Breweries and Taprooms near Madison, WI for Inky to visit

Hello Inky readers! Being in Madison for a little over a week, I have a few new places that I’d like to visit. Here is the short list, developed with help from Wisconsin Brewery Toursand Heavy Table.

Hope you find a new place that you’d like to visit. Slainte!

Ale Asylum • 608/663-3926
2002 Pankratz St. Madison, WI 53704 (map)
Tasting Room: M-Th 11am-12am • F-Sa 11am-Bartime
Su 11am-10pm
Ale Aslyum operates the only bottling facility in Madison. Their beer is unfiltered and all natural. They use no additives, preservatives, fruit, horse hooves, fish guts, or extracts.
Must be 21 with valid id or under supervision of a legal parent or guardian.
76.7mi from Milwaukee • 5.1mi from Madison • 148mi from Chicago

The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. 608.284.0000
123 E Doty St. Madison, WI
HOURS (downtown): Mon-Thu: 11am-2am, Fri: 11am-2:30am, Sat: 11am-2:30am, Sun: 10am-2am
Beer: The Great Dane is one of the country’s largest brewpub chains (by beer sales volume) and makes almost every category of beer there is, with more obscure ones rotating through their three-barrel cask-conditioned system. Year-round brews include Stone of Scone Scotch Ale and Old Glory APA, but keep an eye out for one-offs like Mid Westvleteren Belgian Abbey Ale or Belgian Barleywine, two styles that are rarely produced by other Madison breweries. Pints are a simple $5 and growlers are only a $10 fill.

Food: Food ranges from appetizers (sized for sharing) to a wide range of entrees like burgers and sandwiches to Tandoori Chicken and banana leaf-wrapped jerked pork shoulder. Food is locally sourced when possible from producers like Black Earth Meats, Hook’s Cheese, and Rushing Waters Trout Farm. The late-night menu makes The Great Dane ideal for after-hours nosh.

Details: The Great Dane is a Madison institution and now has four locations in Madison and one in Wausau. The chain recently walked away with two major honors at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. The original location downtown always serves the largest beer selection and is a nightlife hotspot. Always open to at least 2am, The Dane is separated into a large dining area, a pool hall (with shuffleboard and darts), a basement rathskellar, and a backyard biergarten featuring high ivy-covered stone walls that offer one of the best spots for an outdoor pint. Weekends are busy and Packer and Badger nights are even more cramped. Come on a normal evening or earlier in the night for good service and a beer selection that will please everyone in your party.

House of Brews 608.347.7243
4539 Helgesen Dr. Madison, WI 53718
HOURS: Tue-Thu: 3:30-9:30pm, Fri: 3:30-close
Beer: The tap room runs six draught lines, of which the Snug Oatmeal Stout and Standing Stones,
Scotch Ale are the most popular, and for good reason. The Snug’s oatmeal base gives the beer a mealy heft that is missing in other stouts. Standing Stones is rich and has notes of honey and vanilla, akin to a Speyside Single Malt. Owner and brewer Page Buchanan’s 17 years of brewing experience are expressed clearly in his other beers on tap. Selection will rotate, but look for the Full House Pale Ale, Bungalow Rye ESB, A-Frame Amber, and Cellar Dark Brown Porter.

Food: No food yet, but guests are welcome to carry in or have food delivered. Due to the light-industrial location of the tap room, food options are limited in the immediate area. Plans to install a pizza oven and cold-food options are in the works.

Details: Through House of Brews, Page Buchanan created a beer CSA program — a Community Supported Brewery. A subscription with House of Brews is $260 for six months or one year for $500. Shares of beer can be received in either pints, growlers, or kegs. Beer must be picked up at the brewery, but the subscription service works out to be a great deal (for example, a year subscription taken in growlers will work out to less than $9 a growler). Buchanan was formerly a union representative until he was laid off two years ago. Jumping on the chance to fulfill his dream of opening his own brewery, House of Brews started in production not long after, and opened the tap room in late August. The brewery is small and out of the way, but more bars around town are carrying House of Brews beer in their tap lines. Bottles are coming soon to Madison-area liquor and grocery stores.

Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery • 414/630-1609
901 W. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233 (map)
Tours: Th 5PM • F-Su 12, 1 & 2PM
No reservation necessary, they never turn anyone away.
Group tours by appointment almost anytime.
Bus and coach friendly.
$7 (includes 1 beer)
Your unique experience will begin with your first step into the Captain’s Courtyard where you can take a picture with Captain Pabst. From there you’ll move into the Guest Center where the original organized tours started over 70 years ago. And of course, no tour would be complete without enjoying an ice cold Pabst in historical Blue Ribbon Hall.
All ages tour. Must be 21 with valid id or under supervision of a legal parent or guardian to sample beer.
1.2mi from Milwaukee • 77.9mi from Madison • 93.4mi from Chicago

Capital Brewery • 608/836-7100
7734 Terrace Ave., Middleton, WI 53562 (map)
Tours: F 3:30pm • Sa 1,2,3 & 4pm • Su 1,2 & 3PM (reserve online)
$5 (includes tasting and 3oz sample mug)
Bier Stube: Tu-F 3pm-9pm • Sa 12pm-5pm
Capital Brewery was founded on March 14, 1984. Located in a former egg processing plant building. Much of the brewing equipment currently used in the brewery, including the two copper brewing kettles, came from the Hoxter Brewery in Germany.
Must be 21 with valid id or under supervision of a legal parent or guardian.
91.2mi from Milwaukee • 7.5mi from Madison • 155mi from Chicago

Lakefront Brewery • 414/372-8800
1872 Commerce St., Milwaukee, WI 53212 (map)
Tours: M-Sa at 3PM • F at 3, 3:30 & 6-8:30PM • Sa 1-3PM
(tour times vary every week. check their website.)
several tours a day around the holidays
tours sell out fast • advance ticket purchase only available online
$7 (includes (4) 6oz pours and souvenir pint glass)
Lakefront Maple Root Beer is available for non-beer drinkers
Started in 1987, the microbrewery located on the Milwaukee River has become a Milwaukee landmark. Its rich history includes partnerships with local taverns, preservation of local historical pieces, unique tours, family style dining options and most importantly, great beer.
Must be 21 with a valid id or under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian.
1.2mi from Milwaukee • 79mi from Madison • 90.4mi from Chicago

New Glarus Brewing Company • 608/527-5850
Cty Trk W & Hwy. 69, New Glarus, WI 53574 (map)
Self Guided Tours: M-Su 10am-4pm
Hard Hat Tour: F 1pm • reservations required
Tasting Room: M-Su 10am-4pm
Free (self guided audio tour)
$3.50 (3 – 3oz samples and tasting glass)
$20 Hard Hat Tour (includes 6 to 8 Brews & 4-5 Cheeses)
Daniel and Deb Carey have successfully combined their business management and brewing professionalism with their philosophy based on individuality, cooperation, and the employment of 100% natural ingredients to produce world class, handcrafted beers for their friends in Wisconsin.
All ages tour. Must be 21 with valid id or under supervision of a legal parent or guardian to sample beer.
109mi from Milwaukee • 29mi from Madison • 150mi from Chicago

Sprecher Brewery • 414/964-2739
701 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, WI 53209 (map)
Tours: M-F 4PM • Sa & Su 1, 2 & 3PM
no tours on holidays
additional tours on days surrounding holidays
Reservations Required • tour capacity is 70
$5 (includes 4 pours beer, unlimited soda, and souvenir tasting glass)
$4 (Seniors 62+)
Free (with Military ID)
Reserve Tasting – $15 (includes 10 pours of premier and limited edition products paired with artisian cheeses and etched tasting glass)
reservations required • tour times vary by demand
Sprecher Brewing Co. was founded in 1985 by Randal Sprecher, formerly a brewing supervisor at Pabst Brewing Company. Sprecher’s root beer was named the Best in America by the New York Times in 2007.
5.6mi from Milwaukee • 81.8mi from Madison • 96.9mi from Chicago

Stevens Point Brewery • 800/369-4911
2617 Water St., Stevens Point, WI 54481 (map)
Winter Tours (September-May):
M-F 1pm • Sa 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm
$3 (includes free gift)
$1 (kids 5-11)
Free (kids under 5)
Gift Shop: M-F 9am-5pm • Sa 10am-5pm
The Stevens Point Brewery, the 5th oldest continuously operating brewery in the US, is steeped in a history that has transcended the trials of the Civil War, the Great Depression and Prohibition. More than 150 years later, the Stevens Point Brewery continues to be Wisconsin-owned and independently operated.
Must be 21 with valid id or under supervision of a legal parent
or guardian.
156mi from Milwaukee • 107mi from Madison • 246mi from Chicago

Tyranena Brewing Company • 920/648-8699
1025 Owen Street, Lake Mills, WI 53551 (map)
Tours: Sa 3:30pm (not every week. check website)
Tasting Room: W-Th 4:30-11pm • F-Sa 3pm-12am • Su 12am-8pm
reservations required for large groups
Founded in November 16, 1998, Tyranena Brewing Company began operations on October 21, 1999. Tyranena’s tasting room seats 35 and has puzzles and games available for visitors to play with. Enjoy live music every Saturday evening, either in the Tasting Room during winter months or in the Beer Garden during the summer.
54mi from Milwaukee • 31mi from Madison • 141mi from Chicago

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