The Malt House Tavern

Mayor: deyholla (1) | Taps: 18 | Bottles: 200
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
JohnWI  (1) Madison, Wisconsin | August 3, 2009
This is a great place. Reminds me of an old rural English pub. Quaint, good beer selection, no TV, and great conversation. The owner is a past president of the local homebrewers guild. He sure knows his stuff. Clearly, the best selection of microbeers in the city. Also, a great selection of whiskey (that is made from malt also).
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
OldChuffy  (17) | March 15, 2009
This has got to be Madison’s best beer bar. Atmosphere is great. No TV, no sports crap, no loud music, no food. Just first rate Belgian and Wisconsin beers (about 18 taps and a large bottle selection). Looks like they have some pretty good whiskeys, too. The prices are reasonable, esp. during Happy Hour from 4:00 to 7:00. We had Ichtegem Grand Cru and Lakefront Bridge Burner (American strong ale - 8%) on tap. Parking lot is a bit like the surface of the moon, they don’t have a website and they don’t have a sign. But these are minor problems. Located on Washington Ave., a little north of the isthmus. If you’re anywhere near Madison, it’s a MUST VISIT.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
imthebest  (219) , | July 26, 2012
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Daddyporter  (1) Madison, Wisconsin | November 27, 2016
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
madcitymac59  (1) Madison, | January 20, 2012
I’m one of the lucky ones- I live only 4 blocks away from the Malt House!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
alassio  (9) | October 10, 2008
Imagine you could visit beer heaven, where all the taps are selective brilliance imagine the atmosphere is warm, calm, bright, with loads of boffo vintage Belgian wall signs and Westveleteren crates imagine it was only 10 minutes from where you work and it’s $1 off from 4-7pm. I’M not imaging it, I don’t think (pinching self). What a spectacularly great beer (whiskey too) bar. Vastly experienced and knowledgable ownership & service fabulous selection of brews alternating (they say) about monthly (I can’t wait till next month though). Tonight it was the Capital Autumnal Fire chased by a Cantillon Iris Lambic. Last visit it was an Erdinger Oktoberfest Weisse chased by a Tripel Karmeliet. At happy, happier, happiest hour pricing. Still pinching.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
FriarHop  (5) Long Beach, New York | May 10, 2011
Went for the recent Bell’s tasting. Nice experience for a first time. Thank god I have relatives that live in Madison!
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
stefanberggren  (4) Madison, Wisconsin | August 19, 2008
Great place to have a Belgian or craft brew. No TV’s ! Yeah Great atmosphere and great service. The beers are well cared for and the selection is wonderful. Also a wonderful selection of bourbon and single malts. Soon to become the best craft beer bar in Wisconsin ! Stop by and look for the Chimay banner outside. They are also bicyclist friendly with a great bike rack outside for parking. Highly recommend a visit !
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
deyholla  (663) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 8, 2017
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.

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