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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: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Mixed feelings on the Ale Asylum. Was driving back from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Iowa City after a long weekend, and wanted to stop for a pint and some food. Great location for us, as we travel on the 18/151 and it's easy off, easy on for us.
The bar was not overly busy, and there were quite a few empty tables through out. There was one bartender on, and one cocktail server on, so I thought to myself "Great, I'll be able to chat with the bartender, find some things out about the beer, etc etc". I could not have been further away from the truth. The bartender was not personable, and frantic. As we didn't realize before arriving at Ale Asylum, they do not serve any food other than pizza on Sundays, so that put a slight damper on everything as well. Service aside, menu confusion aside, beer was good!
I began with a Mercy, their Grand Cru, and was very impressed. I thought it was very tasty, great bronze color, nice mouthfeel, and did not come across as being nearly 10% ABV. Emily had the Belgian Triple (which was listed on their board, but poured out of a bottle without being told, which I thought was odd). The Triple Nova was crisp and sweet, nicely finished, a great drinking triple. I had another Mercy, and Emily finished with an Oatmeal Stout, which was pretty pedestrian, typical Oatmeal Stout.
Overall, the beer was good. I'm not sure if it's posted somewhere about the restricted menu on Sunday, but I couldn't find anything on their website, and that made our experience less enjoyable than hoped and expected, after reading the other reviews. The service was mediocre at best, and left a rather sour taste in our mouths. I probably won't be back, but will pick up some Mercy in a bottle if I see it around.
02-14-2011 16:44:20 |
More by MarcatGSB
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$$
I was able to visit this establishment with a few friends (other BA member cdkrenz--see review below)...
The location was not to hard to find, but the building itself was not the typical "bar" or "brew pub". The decor was cool with posters of previous brews and current brews on the walls. The signage was big and bold as well with hip names for the beers they had on tap. The service from one lady behind the bar was great, however a guy we had towards the end of our stay was horrible. Almost to the point of making me feel he didn't want us there. The beer was very good. Nice variety and definitely quality (see reviews coming later this week...I took good notes, and have a few home to try). The prices were a little on the steep side. This place was cool to try, but I am not sure I would make my way there again as a special trip, but if in the area worth a try.
03-10-2008 02:26:12 |
More by WJVII
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Checked this place out with spointon on 5/10.
The place itself was really modern looking with bright colors on the wall and very dim lighting with candles on the tables. It really looked "too new" and didn't have a cool vibe like many rustic looking places. The service was good at first, the bartender came to our tables and we ordered drinks. He was able to describe the beers and was also later helpful with giving Scott some advice on places in the area to visit. The beer itself was decent, nothing to get excited about. We didn't try food but it looked like they just had pre-made pizzas and an oven to cook them in. I wouldn't really go back here unless there was some really good reason to as it just wasn't that great IMO.
05-20-2009 19:45:27 |
More by roadhouse
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I visited this place on 5/10/09 with BA roadhouse (beer trip).
Its easy enough to find albeit a ways out of the center of town. Decent parking just outside the door. The inside is very contemporary and nicely decorated...almost too nice. This is not a comfy old pub by any means, as the furniture and finishes inside are all new and rather lacking in "character".
The beers we tried were made well enough but lacked much in the way of creativity. They had around 8 taps, with a stout a porter a blonde and an ipa, etc. The Belgian ale I tried deserved to be a B rated beer in my opinion. The doppelbock wasn't much better.
Service was good as the bartender was very friendly and even gave suggestions when I asked about local beer stores.
Overall, this wasn't a terrible experience, but it just wasn't anything to write home about either. Would probably skip going back to this place unless I was with someone dying to go...
05-14-2009 02:25:21 |
More by spointon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
Nice darkly light, gothic steel and old leather decor. Servers didn't seem to passionate or knowledgeable about the offerings. Didn't try the food but it smelled good and the pizza menu offerings looked good.
Free pool was a bonus. The selection was good I remember seeing quite a few beers offered, more than I could try in one session. Beer was reasonably priced, if a little high for me (I'm used to cheap-ass taverns).
Windows let you see into the back of house where the kettles were. There was actually someone back there cleaning the floor with a hose when we were there.
A cool place that I would go back to for some more good brews.
02-26-2008 02:01:06 |
More by wheatyweiss
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in around 2 for a late lunch. It was mostly empty, with one or two guys sitting at the bar. The bartender quickly asked me if I wanted food, and then directed me towards the sandwich and pizza menus. I ordered a good sandwich and cup of soup, which were both very tasty. Sat off to the side at a table. There were roughly 8 beers on tap, some of them high gravity. Had kind of a death metal bar feel, but in a cleaned-up-for-grandma kind of way. Some cool shirts for sale and pool table in the back. Not a bad little place, if a little oddly situated (industrial strip mall place, off of some highway).
06-25-2008 15:21:58 |
More by aforbes10
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited last Saturday around 5:30pm with the intent of having a pint and taking the free tour. When I walked in it was quite crowded, but I still found a sliver of bar to order a couple pints, then moved to the cafe/rec room area. Watched a couple gents play free pool and got a tour chip, they were dividing the tours up because of space limitations in the brewery floor and amount of people interested in the tour.
I liked the tour, our group was very inquisitive and our guide was glad to answer them.
Picked up a growler on the way out, it fell over in the trunk and spilled out a little from the loose cap. This disappointed me.
I'll be back, maybe on a weekday, which I'm told is more laid back and not as crowded.
03-11-2010 02:55:57 |
More by stoops
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Grabbed some lunch here after visiting the New Glarus brewery. I hadn't been to the old Ale Asylum but my impressions of the new facility were pretty good. The building stands tall and proud with nice black walls on the outside. The inside wall over the bar there a menu that lights up showing what beers are on draft currently. The draft selection was pretty good, I managed to order three beers with my lunch. The Cuban sandwich I ordered was pretty good, not as good as the one I usually order back here at home but still not bad. I was wish friends of mine who insisted that they pay for the bill and I insisted they at least took a $20 from be to help out since I drank more than the rest of them. The place looks great, some really nice elements to look at and it seems like a very relaxed environment. I would go here again.
10-03-2012 13:44:44 |
More by Knapp85
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
When I finally made it over to Ale Asylum I was shocked at just how close it is to the airport! All of that time I'd spent there waiting for my late Northwest connection flights to arrive I could have taken a cab over and had a pint! DOH!
That said, I was also surprised at how busy it was. I've only been in on two occassions, and although it was almost dead early on, a crowd eventually pulled in. And now that I think about it, it was always a very diverse crowd, in both age and character, which is something that I enjoy.
The service was good, but could have been better; and the bartenders didn't seem overly excited about the beers (as if it could have been any other beer that they were pouring from the taps). I've never tried the food because I'd always been out to dinner with my girlfriend beforehand, but I have asked people at the bar about the food (which looked good - simple but good) and they've responded positively. And I liked the atmosphere (also simple but good).
So, in conclusion, nice little place. Comfortable and easy. Simple. Good beers. Worth a visit.
12-23-2007 15:20:01 |
More by NeroFiddled
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