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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2002 Pankratz St.
phone: (608) 663-3926
(Place added by: nghab on 05-08-2006)
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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: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Ale Asylum is fantastic. Located at the end suite of a strip mall, one feels like they are entering a dentists office walking up, but inside is truly a brewpub that loves its beer. The décor is semi-hard rock/goth in aesthetics, though this does not take away from the brewpub atmosphere. Upon entering, the bar faces the front door, with restaurant style and lounge seating along the right side, and the brewing facilities behind the bar. There is a decent size outdoor beer garden to the right, with a nice aura for drinking outdoors in pleasant weather.
The beer was excellent and the selection was decent. There were six offerings at the time, all of which pretty standard as far as styles go, but each that this BA had (The Happy Ending Belgian Abbey, The Contorter Porter and the Big Slick Stout Oatmeal Stout) was great to excellent. Very well proportioned, fresh, and supremely composed, the beers at this brewpub are definitely worth the stop, even if it is out of the way.
The food is good. Pizza is the main offering, with some unique combinations and high quality ingredients. The buffalo chicken pizza was very good, and the cookies (bought two for the road) were very good as well.
Service was knowledgeable and seemed to be interested in beer, as well as knowing quite a bit about the operations and upcoming offerings. Food and beer was served promptly, and was poured very well.
Overall, this BA has found a new go-to spot in Madison for beer. The brews are fresh and excellent, the food is great, and the atmosphere is very conducive to drinking great beer. Cheers!
07-03-2009 17:36:02 |
More by botham
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped at the Ale Asylum on a tuesday afternoon at about lunchtime before leaving town. I sat at the end of the bar and immediately the guy sitting next to me started up a conversation. Turns out that he is one of the brewers/owners of the place. Very friendly and you could tell he loved to talk about and just loved beer.
Ale Asylum is a nice brewpub with a modern look. Stainless steel and black dominate much of the decoration. Beers were good and the pizza (freshly put together that morning) that I had for lunch was good enough that I ate enough that I was a little uncomfortable. Service was very good. Never had a empty glass or was in question about anything. Selection for beer is nice, with 10 taps or so, covering most major styles. The Ambergeddon is a highlight in this reviewer's opinion.
Do yourself a favor and stop by. I look forward to trying some more of their stuff at the Great Taste of the Midwest in August.
06-30-2007 13:38:14 |
More by JeffKrenner
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is great my friends and I held our fantasy football draft. With the free wireless internet and nice cushy leather couches and chairs in the back this was great.
The look is modern with a steel feel there are many stainless steel accents throughout including the bar area. It is dimly lit in areas which would be nice for a pint of Diablo with your favorite vixen. In the general seating area there are multiple tables that are standard for any bar. Towards the rear there are cumfy couches and chairs along with a complimentary pool table, also in the back is a door and two windows leading to the brewery. AAAAHHHH yes where all the magic happens to create such beers as Happy Ending, very cool that they give you an eye into their world.
I will be visiting this bar/brewery often.
12-10-2006 00:41:13 |
More by Musky
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
The outside environment of this place is definitely 'industrial sprawl' but the inside is nice, if a bit small. When I was here, there were six custom brews on tap and I had a sampler (all of the small glasses I was given were quite full).
The bartender really knew a lot about the local (Madison) brewing scene and even some of the other patrons were helpful about pointing out local resteraunts, etc. While I was there in the early evening, there was a pretty steady stream of customers coming in to have growlers filled.
The beers themselves were, though none really stood-out, well crafted and enjoyable. Overall, a nice place to stop in for a drink. The only food that I saw was (frozen) pizza, so I wouldn't bother trying to have a real meal here.
08-02-2008 01:40:02 |
More by Ig0r
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in on my way through Madison en route to a wedding with the intention of buying an Ale Asylum glass. I purchased a goblet for a mere three dollars and it's a pretty cool glass too. I did see they had about eight different beers of theirs on tap. I forgot to look for guest taps. The place is in an easy to get to location and located in a shared building. The interior looks like it was all done within the last couple of years. Very warm, clean and neat. Very large signs on the wall displaying what what was on tap. The place was very professionally done. The two bartenders were very helpful and friendly. You can buy six packs of their beer there, but they may not have every one you are looking for. I didn't purchase any beer there as I was heading to Woodman's for a bunch of goodies including Ale Asylum. Cool place though with some very fine beers.
08-10-2010 00:35:23 |
More by jera1350
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: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I live here in Madison and this is one of my favorite places to go for a great sandwich or pizza. The beers are top-nothch in my opinion and seem to rotate there seasonals often enough to keep everyone happy. The ingrediants they use for there food is some of the best in town! My only very minor complaint is the location, it's in a kind of industrial park.
But oh well, once your inside you can't tell! There is a pool table in back along with many very nice couches that invites a long stay with you and a bunch of friends.
10-24-2008 17:18:55 |
More by madtowndmb1
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
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