the building.
The interior is dark with sort of a heavy metal theme, with red walls and hanging lights. The beers available are denoted by lit signs behind the bar.
As for the beers, there are around 11 available. On our visit the menu included a Blond, Hefe, Nut Brown, Kink Belgian, Porter, Stout, Amber and a couple IPAs. A sampler is available. The beers were above average on the whole.
Service on a relatively slow Friday evening was good. The bartender was personable and knew the beers.
We did not have food on our visit.
Overall this is a worthwhile brewpub to visit in Madison, with nice ambiance and a solid beer list.
Probably my favorite brewpub in Madison. This is a large place, with a tankard visible outside. The taps available are available as signs above the bar, lit if on, dark if off. No TVs. They had about 10 taps, all were excellent. I really enjoyed Big Slick (a super chocolatey stout) and Bedlam (a Belgian IPA). Calyptic session IPA and Ambergeddon were solid as well. The menu is a few salads, sandwiches, and pizzas. The chicken peanut salad was delicious. Overall, excellent beer, this place is not to be missed.
Stopped by here at 1pm on a Sunday, at the end of my trip to Madison for GTMW. You can’t drive by this place in miss it. It’s very big and conspicuous. Outside looks pretty cool and modern. Very easy parking. I only entered the taproom, didn’t explore much further. I was hungry for lunch, but the limited menu didn’t really interest me, mostly because I didn’t feel like spending $12 on food. The metal menu is neat, though, and the food looked pretty good. No small 4oz samples are offered afaik... Either a splash or a 7oz shorty. Shorties were reasonable at just $2, but the flight of 6 6oz pours was $15. Not sure how that works, maybe I misheard (no, I asked again and that’s how they do it... I was scratching my head on this.). The taproom is pretty airy bright and aesthetically pleasing. Spacious comfortable modern and smartly decorated. Beers I tried were solid, above average. A solid place worth visiting all in all, but if I was a local I don’t think I’d be here often, after trying all the beers.
Visited 09/2013 after a very adventurous bike ride in the direction of the airport over the adjacent golf course and through hedges. Probably advisable to come by car, given the size of the parking lot. Refurbished industrial look with large tables and some cozier nooks and corners. Attentive enough student service scurrying about. Had tastes of all of our 10+ group’s tasters, but at that point I was just happy to get something with punch to drink to drown out the bramble stings and only the Hopalicious stood out. Quite a few other reputable offerings went out quickly...Will have to revisit in person or by growler.
This is probably the most professionally designed and built brewpub/micro brewery that I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. The beer was good, but nothing really stood out. None of the more highly rate beers were available when I visited. I enjoyed my food choices. Even though the location is out by the airport, I feel that this is a plus because as great as downtown Mad City is, it can be awfully difficult to find a place to park.