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Beer Ratings: 2,262
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2002 Pankratz St.
phone: (608) 663-3926
(Place added by: nghab on 05-08-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 62 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in just past lunch time. An interesting place located in industrial park. The bar has a window on the brewery - I watched as a bottling run was going on.
To the far side of the bar is nice setup - couches and comfortable chairs - empty when I was there based on timing.
Bartender was nice enough - if not overly welcoming.
The beer selection is good - nice mix of house beers - a blonde - pale ale - brown - and a couple belgians - dubbel and tripel. Tasted the brown, pale and tripel. Pale was ok - the brown was excellent for style (considering brown is down on my list) and the tripel was simply outstanding.
Would like to come back for other beers and try the food.
Nice addition to Madison beer scene.
12-10-2006 03:02:25 |
More by sweethome
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is great my friends and I held our fantasy football draft. With the free wireless internet and nice cushy leather couches and chairs in the back this was great.
The look is modern with a steel feel there are many stainless steel accents throughout including the bar area. It is dimly lit in areas which would be nice for a pint of Diablo with your favorite vixen. In the general seating area there are multiple tables that are standard for any bar. Towards the rear there are cumfy couches and chairs along with a complimentary pool table, also in the back is a door and two windows leading to the brewery. AAAAHHHH yes where all the magic happens to create such beers as Happy Ending, very cool that they give you an eye into their world.
I will be visiting this bar/brewery often.
12-10-2006 00:41:13 |
More by Musky
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
atmosphere: Decent brewpub atmosphere, though nothing special. In the same room as the bar there are a couple large, cushioned booths and a couple tables with chairs. Superficially separated is a "dining room" with more tables and chairs. A few windows provide glimpses of the brewing operation. Nothing exciting as far as decor or architecture, but as long as the beer is good...
quality: All beers were of great quality and fresh as could be desired.
service: Damn good service. I asked the bartender for a sample of one beer, and she voluntarily poured me samples of a couple more "similar" styles. All seemed to be knowledgeable about the beers they served.
selection: 10 of their 11 beers, representing a range of styles, were available when I visited.
food: I did not sample the food, though it is available.
tour: I attended the brewery tour during my visit to the Asylum. It was average and enjoyable. Led by one of the brewers, who was pretty enthusiastic to answer questions, led us around the works and took us into the storage fridge just because he likes it in there.
08-23-2006 02:28:38 |
More by blackie
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
After a few visits out to the first East Side brew-pub in Madison I feel like I have a pretty good impression - enough to give it the full credit it deserves.
First off, the location - far Northeast Side, out by MATC and the airport - not exactly convenient for the majority of BAs in town, but after a good talk with the head brewer, Dean, business is good which is nice to hear.
The Asylum itself occupies the corner lot of an industrial strip building right off highway 51. Nice bright sign clues you in to its presence. An outdoor "bier garten" is enclosed by a tall wooden fence. I would imagine the noise from rush hour might get a little loud. The inside is polished industrial/modern with dark colors, brushed metal bar tops, and lacquered tables. The main bar seats about a dozen and there are probably a dozen other tables seating another 50-75 more. A free pool table sits in the side room closest to the entrance to the brewery itself (a pretty impressive little facility featuring salvaged equipment from breweries like Lagunitas, Bridgeport and the Weeping Radish).
The quality and selection are pretty impressive for such an upstart brewery. 11 beers currently on-tap including Gold Digger Blonde, Hopalicious APA, Ambergeddon, Happy Ending Singel, Diablo Dubbel, Tripel Nova, Madtown Nutbrown, Big Slick Stout, Sticky McDoogle Scotch Ale, Hatha-Weizen and a porter whose new name escapes me with another seasonal, Bamboozleator doppelbock, in coming months. They hope to have 4 of them bottled and on local shelves within a month or so (Gold Digger, Hopalicious, Madtown, Ambergeddon). 11 new beers and not a single stinker. My personal favorites are the tripel, dubbel and Ambgergeddon, a hoppy beast of an amber that is quickly becoming a local favorite. Beers are $4 a pint ($4.50 for tulips of their Belgians). Growlers are available for around $11 plus deposit.
Service is a real strength here as well. Staffed by former employees/brewers of the now-defunct Angelic, they are truly passionate about what they do and will not hesitate to let you sample as many of the beers as you want before choosing a pint and chatting about beer in general.
Food is limited at the moment to build-your-own deli-style sandwiches for $7.25, made from fresh local ingredients. Their website states they're looking into adding appetizers and soups in the near future.
Currently, several of their beers can be found at 30-some bars across Madison including 6 of them at the Angelic.
They've got an admirable if ambitious business model built on being beer-friendly first, energy-efficient second, and good to look at third and so far, I am nothing but impressed with Dean and the boys. With a tasty, well-made, diverse line-up of beers and enthusiastic, customer-first service, these guys will go far. A must-visit if you can make it out to the far East Side.
08-21-2006 21:59:37 |
More by Golden2wenty1
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Madison's newest brewpub certainly helps the city maintain its reputation for great beer and great hospitality. Born after the brewmaster from Angelic decided to strike out on his own, the Ale Asylum is off to an auspicious start.
The asylum itself is out by the airport, which might seem an odd location. The strip-mall location, which places the beer garden out on the highway, is the reason for the score on atmosphere. But the inmates plan on bottling (within the month), and hope to cater to Madison's eastsiders--an approach that appears to have won them an early following.
Once inside, you're met with a contemporary bar that includes a brushed steel bar top, semicircular tables and comfortable seating. There are about a dozen seats at the bar itself, and ample seating in an adjacent room than contains a pool table. This is also the room that you can meet Dean, the brewmaster, for a fun and informative tour of the brewery. GOlden2wenty1, dirtylou, blackie, and myself took one of these tours, which offers a look at the brew kettle and the fermenters (the railing on the stairs "is all that remains of the old Angelic set-up), the bottling line (acquired from the Weeping Radish by way of Lagunitas), and the cooler. Dean is friendly, knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions you might have.
The brews themselves are impressive--the Ale Asylum opened with ten beers, now up to eleven, built from five different strains of yeast. On tap at any time you can find three respectable belgians, an excellent stout, a solid porter, and maybe the best amber and brown ale you're likely to find in the area. A hefeweizen, APA, scotch ale, and blonde ale round out the offerings.
Pints tend to be on the expensive end - around $4 - but bartenders will happily give you all the free samples you can drink. Food options are currently limited to deli sandwiches, with you build yourself from a number of topping options. These are also a little expensive at $7, but the servings are well-sized and the ingredients are fresh.
But maybe the most impressive part is the service--barteners are knowledgeable and go out of their way to talk with all the Asylum's visitors. Upon running into Chris, one of the bartenders and brewers, at a benefit out at Capital Brewery, he not only remembered my name but also what I ordered. I also got an awfully large pour of their impressive trippel.
While it's a little way out, the Ale Asylum is definitely worth checking out for at least a few pints. You can also check their beers out downtown at Dean's former residence--the Angelic Brewing Company--and the inmates should be bottling their APA, amber, nut brown and blonde within a month, so look for them in bottle shops as well. This is definitely a promising venture that looks sure to become a local favorite.
08-20-2006 19:53:27 |
More by expatsteve
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
It's in the oddest of places, but it's actually pretty cool on the inside. It's just hard to get over the fact that it's in a very industrial looking strip mall. There's a window behind the bar so you can see the works, and big paintings of the logo for each beer hanging all around. The bar area is dark despite the bright red/orange walls. The "build your own sandwich" thing limits the food choices, but the use of local and premium ingredients is good, and they are indeed tasty. Quality is excellent all around, service was pretty good (although it wasn't crowded at all). Ten beers on tap. Pretty decent place.
08-17-2006 01:11:21 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
As a point of reference, I've had the pleasure of visiting around 170 brewpubs in North America. Business travel sure has its perks.
I'm typing this review courtesy of Ale Asylum's complimentary wireless internet access (currently working on one of their three Belgium offerings).
As others have mentioned, AA is in an industrial area and the inside is surprisingly sophisticated for the location. It's close to the airport so I decided to stop by on my flight out ($14 cab ride from the east side of downtown Madison).
To this point, I've had the west-coast hopped up Amber and a Belgium and can easily say the quality of beer here is worth the trip. It's obvious they take it seriously which is reflected in the product.
The only food offering is a small deli counter with premium ingredients.
With only two brewpubs to choose from in Madison, this one will be your better pick if beer quality is what you crave.
Update post visit: I also had their amazingly fragrant hoppy pale and an excellent sandwich from their deli. The place also has a West-Coast Choppers feel to it with the industrial decor and two bald dudes (one with a long goatee). Excellent work and worth the visit!
08-04-2006 20:02:09 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
You won't find this place by chance and it is in a small industrial park but it is well worth the drive even from Chicago. When you walk in the doors there is an opening that leads to the bar. It is a very clean dark red walled room and if you sit at the bar and turn around there is a small table the is in a circular niche. It is very dark in there and you can't really see if anyone is sitting there. There is also a nice area outside that has some tables and a wood fence to block out road traffic.
The guy behind the bar was very passionate about beer and was very quick to offer samples of anything we wanted. The beer were written on a chalkboard but they also had typed menus which was nice. The three beers I had were amazing. Most places make decent IPAs and APAs but their Hopilicous has big juicy hops with a faint ginger note that gives the hops and exotic twist and it is supported by good malt flavors. Typically nut brown ales are bland and boring but there was worth a full glass and not just a sample.
They have a little check list of build your on sandwiches but nothing that was to crazy.
This was a great bar and had awesome beers. If I didn't have a work function I would have stayed all night. If anyone ever comes to Chicago and wants to bring a growler with them I will make it worth their trip. It has a lot of the feel that 3 Floyds has with that focus on making great beer and they will come attitude.
07-02-2006 02:31:59 |
More by rhoadsrage
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place makes me a happy East-sider.
Having just recently moved over to this side of Madison, I was plesantly surprised that I moved within walking/biking distance of this place. I was a little apprehensive at first, since it's located in an old office space/warehouse thing, but entering opened up into a nice, loungey-lit bar area. Off to the right of the bar is a whole mess of tables, with a nice, fenced in patio area. But the real treasure lies in the gorgeous pool table by the windows displaying the bottling and brewing areas. Free pool, good beer, nice atmosphere.... how can one go wrong?
I found the service to be excellent. I always get prompt service when I'm standing by the bar, and usually I even get another person asking me if I've been helped while my beer is being poured. Everyone working the bar is quite knowledgeable and clearly proud of the beer and the establishment.
With 10 beers on tap, I can always find something I'm in the mood for. It also doesn't hurt that they have one of the best ambers I've ever had, and a delicious Oatmealt stout.
The deli-style sandwhiches work for me, also. They're definitely not small, and they have a good selection of breads, meats, and other toppings. (I find it quite sweet that I can get avocado on my roast beef sammich.)
Overall, this is a pretty kick-ass brewpub. Good beer, good sammiches, free pool, and it's close to my house. I am one happy man.
06-27-2006 04:24:21 |
More by jpoverkill
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
first visit to ale asylum was tonite on my way home from la crosse
before i even get to anything to do with the establishment, i must first say that the location will be detrimental to this place i believe. The east side of madison SUCKS. There, I said it. I know the east/west rivalry is passionate but I just cant handle the east side. Dont get me wrong i love the area just east of the capital but once you get down east wash, you absolutely lose me.
what a wierd location, adjacent to the airport in a warehouse-esque building. The bar is right in front of you when you walk in with maybe 10-15 bar stools...there is tables in the bar and a wrap around section with a bunch more tables. there is a beer garden that overlooks stoughton road.
10 taps...a blonde, a porter, an oatmeal stout, belgian tripel, belgian dubbel, belgian abbey ale, apa, amber, nut brown, and something else. I had the tripel (quite good) and the belgian abbey (average-good). picked up a growler of the apa as well. I think belgians were 4.50 for a 12oz tulip with everything else being 4.00 in appropriate glassware. Growlers are 3.00 for the glass and 9.00 dollars to fill (12 for belgian styles). It will be interesting to see how often the seasonals are rotated. It will be impossible to keep up with the dane.
I didnt eat, and the menu isnt big whatsoever. They have build your own sandwiches with numerous types of bread, meat, and extras (avocado!, roasted red peppers!). Bartender stressed the quality of the ingredients...anywhere else i'd chalk it up to bogus, but in madison you better not lie or people will see right though you.
overall, its a neat stop when in the area...very low key at the moment. location will limit this to a once a month at best stop unfortunately
06-21-2006 02:22:23 |
More by dirtylou
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