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4.28/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Went with friends in Madison and other members of the Fairmont crew.
Cool industrial feel, nice open space, very new, shiny, and clean.
Great selection of beers on tap though 1/3 were out at the time of our visit. Tried 10 or so beers.
Tour was among the best I have been on and for five clams you get a beer for the tour. Given by the owner, this is a must.
My favorite place in Madison. Can't wait to go back.
09-19-2013 16:58:12 | More by williamjbauer
4/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a pretty cool place. Industrial atmosphere with high ceilings and lots of metal. Good rock and roll music playing, friendly staff and a few people with dogs chilling outside on the patio. I only got to spend about 45 minutes here, but overall I was impressed. I was slightly disappointed that they didn't have any Large size tshirts available when I was there, but that really doesn't have anything to do with beer or atmosphere, it just means they sell lots of tshirts! Definitely recommend stopping in if you're in the Madison area.
09-12-2013 01:20:06 | More by RamboDog
4/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Overall a decent visit. Met up with some buddies put on the deck and ordered some pitchers than our own separate pints. The only downside was they were out of a few of their menu beers....I thought was odd being it was on a Wed but I suppose they brew when they can. I'd def recommend.
09-07-2013 03:16:44 | More by tyleeis
4.29/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$$
Ale Asylum makes some of my favorite beers and they do belgians really well. Have not been able to go on their tour yet. The old pub was much better for beer geeks as the atmosphere was really mellow and perfect for somebody who likes to just drink a beer and relax, the new place is overcrowded even know it is huge.
08-27-2013 18:47:40 | More by lovethebelgians
3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Ale Asylum is an interesting Oasis sort of an island or Asylum all by itself. The building is much bigger and more modern than I anticipated. The building looks similar to may poured concrete warehouses. Inside however the decor was much softer and conducive to a brewery. Part of the dinning room overlooked the bottling line which was neat. The quality of beer and food provided was outstanding. The selection thou slipped a notch becuase there was not a "kids" menu...if I didn't have kids this would not be an issue....however....since there wasn't one and my kids can be assholes....it sucked the life out of my visit...for any one from the Asylum reading this...PLEASE ADD CHEESE PIZZA TO THE MENU AT A MINIMUM. The service was great....very kind and attentive. Overall the prices were fine....being from Chicago I thought they were reasonable. Recommendation....leave the kids and spouse at home! This will allow for maximum enjoyment.
08-13-2013 02:36:31 | More by WoodBrew
3.61/5 rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I visited on a Sunday and took the tour. We had a pint before the tour started, the Bartender was a bit cold, but it was just after open I guess. If you're not familiar with their beers, solid all around brewery. Their pales/IPA's are very good and I very much enjoyed the Big Slick stout. The tour was excellent, and got to spend a while chatting with the owner. Their brew house is state of the art and custom designed and the whole brewery is designed around efficiency. They moved up a notch in my book after this. The building has a nice modern art feel out front with lots of stainless steel, big windows and a sort of rocker décor. We met some fiends from Madison after the tour and had a bite to eat. Service was better in the restaurant. Food was excellent, I love my pulled pork, and my friend got a plate of nachos that could have feed the whole table. Took a growler of their scotch ale home and the total bill was under $60 for four with drinks. Not bad. I recommend a stop if you are in the neighborhood, especially if it's Sunday.
07-28-2013 12:17:01 | More by jreindl
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I visited the "old" Ale Asylum and had a great time. The premade pizza was actually really good, and the bartender was awesome! I can't get Ale Asylum in my area and I am a big fan of a couple of their brews. I will check out the "new" Ale Asylum next time I am in Madtown. Cheers!
03-19-2013 18:05:52 | More by kendrahayes
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
The new location can be described in one word: new. Extremely new, so new that everything is clean and fresh, from the parking lot to the tables, everything is just sparkling at this point. It leaves an impression and is a far cry from the cramped, dimly lit, brewpub that they used to be.
There is a long bar area up front along with a pool table (which, despite my observation that everything is new, appears to be the same table as the old location). Tables are seated to the side and rear of the facility, with windows looking into the bottling line. The color scheme is very modern, though some accent pieces, like under-lighted lava rocks, do add some (devilish) warmth to an otherwise cold-feeling atmosphere.
And while some things have changed, the beers are the same they have always been, though they've added a rotating "experimental" tap. For the most part, Ale Asylum brews up some pretty good, though (aside from the experimental tap) the selection is limited to exactly what you can find in bottles or on draft all over town.
Service is still good. No change from the old place, though the new location does have a bit more of a corporate restaurant feel to it than the old place did. Never-the-less, service is still competent and knowledgeable.
Along with the brewery, the menu has also expanded quite a bit, though I've got to say it's still a fairly limited menu. But along with the surprisingly good pre-made pizzas, they've added some sandwiches and salads to the menu. Nothing overly creative and seemingly geared more to lunch eats, this is not gourmet fair, tough what they do offer is well prepared and, in the end, its pretty good food for a fairly reasonable price.
Overall, I like the place. I'd come back again even though I admit the the old facility had a bit of underground charm that I'm going to miss.
11-26-2012 03:30:44 | More by Florida9
4.09/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited this past month during a conference and I'm glad I did. Never made it to the old place, but this new place is pretty freaking sweet. Granted, there was basically no brewery yet and they were still doing some construction in the main bar/restaurant area, but the potential is off the charts. Very clean (even though there was construction) and great ambiance, with a good selection of their fine beers. Granted, I think the list was a little limited because the expansion was taking away from brewing time, but the selection was pretty impressive with a wide range of styles. No flights available at the time, but they said that was because they didn't have the glassware/holders yet... and I gave them the benefit of the doubt since they were just installing and filling up the merch area while we were there. Service was so-so, but I think they were fairly new/busy with all the stuff going on. Didn't try the food, so I can't speak to that. Overall, looking forward to my next trip to Madison to check the finished place out.
10-24-2012 20:28:39 | More by csiewert
3.73/5 rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Grabbed some lunch here after visiting the New Glarus brewery. I hadn't been to the old Ale Asylum but my impressions of the new facility were pretty good. The building stands tall and proud with nice black walls on the outside. The inside wall over the bar there a menu that lights up showing what beers are on draft currently. The draft selection was pretty good, I managed to order three beers with my lunch. The Cuban sandwich I ordered was pretty good, not as good as the one I usually order back here at home but still not bad. I was wish friends of mine who insisted that they pay for the bill and I insisted they at least took a $20 from be to help out since I drank more than the rest of them. The place looks great, some really nice elements to look at and it seems like a very relaxed environment. I would go here again.
10-03-2012 13:44:44 | More by Knapp85
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Ale Asylum in Madison, WI
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