More of a restaurant feel to this place, central bar, a bit dark inside. Tons of beers on offer, all were so-so with a few stand-outs (stout was tasty). They had two special releases just out the day we visited that were big, boozy barrel aged things. Food was tasty and creative.
Large place with a cool fish tank behind the bar. I went in pretty late, maybe 11pm. I sat at the bar and got prompt service. They have a LOT of house beers on and trying them all was work. Unfortunately I wasn’t impressed by too many of them They had a saison that was OK and a few others that I wouldn’t mind trying again but on the whole they weren’t that good. Actually, I think the best beers I’ve had from Vintage were at GTMW. Prices were reasonable and so was the service. Might stop in again due to the fact that they have so many beers to try.
Dinner time on the Wednesday night before July 4th. Decent sized crowd, even early, a great sign. We were seated fairly promptly in this oddly average and boring-looking restaurant. Our server was efficient, friendly and beer-savvy. The food was good, too. We tried several of the wide variety of beers, none of which were bad, but none really stood out either. Decent enough joint. (Brewery #610)
(Visited 08/2014): Vintage Brewing Company is located in Madison on Whitney Way in front of a shopping plaza. It’s not too far off the Beltline and there is ample parking around the building.
The interior is laid out like a family restaurant, with well-worn booth and table seating in multiple rooms. The wraparound bar is located in the center of the main room and features a huge fish tank.
The brewpub features 20 handles, all but one of them Vintage beers. On our visit the selection included many year-round offerings like a Stout, a couple IPAs, Velouria Belgian, and Pils. Some more unique offerings like Cabernet Barrel-aged Jinja Ninja, Polotmavy Incorrect and Rye Whiskey Barrel Dedication. The beers were decent on the whole with a couple throwaways but a few standouts too. Sample sizes are available.
Service at the bar on a weekday early evening was good. The bartenders were attentive in bringing rounds and were knowledgeable about the beer.
We did not have food on the visit.
Overall this is a pretty solid and well-established brewpub in Madison and is worth checking out.
jackl (709) Minneapolis, Minnesota | September 18, 2016
Visited with noted beer celebrities thealume and deyholla. Large, cavernous pub/restaurant. The bones of the place aren’t great - it’s dark and a bit impersonal, but it feels like they’ve made a good effort to liven things up. Our group sat in the back room and had excellent service. The wait staff hustled, answered our annoying questions about the draft list, and were more than happy to put up with our general jackassery. The selection of beers is pretty damn expansive. At least 12 house beers were on offer in addition to a selection of guests that included some limited stuff from Goose Island. The beers were generally well executed. The food was tasty American pub fare (burgers, tots, sandwiches etc.). Prices were more than reasonable. Overall, the beers and food didn’t set my world alight, but they were decent enough that I’d be more than happy to stop in the next time I’m heading through the area. Worth checking out.
Terrific brewpub! 13 house taps, 7 guest taps, 2 beer engines, and 10+ bottles. Growlers and flights available. The bartender was great - he let me try all 13 house beers in half-sample sizes (so I could get through more!) and downsized my bill accordingly - much appreciated! Nice classy vibe in suburbia, wood bar, aquarium in the middle of the bar, high def TVs, and blues & croner music! Love this place.
deyholla (591) Minneapolis, Minnesota | April 27, 2012| Updated May 4, 2015
Visited a little while back. Had an interesting sports bar/brew pub feel to it with a large fish tank in the middle of a large bar with multiple flat screens. I had a bowl of the chili which I enjoyed. Had 20ish taps with 15 of their own available. Samplers were decently priced. Beer was solid but not remarkable. Service was similar.
I really enjoyed this place. The whole place is a mix of 1950s space lounge with leather high chairs, chrome dining tables, nice retro adverts. The menu looks very nice with upscale comfort foods, decently priced. The beers are solid, 14 taps, 8 guest taps and 10-15 bottles, very friendly service, good music. A must in Madison. 1.50$ to 2$ per sampler.
I should preface this by saying that my experience was probably uncommon because I came here with kids - I do not often bring my kid (let alone someone else’s kid) to a brewpub, but I checked out the website and noticed they had a kids menu, so I assumed the place was fine to bring kids to (they also had crayons and coloring pages, so in principle, they seemed cool with kids) - however, the hostess seemed annoyed that we were bringing children in (god forbid we bring kids in at 1pm on a Friday), even though they behaved just fine - the waitress also did not seem thrilled and, to make matters worse, the staff did not pay us much mind and the food took forever to get to our table (several tables around us came in later and had their food before we did) - anyway, I was pretty perturbed by my experience in this respect - to the other stuff - this is in a strip mall area in west Madison, right off the belt line, so easy access from the highway - dark and cave-like inside - they have a lot of old kitch and other crap all over the place - an obvious attempt to make it look like and old midwest neighborhood bar - it doesn’t really work - the beer selection was quite varied, with a lot of interesting styles and variations - quality, however, was just so-so - nothing bad, but nothing that wowed me - the food was average in price but was actually quite tasty (despite the fact that it took forever to get to us) - overall, even if I had had stellar service, I would have found this place merely okay - the vibe, service, and quality had me thinking, "This is the most highly-rated brewery in Madison?" - it’s an okay spot, but certainly not worthy of it’s current rating (92/100).
An awesome brewpub in Madison. Located in a strip mall setting. Inside, it is a pretty cool place, very spacious. There is a fish tank behind the bar. Also lots of vintage memorabilia and a section of chairs/couches that look like they are from the 60s. They had some interesting beers on tap - a grodz, polotmavy, pumpkin ale, spiced pepper beer, brett BSA, etc. They also feature several Woodshed beers (I believe they brew for them?) - the coffee stout was great. And they have maybe 8 guest taps, mostly local WI beers. Standard pub menu - my lime chicken caesar salad was great. This is a place you can (and I did) spend awhile in. Highly recommended.