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Beer Ratings: 2,254
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Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2002 Pankratz St.
phone: (608) 663-3926
(Place added by: nghab on 05-08-2006)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Ale Aslylum was our last stop on the way out of town, concluding the Madison weekend beer-binge extravaganza™.
Visited during the release of Bedlam! Trappist IPA.
As mentioned, the atmosphere here is nice for being in an industrial park on the east side (not unlike Three Floyds). We sat on the patio until the sun disappeared and the wind picked up. Inside towards the back of the seating area were a couple hightop corner tables with dim lamps, and a nice leather couch that we took over. The view consisted of two picture windows into the brewery, and the vintage brunswick pool table (with leather pockets). The bar was a bit packed, so we only went up to order and retreated to the back corner.
Beer selection was great, and ran the gamut of their regular lineup, in addition to seasonal IPA's Ballistic and Bedlam!. Noticed a nice selection of whiskey here also. We were there for the Bedlam of course, and it was awesome. Four of us went through two pitchers easily. Track this beer down, it's a Citra bomb that's intensely fruity and delicious.
Service was a bit strained, but they deserve a pass due to the crowd. Ordering at the bar was no problem, there were 4 staff behind the bar. Will definitely return to AA despite the odd location that's kept me away for so long. Thanks to the Jeremies for meeting up with us...
05-02-2011 17:19:59 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
When I finally made it over to Ale Asylum I was shocked at just how close it is to the airport! All of that time I'd spent there waiting for my late Northwest connection flights to arrive I could have taken a cab over and had a pint! DOH!
That said, I was also surprised at how busy it was. I've only been in on two occassions, and although it was almost dead early on, a crowd eventually pulled in. And now that I think about it, it was always a very diverse crowd, in both age and character, which is something that I enjoy.
The service was good, but could have been better; and the bartenders didn't seem overly excited about the beers (as if it could have been any other beer that they were pouring from the taps). I've never tried the food because I'd always been out to dinner with my girlfriend beforehand, but I have asked people at the bar about the food (which looked good - simple but good) and they've responded positively. And I liked the atmosphere (also simple but good).
So, in conclusion, nice little place. Comfortable and easy. Simple. Good beers. Worth a visit.
12-23-2007 15:20:01 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
As a point of reference, I've had the pleasure of visiting around 170 brewpubs in North America. Business travel sure has its perks.
I'm typing this review courtesy of Ale Asylum's complimentary wireless internet access (currently working on one of their three Belgium offerings).
As others have mentioned, AA is in an industrial area and the inside is surprisingly sophisticated for the location. It's close to the airport so I decided to stop by on my flight out ($14 cab ride from the east side of downtown Madison).
To this point, I've had the west-coast hopped up Amber and a Belgium and can easily say the quality of beer here is worth the trip. It's obvious they take it seriously which is reflected in the product.
The only food offering is a small deli counter with premium ingredients.
With only two brewpubs to choose from in Madison, this one will be your better pick if beer quality is what you crave.
Update post visit: I also had their amazingly fragrant hoppy pale and an excellent sandwich from their deli. The place also has a West-Coast Choppers feel to it with the industrial decor and two bald dudes (one with a long goatee). Excellent work and worth the visit!
08-04-2006 20:02:09 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Atmosphere is hard not to do well in Madison and this place is no exception. The quality of the beers here I have told friends about from other parts of the country for years. I wish they would have some more of their seasonals on tap out of season and some wilder stuff to make it more of an event, but their line up is still very good. Was also pleased with the service, but it wasn't above and beyond. I even had a pizza here and I was surprised how good it was, further adding to the quality of the visit. My favorite place to visit in Madison and will most definitely be back.
01-13-2011 01:12:25 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Ale Asylum has been open for less than 36 hours at this point and Im already reviewing. The grand opening isnt for a couple weeks. For better or worse, weigh that as you read this review.
Atmosphere: My girlfriend calls it modern masculine. The walls are a shade of red. Theres manly wood paneling, the ceiling is black metal, the bar is steal, or steal like, the bar seats a dozen. To the right of the bar are a dozen tables, each seating four. Past them is a comfortable leather couch, manufactured in a style that was sheik in 1972. Behind that sits three chairs, the center chair is paradise. To the left of those chairs is a pool table. Surrounding it are a 16 leather bar stools. Windows scattered throughout the establishment grant views of the brewing and bottling equipment.
Quality: The quality of all the beers I have had so far is above average.
Service: As of day two it is perfect but odd. Rule of working at Ale Asylum # 1. You must shave your head. Rule number two: Facial Hair, specifically a goat tee. Aside from that this staff is passionate. They have worked hard. At this point these boys have dumped their sweat into this joint. They built the bar, literally and with their own hands. They are proud now to show it to their community and they are doing a good job of it (free shots aside). Besides that they are experienced, both with beer and liquor. They are friendly, prompt, knowledgeable, and currently going above and beyond all that is needed and desired. I am highly critical of service on BA. I expect this bar to fall to a 3.5 by July but right now the staff is perfect. Good management may be able to keep it that way. I will hope for it.
Selection: 10 beers. Ive tasted 5. All are above average. One is almost exceptional. Range is good. They consist of: Porter, Gold Digger Blonde Ale, Ambergeddon, Hopalicious (APA), Madtown Nutbrown, Tripel Nova, Diablo (dubbel), Happy Ending (Abbey), Big Slick Stout, and Hatha Weizen.
Theyll begin serving food in a little over a week. Ill edit or add a review then. As I understand it, the food will be deli style.
Value is good. Beers are $3 to $4.50 a pint. Samplers are not available but the staff are happy to pour free 3 ounce sample glasses of any of the beers that one desires. Filling a growler costs $8 for most beers and $10 for Belgian styles. Growlers themselves are $3. A full bar is available.
05-21-2006 06:58:12 |
More by DaPeculierDane
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: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Another stop on Bachelorpalooza while in Mad town.
I like to think I coined the phrase FFF light for this place when I visited for the first time several years ago. Except theses guys aren't raging assholes.
Industrial rocker meets brew pub feel. Decent tap selection of seasonals and year round beers.
We took up a quarter of the place and ordered food and beers. Food was good. Beers were solid as usual. Service was friendly and she managed to handle 10 guys constantly harassing her.
The tour was brief yet very informative.
We were told they will be moving soon and tripling there square footage. Good for them.
08-29-2011 02:33:46 |
More by beerwolf77
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited just after Easter of 2008. Located at the end of an industrial complex building near the Madison Airport. On the outside not much to look at...the inside though was pretty cool with a nice bar area in the front. Off to the side a little seating and pool area has some nice comfy chairs and a view of the brewery.
Our beers were all solid and nothing seemed weak or off. I especially liked the Big Slick and Ambergeddon. With about a dozen beers on tap there was enough to choose from...but alas, no cask.
Our server was very nice and she made sure we didnt go long between waiting for pints even though we were there during happy hour and things were quite busy. She seemed to have a good knowledge of the beers on tap too.
The pizzas looked great but having just eaten at Grumpy Troll we were not that hungry so maybe next time.
Best of all was my conversation with Dean, the brewer, on the way out. He overheard my comments about Ambergeddon being much like Nugget Nectar from Troegs. Turns out it is more or less his homage to NN as he and John Troegner interned together at a brewery out in CO. He asked me, "You know Troegs?" I say..."Know them? I live 2 miles away....I can just about smell the brewery!" Small world!
All in all a solid place which I am sure will be revisited during our visit to the area in August for GTOTMW.
05-26-2008 09:43:24 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Been to Ale Asylum several times over the years, usually the morning after Great Taste on the way out of town to pick up some beers to drink at home. This time I was meeting a friend and had some time to spend for a change. They've really grown over the years, improving food offerings and expanding their beer selection. Still a fan of Ambergeddon and the new (to me, anyway) Bedlam was a fun addition. Had the veggie burger for dinner, and it was better than average. More than good enough, especially the very fresh bread. Great stop right off the freeway.
Made another pit stop at the Ale Ayslum. Stayed in Madison for the night heading to Chicago and Purdue the next day, so stopped in for a night cap. Satisfaction Jacksin was on tap, and my new, clear favorite in the AA line up. Very nice Double IPA that is worth the trip out to the freeway.
07-28-2011 22:13:36 |
More by FightingEntropy
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