Ale Asylum

2002 Pankratz St
Madison, Wisconsin United States 53704
brewpub (Ale Asylum)  4.65/5.0 87 reviews
Mon-Thu 11a-12a, Fri&Sat 11a-2:30a, Sun 11a-10pm

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate  (189) Portland (Sellhood), Oregon | April 26, 2011
Awesome place. I thought that it would be a lot closer to the downtown area, but it’s, actually, very close to my hotel room. Great service. Their taps all all of their house beers, that is - no guest taps here, folks. Even though the aforementioned statement might seem discouraging, it shouldn’t be; their house beers are great. Their beers are great. The menu isn’t big at all, but they do have a few nice selections. I had the black bean burger with their Soup of the Day -- which was excellent. This place has some wonderful things about it, e.g., there’s a pretty nice pool table in the back. I’m in Wisconsin on business, and they made me feel right at home. There weren’t any seats at the bar, but that’s cool. The Hopalicious and the Gold Digger were both great beers. Overall, this is an awesome place, and worth a stop if you’re in town .
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
cbfobes  (27) Quad Cities, Illinois | February 2, 2011
My go to place in Madison, great selection of brews and the pizza’s are all pretty solid. I personally liked the pizzas that they had over a year ago when they were hand made, but not a huge deal. Will be a sad day when they out grow this facility and move but happy to see them doing well!
80
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski  (102) Combined Locks, Wisconsin | December 31, 2010
Taking care of Madison’s ale needs. Have not had the pizzas, but the combos sound great. Solid beer. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Tour is one of the more decent I have been on.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
homebrewlover  (11) | December 8, 2010
This is a great place to stop for a few brews, their beer is awesome!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
JaBier  (101) Capital City, Ohio | November 14, 2010
Stopped in for a sampler after the OSU-Wisconsin game on 10/16/10. Small bar area, but we were able to find two seats. Service was good and the guy knew plenty about the beer. Selection was pretty solid. Pizza smelled good, but I wasn’t hungry. A good spot to end the night.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Scubatrip  (36) Annandale, Virginia | August 23, 2010
Located close to the airport, it’s a great place to hit if a flight is delayed and you have some time to kill. Pretty small inside, but plenty of tables and some outdoor seating (seasonal). Everyone that came in seemed to be locals/regulars. They do pitchers, which may explain the softball jersey-ed groups. Don’t go here for the food, but if you just want some snacks, they have glorified-Dijourno-style pizza and cold sandwiches at lunch time. Friendly staff, good bathrooms.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
kseecs16  (209) Naperville, Illinois | April 30, 2010
Nicely renovated and comfortably stylish space in an office/industrial park, but conveniently accessible off of 51. Parking was a little limited. Friendly staff and a diverse and interesting tap list. Smells like a brewery when you enter. I did not eat but food menu looked limited, though they some of the pizzas sounded pretty interesting.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Sabrinic  (5) Oak Lawn, Illinois | April 28, 2010
We planned a small weekend up in Central Wisconsin and decided to hit up as many breweries as possible. I came across this place on RateBeer and decided we had to try it. I will definitely drive the 2 1/2 hours again just to go to Ale Asylum. Big selection of their own beer, all of it great. Get the sampler - it’s a good value and you get to try 10 beers, 4oz each. Loved the Hopalicious, Bedlam and Ballistic IPA the most. We stocked up on a few 6-packs before we left. You must try this place!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
sunnyridge  (28) | April 4, 2010
I love these guys. Almost didn’t appreciate this gem enough while I was still living in Madison. Great staff and neat story of where they started from.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
coharahawk  (77) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | March 29, 2010
Stopped at this place on a busy Saturday in the early evening. It’s very modern and interestingly designed on the interior. Almost appears like a martini bar on the inside. They had most of their standard offerings on draft, of which most are at least pretty decent. I was kinda hoping for some brewery-only special releases, but oh well. The tour was very fun and probably the most detailed/informative tour I’ve been on, even though the tour group was really large. We had one of their pizzas, wihch are essentially frozen pizzas warmed in their little toaster oven thing. It was surprisingly good and they had several combinations of interesting toppings (goat cheese and walnuts, etc). I would definitely go back and recommend to others.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu  (590) 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.

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