Ale Asylum

2002 Pankratz St
Madison, Wisconsin United States 53704
brewpub (Ale Asylum)  4.65/5.0 82 reviews
Mon-Thu 11a-12a, Fri&Sat 11a-2:30a, Sun 11a-10pm

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99  (606) Cincinnati, Ohio | December 25, 2014
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
deyholla  (606) Minneapolis, Minnesota | September 8, 2016
Huge place with a crisp feeling to it. A nice outdoor seating area and plenty of seating space inside. Bartender was friendly and pretty knowledgeable. The have 12ish beers on tap with large samplers available. Some bottles to go as well. The quesadilla I had was quite enjoyable. Prices were good overall but the sampler was a bit steep. Overall a really solid spot.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu  (556) Cincinnati, Ohio | March 23, 2010| Updated August 12, 2013
New review, based on the new location- which is HUGE. It’s a cool place out by the airport that looks fairly nondescript from the outside but has a ton of space inside. The beers remain on lighted signs behind the bar, which is a really great concept and easy way to see the offerings. Just like at the old place, we didn’t come here to eat. Beers are very good and served in pint glasses. Service was incredibly friendly; it helped to be with another local restaurant person who knew the staff, to be fair. We played pool on one of two tables; there are also darts. This is a must-visit if you’re in the area, as one of the key brewers around.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere  (543) Ottawa, Ontario | January 28, 2013
One of the most beautiful tasting room i have seen...modern, sobre, with burned orange hues, chromium bar, very good and attentive service. Had the shrimp burger which was excellent and at 9$, a deal (served with fries or soup-chili). 7 taps open when i visited, solid offerings. No samplers but free tastes are given if you are nice. Close to the airport!
74
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
notalush  (398) Denver, Colorado | April 8, 2009
Stopped in here for lunch yesterday - man, this is way out on the edge of Madison, on the corner of an industrial park - not the greatest of locations - cold exterior, etc. - the interior was about as homey as it could be given the circumstances - I’ve never been to a brewpub that had it’s own mechanized bottling line visible from the bar - it was kind of neat to watch as I had my lunch - the staff was young and hip (ie. lots of tattoos and piercings), but very friendly and attentive - the food is sandwiches and pizzas (there is not kitchen; they make all the food right in front of you behind the bar), so you get your food pretty fast- the sandwich I had was decent, but nothing special - the beers ranged from quite good, to mediocre - their strong suit seems to be session ales, and the stronger beers are less impressive - a good selection of ten beers, but I’d like to see more interesting styles - overall a nice place to stop, but I prefer the Great Dane downtown.
60
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 10/20
JK  (378) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | August 22, 2015
Stopped by for dinner on Friday before the Great Taste. Not especially busy, and they were not pouring anything special or otherwise doing anything for the festival. My pizza was ok, my wife’s pizza was not good (veggie). A very large place, and coming from Minneapolis, I can’t help but compare this to surly in both size and atmosphere. Staff was friendly, they had about 10 beers on tap but had room for more.
86
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
LilBeerDoctor  (367) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | October 11, 2014
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.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale  (345) Lansing, Kansas | October 15, 2012
Stopped in on a Friday night. Was extremely busy. Service was a bit slow but understandable. Food selection was limited. The sandwich I selected was excellent. Their beers were well above average. Think a must stop if in the area.
80
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch  (326) Beloit, Wisconsin | November 28, 2006
Boring prefab/industrial park on the outside, comfy if modern and a bit too shiny inside with black tabletops and blonde woods, very new. Didn’t try the food (only sandwiches I think) but the bartenders were very cool and the beer was basically all well done, from the lightest BMC-friendly stuff to the big Belgians and stouts. A must visit in Madison, IMHO the best beer in the city at the moment.
78
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
hopdog  (320) Lansdale, Pennsylvania | July 23, 2007
Stopped by at lunch on a Monday. Had the whole place practically to myself. Sandwiches and pre-made pizzas (sandwich was good). Located in an industrial strip mall. Nine beers on tap and all available in full or half sized samplers. Belgians were decent.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier  (310) Chagrin Falls, Ohio | June 3, 2006

Stopped in here with hezron and malachi just after the grand opening weekend to check it out. I am very impressed with what they’ve done - if they can build momentum this will be a must-stop location for those visiting Madison.

It was pretty empty when we went in, but I assume that has to do with the fact it has only been open for a few days. The bar area was very busy though and very well set up. Besides the bar stools, there is an outdoor patio area for smokers, a couple of nice leather coaches and a bunch of four seat tables. Free pool is available if the same two people do not monopolize it for the three hours that you are there. Lighting is low to provide a nice mood once the sun goes down.

There was a food menu which looked good but we missed it by a few minutes. It is gourmet sandwiches with locally made bread, cheese and meats. The deli offerings are not your typical brewpub fare. Service for the drinks was great. I think they may have been suprised that someone wanted to order one of everything. At $3 per 9 oz sample (with tip), the price was excellent.

The beer selection covers a wide range of styles. All are well done and not mailed in. There may be seasonals in the future but we sampled the base offerings. Overall, I was very impressed with both the diversity and the quality of the taps.


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