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-Blau – Bavarian-style Weissbier

Our take on a classic, this is a Bavarian-style unfiltered wheat beer. Light golden in color, hazy and with a snow white crown of foam, our Weissbier (“white beer” in German) has an inviting fruity/ spicy aroma reminiscent of banana, citrus and clove. Brewed with generous amounts of wheat and imported Munich malt, the flavor is sweet and rounded yet refreshing and highly drinkable.   1.050 OG   14 IBUs   5.5% abv Why the Name? The colors of the Bavarian flag are checkered white and blue, or “weiss und blau” in German.

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

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    5.2% abv 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. 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 Dedication2-01

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

 

Woodshed – Oaked India Pale Ale

Woodshed is a unique IPA experience- something of a hybrid British IPA/ American IPA, brewed with 2 types of oak chips for a truly distinctive flavor.  English First Gold and Fuggles hops lend fruity and woodsy notes to the aroma, as well as a restrained bitterness, and an unmistakeable yet subdued oaky essence winds its way throughout this beer’s character.  Imagine a hearty, heavily-hopped ale riding in an oak barrel on a tall ship to India 150 years ago.   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…

Sister Golden Ale - Kölsch

Modeled after the famous namesake beer of Cologne, Germany, our light-bodied and refreshing Kölsch features a mild malty flavor and low bitterness. A suggestion of fruit and malt in the aroma and just a kiss of noble German hops for balance make for a very refreshing and easy-drinking pint. In a world gone mad stretching the limits of beer flavor and bitterness and strength… behold- a beautifully crisp and light golden blonde ale!   1.045 OG   20 IBUs   4.8% abv Why the Name? …there’s a classic rock group called America, and they have this song…

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   48  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”.

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

Maltiplicity - Maibock

“Trepidation…” is the big brother in our family of Trappist-style abbey ales- a complex and potent  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!

Snowflake 2015 - Gruit

To celebrate VBC’s anniversary each year, our brewer crafts a new and unique ”snowflake” beer- always a fresh new recipe and never the same brew twice.This year’s single-batch ‘snowflake’ beer is a historically-minded mild brown ale, brewed with traditional gruit herbs and entirely without hops. Mugwort and sweet gale provide a delicate evergreen/ minty herbal aroma and light bitterness. Chicory root supports the dark malts with a roasty, coffee-like richness, and licorice root and chamomile offer subtle background notes. A highly unique yet mellow and easy-drinking ale.   ~5% abv

Toy Boat - American IPA

Hops take the spotlight in this bold and assertive American IPA, from luscious & enticing aromas through a brisk bitterness that lingers like a daydream.   1.070 OG   85 IBUs   7.5% abv

Why the name? Toy Boat- a tongue twister!

Lumberyard - Imperial Oaked IPA

In honor of our 600th batch, we constructed an Imperial oaked IPA, an oversized homage to our best-selling ‘Woodshed’ IPA.  Twice the hops, ridiculous piles of malt, and stacks upon stacks of wood, ‘The Lumberyard’ is a full-flavored, big & burly beast!   1.094 OG    95 IBUs   10.1% abv

Bourbon Barrel Max Stout 2014 – Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout

“Maximilian” is our ominously dark and massively flavorful Russian Imperial stout. This version was aged 14 months in a Bulleit bourbon barrel.   ~10.7% abv

Gin Barrel-aged Trepidation - Barrel-aged Abbey Quad

An experimental single barrel deviation for our fruity & complex abbey Quad, aged 15 months in a gin barrel from Yahara Bay distillers. Subtle notes of evergreen and oak accent a raucous chorus of flavor.  ~11.9% 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!