muzzlehatch (327) Beloit, Wisconsin | July 15, 2016| Updated July 20, 2016
- AMBIANCE 4/5
- SERVICE 7/10
- SELECTION 11/15
- FOOD 7/10
- VALUE 7/10
- OVERALL 15/20
EDIT July 20. Just read on their website that they’re expanding to 18 taps; I should also have mentioned that they do beer dinners occasionally - the last one I saw advertised was all Founders - 5 course with 5 different Founders beers I believe. Haven’t gone to any of them, but if you knew this town you’d know that’s a pretty cool thing here.
The Rock is a very welcome, relatively recent (3-4 years I think) addition to the stateline beer scene. While this medium-sized sports bar and restaurant wouldn’t be worth batting an eye over in a larger city like Chicago or L.A., or even perhaps in Madison, it’s the best there is for the beer lover in my hometown. The 15 taps are well chosen and constantly rotating, with only a couple of crap macros; they typically have a 3 Floyds on and several Wisconsin micros - New Glarus, Karben4, Ale Asylum etc. Also often Founders, Victory, Stone, Dogfish or other well-known larger American micros. Bottle list is also quite good but there isn’t anything on it that you can’t get at a local liquor store for cheaper - no rarities. Food is typical bar & grill stuff but consistently above average for what it is, and they change their specials with some frequency - the sauerkraut/sausage rolls they had last fall were awesome! Great view of the Rock River with both an outside patio and an all-weather seating/viewing area. Again this is not a place to go miles out of your way for, but if you’re in Beloit or the nearby area it is probably worth a stop.