Taps: 40 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.05/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A gem of Madison for getting your drink on.
Three stories of BBQ madness topped on the third story by an emense line up of midwest(mostly WI and MI) taps, close to 40! Well represented were New Glarus, Capital, Bells, New Holland, Tyranena, Central Waters, Shorts, 3F, just to name a few. Didn't even need to look at the bottle list. I opted to enjoy a many CW Peruvian Morning on-tap. The third floor also has a huge walk out patio overlooking the main drag out front and the capital building just a few blocks east. Very cool and airy like at an outdoor stadium.
Overall very clean and well mannered, lots of space, lots of tables, lots of choices to sit. BBQ and other foody mentionables include fish, burgers, other sandwiches and mixed dinners along with lots of appetizers. All very well priced. After all, this is a college town and not many local can afford what what be the norm in a bigger city for the same food fair.
Service on the third was a bit hit and miss for the most part. Seemed understaffed for the amount of people that were present, and for an event they knew about beforehand? So points off for that. On the main floor, same thing seemed to be going on. Actually got bumbed into by a greif grimmaced waitress who burned thru my skull with her eyes just because she was walking behind me and i stopped for a second to determine whether or not to head upstairs...felt as if she would've killed me I think if it weren't for her hands full of trays of food and beers. However, bartenders were nice enough, just busy and perhaps overwhelmed some by the amount of beer being constantly consumed.
So beyond that, I found this place to be rockin' awesome and could spend a whole lot of time there, and will for future visits. Hopefully sooner then later. Just work on that staffing.
08-19-2010 20:51:49 | More by tavernjef
3.8/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25 | $$
Visited twice over the weekend for the Great Taste pre-party, hosted by thebeerspot.com, featuring Short's and Central Waters.
I've never been in a BBQ place this freaking huge. 3 stories with a loft/balcony on the 3rd floor, and a sweet rooftop patio with a view of the capital. I think there were 40 taps at each bar (x3). Atmosphere was a little sterile and modern, but it was clean. Having the patio kicked up the atmosphere score. Super high vaulted ceilings on the 3rd floor, and with a sizeable crowd it got pretty loud.
Awesome tap selection for the party. Enjoyed an Exodus and Peruvian Morning from CW, and a Short's Key Lime Pie (exclusive to the Great Taste pre-party). Nice, well rounded tap selection overall.
Service at the bar and tables was pretty slow. 15-20 min. to get a beer at the bar, so I ordered 4 at a time... There were 2 bartenders for 60-70 patrons. Second visit post-Great Taste, it was slow and they were breaking down the bar early (at 9 or 10pm), and couldn't be bothered to serve the few patrons still sitting at the bar. It was pretty dead for a saturday night, but at the very least take care of those who are there. We left for a different place after that.
Food wise I tried the ribs and duck legs. Ribs were pretty good, the duck legs were a bit skimpy and overdone. Sides at our table looked to be standard hearty fare. 2012 edit: Friends have had recent bad experiences eating here, so I just avoid it now. Not worth getting sick for GTMW...
Might try again, it's a good new addition, but not my favorite place in town.
08-16-2010 14:25:27 | More by emerge077
3.58/5 rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went here on a recent business trip. Next door to Riley's Wines of the World.
A - The lower level is nice, mostly a bar at the entrance. Small amount of seating in the back. Restaurant first, bar second. Lots of brick, as per the name.
Q - Food and beer were excellent. Superb BBQ, and a wide variety of local and national craft beer.
S - Very helpful - quick. Never was without a beer.
Se - Beer selection was good - Louie, Ale Asylum, Stone, Glarus - all good. Annoyed on the BBQ selection: see food.
F- The chef was tweaking his brisket recipe, so you could not order it from the menu except as a sandwich. Honestly, brisket was why I was there. I wanted a BBQ plate with brisket and pulled pork. She would only let me have brisket if I ordered it as a sandwich. Petulant reaction was to bitch that I can have it as a sandwich, but not in my bbq plate. Aww hell whatever - I'll get over it.
Good place to go. Best BBQ? Naaah. Good BBQ? Heck yeah. The Mad-Town beer scene does a good job of backing it up.
05-08-2010 03:09:38 | More by katan
3.9/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A very welcome addition to the Madison beer scene for this BBQ lover.
The Brickhouse boasts three stories of hardwood floors and exposed brick walls. When busy, it can get a bit loud but otherwise the atmosphere is sharp and enjoyable. Seating for large groups is ample. Large bars extend along the north side of each floor. Try to sit outside if possible. Their 3rd floor terrace overlooks the row of coastie apartment buildings on Gorham and the Riley's parking lot. It makes for great people watching as you get to see attractive co-eds running and drunk bums buying Steel Reserve all from one perch.
I've been very happy with the food thus far, especially the Beef Brisket. Portions are huge and prices are reasonable. You'll be paying about 8 bucks for a giant sandwich and fries and in the 12-18 range for most entrées. Traditional BBQ sides like corn bread, greens, spicy apples, and Mac n' Cheese are available too.
40 beers are featured on tap alongside 40 bourbons. Expect a generous assortment of local crafts from New Glarus, Ale Asylum, Central Waters, etc... several from New Belgium, and a Hodgepodge of well chosen brews from Belgium, Germany, Britain, and the rest of the US. Basic craft beers are a bargain at $3.50 a pint (beer prices have really gone up over that last year in Madison). One-offs and high end imports can run quite a bit more, but often they might be worth it. Recently the Brickhouse has feature beers from the New Belgiums Folie series, Bell's 9,000, Bourbon County, and Ten Fidy.
Service has been very, very slow on each occasion that I've been there, but I have only been in with large groups so that could explain it. Also, the Brickhouse is still fairly new so I'll give it some time to get the kinks worked out. If you're just going to sit at the bar or on the ground floor, this shouldn't be an issue for you. Also, the bartenders all seem to know their beer very well, however, each server I have had has been a 21 year-old college chick who thinks that beer comes in two colors - light (miller lite) and dark (Spotted Cow). The Brickhouse should hold tasting sessions and in services for their staff to get them acquainted with craft beer.
Despite some issues with staff, I still highly recommend the Brickhouse, especially for out-of-towners. While the Brickhouse doesn't have the selection or charm of the Old Fashioned, it also doesn't have the 60-90 minute wait for a table. One will be able to sample the best of what Wisconsin has to offer or to try a few rarities from further away at a reasonable price. I especially recommend this place if you are in town with a large group.
05-05-2010 15:01:55 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.75/5 rDev +18.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Best new bar in Madison hands down. They have 40 taps which are constantly changing. Wisconsin breweries are featured prominently, and they have some of their best brews available--In the past month, I've had both Central Waters' Peruvian Morning and Bourbon Barrel Stout and also New Glarus's Cherry Stout. A number of beers from Lake Louie, Ale Asylum, Tyranena, Central Waters, Capital, New Glarus, etc. are always available.
In addition to the WI beers, they have multiple selections of Founder's, Bell's, Goose Island, New Belgium, and others. Recent taps include Bell's Batch 9000, GI Imperial Brown Goose, GI Bourbon County, Oskars Blues Ten FIDY, Ommegang Hennepin, St. Bernardus Abt 12 (a constant), and more. Check out their Facebook page for the most up-to-date tap list.
The bar has 3 floors (top one is for groups only, though), and each of the 40 taps is available on every level. The bartenders are friendly, talkative, and definitely knowledgeable about beer. They're also more than happy to let you sample a few brews before making a choice.
I've only eaten here once, but I was impressed by the food. The 3 BBQ sauces (regular, mustard, and vinegar, I believe) were each tasty, and for being right downtown, the prices are very reasonable (pulled pork dinner with two sides for $12 or so).
Great addition to Madison, overall; I go there every chance I get.
03-26-2010 18:13:40 | More by klikger
4.44/5 rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
excited to check this place out - didnt eat so will revise this review later.
located directly next to Riley's (the buildings couldnt possibly be closer together). Parking is a little challenging, but there is street parking all over the place and garages as a last resort.
really nice interior - 2 stories, nice brick interior with wood highlights and a nice newly constructed bar.
i was in for an hour or so around 10pm on a Friday and it was kind of quiet. I wasnt sure if this would get overrun with college students (see the Angelic) or it will pick up a slightly older clientele. I think its too early to tell, but i was pleasantly surprised to have the bar almost to ourselves while watching some hoops.
40 taps - There is some really knockout stuff on this list - Bells Batch 9000, GI Imperial Brown Goose, NG Unplugged Cherry Stout, CW BB Imperial Stout, Tyranena Down & Dirty, and lots of others. 2 macros on the list, but mostly high quality midwestern micros, that appear to be rotating pretty nicely. This could easily become the best taplist in town - if the list on the website stays current, i'll be in here a lot
bartender was open about dishing out samples and glassware was appropriate.
cant wait till after easter when im eating meat again - this place smelled great
most beers were fairly priced, with an outlier or 2
03-07-2010 18:27:04 | More by dirtylou
4.58/5 rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Brickhouse BBQ really is an upscale place, especially considering the rest of most State Street dining options, and that it's a barbeque place.
Atmosphere is pleasant, warm, with nice mood lighting to set an upscale tone. The brick is a great touch, and the bars looks really sharp.
Service was good, and I think it will improve as they get the feel for the new menu, drink list and layout. Guys on the first floor are really knowledgeable about the beer, and serve it in a proper glass when appropriate.
Selection of food was quite wide, but the selection of liquor and beer would make an alcoholic think they'd died and gone to heaven. Not sure on the # of whiskies and bourbons, but it numbers in the 'several dozens'.
40 tap beers, featuring 20 from WI, 18 other Americans and 2 brilliant imports (see beer list).
Food is solid, went there with a group of 10 or so friends just the other day, and everyone really enjoyed their meal, from salads to burgers to the pulled pork, which I'd recommend.
Most importantly, all of this comes at a very reasonable price. I highly recommend you check this place out, whether you be from the area, but ESPECIALLY if you're stopping through looking for great WI brews.
02-25-2010 01:14:39 | More by AmberMan22
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Brickhouse BBQ in Madison, WI
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