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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery ]
105 South Second St
phone: (608) 437-2739
(Place added by: cokes)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 38 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A visit just after Easter 2008.
Stopped in for lunch after our pilgrimage to New Glarus. Nice place, I liked the atmosphere. Small wooden bar at the front entrance and the restaurant area off toward the side and back. The brewing tanks are visible through glass in the dining room. Plenty of locals were finishing up lunch as we stopped in on the backside of "normal" lunch time.
Our server was both helpful and attentive without being overbearing. The food was solid and well presented.
With over a dozen offerings, including one cask and a barrel aged brew available the selection was hard to beat. I not only tried a sampler, rare for me, I also enjoyed the brandy barrel aged Spetsnaz...delish!
A very nice place in this somewhat off the track far flung suburb of Madison. Looking forward to a return visit.
05-26-2008 09:51:12 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$$
My first trip to the Grumpy Troll had me in a hurry walking through the door so I could get my hand on a beer as soon as possible. The website boasts up to 12 beers on tap, barrel aged offerings, and cask ales.
Unfortunately, when I actually sat at the bar I asked about the barrel aged offering on the menu and was told it was gone. "OK, so what's on cask?" Nothing on cask either. The second disappointment. I had Maggie (IIPA) and Curly, both were decent but that's about it. The beer on tap just wasn't that great of a selection, your standard line of beers.
I liked the atmosphere. Small and comfortable with a decent wood bar at the front entrance and the restaurant toward the back. The tanks are visible through the glass in the dining room. Lots of locals in for lunch the day I stopped by which is always nice to see.
I sat at the bar to eat and the bartender wasn't all that helpful or fast. He was a nice enough guy but slow with the help and didn't have a clue as to what he was talking about. Again, he was friendly though.
The food was mediocre at best and was expensive for what you get. A disappointment when the prices are where they are. The food is on par with any local diner but the prices are above the quality.
Overall I was pretty disappointed with The Grumpy Troll. The food and beer I sampled were nothing more then decent. Maybe another trip would change my mind, beer wise, but I can't imagine myself making another trip out of the way to stop at The Grumpy Troll. 3.1
Stopped in to grab one beer and a growler. The cask was blown again according to the sign above. After sitting at the bar for 15 minutes without even seeing a bartender I decided it was time to go. This visit was to see if they turned the corner after my last disappointing trip through the brewpub. It was worse this time around. I won't be setting foot back into the Grumpy Troll.
05-25-2008 06:17:24 |
More by joe1510
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went out here to celebrate my belated birthday and try to get hold of some amnesia and brandy spetznaz. the amnesia is all sold out however but the brandy spetsnaz what quite delicious and well worth it. also got to bring home a growler of the spetznaz which ill enjoy later.
however. now for the actual pub. had a nice atmosphere pretty clean with a good wooden bar stretching around the entrance at the place. also a pretty homey feel and there were tons of locals hanging around.
Q- the food was very good and the beer was all worth it, however our tab did run quite high, which is an indication of how smoothly things went.
S- our waiter was pretty good, quick, all the normal good service, nothing special happened but wasnt really much opportunity for it eaither
S- pretty standard bar food selection, but it was all well done and pretty delicious, the lable gives a good uniquenss from the menu
F- the food was well done delicious, and although not cheap, not too expensive either
05-10-2008 04:01:08 |
More by Atron67
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here with my wife on our way to Dubuque for a wedding. We got there right over lunch and decided to get a quick bite to eat and get a growler fill. The place is pretty small but very cool inside. It is in an old building just off of the main street. The small brewhouse is behind glass in the back and allows you to get a good look at their setup. The first thing the told me was that they were out of their Belgian IPA and I was bummed but knew I had other options. They offer $1 4oz samples of all their beers besides that barrel-aged. Those are $3.50 for a 6oz pour and come served in a nice snifter. I had a sample of the Maggie DIPA, Amnesia Baltic Porter, and snifter of the Brandy Barrel Aged Spetsnaz. WOW, this beer was dynamite!!!! I ended up getting a growler of the Amnesia (couldn't get the BA Spetsnaz in a growler)and it was excellent. The menu is filled with many options and is even vegetarian friendly. Prices were very reasonable for everything. A growler fill was $9 with your own or $14 with theirs. The overall atmosphere was very nice and it had a little ski-town vibe to it. I would definitely frequent it if it were closer to Milwaukee. I love to see craft brewing in small towns like this!
04-12-2008 04:36:12 |
More by ALESwhatCURESya
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Came after X-country skiing at Blue Mound State Park to watch the Packers and refuel. Came 5 minutes before football starts and no problem getting a table with a view of the TV. Started off with Maggie (IIPA) to go with my meal of tuna salad sandwich special with chips and half a burger from the wife. Wife had the sessionable pale ale so someone could drive home. Chips with Parmesan cheese and my half of the burger were best of the food. Beer was strong, but drinkable 8.5% and supposedly 100 IBU. Not like most IPAs, but I liked it. Got a sample of the 'Beligian-style Imperial Stout' and it was tasty enough to order a snifter to sip on during the second half. Good roasty malt and big fruitiness . Wife got the Export-Stout which was a good choice, roasty and more caramel flavors as it warmed. Finished with a walk to the mustard museum to sober up.
12-31-2007 18:01:30 |
More by svraines
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Between this Brewpub and the mustard museum, I would say that the village of mount Horeb is worth a visit. Flyer and I hit the Grumpy Troll after a Badger game. The place is nice, the beers are pretty good, the wait-staff was friendly, the food was good, and it was a good value. All-in-all, I was impressed, and this may well be the best brewpub I've visited in WI (beats Water Street Brewery, Milwaukee Ale House, Ram, and Rock Bottom).
I ordered a beer sampler, which wasn't on the menu. It consisted of a ton of 3 oz samples (all they had), and was only $9. We sat at the bar, and the barstaff was attentive, knowledgeable about their beers, and friendly. I had a buffalo chicken sandwich and "Grump Chips" (thick cut homemade potato chips with parmesan cheese) which was good and a decent price ($8.50).
Of all the beers in the sampler, a few are excellent (Spaetsnaz & Belgian IPA), while the rest were mostly just OK.
I may be back before or after our next Badger game.
09-16-2007 16:41:44 |
More by BeerBelcher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Right off the Military Ridge Trail in Mt. Horeb. Stopped for a growler and lunch. 11:30 and the place had a pretty good crowd. Maybe because the Ironman was biking through town, but it didn't seem like they were all spectators.
Food was your average pub fare but was pretty good. My friend had some sort of Troll Burger that had beer battered onion rings on it. Pretty much put him down for the rest of the day. The bartender recommended a few different beers. Had at least eight of their own on tap. Mrs. Kdog thought it was too early, but it was after noon somewhere...
The town itself is about 18 miles west of Madison, but is worth the trip for its atmosphere (plenty of trolls and Norwegian heritage), the bike trail and this brewpub. We'll definetly return whenever possible.
09-11-2007 21:16:48 |
More by kdog630
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Right next to a scenic bike trail, and a great place to stop by after a ride (which is what we did). Atmosphere is very typical of a nice brewpub. Service was fast and friendly, and the food was solid to good. The beer was significantly better than what youd typically find at a brewpub-only operation (i.e., no packaging operation). I had the barrel-aged stout and the Monks Sweat Belgian ale. The former was outstanding and the latter was very good. I sampled my friends Wit, which was also top-notch. Worth going out of your way for.
08-01-2007 17:42:16 |
More by Flyer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
dropped into the grumpy troll for the first time after a nice 5 hour hike at Wyalusing State Park on the banks of the Mississippi River
location is in the city centre of Mt Horeb, which of course isnt much of a city. The area has the feel of many other small wisco towns with a nice old downtown area. i dropped in at 2:30 on a sunday and it was absolutely slammed.
the bar area was pretty standard and had maybe 12-15 barstools and numerous tables. i believe there is an upstairs area but i did not go up. there are also some tables outside but it was pretty damn hot
service was nothing really special...it took me a while to get the 1st drink but after that i got pretty nice service and talked a bit about upcoming beers (bourbon barrel aged IIPA).
i think there were 10 beers on tap including a IIPA, bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, a few belgians, and a bunch of other standards.
i didnt have any food but what i saw walk by looked tasty.
prices were pretty fair...i think it was 3.50/beer and 14/growler (9/refill)
pretty sweet place, i'll be back
07-29-2007 22:30:10 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A very good brewpub in a nice location. Outside is brick- older building. Downstairs is nice family friendly restaurant with bar. Upstairs is more of simple drinking bar room.
Beers are all solid - several easy drinking beers and a couple big beers (a belgian and a barrel aged stout). Something for everyone - no flaws.
Food was simple but solid. Black bean dip rocked. Decent sandwiches - good bread.
Located in a small town - right near a nice biking trail. A great park is close, plus a ski area.
A great choice for weekend getaway or as part of a pub run.
06-23-2007 14:21:08 |
More by sweethome
The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery in Mount Horeb, WI
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