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The Malt House
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2609 E Washington Ave
phone: (608) 204-6258
(Place added by: DaPeculierDane on 06-29-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
atmosphere was relaxed on both of my visits, one this past summer and one over the winter holidays last year, dimly lit, heavily wooden interior, plenty of seating inside with an outdoor patio available
selection has been pretty awesome in the past and from what I'm told rotates pretty frequently, nice tap list representing the midwest, some nationally distributed stuff, and Belgium with a fine array of bottles, any place with Belgian Red on tap is fine by me, beers served in appropriate glassware
service has been up to par with the beer, friendly and knowledgeable, and tolerant of drunken fools demanding food
no food, but they do have some fine potato chips
09-23-2009 22:13:46 |
More by blackie
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
First things first...if you're coming from the west (E. Washington), you'll need to make a 3-point turn or turn left from the right lane whilst checking your blind spot to get into the parking lot. There is also a bike rack out front.
A-Very good atmosphere, dimly lit but you get some good sunlight through the windows sometimes. Tunes playing on the computer behind the bar, no TV, good conversation, diverse and interesting clientele.
Q&S-Top notch local and internat'l brews on tap and available in bottles. Always a quickly rotating batch of Belgians with a couple of regulars that seem to get re-ordered. I don't know how many of the bottles on the list are actually in-stock, but I've never had to find out because the tap selection is broad enough to keep me happy.
S-Probably the best bar service I've ever had in any establishment. They are quick to react, always get the right order, are very knowledgeable, polite, and pleasant.
V-Prices are comparable and probably slightly better than most other places of similar quality.
If you're in Madison, stop by here. It's just south off Hwy. 30, but a lot of people familiar w/the area don't even know it's here because it is rather new and unassuming.
09-05-2009 21:33:19 |
More by BoitSansSoif
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here last night. Been here before and will continue to go back.
Always a nice selection of Belgian beers on tap (St. Bernardus Prior, Blanche du Bruxelles, Piraat to name a few.) and in bottle (many more).
I believe there are a total of 18 taps in the place, always with different stuff available. The previous time I went in, I had Sierra's Bigfoot and Stone's Old Guardian Barleywines. This time I tried some more local stuff: Tyranenas Chipotle Porter, Ale Asylum's Ballistic IPA.
Do yourself a favor and check the chalkboard on the wall for the most updated list of stuff on tap. They do provide you with a hand held menu, but the wall will be far more up to date, since when they run out a keg, they change whats on tap.
The hand held menu does tell you all of the beers that they have in bottle, which becomes quite helpful.
The atmosphere for this beer bar is wonderful. There are NO tvs. It's all about the beer and conversation. The bartenders usually know their stuff about the beers that are on tap, and they always have the right glass.
They do have a small but good selection of single malt scotch and bourbon and a few wines for those who's significant others don't drink beer (what?!).
They don't do food here, only bags of chips, but you can order out and have it brought in.
The prices have always been reasonable, even for the rare stuff you don't normally see in a bar. I definitely recommend this place to other BA's who are looking for that quiet place to go.
04-01-2009 16:30:06 |
More by TPatuto
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Pretty darn nice place but a pitiful selection of Brown ales. Sems to have a Belgian thing going on and being a Brown Ale guy I was really hoping for more then like 4.
I love the fact that there is no TV and no smoking and they really do know how to treat their beer.
I am very glad I moved away from Madison s this place would be my down fall.
I did have a number of brews I have never tried and the bartender really knew what she was doing and what she was pouring. Beer was the perfect temperature and I appreciated being able to taste before spending $4 on a pint.
02-13-2009 20:57:04 |
More by Grinder
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
this is my local (for the next few months). great tap list, everything is fairly priced but of course there are some serious heavy hitters so that doesn't mean it's cheap. really this is the best bar in town for belgians, and there are other places that have as much american stuff that they do, but the entire beer list is just really well put together here. if you have a car and are in madison, there's no excuse to miss this place, and not having a car isn't a good excuse either. the madison in half a day tour would hit ale asylum, malt house, maduro and the memorial union. there's no food here, but you're free to order in.
not the most beautiful part of madison. that doesn't mean it's a bad neighborhood, it's not, but it ain't all that pretty. but there are a couple other places near to visit, and as you get towards the atwood neighborhood it's more frou-frou. plus there's a porno shop kitty corner that always seems to be on the news for getting robbed. NO TVS, which is a plus, just don't expect to be able to catch a game here. for that, go to dexter's.
01-10-2009 21:48:32 |
More by nchrist13
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Something Madison has been needing for quite sometime. The selection is pretty darn good with 18 taps with 6 being Belgians and a great bottle selection. The atmosphere is a little dull but could be due to how new the place is. Maybe the crashing door will be the start of the place. The chalk board is what every good beer bar does but is not placed very well in the old Union House proably because of the great bar that's been around for a while. If you or your friends are into liquor The Malt House has a pretty good slection but make sure to eat before you drink because The Malt House does not serve food.
12-30-2008 02:04:27 |
More by groovy24
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I'm really starting to like this place. It doesn't look like somewhere you'd want to stop from the outside (And the porn shop across the way doesn't help with that vibe), but once you step inside it's all good. Good tap selection, good bottle selection. I had a Bell's Expedition Stout, can't say I've seen a bottle of there at any bar in Madison. Pretty empty when we stopped in, but I imagine they can get pretty busy. I really like the bar, it's a good place to sit and sip away the cold!
12-16-2008 23:37:18 |
More by aggiearcher13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I'm a big fan of the place. Good beers, good turnover in the selection (sometimes so quick that I miss beers I wanted to try!), not cheap but certainly reasonable prices for beers that may not be available on draught elsewhere in the area, and friendly bartenders. The absence of TV is a good thing.
The beer selection turns over often enough that I decided to blog the draught list at http://malthousefan.wordpress.com
(disclaimer: not an official website, no financial interest in the place, blahblahblah)
I don't promise to get every change posted or update it after every single time I visit, but I'll aim for updating it a few times a month, as feasible. Enjoy.
Now go have a beer!
11-26-2008 18:00:30 |
More by nghab
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I don't think I really need to write much--the other posts have described this place quite nicely. I stopped in with some friends on a late Saturday afternoon to discover an amazing array of tap offerings (we didn't even try any bottles, although certainly there are plenty of options there, too. The Malt House is the very epitome of "laid back beer bar." No distractions, just good beer, good service and good conversation if you're willing to engage your fellow patrons (and isn't that usually better entertainment than the big game). I understand it can get pretty crowded later in the evening, although there were only about a dozen or so in the bar during our visit.
11-26-2008 14:27:11 |
More by LittleTimmy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Located in the old Union House. If you want porn, it's kiddie corner across E. Washington. This place looks like an awesome dive (and it used to be, depending what "awesome" means), but now the interior and windows are full of signs for beers that 99% of the populace have never heard of or even recognize as beer. I appreciate that.
Don't come here for the big game, or for bar games, or for pumping the juke full of dollars. No TVs, no pool table, darts, shuffleboard, or jukebox.
Come here simply for the beer.
I appreciate that even more.
It's a bit old school with a bar stretching basically the length of the place, and maybe fifteen tables in front of it.
Drink and converse. That's all there is to do here.
This might be a snoozer if the beer selection wasn't so phenomenal. The bottled list is 100 or so deep. Everything from local stuff to $30 bottles of rare Belgians (and when I say "rare", I mean that they are not found in any other establishment in Madison...bar, store, anywhere).
The tap list brings stuff from the States and Abroad. It'd be silly for me to enter what they got since it changes weekly. Just trust me when I say that there's plenty of stuff here that can't be found anywhere near here, and you will not be disappointed.
The tap prices range from $4 for most things brewed here (with a few higher ABV offerings going for $5), up to $7 for the bigger Belgians. Bottles vary from about $4 up to $30+ (as I've already mentioned). Some seem like deals, some are on the steep side. Overall, it's a hair more expensive than Maduro. But there is also more selection and rarity here.
No food to be had, so look elsewhere for that.
I've long griped about the lack of true beer bars in Madison. With this, Dexter's, Maduro, Brasserie V, and a few other upstarts (notably, Alchemy). That's no longer a valid complaint.
The East Washington corridor- from the exit off I 90/94 to the Capitol- is a wonderful beer trek with a couple short jaunts, starting at Ale Asylum, hitting Malt House, Dexter's, Alchemy, and ending at the downtown Great Dane. That's probably the best route for travelers to experience Madison's finest beer establishments.
And selection-wise, this is probably the best of them all.
Absolutely stop here when in Madison.
11-26-2008 09:23:18 |
More by cokes
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