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 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
satan165  (102) River Grove, Illinois | December 13, 2008
this is everything a brewpub should be to me. interior and exterior decoration is more then up to snuff, easy to spot and comfortable inside. modern and clean but without being obnixious. with 8 to 9 tappers flowing at all times, including 2 or 3 belgians, you cant go wrong. their american styles are wonderful. their food is simple yet refined and prepared with great care. my bartender jillian was a joy and i also made acquaintance with another employee who preps the food for the sandwiches and even bakes cookies. i would love to sit here and get good and drunk rather then the two beer lunch i did today.
76
  • 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.
80
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
bigtaster  (99) Grand Rapids, Michigan | May 5, 2011
Nice place, slow the night I visited, but really nice. The beer I had was good, pizza was great, crowd was older, surprised that not many people were there. Staff was nice, very midwestern. Will come back the next time I’m in Madison.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman  (95) Texas | August 14, 2011
I am enamored by this place and their beer. It has some sort of "crazy" feel on the inside, pictures of their beer stuff all over the place with various styles of rock ’n’ roll playing in the background, dim lighting. Almost exceptional service, and they do have a good selection of their own beers on tap, several "tap room only beers" too. Well priced. They do offer food, but I did not have any. I wanna go back, badly.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
jmagnus87  (92) Rockford, Illinois | January 27, 2013
Really cool place. No TVs. Bartenders absolutely knew their beer and had cool bar tricks to go with it. 7 beers on tap with a bunch of bottle choices too. Food was great. Me and the lady split a pizza. Good value for what you get. I had a full pint, plus a flight of the rest of the brews. I can’t wait to go back.
86
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
alagnak  (90) Littleton, Colorado | October 26, 2011
In a what seems to be small-brewery standard industrial park on the East side. Tasting room/dining area is really nice, Ale Asylum labels/stickers/posters cover alomst evey square inch of several walls. Nice "woody/Modern" look. Beers were all excellent, food choices looked very good and pretty expansive, though we just threw darts and drank. Definitely a good stop in madison if you’re out on the East side, and worth a side trip even if youre not.
70
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy  (88) Wisconsin | May 29, 2012
Interesting place in a light industrial area by the airport. Face of the building looks like office space, however inside is a smallish bar area, a fair size restaurant seating area and an outdoor patio facing the main drag - some personality. Getting the tender’s attention was not always easy on a Sat late afternoon, and not always because of the crowd. The food was tasty, if not something you really wanted to watch them prepare. 9 taps with a nice range of styles, and the beer quality is fine. I will be interested to see their new facility in August mostly to see if it causes their offerings to expand.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh  (85) Greenfield, Indiana | August 14, 2007
Kind of an industrial feel. Food include premade pizzas, deli sandwiches, and a couple of salads. Pizzas were good. 8 taps as I remember. Those that I tried, all were tasty. There were a couple hotties working, so the ambiance was great.
80
  • 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.
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
TXBadger  (74) Dallas, Texas | July 6, 2015
Great brewpub to visit while in Madison. Service was good, great selection of draft beer! Did not have food during my visit, but it sure smelled good! Definitely a must stop brewpub.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
HippieFee  (73) , | August 28, 2017
I originally visited this place years ago when I flew into Madison and drove to La Crosse. Nice thing about this brewery is it is right outside the airport so easy to find and convenient I must say. Rather large warehouse building with a huge bar area and restaurant side. I have gotten food here several times and its always good. Nothing real fancy but certainly above average for a brewery. Prices on food and beer very reasonable. Seem to have anywhere from 15-20 taps on any given day with a huge selection to choose from which is nice. Enough beers to keep anyone entertained for hours and appeal to all drinkers of beer. Staff is nice and friendly. I swear some are the same people from years ago which is nice to see. Good place for food and drink. Always seem to have something new here.

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