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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery ]
105 South Second St
phone: (608) 437-2739
(Place added by: cokes)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 38 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
dropped into the grumpy troll for the first time after a nice 5 hour hike at Wyalusing State Park on the banks of the Mississippi River
location is in the city centre of Mt Horeb, which of course isnt much of a city. The area has the feel of many other small wisco towns with a nice old downtown area. i dropped in at 2:30 on a sunday and it was absolutely slammed.
the bar area was pretty standard and had maybe 12-15 barstools and numerous tables. i believe there is an upstairs area but i did not go up. there are also some tables outside but it was pretty damn hot
service was nothing really special...it took me a while to get the 1st drink but after that i got pretty nice service and talked a bit about upcoming beers (bourbon barrel aged IIPA).
i think there were 10 beers on tap including a IIPA, bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, a few belgians, and a bunch of other standards.
i didnt have any food but what i saw walk by looked tasty.
prices were pretty fair...i think it was 3.50/beer and 14/growler (9/refill)
pretty sweet place, i'll be back
07-29-2007 22:30:10 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4
The Grumpy Troll is located in Mt. Horeb. As you drive to the brewpub, try to see all the Trolls around town.
We had a large group so they sat us outside. It is basically an alley. The service was very slow at first, but pretty good for everyone but one of our party. The beer selection was pretty good. At my visit they had 6 beers on tap and they were all significantly different styles. An Amber, a Wheat, a Rye Bock, and a lager were all pretty good. The Brown Cow was riddled with diacetyl and the Stout was so sour that I could not stomach either of them.
The lunchtime food was good and well done. I would visit again for several reasons. The town was quaint, the food was good, and the beer was average.
11-28-2003 17:39:05 |
More by GCBrewingCo
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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 |
More by Redrover
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Finally made it to Grumpy Troll after recommendations from friends. It was an early Friday night and it was a little more subdued than expected and the ambiance of the place was nothing much more outside of typical. A hallmark of the place was its variety though, as a sampler was huge with not seemingly world class beers, but on the other hand they were solid. Service was also very good.... but I didn't try any food. I might stop again while passing through town as it is maybe edging top ten in the state, but definitely not top five. Therefore I wouldn't call it a destination.
02-02-2012 16:58:38 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
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: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went here on a Saturday afternoon and it was pretty packed still.
They have the brewing stuff right in a window in front of the seating area. There is also an upstairs and a small biergarten.
They have a sampler with 12 beers, which I got. They are pretty average overall but there are a few gems. It is all pretty high-quality, but maybe not the best recipes. The IPA is really good imo.
The food is good and reasonably priced. I had a jerk chicken wrap that could have used some sauce or something but otherwise it was good. The beer battered fries are good.
The service is nice and prompt and friendly. Overall it is a very worthwhile stop near the Madison area.
08-14-2011 14:34:27 |
More by crossovert
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: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here during a recent road trip. Pretty much the usual brew pub environment. Large wrap around wooden bar. Tables through out. A window in the back reveals brewing equipment. I suppose you can only so much to make it different.
The glassware was clean and the all the beer tasted fresh. The server was super friendly if not uber knowledgable. I flashed my beer geek cred and the server tracked down the manager which was nice. He sat down and had a nice conversation with me.
The selection was very ample. Enough style choices to keep any beer geek happy. I was a bit dissapointed they had a hand pull beer engine that was empty. They claimed it had been empty for awhile too. Seems like a shame to have the equipment but not use it.
The food was pretty solid. We tried the beer cheese soup and the focaccia flat bread.
Overall a nice palce to visit if you are in the area. Fairly close to New Glarus which makes for a nice day trip to hit both.
08-21-2010 17:31:11 |
More by beerwolf77
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
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