Open from 11am to bar time, 7 days a week (excluding some holidays). Lunch and dinner served from 11am to 10pm.

Our Brews On Tap

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Weiss Nix – Bavarian-style Weissbier

Well, what do you know? A classic unfiltered Bavarian-style wheat beer, our Weissbier (formerly known as ‘Weiss-Blau’) has an inviting fruity/ spicy aroma reminiscent of banana, citrus and clove.  1.050 OG   14 IBUs   5.3% abv

Scaredy Cat – Oatmeal Stout

Dark beer lovers rejoice! Our pitch black stout is packed with the rich malt flavors of chocolate, caramel, molasses and espresso and is brewed with a large portion of rolled oats for a well-rounded, “chewy” mouthfeel. Hearty and robust, Scaredy Cat is no scrawny little kitty. Scaredy Cat is great with our beer-battered fish and chips or our rich and delicious brownie sundae!   1.065 OG     30 IBUs     6.0% abv

Gold medal winner at the 2016 World Beer CupSM!

Winner of the silver medal at the 2016 Best of Craft Beer Awards!

Winner of the bronze medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival®!

Named “Best of the Midwest” Regional Champion- stout category!  USBTC winter 2010/ 2011 judging. For details, see

McLovin – Irish Red Ale

Ruby red and medium-bodied, with a smooth, satisfying malt-forward flavor and just a touch of roast in the finish, McLovin is never bitter and always ready for a good time. Slainte!   1.051 OG    21 IBUs    5.3% abv

Received the bronze medal in the 2012 World Beer Cup®  – Irish-style Red Ale category!  World Beer Cup® 2012 Winners List

Received the silver medal in the 2014 World Beer Cup®  – Irish-style Red Ale category!  World Beer Cup® 2014 Winners List

Check out the in depth review by Robin Shepard in his article Beer Here: McLovin Irish Red from Vintage Brewing in the Isthmus/The Daily Page.


Dedication – Abbey Dubbel

In the tradition of the Trappist brewing monks of Belgium, our abbey dubbel features aromas of stone fruit, ginger, anise and raisins and a bold complex depth of malt character. Imminently drinkable.   1.082 OG   18 IBUs   9.2% abv

Winner of the gold medal at the 2016 Best of Craft Beer Awards!

Woodshed – Oaked India Pale Ale

Who’d have thought a hybrid English/American oaked IPA would become our flagship & best selling beer? Walking the line between tradition and invention, inviting oral/citrus hop aromas and vanillin-rich French oak notes accent this perfectly balanced, distinctive India pale ale.  1.062 OG   65 IBUs    6.5% abv

Why the Name? The term “woodshed” has several meanings.  In the world of music and the arts, to “woodshed” means to practice intensively in private, to hone your skills and perfect your style before taking your talent into the public spotlight. On the other hand, to be “taken to the woodshed” means, well, another thing entirely…

Tabula Rasa – Abbey-style Table Beer

Our abbey singel bridges the gap between continental pilsner and Belgian farmhouse ale- classic bready malt and noble hops meet with subdued saison-like fruit & spice suggestions. Dry and refreshing.  1.050 OG   29 IBUs   5.5% abv

Summer Sahti – Farmhouse-style Ale

Sahti is an uncommon, ancient farmhouse style ale from Finland, which forges the flavorful elements of rye and juniper into a rustic and satisfying harmony. Gin-like evergreen and juicy berry flavors meld with hardy, spicy rye malt, in a distinctive yet refreshing historically-inspired ale.  1.056 OG   8 IBUs   5.4% abv

Hibiscus Saison – Belgian-style Farmhouse Ale w/ Hibiscus

Inspired by the spice markets of Egypt, our re-invention of a traditional Belgian- style farmhouse ale is brewed with hibiscus flower petals. Mildly tart and bright pink, with fruity suggestions of berries and cherry, Hibiscus Saison finishes dry, crisp and champagne-like.
1.054 OG   22 IBUs   6.3% abv

Toy Boat, Toy Boat – Double IPA

Hops take the spotlight in this bold and assertive double IPA, from luscious &
enticing aromas through a brisk bitterness that lingers like a daydream.
1.078 OG  85 IBUs  8.3% abv

Why the name? Toy Boat- a tongue twister!

Bee’s Knees – Honey Cream Ale

The humble cream ale has a history intertwined with the American working-class. We give ours a rural twist by brewing with oats, flaked maize, and Wisconsin clover honey. Mildly sweet, light and refreshing, and with a touch of honey in the finish- the perfect way to toast a busy day!  1.049 OG   16 IBUs   5.0% abv

Jinja Ninja – Spiced Double Witbier

Never heard of a spelt-based, ginger-laced amber double witbier?! (That’s because we just made it up.) Chock full of ancient grain wisdom and armed with a zesty fresh ginger kick, Jinja Ninja is here to vanquish the foe- beer boredom!   1.067 OG   10 IBUs   7.3% abv

Citra Zen – American Pale Ale

Don’t be bitter, citizens! Here’s a fresh new flavor as American as A.P.A., bursting with blissful Citra and Centennial hops. Rough times, tougher choices? Raise your glasses, not your voices!  1.058 OG   55 IBUs   6.4% abv

Wee Heavy – Scottish Strong Ale

Our Scottish-style strong ale wields a rich complexity of deeply caramelized malt flavors, and a satisfying & full-bodied, yet tempered sweetness. Perfect for sipping and savoring.   1.080 OG    24 IBUs    7.7% abv

Received the silver medal in the Scotch Ales category at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival ® .  

Velouria – Peachy Belgian Wheat Ale

Our deliciously peachy Belgian wheat ale is the perfect antidote to the summer doldrums, with a tempting fresh fruit aroma and juicy sweet flavor, tempered by a mild peppery spice character via fermentation with authentic abbey ale yeast. Cheers to summer!   1.058 OG   19 IBUs   5.8% abv

Butternut Road – American-style brown ale

Flavorful American-style brown ale with malty notes of toffee, chocolate and hazelnut and mild citrus hop aromas. Named for a beautiful stretch of meandering country road which some of us think of as home.  1.063 OG   35 IBUs   6.4% abv

Kindled Spirits – Smoked Golden Ale

What could be better than cool refreshment & tall tales ’round the old campfire? This supremely balanced smoked golden ale was inspired by the ‘Rauchbiers” of Bavaria, yet feels right at home here in Wisconsin. Like us, we hope you’re looking forward to happy times with good friends, under canopies of summer stars!   1.054 OG   21 IBUs   5.7% abv

Apple Brandy Dedication – Barrel-aged Abbey ‘extra’ Dubbel

This decadent and spirited vintage edition of our abbey ‘extra’ Dubbel was brewed in early 2015 & spent over 10 months resting in apple brandy barrels from our friends at Yahara Bay Distillers here in Madison.    ~10.7% abv

Bourbon barrel-aged Milestone – Barrel-aged English-style Barleywine

To commemorate our 500th batch (back in 2014), we brewed ‘Milestone’, a new recipe English-style barleywine strong ale.  A small portion of this rich and decadent rarity was aged 18 months in Yahara Bay bourbon barrels, resulting in a vintage ale of unparalleled complexity.  ~10.5% abv

Cask-conditioned real ale – Always two on tap with new selections rotating in frequently

The modern industrial age has brought many improvements to our modern lives, including some that have altered our perception of beer and what it could and should be. Ice-cold refrigeration and unnatural forced carbonation have helped to promote flavorless fizzy (yet indefinitely stable) beers worldwide. But what of the time-honored methods of yesteryear? Unpasteurized, unfiltered and all-natural real ales hearken back to the advent of brewing and civilization itself. Regardless of style, these beers undergo a second fermentation in the cask, resulting in natural carbonation, and are served hand-pulled through “beer engines” at traditional cellar temperature (50-60F). The enhanced aroma and flavor will make a believer out of you, too! Purists will tell you, this is the only way to experience “real ale”…alive and on cask!