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The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery
Active Beers: 27
Beer Ratings: 188
Beer Avg: 3.69
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery ]
105 South Second St
phone: (608) 437-2739
(Place added by: cokes)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 38 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
I've visited the grumpy troll a few times over the years. I was very impressed with the quality and range of beers when brewmaster Mark Knoebl was brought in. I made my annual stop during the week of Thirsty Troll Fest last September and was astonished by how crumby all the beers tasted (thin, astringent, little hop character, probable infections). I asked friends who lived in Mount Horeb and they said it had been ongoing for a few months. Even though I was disappointed, I hoped it was due to a combination of employee turnover, vacations, a bad batch of sanitizer, & possibly new equipment.
Same great down home feel with a diverse group of patrons. It was very steady. The service was great as always. There were 10 Grumpy beers on Tap & one in their beer engine. I tried 6 beer and the pale soapy stuff from the engine. With the exception of Maggie (IIPA), none of the beers were even average. Everything lacked body and resembled beginner homebrew. Maggie was the best offering & it wasn't even close to it's former glory.
I was hoping to right my disappointment with a basket of fried cheese curds (always excellent). It was not meant to be. They cooked the curd right out.
I certainly don't plan giving up on the Grumpy Troll, but I can no longer recommend it to people as a good craft beer destination.
04-18-2011 17:49:47 |
More by WhiteRiverSuds
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in on a Saturday afternoon after stopping at New Glarus. This place is right on the edge of a quiet looking neighborhood and I could definitely see this being a neighborhood bar. Inside is clean and old looking, all wood. The bar is long and there was plenty of seating.
The bartender was very nice and prompt. He set me up right away with a sampler and answered my questions.
I had some pretty good beers (Curly and Freedom Forward) and a bunch of decent beers. The only bad beer was the Captain Fred.
With 12 taps going I'd definitely return here if in the area as I'm sure they'll always have something new to try.
11-11-2010 07:11:15 |
More by t0rin0
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here during a recent road trip. Pretty much the usual brew pub environment. Large wrap around wooden bar. Tables through out. A window in the back reveals brewing equipment. I suppose you can only so much to make it different.
The glassware was clean and the all the beer tasted fresh. The server was super friendly if not uber knowledgable. I flashed my beer geek cred and the server tracked down the manager which was nice. He sat down and had a nice conversation with me.
The selection was very ample. Enough style choices to keep any beer geek happy. I was a bit dissapointed they had a hand pull beer engine that was empty. They claimed it had been empty for awhile too. Seems like a shame to have the equipment but not use it.
The food was pretty solid. We tried the beer cheese soup and the focaccia flat bread.
Overall a nice palce to visit if you are in the area. Fairly close to New Glarus which makes for a nice day trip to hit both.
08-21-2010 17:31:11 |
More by beerwolf77
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited with my wife on 10/29/09.
We went in for lunch, and were seated promptly. We went into the downstairs restaurant area, but there was also a pizzeria upstairs.
A few people have commented on the lack of trolls inside the pub, but I feel I should point out that Mt. Horeb is the "Troll Capital of the World". I felt there were just enough trolls present inside, after seeing all the trolls scattered throughout the rest of the village.
I was pleasantly surprised by the menu, and found it was rather extensive for a brewpub.
I started with a Spetsnaz, being their Russian Imperial Stout, and named after the Russian special forces. I liked the beer so well that I took home a growler.
The bar featured 12 taps, all hooked to Grumpy Troll offerings.
I ordered French onion soup, followed by the Grumpy Troll burger with onion rings. The onion rings were served with their special recipe barbecue sauce. It was all delicious. I gave extra points because I ordered the burger cooked medium, and received it cooked exactly medium. Not medium-well, not medium-rare, but perfectly medium. I can't remember the last burger I had that was actually cooked the way I ordered it.
My wife ordered a prime rib sandwich that was tender, and also cooked the way she ordered it.
The waitstaff was friendly and was able to answer questions about the different beers.
I also asked for samples of a couple of other beers. The sample servings were small, only a couple of ounces each, but they were complimentary.
All-in-all, I found the Grumpy Troll to be a very satisfying experience, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a unique place to eat, drink, and be grumpy.
11-03-2009 02:02:31 |
More by DeeMented
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
stopped in with the dirtman on our way back from Effigy Mounds, I'd sampled a couple GT beers in the bottle but was looking forward to checking out the source in this eccentric Madison suburb
walked in and took a seat right in front of the door - so my perspective of the scene was limited save for my short walk to the privy, but what I did gather is that the GT is a pretty chill place with a population of both beer folks and townies, perhaps a bit generic but the interior was comfortable and the noise level conducive to conversation
beers on tap were chalked onto a blackboard above the bar, nice selection with some standards, seasonals, and a couple "snifter beers" - maybe ten in all, we both went with the bourbon barrel aged steinbier named Woody Stein - an excellent and very unique beer
service was good, one bartender was a bit impassive but performed all duties expected, while the other was a friendly chap who seemed genuinely concerned that we'd enjoyed our biers
unfortunately my impending departure and late hour of the day made for a short trip, but I'll be hoping to head back next time in Madison
08-21-2009 00:32:46 |
More by blackie
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Met some friends at the Grumpy Troll on the way from New Glarus to Madison for the pre-Great Taste parties. Nice atmosphere and very accommodating waitress. I've been trying to get here for a while--read about it quite often and has a pretty good reputation. However, the beers didn't really live up to my expectations, which were evidently too high. All of the beers are good and perfectly well done, but nothing really blew me away as something I'd order over and over again. The Imperial Stout was good, and Curly, and amber smoked ale, was also unique and well done. The Norwegian Wit was probably my favorite of the stop as a nice twist on the style. Food was also good--odd--an opened face black bean burger which was spicy black beans over a bun--not exactly a burger but it was good. Not a bad stop and enjoyed the beer, food and friends--but I wouldn't drive out of my way again from the freeway to get there. If in Mount Horeb, I would be perfectly happy to stop again.
08-12-2009 23:02:04 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Dropped by the Grumpy Troll for a weekday lunch yesterday. There was a mostly locals crowd, a couple at the bar and 5-6 full tables. There was an upstairs area that had a pizzeria sign with a big arrow, and 3 tables outside on a small shaded patio.
Atmosphere was ok, I was kind of expecting a more played up troll vibe, but it was a fairly clean and simple brewpub with modern furnishings. The walls were turquoise with some hanging Tiffany-style lamps. The light wood bar was fairly small with maybe 12 stools. Tables up front and in back, with a few booths along the side. On the wall in the booth were a couple historical street scenes of 19th century Mt. Horeb and a repro AB beer tray. Counted maybe 2-3 trolls in the place... for a place called Grumpy Troll in Mt. Horeb "Troll Capital of the World", I figured it would be wall to wall, you know, something like this: http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/North_America/United_States/Northeast/New_York/New_York_City/photo21050.htm
So the beer was ok, had a "Ten Lords Leaping IPA" which was a winner in a homebrew challenge. Maggie IIPA pint was $4... which was a big serving for a 9% IIPA, but that was ok too, just a bit boozy. Cask ale was out, and has been for awhile. Amnesia was on the list, but also out. There was a decent assortment, but after 2 beers I was done.
Food was nothing special, the steak wrap was light on the steak, especially for $10+. "Black bean burger" was a messy pile of loose black beans on a bun, not a patty. Unfortunately there was a mixup with our bill and were charged for 2 extra entrees, then the itemized receipt mysteriously couldn't be found. After a long while it all got fixed in the end (after a week with double charges pending on my account). Bottled beers to-go were available in the cooler, but currently nothing limited: Spetznaz, Scotch Ale, & Curly, if I recall correctly.
07-28-2009 15:55:33 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I was staying in Milwaukee, WI and had to make the ~2hr drive out to the Troll Capital and check out this brew pub. Nice selection of beers on tap (8 at the time). Nice to see a BA version and the regular version of a beer on tap at the same time. There was also an IIPA on tap which is a plus in my book. Unfortunately I went on a Monday and there was an Art Faire in town over the previous weekend that wiped out their stock of 22oz bottles. Food was decent and I'm glad I made the haul out to check this place out!
11-12-2008 20:13:32 |
More by hopdog
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I stopped here with a friend and his 9 year old daughter on a Friday, around 1:30, after going to Blue Mound State Park, and Cave of the Mound. We were seated right away, but it took about 10 minutes for our waitress to take our order. Our cheese curds came out quickly with our drinks, and they were delicious, served with a delicious honey mustard sauce, instead of the usual boring ranch. Our sandwiches came out quick enough, we still had a few curds left, and mine was fantastic. I had the french dip, with au jus (obviously) and some tasty french fries. My friend had the fish fry, with some sort of potato chips with cheese on them that were baked. These chips were not good, not good at all. They tasted burnt, but he said the fish was good. We both also enjoyed the Sassion beer with our meals. It was a above average beer, especially coming from a brewpub.
In the meantime, I remembered that the Grumpy Troll has started bottling their beers. I inquired as to what they offered in bottles, and they only had 3 at the time, a basic lager, 1 I can't remember, and the award winning Amnesia Baltic Porter. We asked for a sample, which cost us each a dollar, and thought it was really good, so I ordered a bottle to take home. She brought it out, reminded me I couldn't drink it in the restaurant, and brought our check. About this time my buddy is finishing his meal, and he realizes he didn't get his coleslaw, or his bread and butter. He mentions it to our waitress, and she apologizes, and says she'll take it off of the bill. We were satisfied with that, but then they brought us another bottle of Amnesia, on the house. We were more than happy to forgive.
So I guess it comes down to the fact that this is a small town establishment. They have young people working there that might forget the occasional side. But they treat you right if they make a mistake. Good customer service goes a long way, and in a year when I make it back down to Mount Horeb, I doubt I'll remember not getting a roll, but I will remember getting a bottle of Amnesia Baltic Porter on the house.
08-16-2008 05:39:13 |
More by dancinwillie
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped here after a visit to Cave of the Mounds. We sat in a booth, were seated quickly, and were very well taken care of. The menu is expansive for a bar, the prices fair, and the food decent. I drank a Maggie, and it was quite good. There were about 8-9 other beers on tap, but I had to drive. I will swing by here next time I'm on Hwy 151, or doing something out in the area. Mt. Horeb is a charming little town, and the Grumpy Troll is exactly the kind of place you hope to come across. I think I'll plan a trip to the Mustard Museum so I have an excuse to stop by again.
05-31-2008 06:05:55 |
More by BoitSansSoif
The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery in Mount Horeb, WI
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