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…

Maltiplicity – Maibock

Welcome Spring with a crisp, golden Maibock! Crafted from imported Munich and Vienna malts, our take on this classic style showcases locally grown Mount Hood hops for a balanced bitterness and mild oral/spicy character.  1.064 OG   28 IBUs   6.7% abv

Why the name?  Good things come in multiples!

Rochambeau – Belgian-style Pale Ale

Brewed with highest quality imported malts and an authentic Trappist yeast, our Belgian pale is pure old-world class in a glass. But the special twist is in the hops- our brewmaster is secretly enamored with Sorachi Ace hops, a relatively recent Czech/ English hybrid developed in Japan. These are featured throughout Rochambeau, from bittering to flavor hopping additions during the brew, and even as a post-fermentation dry hop. Their uniquely lemony, powdery nuances accent this beer in all stages of the tasting experience, but work particular magic alongside the fruity esters of the Belgian yeast aromas. Like a beautiful, yet challenging piece of music, it may take more than one listen (sip) to realize an indispensable new favorite!   1.052 OG   30 IBUs   5.8% abv

Why the name?  Rock, paper, scissors…

Derby Girl – English-style ESB (Extra Special Bitter)

Friendly and inviting as a cozy English pub, our ESB has a wonderful balance of hops and malt. Imported Maris Otter and caramel malts lend a biscuity, toasty sweetness, while classic East Kent Goldings hops provide a distinctive fresh fruity aroma and just a touch of bitterness.  Despite its “bitter” title, our ESB is a readily enjoyable and even-tempered brew with a modest hoppy bite. Try Derby Girl ESB with our Fish and Chips for a tasty and authentic English pub experience!  1.057 OG   40 IBUs   6.0% abv

Why the Name? “Derby Girl ESB” was originally named in honor of the hard-skating women of roller derby.  Roller derby athletes are regular women with (often) normal lives, families, jobs…but they choose the fast-paced, brawling world of derby for sport and recreation.  It’s all about balance- like a great ESB!

Ulfberht – Smoked Baltic Porter

This sturdy and potent smoked Baltic porter was forged from a wealth of European specialty malts & brewed to high strength- smoky, smooth, dark and dangerous.   1.086 OG    38 IBUs    8.5% abv

Why the Name? This special brew was inspired by the legendary Viking-era ‘Ulfberht’ sword and its painstaking recreation by Wisconsinite blacksmith/historian Ric Furrer as documented on the NOVA PBS program “Secrets of the Viking Sword”.

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

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 sugestions of berries and cherry, Hibiscus Saison finishes dry, crisp and champagne-like.
1.054 OG   22 IBUs   6.3% abv

Rhine Heights – Altbier

Our classic Düsseldorf-style altbier is a throwback German amber ale, with a refined noble hop presence and a smooth mellow character.   1.057 OG   42 IBUs   5.6% abv

Received the silver medal in the 2012 World Beer Cup®  – German-style Brown Ale category!  World Beer Cup® 2012 Winners List

Better Off Red – Hopped Up American Red Ale

Brewed with a blend of American caramel malts for deep color and malt sweetness, and bombarded with hops throughout the brewing and conditioning process for a hoppy aroma and snappy bitter bite. Six hop varieties each vie for attention from the first sniff through the lingering finish- some citrusy, some resiny, some earthy and dank… but all in a high-flying balancing act with the malt richness.  1.064 OG   45 IBUs   6.6% abv

Why the Name? Ask any Badger….you’re better off red!

Received the silver medal in the Amber/Red Ale category at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival ®

Maximilian (Max) – Stout

Originally brewed by English brewers in the late 1800’s for export to the royal court of the Russian Empire, imperial stouts were once the private beverage of the czars. Very dark, with big roast and dark malt flavors, significantly hopped for balance against a massively chewy full body, and with a warming strength that can melt away the chills of a harsh northern winter…these are the trademarks of an imperial stout.   1.090 OG   75 IBUs   9.2% abv

Why the name? Yes, it’s a play on words- so much malt was used in brewing this beer that our mash tun (where crushed grains and brewing water come together in the brewing process) was literally full to the brim…maxed out! Incidentally, there wasn’t an actual “Emperor Maximilian” in the lineage of Russian royalty, but there was a famous satirical work in 19th century Russian folk theater called “Emperor Maximilian”. Likewise, no real czars will be enjoying “Max Stout”, but we’d be honored if actors, playwrights and fans of the theater might draw inspiration from a few sips.

Whippoorwill – Belgian-style Wit

Our breezy, thirst-quenching Belgian-style Witbier is made with portions of wheat and oats, and lightly infused with real orange peel and spice, for a taste as soft as fluffy clouds on a summer day!     1.049 OG   11 IBUs   5.2% 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

Tippy Toboggan – German-style Rye Beer (Roggenbier)

Brewed with rye, European specialty malts and Czech Saaz hops, Tippy Toboggan is a distant cousin to our Weissbier. It features a similarly fresh and somewhat fruity character, coupled with a complex nutty/ spicy malt character.  Our old-world “Roggen Bock” is chock full of flavor, yet remains relatively light and easy-drinking.   1.069 OG   22 IBU’s   6.9% abv

Northern Tropics – Juicy IPA

Bursting with juicy citrus & tropical hop flavors, our fresh new juicy IPA brings a cult-favorite modern craft style home to the Midwest. Mosaic, Citra, & Galaxy…fruit-forward aromas, a bracing bitter bite, and a bone dry finish help push those beautiful hops front & center.  1.062 OG   ?? IBUs   6.8% abv

 Trepidation… – Abbey Strong Ale

“Trepidation…” is the big brother in our family of Trappist-style abbey ales- a complex and potent golden elixir with undulating waves of fruit and spice aromatics, a sweet and substantial body that somehow refrains from feeling too heavy, and a gently warming alcohol embrace to melt away the chills in even the coldest of hearts. Sinfully smooth for its towering strength.   1.100 OG    21 IBUs    10.7% abv

Why the name? In these trying times, it’s natural to greet the New Year with some “Trepidation…”

Tart Cherry π – Belgian-style brown ale

Toffee and biscuit malts provide the ‘crust’ while tart cherry puree and restrained spices round out the ‘filling’ in this pie-themed Belgian brown ale.  ~7.2% abv

Apple Brandy Dedication 2016 – Barrel-aged Abbey ‘extra’ Dubbel

This decadent and spirited vintage edition of our abbey ‘extra’ Dubbel was brewed in early 2016 & spent over 10 months resting in apple brandy barrels from our friends at Yahara Bay Distillers here in Madison.    ~10.7% abv

Bourbon Barrel Max Stout 2016 – Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout

Maximilian is our ominously dark and massively flavorful Russian Imperial stout. This version was aged 8 months in bourbon barrels from Kentucky’s Heaven Hill Distillery.   ~10.7% 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!