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Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 27
Beer Ratings: 201
Beer Avg: 3.44
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
110 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy S
phone: (608) 254-1122
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 40
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped in on the way home from a family get-away to Northern Bay Resort on Castle Rock Lake, about a half-hour North of the Dells.
Atm: A giant log cabin-inspired edifice with multiple bar and seating areas downstairs and the brewing equipment upstairs. Taxidermy abounds. I chose to sit at the big, main U-shaped bar with my GF and family. The place was absolutely packed with your typical Dells crowd of rowdy kids and exasperated parents, but it was pleasant enough at the bar.
Service: attentive and friendly, not the most knowledgable about the beer itself, but eager to fill you back up at least.
Selection/Quality: 8-10 beers on tap including one on nitro (usually the stout). Not sure about the bottle selection, I'm not about to insult a brewpub by not ordering their beer. I tried a 6 beer sampler flight including their nitro stout, a couple APAs, dunkel lager, weissbier and amber. All of them were solid, the Hop Ale, Dunkel Lager and Nitro Stout stood out. Nothing outstanding, but better than I'd have expected from the Dells.
Food: just sampled some appetizers (quesadillas, wings, bruscetta) - standard pub fare, again solid but nothing outstanding.
Overall, not a bad little place to escape to sleezy/cheesy Dells scene for a few brews. Sad to see I missed the recommended Blonde Bock. Worth a stop if you're stuck in the area.
08-05-2006 22:41:11 |
More by Golden2wenty1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Saw a sign for this place off the highway on my recent trip up to Devil's Lake and figured we would have to make a stop and check it out. Well, we were camping and when it started to pour we figured we drive around and find Moosejaw. After a couple wrong turns we finally found the restaurant/brewery with the big moose sign and the log cabin exterior. Upon entering there a cool log cabin/outdoorsman feel with carved wood all over the place and enough mounted animals to make most PETA members flip their lids. Big chandiliers made of antlers and coat hangers made of, yes, hooves. Really open with 3 floors, the bottom has an arcade, middle has your typical restaurant seating and bar and the top has the brewery.
Our waitress was extremely nice and always on the ball with drink refills and any questions we had. I started with the 6 style sampler which was reasonably priced at eight bucks. Overall they had 10 of their own brews on tap and there was a style for everyone on the menu. All the brews I had were really quite tasty, the pilsner was especially good with a nice body and strong hoppiness that I didn't expect from a brewpub pilsner. The weiss, nitro stout, kilbourn hop ale and dunkel were all either solid or quite good as well. Growlers were available for $13 new or $10 if ya brought your own jug.
We ordered some personal pizzas for lunch. I got roasted garlic and spinach that ended up being good, but not really unique in any way...just some tasty pizza. The menu is quite diverse though with plenty of options for everyone including vegetarians. Going into this, I must say I wasn't expecting all too much for a brewpub in the Dells, however Moosejaw met and exceeded my expectations. Definetly a place to check if you're in the Dells area, sit down, grab a bite and try some of their tasty brews. I'll definetly be back here again sometime.
07-16-2006 21:04:38 |
More by orbitalr0x
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Three words, BEER CHEESE SOUP. Try it, enjoy and leave happy. This is a fun Wisconsin destination. Always good food and better beer. Look around and sink into the atmosphere of a Northern Wisconsin hunting lodge.
View the large natural log beams that appear to hold the place together. Ignore the kitsch, suspend disbelief and you have a chance to enjoy yourself.
I have never been disappointed by the food or beer. They have one of the best brewpub Pale Ales that I have ever tried. Stop by, take you time, relax and enjoy.
07-04-2006 21:51:20 |
More by znarf
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Avoid peak times because this place gets packed! I stopped in midafternoon on a recent Saturday visit to the area and benefited greatly from the subdued atmosphere and readily available service.
Moosejaw is huge. There are three bars and several eating areas. The whole place is decorated in fo-up-north. No less than 47,000 elk, moose, and deer were slaughtered to construct the chandeliers alone. I heard a rumor that Moosejaw was number thirty-six on PETA Wisconsins list of places to liberate.
Beer selection consists of 9 taps, and one nitro. Bottles appear to be limited to ML and BL. The best beers Ive had there are the Nut Brown and the Hop Ale, which uses locally grown hops. The Pils is also very good. Growlers are available for $13 or $10 if its a refill.
The staff are great but when this place gets busy service slacks quite a bit. Food is above average pub fare and pizza. Prices are pretty good, especially for the Dells.
Family friendly so you can take the kids and fill up your growler to enjoy back at the water park.
04-10-2006 17:32:00 |
More by DaPeculierDane
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Overall this is a place that the time you arrive and the place you sit will determine how you like it. That said, we arrived at entirely the wrong time. We had 12 people in our group and had called to see if they take reservations (they don't) since we saw the crowds on previous days.
I would recommend arriving mid afternoon for a late lunch or early dinner rather than coming at peak times. We had a been quoted 45 min wait (it took over an hour). During the wait, everyone who left said the same thing "...Good thing we got there when we did!...".
We then went to our table in the basement dining room, not much atmosphere down there, but the upstairs areas looked nice. I would try to eat at the bar next time.
I ordered the BBQ pork sandwich, which was definately not pulled pork. The taste was ok, but from what I hear from the rest of our group, the pizzas were very good.
The beer was hit or miss. The alt and the blonde bock were very good for the style, but the Weiss had no traits I normally associate with the style other than being cloudy - no head, no banana/clove esters. On the plus side they had 8 or so on tap, so there was a good selection to choose from.
All in all, it is worth a visit while in the Dells and I do recommend getting a sampler before ordering a pint.
08-20-2004 17:51:37 |
More by keilerdunkel
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Following suit of every "theme" bar north of Madison, this boasts a Northwoods motif. Log cabin, dead animals, fishing gear, et. al. Being that the WI Dells isn't exactly a prime hunting destination, this calls the decor into question. But given that the Dell's excels in faux-everything, commercialized glitz and gaudiness, this really isn't too bad.
Up to this, my rule was never to go to the Dells. I had two exceptions. Once a year for Noah's Ark, which is one of the best waterparks in the world, and occasional trips to Ho-Chunk (which is the best casino within reasonable driving distance). [For newbies and tourists, the boat tour of the actual 'dells' is highly recommended too (there is some natural wonder behind it all...imagine that!).]
So all told, I don't really like the Dells too much.
(and since I first wrote this review, I've been there several additional times with exactly the same results, so the only amendments to my initial review are the additional beers sampled).
Stopped in here on a Monday afternoon Nice psuedo-lodgey feel. Open, wide and spacious. Lots of room to accommodate a crowd, as I imagine this place receives on evenings and weekends. Both the bar and eating areas are on large scales.
The beers, from those I've tried, are solid to remarkable. The Kilbourne Hop Ale was a decent APA, but the German-styled lagers (and lagered ales) are stand outs. The Pils, Dunkel, Dunkel Weizen, Blonde Bock and Altbier were all worth return stops. It's too bad, because these aren't the sorts of beers that raise eyebrows, so it's easy to sleep on a place like Moosejaw. You won't find a Bourbon-barrel Imperial Chocolate Oatmeal Belgian Stout, though they had roughly four other offerings, but many seemed geared towards the tourist crowds (e.g. Raspberry Cream Ale).
Service was prompt, attentive and friendly. Being that it was Monday afternoon, there wasn't a whole lot happening. Mileage may vary on busier occasions. But I was impressed.
Pizza was solid, shy of true noteworthiness, but very tasty just the same. I wouldn't go back solely for it, but I might for some more of their beer (and then, of course, have a pizza to go with it).
I now have a third caveat to my "no WI Dells visits" rule. And this exception might be used more than the others.
Absolutely worth a stop. Far and away the premier watering hole in the Dells.
08-17-2004 05:45:54 |
More by cokes
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
Cool place...three bars on three levels with attentive barkeeps at every stop...an awesome beer can collection downstairs....the bathrooms allow you to gaze out the window into the back parking lot at chicks in bikinis getting out of their cars to visit while you piss...that was pretty cool...a good variety of beers and they were all solid and clean but not outstanding...Didn't order any food....the only thing that pissed me off was the bartender filled a couple of pitchers with beer foam while he filled my growler..and then instead of offering it to us he dumped it out....Big Hugey even asked him about it and he acted like a dumbshit and said "What pitchers??"...I still left him a decent tip but that kind of put a sour taste in my mouth..
Overall I would definitely recommend this as a stop if you are in the area....not the greatest beer in the world but it is solid and the atmosphere is pretty cool.
06-15-2004 05:36:52 |
More by ZAP
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
It is my understanding that Moosejaw Pizza and Brewing Co. is an evolution of the old Pumphouse Pizza and Brewing Co. that was housed a few blocks down the highway. This new building is nothing like the old facility. The new building is breathtaking both inside and out. Everything about it screams north woods, from the hand hewn logs used to create the building to the antler chandeliers. Oddly enough, the brewery itself is on the second floor of the building and is completely visible from the street. Nice move considering how nice the stainless steel and brass look in their new surroundings. The building has three levels, each having their own bar and oodles of dining space.
I found both the service and the food to be exceptional. Each member of my family had a different entrée and each was excellent.
Now lets get down to business. The beer! Brewmaster Dana Wolle did have 10 beers on the menu so I decided to go for the 10 beer sampler. Each sample was in a 3 ounce glass. The first thing I noticed was that the beers were served at a proper temperature. All of the beers were extremely clear except for the Weissbier, which was to be expected. The other thing I noticed off the bat was the one glass that had a rather pinkish color to it. It turned out that this was their Raspberry Cream Ale. Heres a list of the beers that I tasted: Light Ale, Honey Ale, Golden Logger, Weissbier, Dells Pilsner, Raspberry Cream Ale, Kilbourn Hop Ale, Stand Rock Bock, Winter Ale, Stout.
All of the beers were very clean with no off tastes. While I wouldnt turn down a glass of any of them a few of them stood out.
At the top of the list would be the one that I ended up taking a growler home of: the Winter Ale. This is a very malty tasting brew with a respectable 7% alcohol which gives you that nice warm feeling. Nicely hopped. Great beer overall.
I found that the Bock, Stout, Weissbier and Kilbourn Hop Ale were great examples of their individual styles. Interestingly, the Kilbourn Hop Ale, which Id classify as an American Pale Ale, is brewed with hops grown by one of the local resident, Brownie Zinke, when available.
Next time youre in the Dells area Id highly recommend stopping by, although youd better expect to wait a while to be seated during the peak vacation months.
12-10-2003 14:22:42 |
More by mrpivo
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Re Rating this as of April 27, 2005.
I have now had food there on several occasions and it was good. The service has been a lot better than that one "off" visit I had early on. And I discovered how huge this place really is. On the top floor, they have their awesome brewing setup displayed in the open. Only a railing keeps customers back, no glass. They also have original PacMan on this floor. I like it up here by all shiny equipment. The main floor, middle floor, features the most dining space. And there's a huge fireplace in the middle of it all with the brick chimney stack going up, up, up... Towering. A nice bar area is available on this floor as well with sufficient TVs placed about for watching Packers/Brewers/Bucks/Badgers games. On the lower level, there is a nice game room area. If you have kids, they'll enjoy it down there while you enjoy some cold beverages. They even have a vintage Donkey Kong machine down there. One of the first ones ever made. (The version that had a glitch in it. If you go up a ladder and leave a hand jutting up to the next tier, no barrels will come down on you.) Oh yeah, they also have a HUGE beer can collection downstairs. Pushing 1000 if not more. And then when you think you've seen it all and you're on your way up, you notice a door to another room down there. A peek in reveals a huge banquet room. Unbelievable.
This is my absolute favorite place to go around here. The beer is high quality (especially the german style beers, alt, bock, bl. bock, dunkel, etc...) and the atmosphere cannot be beat.
The old Pumphouse brewpub (now closed) basically turned into this brewpub. It is brand new as of May 2002. There is a new brewer though. The new brewer has experience from Gray's brewing in Janesville and Dellafield Brewhaus in Dellafield.
Very rustic, but in a modern way if that's possible. Logs and wood are definitely the theme in this brewpub/restaurant. Very modern and big. Great atmosphere. There were about 8 different taps. Pretty good selection. The beer was solid if not outstanding. The quality of brew was definitely a couple notches higher than it used to be at the Pumphouse. I enjoyed a Weissbeir, Oktoberfest, Dunkel Lager and Porter. Unfortunately, even though I sat down at a table, I had to make 4 trips to the bar to get my taps since the waitress didn't seem to care to serve somebody at a table who was not eating. The only other downfall of this place was that they served their beer in Frosted Pint Glasses.
10-15-2002 07:45:53 |
More by Bighuge
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
The place had a hunting lodge type of decor that I enjoyed. When I visited, the place was new and some allowances were made with the grading because of this. The menu was not complete yet...so I had to ask about the selection of beers. The beer brewed there was quite tasty with a decent selection (porter, pale ale, raspberry wheat, lager, etc.) on tap. They will provide a sampler tray on request (as most brewpubs I have been to do). I did not look into their selection of other beer as I was interested in trying the in-house brewed. Their food is American style with a decent selection, I think they are in the process of adding more. The pizza was VERY GOOD. I would recommend this place if you are in the Dells for good food and good beer.
07-15-2002 08:55:26 |
More by ryanocerus
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