well well, i visited the fitchburg location-large brewpub in the suburbs of Madison filled with yuppies on their lunch break. Well, the place was smoke free so i sat at the bar and ordered a 6 beer sampler and a buffalo chicken sandwich. The beer was hit/miss, but the service kicked ass!
Itís in a strip mall, and it looks pretty corporate and soulless, with the exception of the excellent horseshoe bar in the center -- that alone gives it a little character. The food is the same combination of pretty well done pub favorites, a few Wisconsin spins on same, and a fair amount of veggie-healthy stuff. Alas the beer list was weaker than Iíve ever seen at the downtown location, only one new one for me and that a pretty dang mediocre nitro stout. Oh well. Certainly worth a stop if youíve never been to the downtown one -- but if you havenít, why not go there?
Lacks the same sort of atmosphere as the downtown location, probably because it is located in the middle of a strip mall. Once you go inside, it still feels like a brewpub. The food is above average - you canít go wrong with most things on the menu. Beerwise, selection might be a little more limited than downtown but expect to find at least 8 beers on tap. Overall, if you are in the area, stop by. However, if it comes down to a decision, go downtown.
Following up the downtown location is tall order. This place is completely different than Doty, but itís outstanding in its own right. Upscale maple interior. Has an outdoor patio with adjoining bar and a wrap around deck that is covered in removable canvas. There is also an upstairs section with its own bar. Well worth a visit to West madison. The year-round beer selection was identical to Doty but their seasonal/specialty brew selection was smaller. There was one unique brew not available downtown: ESB.
Nice atmosphere for the two level brew pub. The food I had was spectacular. A burger with a brat patty and bacon with sharp cheddar on a Bavarian pretzel bunÖ very good. The wait staff was friendly and informative and helped me fill up my 10 flight sampler. While none of the beers were out of this world, most werenít bad. I would return here for the food alone and could find a beer or two on the menu to enjoy. The lone knock would be the lack of styles amongst the 11 beersÖ two pale ales, two pilseners, and a pale lager made up about half of the available choices.
Big brewpub/restaurant. As mentioned in previous ratings, itís located in a strip mall. Not much karma, but then, who cares as long as the beer is good...and as at the downtown location, the beer is pretty good. I visited on a Wednesday afternoon, so it wasnít crowded. The bartender was very attentive and gave me a few free samples. I visited the downtown location on the same day and their lineups are a little different. I didnít eat here, but it looked the the menu was pretty similar to downtown, so I suspect itís decent.
The service was decent. The selection was mediocre. The food was decent, as well. I canít say much about this place. It was a very popular place, given the area. Not hard to get to from Verona, but it is certainly located in a odd part of town. Wait....what the fuck am I talking about; I donít live here! The Fitchburg location is not the location pictured. Imagine a newly built strip mall, that isnít exactly a strip, but intermingled buildings that give the impression of a strip mall. The place is adjacent to fairly large apartment complex. Lots of wood paneling, and some brewing equipment that wasnít derelict, but it didnít look very active. Overall, it was akin to Twainís in Atlanta, Pike Place Pub in Seattle. Itís not exactly like the aforementioned areas, but thatís as close of a comparison as I can get. Itís a great place to rub elbows with locals, but the locals know if youíre a local, so you might be met with some implicit hostility. Not saying the locals were mean, but I was expecting more of a "local" feel. Ambiance is pedestrian. Try it out once, and I think youíll be over it. Sheboygan.
This Dane was conveniently located near a client of mine, so I spent some time there. I found the facility warm and welcoming, with TVs available around the bar that were helpful for watching some B-Ball. This location has Dane beers, a few of which differed from the downtown selections, but it looks like downtown gets more of an allotment of specialty stuff. The food was on par with the other locations (great!), and the service was very good. Iíd prefer downtown over this location, but this was still great!