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#677 Brasserie Beck from Washington, DC, United States
Score: 4.2 | Atmosphere 8 | Selection 10 | Value 7 | Service 9 | Overall 8 |
What a great place! Large restaurant with a contemporary, open floor plan and a sidewalk patio. The feel is both sophisticated and relaxed. Very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly staff. A beer menu of a dozen pages or more of Belgians - 18 on draught, over 100 in bottles, including a dozen or so each of Saison and Geuze. Many hard-to-find offerings; all beer served in the proper glassware. My food was great! Mussels with chorizo and fennel in a tomato-cream sauce, served with pommes frites and 3 flavored mayonnaise sauces. Reasonable, filling lunch at $17; I chose to pair with Saison DuPont and followed with a draught Kasteel Rougue. I was delighted to find the recipe on the web: http://www.wusa9.com/life/recipes/story.aspx?storyid=73108&catid=154
8/19/2008 4:13:54 PM |
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#676 J.T. Whitneys Pub & Brewery from Madison, WI, United States
Score: 4 | Atmosphere 7 | Selection 9 | Value 8 | Service 8 | Overall 8 |
This is is my "Cheers" bar, where everybody knows my name. The place where I choose to hang my mug. I've been to many brewpubs with better atmosphere, many with better food, and even several with better beer. Including maybe one or two right here in Madison. But this is the place I'm most comfortable and where I can always depend on high quality, value and consistency. It's similar in feel to a combination sports bar, neighborhood pub and family restaurant. The food is mostly typical pub fare, but nicely done. The Scotch Egg is terrific, and I'm a regular for the Fish Fry on Wed and Fri. The beer is great; Rich Becker is a master. Always at least a dozen beers available including many out of the ordinary; Rauchbier, Biere de Garde, Grand Cru, Double IPA, several diferent Alts, etc. Over the past few years I've had maybe 40 diferent beers, all of them quite drinkable, and many simply outstanding. And the bar tenders are, for the most part, helpful, knowledgeable, and responsive. My kind of place.
6/7/2007 1:31:16 PM |
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#675 Legends Brewhouse & Eatery from Green Bay, WI, United States
Score: 2.2 | Atmosphere 3 | Selection 3 | Value 7 | Service 5 | Overall 4 |
I'll bet this is a fun place on football Sundays (and Mondays), when the place is Packed (pun intended) and everyone is focused on one of the ~28 TVs (even 2 in the men's room!). If you're here to sample the beer though, it's a disappointment. The place is open and loud, not at all intimate. The bartenders know very little about the beer, and the beer itself isn't very good. Didn't try the food. Music: Rod Stewart, Billy Joel
4/26/2007 1:02:19 PM |
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#674 Fratellos & Fox River Brewing from Oshkosh, WI, United States
Score: 3.3 | Atmosphere 6 | Selection 7 | Value 7 | Service 7 | Overall 6 |
This is a sprawling metal-sided building along the Fox River, with a grain silo out front. An open, spacious interior with a large bar area and a long oval bar overlooking a terraced dining area. A good view of the river through the full wall of windows. The house beers are good, but not exceptional. My crab cake appetizer, however, was surprisingly tasty. Music=Beyonce; Tracy Chapman
4/24/2007 10:49:48 AM |
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#673 Courthouse Pub from Manitowoc, WI, United States
Score: 2.7 | Atmosphere 4 | Selection 4 | Value 6 | Service 7 | Overall 6 |
I had high hopes for this place when I found it across from the REAL County Courthouse on the square in Manitowoc. The smallish frame building houses a dining room and a small, open bar area that proved too noisy and crowded, and at the same time too cold and stark. The beers here seem an afterthought; casual dining and cocktails are the order of the day here. Music=None
4/24/2007 10:24:06 AM |
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#672 Riverside Brewery & Restaurant from West Bend, WI, United States
Score: 3.6 | Atmosphere 8 | Selection 5 | Value 7 | Service 8 | Overall 8 |
Nicely remodeled old building on the main drag in West Bend. A small brick storefront with full glass panels in the front. Small, horseshoe bar, tasteful dining room in back. Downstairs bar and dining area overlooking the river (and the backs of a few businesses/ warehouses). Five house beers and several other Wisconsin micros on tap. Most in-house brews are well-made and satisfying, but nothing really outstanding. Come here for the food and the atmosphere, not the beer; but, since you’re here, have a few. Music: Blues
4/24/2007 9:35:47 AM |
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#671 Titletown Brewing Company from Green Bay, WI, United States
Score: 3.8 | Atmosphere 9 | Selection 8 | Value 5 | Service 8 | Overall 8 |
In the old railroad depot in downtown Green Bay, this brewpub has an historic, authentic, comfortable feel to it. Many old photos line the walls near the main bar and dining areas on the main floor, and a second fully-stocked bar upstairs. Titletown offers about a half-dozen tasty house beers and a number of quality guest taps. Of the 5 or 6 brewpubs in Green Bay, this is by far your best bet. Music: Coldplay, Death Cab
4/21/2007 7:04:52 PM |
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#670 Hinterland Brewery and Restaurant from Green Bay, WI, United States
Score: 1.8 | Atmosphere 3 | Selection 7 | Value 2 | Service 2 | Overall 4 |
I’ve never felt so out of place and unwelcome in a brew pub before. I guess the bartender was concerned about shielding my somewhat unkempt appearance, (beard, jeans and tee shirt) from the view of the well-dressed and well-coifed patrons in the dining area just around the corner. I guess this is really an upscale, pretentious restaurant that just happens to brew its own beer. The cases of Hinterland Pale Ale that appear in the small bar area and cocktail lounge seem out of place, as everyone was drinking singlemalts, premium vodkas, and flavored martinis. I opted for just a growler of Luna Stout and a nice-looking logo glass to remember the experience, forked over my $28, and fled to the refuge of the Titletown Brewpub across the street. Music: Soft jazz.
4/21/2007 6:57:07 PM |
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#669 Rustic Rail Grill and Brewhouse from Green Bay, WI, United States
Score: 2.7 | Atmosphere 6 | Selection 4 | Value 6 | Service 5 | Overall 6 |
The large log-cabin rustic structure houses this railroad-themed restaurant and brew house. The large rectangular bar has a model train layout within in, and your feet rest on actual railroad rail. The interior layout and menu are suggestive of the rural supper clubs popular throughout this part of the state. Also has a banquet room and outdoor dining.
Menu includes a good selection of steaks, chops, chicken, pasta dishes, salads and sandwiches. Six house beers available, most mediocre, some awful. Music: live guitarist playing Cat Stevens and Bob Dylan.

4/21/2007 6:31:42 PM |
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#668 Stone Cellar Brewpub from Appleton, WI, United States
Score: 4.1 | Atmosphere 9 | Selection 8 | Value 8 | Service 8 | Overall 8 |
This is a place with character. The massive old brick building “between the locks” along the Fox River just below downtown Appleton houses several other businesses and it take a little exploring to find the brewpub on the lower level. Stone Cellar is aptly named: the long narrow bar area is dark and rustic, lined with stone and timbers reminiscent of an underground cavern or mine. The couple of hundred hand-thrown clay mugs hanging over the bar signify a large local following. There were ten house beers on tap, representing a good variety of styles, including not one, but two seasonal Bocks. I didn’t look at the dinner menu, but the bar menu had plenty of both usual and creative pizza and appetizer selections. My Scotch Egg was huge and perfectly done, served in a martini glass over a spicy brown mustard – alongside a Tilted Kilt Scottish Ale -- tasty! Music: early Beatles and classic Cars.
4/21/2007 6:23:18 PM |
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