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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
674 S Whitney Way
phone: (608) 204-2739
(Place added by: uwmgdman on 03-01-2010)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 14 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
wandered into this place looking for a decent beer, as it seems most of the many bars in downtown madison cater to college students, obviously, serving only bmc and spotted cow. the alaskan amber neon sign is what gave me the impetus to check this place out. pretty big place and mostly non-descript with a well-worn feel, i had no idea this was a brewpub until told by the bartender that all the "v" taps were house beers brewed nearby. the bartender was great, gave me free tastes of all of the house brews. the oaked ipa, dubbel, and hoppy red were all decent. they also had some guest taps and various bottles including several bmc and craft offerings. nothing special other than breakfast stout bottles were available. all in all, glad i found this place as i needed decent beer.
10-31-2011 16:03:36 |
More by MrMcGibblets
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in on a Friday night after our last soccer game. Was very skeptical of this place for a few reasons - (1) JT Whitneys (prior occupant) had such a terrible reputation and (2) strip mall location
first off there's the location...on one hand its really close to the research park, where i have a lot of clients. On the other hand, its on a really wore down stretch of Whitney Way that is really not a place i would frequent without reason. The west side of madison is a beer abyss of sorts, so this will certainly help.
the atmosphere is more of a corporate brewpub - its nice and new, pool tables/darts, horrible jukebox selection, fish tank, large bar, the works. its hard to tell what the clientele will be, but its location makes it hard to expect much less than suburbanites. We had such a large group out that interaction with the other clientele was almost nonexistent.
service was good - bartenders were always there, and while i cant really attest to their beer knowledge, i got the sense that they had the right kind of guys manning the bar.
the selection actually surprised me - i wasnt sure how much they had running at this point, but they had about 8 beers including 2 higher alcohol belgian styles served in chalices. I tried the belgian IPA (ok) and both larger abbey ales, which werent spectacular, but were good choices.
we just had a bunch of appetizers, which were pretty standard barfare.
I'll keep an eye on this place - i was pleasantly surprised at the styles they have taken on.
04-03-2010 15:30:47 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here for dinner recently, unfortunately the house beers left alot to be desired, though the food was great.
Didn't have a bunch of time, so I sat at the bar and got a few samples and $1.50 pours along with a tasty bbq brisket dinner. The house beers were overwhelmingly average... ESB, Oatmeal Stout were good, and the Jinja Ninja was interesting though the rest of the lineup could be from any other random brewpub. The guest taps stole the show in fact, O'so Qu Rosa and House of Brews Cellar Dark were both great. Beer list was draft focused and well varied by style, though there were a handful of solid bottles like CW Illumination and La Folie.
Atmosphere was ok at the bar, it felt like an upscale revamp of an old place (JT Whitney's), but the dining room looked nice. Seemed to be a good dinner crowd of locals on a Monday night. Rectangular island bar with a giant aquarium in the center casting an eerie glow. Flatscreen tv's and brown tile floors were kind of meh, but there was some cool original art and stone work accents elsewhere, and knick knacks above a fireplace in the dining room. Service was ok at the bar, though one guy didn't get why I wasn't ordering the $2.50 house pint special and opting for $1.50 small pours. I'd already explained I wanted to try the whole lineup, as i'd never been in before, and was short on time. Shrug... the other bartender was good though.
Food wise, the brisket was smoky and really tasty, though expensive at nearly $14 for 2 thick slices, mashed potatoes, and a mushy corn cob. Doubt i'd return here unless to eat and grab a beer on the west side... it's near Woodman's on Gammon and Steve's Mineral Point, though not much else in the immediate area beer-wise.
05-09-2012 01:37:53 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5 | $$
Visited in June with my wife and daughter. The atmosphere was dark and heavy, like an old English bar, but better lit and modernized. The service was charming and helpful, but the beer knowledge was questionable. The beer quality, on the other hand, was acceptable and the selection was surprising, as we had learned that they had just brewed their first beer only a month or two before.
The food, if you were to ask my wife, was perfectly fine. To me, a former trained Chef, it was abominable. And that was the reason we decided to go there. I wanted to try a specialty, which was a smoked duck and sausage dish, whose name i forgot. It was outrageously salty, and I LOVE salt. I told the server and they fixed the situation immediately. Which is why the service got an extra nod from me.
09-30-2010 22:12:53 |
More by cullenvens
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
This place has a solid line up of beers. This place is leaps ahead of the brewpub that sat there before Vintage came along. The style of the place is 50's class, and they have a room that you can reserve, but it is a wee bit pricey. If I lived on the west side of Madison I would frequent this place a little more often, but not over on that side of town that much at least when I am craving a beer. The food is good and solid too. The Vintage is a place to go and hang out, have a good couple of rounds of beer, and have some solid food to go with the barley sodas. All in all a good place to go.
10-17-2013 02:42:07 |
More by KellyScottMad
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I like what they have done with the old JT Whitney's. The beer is better. They have started to get experimental in aging and blending beers (although they have a ways to go to make an elite beer in this category). The dark beers (especially the coffee porter and the imperial stout( are good, the hoppy beers are ok, and some of the seasonals (the Wit comes to mind) are worth checking out.
The food is pretty good. Not too many places will serve you a 1/2 lb burger between two grilled cheeses and leave you happy with your decision (health concerns aside).
The building is nice and has an inviting exterior, but the layout leads to some bottlenecking when it is busy in the bar area. The waitstaff seems to be fairly knowledgeable about their product, but the overall beer knowledge is so so.
08-09-2011 02:02:46 |
More by cptnspeed1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Our server was knowledgeable and had free beer samples on the way at the slightest sensed interest. She was able able to make helpful suggestions as well.
Atmosphere was dark but modern, a nice cosy pub feel around the bar. Some medium sized TV's but not a place I would go to watch the big game.
Beer selection was up to par and I was excited about their naturally carbonated cask conditioned ales or as they call them "real ales." Two of the current beers were available as "real ales" including their scotch all "Wee Heavy." These were hand pumped from the cask, smooth and delicious. Paid samples were a nice way to gain more experience with the beer.
My friends ate a meal and were all impressed with the food. I stuck to cheese curds which, to my surprised, were offered non-fried and squeeky.
Having lived in Madison for some time I hold "The Great Dane" as the standard for Madison brew pubs. Any new pub must at least perform at the Dane's level of quality and selection. Vintage did a great job of meeting that.
03-27-2011 16:34:02 |
More by flyboy599
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: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
First stop on the tour of Madison.
Upscale brewpub feel. Plenty of seating and bar space. Game room is a nice touch.
The beers on tap were very good. We got the sampler and I was impressed with many of the offerings. The standouts for me were Velouria (wheat/peach ale) and Sister Golden (kolsch). Both were outstanding for their respective styles.
The service was excellent. We were using their party bus for a fellow BA's bachelor party and they were extra accomodating. We were well taken care to say the least.
I only tried the (soft) pretzels and they were a bit dry and thick for my taste. Can't all be winners.
Overall I would have no problem heading back here when in Mad town.
08-25-2011 17:28:07 |
More by beerwolf77
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Our "home base" and starting point/visit for my good friend Andy's bachelor party. We ended up renting their "Prison Bus" so we could tour around Madison not having to worry about cabs or staying sober all day.
Much more a restaurant feel than a brewpub overall, but seeing the brewing room and fermentation tanks off to the side reminds you where you are at.
Off to the other side was a decent gaming room, darts and pool and TVs are always a plus.
Right from the start, the service was excellent. I was impressed with their wide selection of beer styles as well as their quality; I had trouble deciding what to get pints of, though they did give us a sample of every beer they had on tap and really was impressed with their quality honestly.
The food was ok, I enjoyed the soft pretzels, though alot of their other offerings looked very good if you were to come in for dinner and have a few beers too. Overall, a great place that I thoroughly enjoyed.
08-26-2011 14:58:44 |
More by sweemzander
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