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Vintage Brewing Company
Active Beers: 41
Beer Ratings: 253
Beer Avg: 3.83
Taps: 22 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
674 S Whitney Way
phone: (608) 204-2739
(Place added by: uwmgdman on 03-01-2010)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I live about 5 minutes away from the vintage, it's been open for about a year and has quickly become my favorite place to get dinner and some beers. The food is much better than you'd expect from a brew pub and in my opinion reasonably priced. The beer is good and the house brewed taps change very regularly along with frequent changes of the cask beers which are variations of the other beers they offer on tap. If you want a good place to grab a growler or two before a party, or even to fill your 5 gallon corny keg if your a homebrewer, I'm not aware of a place that is less expensive. The staff has always been great to me and any friends I bring in.
02-24-2011 03:32:53 |
More by adman08
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stop #221 on my world brewery tour.
Solo visit around 7:30 on a Wednesday night in early August. Sat at the spacious bar.
Building is in an area of 80's era chains and strip malls. Lowered expectations on the way in from the parking lot and was pleasantly surprised by the interior. A bit swank with low lighting, some vintage beer signs, and a modest vintage decor that hints at the interior of my great aunt's furnishings. A bit like an old-school steak house. I like it.
I went with the $1.50 samplers of all the beers...
English Summer Ale - cross between a pilsner and English pale
Hibiscus Saison - remarkable
Sahti - wonderful
Schwarzbier like beer
Double Black IPA
Imperial Stout aged in Rye Barrel
All beers were excellent and I would recommend any of them. The Sahti stole the show for me. I think it may be the first time I've had the style (probably sitting on some DFH in my cellar that I should crack open).
I had the Wisconsin whitefish sandwich with fries drizzled with truffle oil. The fish had a slice of cheese on it which I'm still trying to figure out. Very good meal and I can't figure out why this place gets a 71% on reliable Urbanspoon.
Six local guest taps included can-bic from New Glarus, Ale Asylum, Potosi, Furthermore, and Spreeher. Also had a handful of pretty good bottles and cans.
The only drawback is not having an outside patio to enjoy the short Wisconsin summer.
08-04-2011 17:29:55 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I went here for dinner last week with my wife and 1-year old daughter. We went on a Wednesday night around 6:30pm. We were surprised that the parking lot was almost full and walked in to find the place nearly packed. The hostess said we would need to wait about 15 minutes for a table which was not a problem.
We took seats at the bar and looked over their beer menu. They had about 15 of their own beers on tap with most styles covered. About half-way through our first beer, the hostess led us to our table with a high-chair for the little one.
For starters, we had the chips with beer cheese dip which was very good with homemade chips. I had the bratwurst burger and my wife had the meatloaf sandwich. We both really enjoyed our sandwiches and couldn't finish them. We agreed the chips from the appetizer were much better than the fries we got with the sandwiches which were big steak fries.
The beers we tried were the Palidrome APA, Woodshed IPA, Dedication abbey-style dubbel, Scaredy Cat Oatmeal Stout, and Weiss-Blau weissbier. All of them were very good. I'm looking forward to trying the rest of their menu.
Our waitress was very good. Attentive and very quick with bringing our beers and checking on us. The place was very nice inside. We really enjoyed our night out here. The food and beers were great. We will definitely be returning in the near future.
04-05-2011 20:46:47 |
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