Vintage Brewing Company
Active Beers: 41
Beer Ratings: 258
Beer Avg: 3.82
Taps: 22 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
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
3.88/5 rDev -8.3%
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
3.95/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I like what they have done with the old JT Whitney's. The beer is better. They have started to get experimental in aging and blending beers (although they have a ways to go to make an elite beer in this category). The dark beers (especially the coffee porter and the imperial stout( are good, the hoppy beers are ok, and some of the seasonals (the Wit comes to mind) are worth checking out.
The food is pretty good. Not too many places will serve you a 1/2 lb burger between two grilled cheeses and leave you happy with your decision (health concerns aside).
The building is nice and has an inviting exterior, but the layout leads to some bottlenecking when it is busy in the bar area. The waitstaff seems to be fairly knowledgeable about their product, but the overall beer knowledge is so so.
08-09-2011 02:02:46 | More by cptnspeed1
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
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Vintage Brewing Company in Madison, WI
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