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Taps: 40 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
408 W Gorham St
phone: (608) 257-7675
(Place added by: AmberMan22 on 02-24-2010)
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| Reviews: 17
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Brickhouse BBQ really is an upscale place, especially considering the rest of most State Street dining options, and that it's a barbeque place.
Atmosphere is pleasant, warm, with nice mood lighting to set an upscale tone. The brick is a great touch, and the bars looks really sharp.
Service was good, and I think it will improve as they get the feel for the new menu, drink list and layout. Guys on the first floor are really knowledgeable about the beer, and serve it in a proper glass when appropriate.
Selection of food was quite wide, but the selection of liquor and beer would make an alcoholic think they'd died and gone to heaven. Not sure on the # of whiskies and bourbons, but it numbers in the 'several dozens'.
40 tap beers, featuring 20 from WI, 18 other Americans and 2 brilliant imports (see beer list).
Food is solid, went there with a group of 10 or so friends just the other day, and everyone really enjoyed their meal, from salads to burgers to the pulled pork, which I'd recommend.
Most importantly, all of this comes at a very reasonable price. I highly recommend you check this place out, whether you be from the area, but ESPECIALLY if you're stopping through looking for great WI brews.
02-25-2010 01:14:39 |
More by AmberMan22
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here the night before my interview at Epic. I left the hotel a little on the late side, making it into the Brickhouse a short while before closing. As such, I was one of only a handful o' folks there, and the only one sitting at the bar. The bartender was very helpful, genial, and patient in dealing with my order (several taps had kicked that night before I got there). The tap selection was very nice, with a large number of Wisconsin brews making up the plurality. New Glarus's Enigma was the highlight, primarily 'cause I never thought I'd see it on tap. The music playing in the background wasn't my style, but at least it wasn't very loud. The couple screens (at this time showing the Packers/Vikings game) were muted (huge surprise, I know). Because of the late hour, I didn't try any of the food, but it smelled good as it passed by me on its way to one of the tables near the window. Overall, good times here, and if I get the job, I'll be back many times.
10-27-2010 20:54:50 |
More by TMoney2591
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
I've eaten here on many occasions and also have come out for tappings of special beers, eg BCBS, Black Note, etc.
Atmosphere wise, this is a very nice place. A bit of a trendy BBQ house, there is nothing cheap about the atmosphere. It's perfect for both a nice dinner out with the family or a date with a significant other. It can be a bit loud depending on how many people are there, but the acoustics are better than most for handling that many people.
Quality is very nice. As noted before, its got a trendy design, the surfaces are clean, relatively new and appropriate for the setting.
The servers are rather prompt though it can slow down during the busy parts of the night. Bartenders are great and always patrolling the bar to make sure your glass is full.. and friendly to boot. Easy to talk to them about beer and what they have in the back!
The beer selection is great. They have at least 15-20 taps just in the downstairs bar alone, with some more upstairs. Mostly Wisconsin and midwest regional locals, but once in a while they'll have some awesome beer like BCBS, Black Note, aged Peruvian Morning, etc. that shows up on Facebook but isn't on the menu. So in a way you have to be in the know to be able to order some, and I would suggest to them that it be on the menu- but with the requisite "15% ABV, not for the faint of heart", etc. but then again, the clientele often is of the bourbon drinkers' variety, so how bad can it be?
Food is awesome. Really love the blackened catfish here. Sides are a bit small-ish, but not necessarily insufficient in size- portions overall are just about right for dinner. The sausage plate is very good too.
$$-$$$: can be a bit pricey, as it can all add up.. but some of the stuff on the beer menu is awesomely cheap, like $3 a pint cheap. I would expect to pay $15-20 a person for a beer and a meal.
09-04-2013 13:43:56 |
More by Stevedore
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Brickhouse is the best bar on the UW Campus (it's a block south of State Street, on the corner of Gorham and Broom) if you are looking for quality brews and want to avoid the "noise" of college bars. Brickhouse is also a BBQ restaurant with a very diverse, succulent menu. The Mac and Cheese is to die for, and their BBQ sauces have a unique character to them compared to most "up north" BBQ joints (it's less thick-mapley than most other places I have been to).
Selection is where Brickhouse stands out. They have two taplines that house something like 30-40 beers that rotate throughout the season. About half the taps tend to be Wisconsin microbrews, but the other 10 are always interesting finds. From Breakfast Stout to Oak Aged Dragon's Milk to Double Trouble to Blackout Stout, there's always a delicious midwest beer on tap. Can't wait for Winter to kick in, when they get more stouts and a few RIS's on tap!
This is my go to place when I can't convince my friends to make the trek over to the Malt House (which is way off campus)
11-12-2011 20:39:46 |
More by jegross2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
3rd stop with my friend on a Madison pub crawl of sorts. It is nice walking around to so many good bars.
This place is a multi-level place but we took a seat at the lower bar. They served a full menu at it but we had to wait to get are food, about 30 extra minutes, but the bartender warned us and we didn't care. I had duck legs which were pretty tasty. The tap menu was irregular because of Great Taste of the Midwest and some of the stuff on their temporary menu was gone but it was enough for me. I started with a Short's pilsener, then a small but expensive pour of barrel aged Nebraska Belgian IPA, and then a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier in it's proper glass which was the obvious highlight. I didn't even check the bottle list.
The service is really great, the bartenders were super attentive. The prices were a bit on the expensive side. It is a really worthy place in Madison.
08-14-2011 14:47:02 |
More by crossovert
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $
Atmosphere: Nothing overly special, but they do have multiple levels and a rooftop seating area for when the weather is nice. Trendy.
Quality/Selection: Beer quality is excellent. Large tap list that is filled with quality brews. Will always find several New Glarus, Central Waters, Furthermore, and other WI brews on tap, but they also have other high-quality Midwest/National offerings as well. For example, they've had Stone SSR, FFF Dreadnaught, and Founder's Nemesis on tap, to name a few.
Service: Food service is sometimes slow, but always friendly. Bar service is very good...the bartenders seem knowledgeable about the beers and are always willing to let you sample some.
Food: Above average, but nothing spectacular. Don't come here expecting authentic southern BBQ, but you will get solid meal.
Value: Great value. Beer is fairly priced...can get a pint of NG Moon Man for $3.50 I think, while I've paid $5 for a spotted cow at other places in Madison. Can easily get full off of food for $8-9.
05-05-2011 16:53:47 |
More by anell213
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
I've got mixed feelings about Brickhouse BBQ. On the one hand, Brickhouse offers up 40 taps of beer, only about 5 of which are macro crap, and five of which are stellar offerings. On the other hand, Brickhouse's food is not BBQ. Not even close. I've never considered myself a Southerner, but if this what passes as BBQ up here in Wisconsin, then Wisconsinites are sorrily misinformed.
On the positive side, the beer list is rather impressive. Five offerings from NG, including an Unplugged, Ale Asylum, Capital, Stone, Oskar Blues, and, during my visit, several Bell's beers, including Batch 9000. Oddly, I believe they only have about a dozen bottles, all of them more or less crap.
Service was lackluster. I think my waitress might have suffered a head injury earlier in life as she was rather slow and incoherent. I didn't bother even attempting to ask her anything anything about beer.
As for the food, let me just say it wasn't overly impressive. The term "BBQ" is simply misleading: the chicken is roasted in a oven and the greens are barely sauteed. The pulled pork - I don't even know what they did here. And everything is served with three different ramekins of their oddly herbaceous BBQ sauces. However, the food isn't necessarily bad...it's just not good either.
Another complaint would be the restroom. This place is three floors tall. The bathroom on each floor is a little one-seater. With 40 taps and a long list of bourbon, Brickhouse is essentially a bar, but for whatever reason, someone decided to limit the bathroom to one person at a time. I can only say that this was a very bad decision.
Brickhouse BBQ would do well to just drop the BBQ from their name and continue serving up a fine selection of great beers.
09-06-2010 20:45:34 |
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