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Vintage Brewing Company
Active Beers: 41
Beer Ratings: 251
Beer Avg: 3.83
Taps: 22 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
674 S Whitney Way
phone: (608) 204-2739
(Place added by: uwmgdman on 03-01-2010)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 14 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5 | $$
Visited in June with my wife and daughter. The atmosphere was dark and heavy, like an old English bar, but better lit and modernized. The service was charming and helpful, but the beer knowledge was questionable. The beer quality, on the other hand, was acceptable and the selection was surprising, as we had learned that they had just brewed their first beer only a month or two before.
The food, if you were to ask my wife, was perfectly fine. To me, a former trained Chef, it was abominable. And that was the reason we decided to go there. I wanted to try a specialty, which was a smoked duck and sausage dish, whose name i forgot. It was outrageously salty, and I LOVE salt. I told the server and they fixed the situation immediately. Which is why the service got an extra nod from me.
09-30-2010 22:12:53 |
More by cullenvens
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Made a visit to the new Vintage Brewing Company on a Saturday afternoon for lunch. The Vintage Brewing Co. resides in the old JT Whitney's, but with a completely fresh look.
A: The atmosphere was just fine for Saturday lunch hour. A few people enjoying a brew and watching some TV at the bar. In the restaurant portion the tables were about half full with some Sinatra-esque music playing. The floors, walls, ceilings, and lighting have all been redone. A lot of dim lights, dark woods, new vinyl 60s like chairs, lots of old school beer memorabilia. In addition to tables and booths, there are couches and chairs by the fireplace.
Q: The quality is quite high. The tap beer selection is high quality, my lunch was very high quality, and the place looks nice.
Service: Was greeted promptly by a friendly hostess. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable, eager to serve. The drinks and food were served quickly and a quick check on how things were was made.
Selection: 10 taps currently. They are all Wisconsin micros for now, with their own beer coming on-line as it is brewed and aged. The waiter said they hope to have 10 of their own beers on tap once things get rolling. I was the proud customer of their second pour of their first in-house brew, their hefeweizen, which was very well made and quite delicious. There is also a selection of bottles, but I didn't pay much attention to the list.
Food: I had a lunch special which was quite delicious, fresh and fairly priced. They have a page for apps/salads, one for lunch entrees (some sound great) and the final page for burgers and sandwiches. If the lunch menu is any indication, the dinner menu should be great as well.
Overall I really like the look, glad to see a lot of good beer on tap and I'm very much looking forward to returning as more of their beers come online. I'd recommend checking this place out. After my first visit I'd say a definite improvement over the previous ownership.
EDIT: Returned September 2010 for dinner with many samples of in house beers. The menu had variety yet was not overwhelming....from the appetizers, to entrees, to desert, they kept the menu manageable and everything I tried was well done. They had about 12 of their own beers on tap, tried many and generally was rather impressed. After two visits, this will be a place we will continue to visit until they give us reason not to.
3rd trip: Dec 2010 another solid visit for food, beer, and waitstaff. However I'm dropping the service a touch because we had the same hostess as the last visit. She was unbelievably unfriendly, bordering on rude. Last time I just thought she was having a bad day, but 2 for 2 is a trend, and not an inviting one.
09-18-2010 01:29:27 |
More by uwmgdman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
This is a very new establishment that happens to be very near my office. It's becoming a favorite happy hour destination for my co-workers and I. The first few weeks they had some growing pains but they seem to be settling into things now.
This was the former location of the JT Whitney's brewpub which I was never much of a fan of. The interior has, thankfully, been completely reworked and I like it a lot. It features a large rectangular bar, surrounded by booths in the front room and leather couches around a fireplace in the back. Everything is done in darker wood and is kept very clean. There are lots of flatscreen TVs everywhere, muted, but they aren't in your face and this is not a sports bar. The decor features lots of antique beer signs and memorabilia keeping with the name of the bar.
Now, on to the beer... They've been experimenting with lots of styles and it's been fun to come in to find something new to find every couple weeks. I read that they are "testing the waters" to see what's most popular before deciding on what their regular offerings will be. They run between $2.50 and $6 depending on happy hour pricing and which style you sample. The higher ABV Belgian-style beers were the only ones that have cost me more than $4 I think. The bar staff are very knowledgeable on average and are happy to answer questions or offer suggestions. In addition to the beers brewed on site they offer a half dozen guest beers and most if not all are from Wisconsin.
I've only had a few items from the food menu so far: a cod filet sandwich that was a little pricey but pretty good, chips & guacamole/salsa that was enough for 3 people to snack on, and an order of chicken and chorizo nachos that have been my favorite item on the menu so far. In general I feel like the food is good but maybe a little overpriced for what it is.
Generally, I like the place and I'm excited to see what they make of it.
05-15-2010 04:53:33 |
More by djhowell
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in on a Friday night after our last soccer game. Was very skeptical of this place for a few reasons - (1) JT Whitneys (prior occupant) had such a terrible reputation and (2) strip mall location
first off there's the location...on one hand its really close to the research park, where i have a lot of clients. On the other hand, its on a really wore down stretch of Whitney Way that is really not a place i would frequent without reason. The west side of madison is a beer abyss of sorts, so this will certainly help.
the atmosphere is more of a corporate brewpub - its nice and new, pool tables/darts, horrible jukebox selection, fish tank, large bar, the works. its hard to tell what the clientele will be, but its location makes it hard to expect much less than suburbanites. We had such a large group out that interaction with the other clientele was almost nonexistent.
service was good - bartenders were always there, and while i cant really attest to their beer knowledge, i got the sense that they had the right kind of guys manning the bar.
the selection actually surprised me - i wasnt sure how much they had running at this point, but they had about 8 beers including 2 higher alcohol belgian styles served in chalices. I tried the belgian IPA (ok) and both larger abbey ales, which werent spectacular, but were good choices.
we just had a bunch of appetizers, which were pretty standard barfare.
I'll keep an eye on this place - i was pleasantly surprised at the styles they have taken on.
04-03-2010 15:30:47 |
More by dirtylou
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