t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 28, 2013| Updated August 30, 2013
Visited August 9, 2013.
Walked here from Dexter’s on GTMW eve. This place wasn’t even on my radar but while walking someone mentioned that there is a place nearby that we should check out. Glad I did. Even though the place was relatively empty and the tap lineup wasn’t great they had a half a dozen taps from a place called Title Town Brewing. They didn’t want to do a flight but since there were 4 of us we just ordered a glass of each. The server was nice but didn’t interact with us much. We didn’t actually spend a whole lot of time here. Might stop back in next year to see which brewery they’re featuring, otherwise it’s a bit out of the way.
jackl (740) Minneapolis, Minnesota | June 12, 2017| Updated June 20, 2017
Awesome spot - a really old-school beer bar that probably hasn’t had much of a face lift since the 90s. Nice, large front patio and very dog-friendly staff. The bar’s Belgian-focused and has some cool wall decorations from famous lowland producers. Taps and bottles similarly have Belgian inspiration. For instance, I had a Funk Factory Meerts, an Almanac sour, and an aged bottle of Orval. Overall, this place is a total gem. I wouldn’t change a thing about it.
BVery (689) Plymouth, Minnesota | September 3, 2011| Updated March 24, 2015
Visited here for the first time on Sept. 3, 2011. Kind of a dingy bar feel, and the service was just so-so (I sat at a table for 10-15 minutes with no service, then went to the bar where the bartender screwed up my first ordered beer). However, 18 taps and 200 bottles, and suddenly I could care less about trivial stuff like atmosphere and service. They even have 3 Fonteinen and Cantillon! Proper glassware is used. No flights, which is disappointing given that they have a good number of taps.
Update - revisited in March 2015. I actually love this vibe now.
An awesome old school beer bar with a large patio and a great vibe with Belgian Beer swag on the walls. Service was very good and very dog friendly. A nice selection of bottle and 18 taps with some Belgian and some local. No food available. Prices seemed very fair. An old school bar craft beer bar that hits the mark well.
Seems to be a dive taken over by a pretty serious beer aficionado. In fact it has become a true pub. No TVs! We came on the night before Great Taste and it was packed yet still not a ton of trouble to order a beer. At the time we were attracted to selections from Cantillon, Dupont and Glazen Toren, but I remember being impressed by the other bottles available. A nice patio outside as well. Discounts for Trappist ales on Tuesdays and 750ml bottles on Saturdays.
I’m not sure how I overlooked rating this place after a couple visits but it deserves a visit if you want the experience of a dive bar with the selection of someone who cares about more than the bottom line.
It is tough to judge the normal selection as most visits have been during Great Taste takeovers. However if those are anything to go by you won’t find too much PBR, Miller Lights, and Bud here relative to the local drafts from Ale Asylum, New Glarus, Lake Louie, and beyond.
Food consists of the typical bar fare - greasy but perfect for soaking up alcohol. Friday night fish fry gets the job done though isn’t the best in the area. Sevice might be spotty; I wuld have to go on a less busy day to compare it against times when there is a line out the door.
Parking might be the only downside. Be prepared to hunt but you will be well rewarded with a Madison gem that fits right in with the local neighborhood.
I drive by this place twice on each trip to Madison but had never stopped in before. 18 taps were filled with plenty of decent choices and a nice bottle list was there as well. There was outdoor seating, though I don’t know if that was only for Madison Beer Week. Service was ok, not the friendliest on this visit but I’m always willing to give some place another chance. I’m sure if I lived in Madison it would be in my rotation, though not to catch the game as there were no TVs.
Great laid back atmosphere, nothing pretentious about this place, just a tidy bar with great beer. Free live music at least once a week. Always among the first to have new Wisconsin brewed beers on tap. The selection is broad but somewhat shallow. I’m afraid the number of taps is just too small for the grand ambition of covering Belgian, Wisconsin and US craft beer under one roof. The Belgian taps in particular seem to rotate amongst the same dozen or so classics. The bottle list is similarly thorough, but nothing super rare. These are pretty quibbling criticisms though, quality is quite high and there’s always something exciting to drink. Servers are top notch.
The new place in Madison, owned and operated by Bill of the Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild (he is in chair of the Great Taste!). Only been open for a week, but this place shows some serious promise. Very laid back and classic ambiance (I think the bar is over 150 years old). Folks are helpful and knowledgeable (especially if Bill serves you). No food. Selection is evolving, but look for plenty of beers that you don’t see around Madison everyday. Opening week had plenty of Belgians drafts (including a 2005 Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise on tap!). American craft drafts are a deal and belgian drafts are priced right. This place could shape up to be as good of a stop as Maduro, so let’s hope they keep the draft and bottle list interesting.