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Active Beers: 21
Beer Ratings: 3,123
Beer Avg: 3.83
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Reviews by botham:
4.53/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Ale Asylum is fantastic. Located at the end suite of a strip mall, one feels like they are entering a dentists office walking up, but inside is truly a brewpub that loves its beer. The décor is semi-hard rock/goth in aesthetics, though this does not take away from the brewpub atmosphere. Upon entering, the bar faces the front door, with restaurant style and lounge seating along the right side, and the brewing facilities behind the bar. There is a decent size outdoor beer garden to the right, with a nice aura for drinking outdoors in pleasant weather.
The beer was excellent and the selection was decent. There were six offerings at the time, all of which pretty standard as far as styles go, but each that this BA had (The Happy Ending Belgian Abbey, The Contorter Porter and the Big Slick Stout Oatmeal Stout) was great to excellent. Very well proportioned, fresh, and supremely composed, the beers at this brewpub are definitely worth the stop, even if it is out of the way.
The food is good. Pizza is the main offering, with some unique combinations and high quality ingredients. The buffalo chicken pizza was very good, and the cookies (bought two for the road) were very good as well.
Service was knowledgeable and seemed to be interested in beer, as well as knowing quite a bit about the operations and upcoming offerings. Food and beer was served promptly, and was poured very well.
Overall, this BA has found a new go-to spot in Madison for beer. The brews are fresh and excellent, the food is great, and the atmosphere is very conducive to drinking great beer. Cheers!
07-03-2009 17:36:02 | More by botham
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