muzzlehatch (327) Beloit, Wisconsin | June 21, 2007| Updated September 16, 2016
- AMBIANCE 4/5
- SERVICE 8/10
- SELECTION 8/15
- FOOD 9/10
- VALUE 8/10
- OVERALL 16/20
Update September 2016. I will get it out of the way right away: if this place wasn’t already listed, I would no longer feel compelled to add it 9 years later. Oh, it might still be worth seeking out for the beer-hound wanting to drink in Janesville - there aren’t a lot of bars or restaurants with good selections, still. But there are a couple that are clearly better - for beer. Just a few taps here with area standards - Lake Louie, Leinies, Karben4, typically. And a fair number of bottles. No, the reason to come here is to have a small selection of good beer with GREAT food and service. I’ve probably been here 30-40 times in the last year-and-a-half, because the food is as good as Midwestern comfort food gets and the service has never been less than competent (usually more than that) and always, always friendly and speedy. It’s your standard pub & grill menu for the area - well, a bit more fish and vegetarian stuff than most - but they do everything well. Out of dozens of menu items I’ve had, only the chili has been a real let-down; burgers, steaks, fish (bluegill & walleye are nearly always on), shrimp tacos, desserts (made in-house) - all top-notch. No, not fine dining, but as good as this kind of stuff gets. So I AM recommending this, very highly - but primarily for the food. There’ll always be at least a couple of good choices to drink - lately Karben4 Fantasy Factor, a year ago it was usually a Leinenkugels Big Eddie series - but this is mostly a restaurant. For better beer choices in the area, The Rock or Lucy #7 in Beloit, or O’Riley & Conways in Janesville are going to be your best bets. Comfy bar and somewhat nicer dining area than a decade ago.
(June 2007): Ugly-looking prefab-type building behind the Farm and Fleet and a half-mile or so from the Woodmans and the Janesville Mall, so I guess this is "centrally located" as far as the beer hunter in Janesville is concerned. Vinyl seats in the booths, plastic-wood tables and painted board walls don’t make much of an impression and I’ll be surprised if they have anything to drink...but, actually, they do. Mostly Leinenkugels, Capital, Grays and New Glarus in bottles; the few taps are Miller/Miller Lite and a couple of locals. Food was pretty solid pub fare if rather expensive by Janesville standards....service was friendly and prompt. You could do worse, but it’s also sad if this is the best Janesville with 60,000 people has to offer -- and it looks like it might well be.