Located in charming downtown Chilton, this place is like a time capsule. Opened in the 1990s, the place hasn’t progressed much and still has relics of even earlier times. In all its comfortable. Completely dead on a Saturday early evening. 10 beers on tap. The infamous Dark was on and was excellent. The other beers ranged from quite poor to quite good. Excellent service. Cash only. Good prices, pint, flight and glass were #16. Barrel count is currently 9068. 700th place rating!
The building is an old fire hall from the 1800s that was turned into a bar in the early 20th century. Found out that they are only on the 3rd owners since this became a bar! Kind of a dive bar, but it has style. 1 pool table, 1 dart machine, 1 high def TV. Food is limited to frozen pizza. Server/owner seemed very matter of fact - nothing flashy, here’s your beer. 8 beer sampler for $6, great value. Decent root beer as well.
An old brewpub in small town Wisconsin that has a 1950-60s town bar feel to the place. Lots of old memorabilia plastering the walls and the rest of the place looked like it hasn’t been updated as well. Service was decent if not particularly oriented. A number of beers seemed off, but 8 were available as were flights. A few frozen pizzas available and place was dirt cheap. Seems time may have passed this place by...
visited this place spring 2003-very much a midwest bar with a brewery. I thought that the dark was over-rated, but still a strong brew. all their brews were consistant and very good. Yes, do ask about the "idiot from NY" and you will get a great story
This place is certainly a must-stop if you're in Central-Eastern Wisconsin, somewhere around Lake Winnebago and/or Green Bay. It's a classic small-town Wisconsin bar, but instead of Miller products, you get Bob's great classic German-style lagers. The celebrated Dark is actually second in my book to the schwartzbier, Total Eclipse, but everything's pretty decent. Bob and Bonita will talk your ear off and they'll appreciate that you've heard of them from Ratebeer, even if they don't quite understand why you would care. An essential experience!
Finally made it to Rowland’s in middle of nowhere Chilton. They had 11 house beers on tap on this visit. Service was good, I’m pretty sure it was one of the owners. Nice wall décor with articles about brewing and old tap handles and other assorted brewania abound. The beer was fairly disappointing. I see lots of high reviews on here but tried many flawed samples. Food was limited so I went around the corner to eat.
I’ve made the drive from Milwaukee to Chilton a few times now and I’ve always been pleased. The beer is fresh and enjoyable, the service excellent, and the selection better than most brewpubs. The prices are also amazing, cheaper than you pay for most macros at a bar. I also had a frozen pizza that they made in a toaster oven there that wasn’t half bad. A definite place to check out if you’re anywhere near the area.
I’ve only been there once, but it’s a cool stop if you’re in the right place in the middle of nowhere in Wisconsin! They have a really cool bar area, great beers, and will talk your ear off about ’em if you’ll let ’em. I haven’t been back since Bob passed away, but I wouldn’t hesitate to stop in if I was anywhere close.
This is a really unique place, quirky and anachronistic. If this doesn’t interest you, stop reading here. For the intrepid seekers of one-of-a-kind experiences, read on...
We made a detour here from Green Bay, en route to Door county, despite the protests of a few locals based on the overall quality of the beers (more on that later). The building itself appeared to be well over 100 years old, with a cool mural of the Calumet Brewery logo. The front door was a unique copper plated design, heavy and rustic. Brewing equipment was visible though the windows. Inside it was dark and a little divey, high ceilings and a tv above the bar playing dr. phil. If you’re a breweriana fan, the collection here is worth the visit alone. Plenty of old trays and piles of crates high above on the walls, many from the old Calumet Brewery (closed 1937) and from collection of the bar owner/brewer’s mother. She was tending the bar, and had plenty of great stories to tell, a real salt of the earth lady who cared about the place, the beer, and it’s history.
About the beer itself... let’s get the quality issues out of the way. They brew with a house yeast, and there was diacetyl in a few of the beer samples, so some of the less interesting beers tended to all run together. Don’t know if this is a tap line sanitation issue or what. However, there were a few that were solid, the Calumet Dark, Mortimer’s Ale, and "Kirby" a test batch brewed with Kirby Nelson (formerly of Capital). The root beer wasn’t bad either.
There’s something to be said for upholding local brewing history, reviving a lost brewery, and maintaining it for over 20 years in this tiny, quiet town. It’s worth a visit, especially if quirky, off-the-beaten-path places are your cup of tea.
In the middle of nowhere sits a brewpub. We even drove right past it and then had to circle back. Went on a Saturday afternoon and were nearly the only people in the place until a wedding party in between events showed up. Like Jason, I did the sampler, and it came with 12 beers (I think.) Overall, very tasty. Nothing was particularly mind blowing, but it’s good to have done the experience. If you’re even in the area (how many times do you pass through Chilton?), I’d say hit this place. Classic.