GT (672) San Diego, California | November 30, 2015
Stark contrast to New Glarus Brewing we visited earlier. The interior design is outdated with an Applebee’s like touch. Outdoor garden area is extensive, but much too cold for use during our visit. The brewing facility itself, after going on the tour, was not very clean. It was pretty filthy in places, flies buzzing around. Beer flavors were in the mid-tier range with not too many off flavors present besides diacetyl. So if you like margarine flavors in your beer, this is the place.
Large place, only the outside beer garden was available on a Sunday. The means no food other than pre-packaged popcorn and chips or crisps, depending on your country of origin. The outdoor space is nice - a long bar and Oktoberfest style picnic table, some covered and some sunny. Plenty of parking. Beers were buttery, but they did offer flights of six. Only go if you need ticks.
Went here in September to watch the Badger game. Never really got to check out the inside; it was outdoor service only. That aside, the beer was great, the service was excellent, and I left there quite happy.
Stopped in while Capital Brewing was hosting an event. Quite a crowd, but everything was running smoothly. No food available except for sliders being cooked on a grill. Selection was decent, prices were decent, and service was good. Everyone was having a good time. The beer garden was a great place to have a beer. Worth a visit while in Madison.
We spent a July 4th evening here in the beer garden and really enjoyed it. Nice, comfortable, Germany-like setting with communal tables, above average-to-very good beer, and a couple good options for food off the grill. Even a semi-passable band that played some really bad covers, and friendly parents chasing their kids around. An All-American setting. What else could you want? (Brewery #611)
You should of course go on the tour if you live in town, but don’t expect to be wowed. They don’t even have their own bottling line! You get a sample of all the current beers at the end of the tour, which will make it clear to you how similar they all taste. After the tour go over to the mustard museum and top off the evening at the Hubbard Ave diner and you never have to come back to Middleton again.
Always have a decent selection of their brews - regular, seasonal, and special releases. Outside area is nice when the weather is nice. Bier Stube is a bit small, but manageable. Stube looks into the brewery. Nice gift shop. Beers have been seemingly going up in price. Tours are hit or miss depending on who’s giving it. Have enjoyed numerous Bockfests here!
We missed he last tour of the day, but the bar was a fun place on a Saturday afternoon. The two bartenders were really great, offered several samples to our group, and gave us the history of the brewery. If it weren’t for the private party coming in at 5:00pm, they would have taken all 12 of us on a private tour, maybe next time. The selection of brews was very good, my favorite was the doppelbock. No food to speak of, but a good time all around. Worth the trip.