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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery ]
105 South Second St
phone: (608) 437-2739
(Place added by: cokes)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 38 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by here on the way back from the Great Taste. Located in Mt. Horeb, WI, which is a nice little small town that has a laid back somewhat touristy vibe to it. The Grumpy Troll is right off the main street downtown and easy to find. The cool logo sign as show in the pic here lets you know you there. Once inside you'll be staring straight at the "Troll Bar" that's a nice L shaped bar. On the right hand side and in the back are tables and booths for the restaurant area. Cleanly decorated with some nice wood accents. Above the bar is a very cool hand made whisky still as well.
There we around 8 taps on while we were there, ranging from their biggest selling Red-Eye Troll red ale to a rye bock, porter, tripel, pale ale and more. I had the Rye Bock and found it to be quite enjoyable. My fiance had the dry hopped pale ale which was also tasty with a big hop kick. Our bartender was extremely friendly and helpful with any questions we had. She took the time to talk us up about the Great Taste and brought out some fresh popcorn as well. Also accomodated me with a few tasters. Overall I can't complain one bit.
We didn't end up eating any food here (the popcorn was good though) but I might have to grab something next time. If I remember correctly the pints ran about $4 a pop, which I consider to be pretty standard and reasonbable at that. $11 will buy you a growler of whatever you'd like to take back home with ya. Overall, the Grumpy Troll is a nice brewpub in southern Wisconsin and a place that I will make an effort to get back to again before long!
08-20-2006 03:31:34 |
More by orbitalr0x
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A neat brewpub located in Mt Horeb, Wisconsin. It's fairly new in appearance, with wooden furniture and trim around the bar, which itself consists of bar seating in the front and a dining room in the back. The bar is decorated "Mt Hore" style - with a big statue of a farmer (or is it a troll?) above the bar alongside an old whiskey kettle. Beer memoribilia and posters cover the walls. As is the case with many brewpubs, the dining room provides an excellent view of the place where the magic happens. But perhaps the nicest place to sit is the window bar that opens onto the street, which provides sun, a view, and a good perch for drinking.
The bar itself covers the front bar room, and contains 8 taps - all made on the premises. 5 taps are year-round offerings, such as Red-Eyed Troll red, a respectable wheat beer, and an outstanding rye bock. 3 taps are seasonal/limited offerings. Prices are pretty good - $2 a half-pint or $3.50 a pint. Prices are also good on the food, which is pretty varied. Specials are normally $6-$7.
The service is always friendly, and staff take the time to talk to you about the bar, the beers, and the town. The crowds are likewise a friendly mix of locals and tourists from surrounding areas.
Definitely check this bar out if you're ever on the 151 Trollway.
07-22-2006 12:59:18 |
More by expatsteve
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
For a nice brewpub it sure is hard to find. After going by it a few times we noticed the sign off the main street. When I walked in it first looked like any other bar (only nicer). Then turned the corner and saw the brew part of the pub. Very impressive how clean they keep this place. Looking at the selection to buy a growler and saw about 8 brews with silly names to fit the troll motif. We got some samples as well, but to my surprise she filled the little glasses up almost to the top. Being as I was on my way home (and wasn't driving) I got the "Red Eyed Troll" and got out, but it did look like a place that I would love to revisit and have a beer with a nice meal there. I can't wait to visit and eat there.
04-26-2006 07:16:17 |
More by Erdinger2003
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Chilling with my hobbit homies in Blue Mound, WI had never been so sapping as today, when a potluck load of orcish traveling salesmen threw down on me and my posse. Quite directly, I raced away toward Mt. Horeb where I bestirred a group of Grumpy Trolls. We vanquished the wretched orcs and beset upon some local townsfolk in search of a decent brew.
The solution to our thirst turned out to be a bar named after my new buddies, The Grumpy Troll. Eight taps stood ready to pour. Beautiful waitresses jumped to attention and poured bountiful pints of porter, rye, and weizenbier while making jokes about our defeated foes.
This is one hell of a bar. The beers, I mean Trolls, were all great accept for the Red-eyed Troll and this especially bitter English Troll. We killed them.
Atmosphere was a silly, kitchy deal and prices well, I shouldnt mention that because you all will quickly drink up all of my beer.
Growlers are 7 bucks. Taps are like 3 or 3.50, accept on Thursday (2 bucks), and samplers are only four dollars!
The food was good and cheap but I havent had enough to honestly rate it.
Worth the drive from Madison, but you better be down with the Trolls, or theyll throw mustard in your eye
Update: On a recent revisit, I sampled more of their food and will be giving the Grumpy Troll a 4 for that category. I had a simple but fresh salad, some hearty French onion soup, and a great beef stroganoff like special. The club sandwich was adequate but nothing special. I still have yet to try their 14 ounce burger but plan on doing so the next time I feel like having a heart attack.
Service was top notch once again.
Update: New Brewmaster and New Beers! I stopped in in March, 07 to find a whole bunch of great new beers and an entire new attitude toward brewing - bigger and better. Service is even better then before and quality is up. I could see giving this place 4.5s for selection and quality in the very near future.
Highly recomended. Try the IIPA and the Porter.
04-15-2006 04:10:08 |
More by DaPeculierDane
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
The Grumpy Troll is a nice place to visit for a bite of food and a beer, although on this trip I didn't have time to eat so I won't review it. I have to rate service at a 5 as the lady did everything she could to help. I think she thought I was a BMC drinker, but I will let that slide because she was very helpful. She asked if I wanted to try it before I buy it, and I obliged, thinking I would get a relatively small sample which would have been adequate. She ended pouring a glass that was almost half a pint, and poured another glass to sample another. I could have sat there and taken the samples all night and had a great time, but I purchased the Red Eyed Troll in a growler, which I will soon be doing a full review on. It's got a nice atmosphere and definately worth a stop. The beer I had was not groundbreaking, but it was far from disappointing.
12-25-2005 07:25:59 |
More by badbeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped in after a trip to Madison. Very quaint pub in a very quaint town. Upon entering, there is an "L" shaped bar with a TV above it, some booth seating opposite the bar and a few tables away from the bar in a more quiet location. Service was prompt, but our server seemd a little impatient with us as we tried to decide which appetizers we wanted. The first beers were nice....nothing mind blowing, no seasonal offerings, but solid beer. The second beer I ordered came and was definately not what I had asked for. It was new to me, so I drank it, but was a little disappointed not to have what I ordered (I know I should have said something, but I didn't want to make a big deal). Our appetizers were pretty good. Overall this was a nice stop. I didn't leave with a growler, as growler would have been $11.00 for the bottle and fill. Not worth it for the quality of beer I would have had.
11-06-2005 00:40:29 |
More by kmpitz2
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4
The Grumpy Troll is located in Mt. Horeb. As you drive to the brewpub, try to see all the Trolls around town.
We had a large group so they sat us outside. It is basically an alley. The service was very slow at first, but pretty good for everyone but one of our party. The beer selection was pretty good. At my visit they had 6 beers on tap and they were all significantly different styles. An Amber, a Wheat, a Rye Bock, and a lager were all pretty good. The Brown Cow was riddled with diacetyl and the Stout was so sour that I could not stomach either of them.
The lunchtime food was good and well done. I would visit again for several reasons. The town was quaint, the food was good, and the beer was average.
11-28-2003 17:39:05 |
More by GCBrewingCo
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
The Grumpy Troll is located in a very nice village about 45 minutes from Madison. Mt. Horeb is the self proclaimed Mustard Capital of the World. I was there on a rainy November Sunday afternoon, but it was still a very cheerful place. Im sure the atmosphere would be much different at night, but considering the time of day, I thought it was great.
The main bar is fairly small. I would say about a dozen stools and maybe 4 booths and another 4 tables. They also have a dining room in back near the brewing equipment. I did not get to see the upstairs bar area, but the waitress said it is bigger and they have bands, private parties, etc. there. Big added bonus, it is nonsmoking!!
They had 6 of their 8 beers available. I especially enjoyed the stout and the pale ale. I was surprised that they had such a wide variety given the relative small size of the facility. The bartender and the waitress answered all of my beer questions and couldnt have been nicer.
The food seemed like typical pub fare, but I noticed the dinner menu was slightly fancier and more extensive. The appetizers we had were good and the soups (beer cheese with spicy sausage and the potato chowder) were excellent.
11-03-2003 16:40:29 |
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