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Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co.

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Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co.Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
85
very good

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Active Beers: 32
Beer Ratings: 235
Beer Avg: 3.53
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

110 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy S
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, 53965
United States
phone: (608) 254-1122

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Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

enelson, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Florida9
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%

There probably isn't too much to say about Moosejaw that hasn't already benn said before. This is a pizza place. Midwestern style pizza to be exact, but thankfully they don't party cut it. And, since this is the Dells it's packed full of tourists and kids and everyone's eating pizza.
That said, the pizza isn't all that bad. It's not all that good either, but the sauce is sweet and they load it with cheese. I've had worse.
The beer is about the same as the pizza. Fairly generic and brewed for the masses. It's unexciting enough that I didn't even bother filling my growler even though fills only cost $11 and I had brought my growler with me.
I will say my server was a really good guy. I might not have liked Moosejaw much, but my sever was attentive and was willing to get me a sample of whatever I wanted.
In the end Moosejaw is what it is: a pizza pub in a tourist town. I didn't expect much and I didn't get much in return.

Florida9, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

When one is in the Dell's...one must visit the Moosejaw on principle. The brewery is located on one of the main strips in a big log cabin type building. The atmosphere is hit a little...not because of the decor...is that it is more for family night out after a long day in the Dells. The quality of the food and beer was both very good. The service was quite attentive and happy to help. The selection for both food and beer was decent....although it is a pizza place. So I had the pizza, pan style and it was very good. I had a 10 pc sampler, one pint, two adult entres, three kid meals & drinks, and two appetizers....total was $100....seemed a bit much for mid-Wisconsin.

WoodBrew, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of MFauver35
3.2/5  rDev -14%

Visited this past Tuesday with my wife and kids. Good family atmosphere including moose hats for everyone. Large menu. Pizza was decent and beer bread with honey butter was pretty good. Of course, I made the family go so I could try the beers. I wasn't a big fan of the honey ale but found the rest of my flight to be quite drinkable. If you are looking for an intimate craft beer taproom, this is NOT your place. But for a large family friendly vacation spot that also makes their own beer, I was overall pleased.

MFauver35, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of emerge077
2.35/5  rDev -36.8%

2011: In other Moosejaw related news, Moosejaw brewmaster Jamie Martin (Baertsch) blows whistle on a homebrewing charity event in Baraboo: http://www.wiscnews.com/baraboonewsrepublic/news/local/article_7f16d998-8d88-11e0-8384-001cc4c03286.html

"Brew at the Barn returns June 5 to the The Barn Restaurant and Bar in Baraboo; and event organizer Christin Harding had planned to offer home brews for the public to sample while raising money for the Wisconsin Multiple Sclerosis Society. The event also was slated to serve as a home brew competition...

Harding's plans changed after a concerned citizen, Jamie Martin, contacted various law enforcement agencies regarding the legality of the event. In an email Martin sent to the News Republic, Martin stated Harding was avoiding taxes, violating health codes and endangering The Barn Restaurant and Bar's liquor license."

http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=177485178976213&id=172852729439458

Very uncool, Jaime Martin. Not planning to patronize Moosejaw anymore, based on the actions of their brewmaster. I'd encourage others to do the same, if you care about homebrewers' rights in Wisconsin.

2007: 3.75 B
Airy hunting lodge meets taxidermist's wet dream...the beer played second fiddle to the wholesome family dining element. Arrived for lunch, plenty of seating midday. We were seated under a collosal moose head and the 3-tier antler chandeliers. Everything was fashioned from wood, even the tap handles in the bar were stubby tree branch segments.

First thing to arrive was the 6 point beer sampler, it was served on a log slice carved with inset circles and numbers for the various beers. The beers were also ordered by number on the menu (12 total). Out of the 6, only the Dunkel was pleasing enough to order a pint of. The Weisse was soapy, Amber: funky, Kilbourn Hop Ale: syrupy, and the Pilsner was average. The Stout was ok, with a good roast coffee character, but not especially memorable.

The table ordered personal size pizzas, which all got the thumbs up. Bruschetta appetizer was a little oily with more garlic than tomato.

None of the beers were exciting enough to take a growler of, but i'd return again to try more options with a pizza. On a side note, the delivery cars are eye-catching, but travelling behind one staring at a moose's hindquarters isn't the best way to advertise a restaurant.

emerge077, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of zimm421
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

Stopped in here while on vacation with my girlfriends family. I knew we'd be stopping in the Dells for the weekend and decided to look up good places to eat and grab a beer.

The decor is definitely unique and inviting. Everything fits together very well and looks pretty good. The service was good, we got everything we ordered very quickly, and it was all as ordered. We must have walked in at just the right time, because they sat us down immediately, but when driving by later, the line was way out the door.

The beer is decent, nothing to drool over, but still nice to get a locally brewed beer when on vacation. They had a decent selection to choose from, but besides their beers all I saw was Miller Lite. We all ordered pizza and enjoyed it all, but the personal pizzas were smaller than expected.

Overall, definitely a good place to stop if you're looking for a local brew and some decent pizza.

zimm421, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of TCMike
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%

The food was OK here. Not much of a Pub atmosphere, as it is very family friendly. The beer was lacking...seemed lifeless, and flat. We had a the flight to start. The summer wheat, and mixed berry were the best, of the lame bunch IMHO.
The place is very big, so if the parking lot looks pretty full, you still may not have much of a wait. The food selection was large, but quality was just OK. I think the place is trying to hard to be everything, for everybody, and is coming across as just so so to people. I would give it another chance at some point.

TCMike, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%

Stopped on a Saturday night, the place moderately packed. It has the family place feel with pizza seemingly the dominant food. Had a flight of beers and the IPA and Stout were very good, and the others were solid. Architecturally the building has a rustic cabin theme, with nice tiles on the ceiling. Server seemed to know a bit about beer, and also seemed to enjoy talking about it. Selection of brews may have been slightly above a place of the sort. In retrospect, I find this to be a nice place to visit in the Dells. I thought prices were decent, considering it is probably in the tourist mecca of Wisconsin.

MilwaukeeCrusher, May 05, 2011
Photo of Lemke10
3.98/5  rDev +7%

Stopped by here while on vacation in the Dells in Sring 2011.

MooseJaw obviously specializes in Pizza and Beer. They do have lots of other choices but are rather minimal in the burger/steak category. The decor is well done in a log cabin/up north hunting theme. Food was great and the place was hopping for an early Tuesday dinner. Seems they always have at least 10 different store brews to try for $4 or you can get the sampler which is all 10 draft beers in a 5oz. glass. Or you can take home a growler for $14. Really neat place and interesting brews!

Lemke10, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.78/5  rDev -25.3%

I'm gonna give this a half point boost in atmosphere because its the Dells! Being there for the first time on a bachelor party doesn't hurt either. Had to lay down some food and drinks before the trip to Cruisin' Chubbies.

Anyways, log cabin exterior, massive place inside. Tons of seating area, multiple rooms etc. . . shit ton of misbehaved kids with single mothers and grandmothers it seemed. Git rid of the kids and the atmosphere is almost perfect.

Beers all have the same taste, bland feel, same yeast strain. Nothing hoppy, nothing thick, nothing over the top, all middle of the road easy access beers. Staff tries to sound educated, but comes off extremely lacking. The pale is not super bitter nor hoppy. The stout is not super high in alcohol etc. . .

Food is pretty bland, overcooked. Have had the elk burger and pizza before.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%

This is the Dell's after all and this place does market to that audience but it wasn't bad. I was suspecting pint glasses with moose antlers or something but the cherry beer actually had its own glassware, a stemmed flute.

The beer was served a bit too cold so a lot of the flavor was hidden unless you let it warm up a bit. One a Thursday night in Feb. this place was pretty full. With about 1/3 of the people drinking BMC from the bottle, 1/3 drinking Moosejaw beers, and the other 1/3 drinking random neon colored cocktails. They had a decent selection of styles and some home made sodas aswell.

The food was a bit dull and underwhelming pub fare. Mozzarella sticks were rolled in tortillas and fried served with cold marinara sauce. Elk burger was from a frozen patty and fish sandwich was not bad.

When in the dells this is the place to go for craft beer. I guess.

rhoadsrage, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of arboristfish
5/5  rDev +34.4%

After I heard that there was a brewpub in the Dells I had to check it out. I went in with my girlfriend and it was just a great atmosphere. Had the whole outdoors feel and look to it. Even the delivery cars had moose figures strapped to the top of the car. The food was great. I had an elk burger that was very good! The beer was excellent as well. I remember having a little bit of everything. The two that stand out the most that I remember was a honey beer, that actually had a honey flavor to it. It was a very sweet and drinkable beer. Another awesome beer that stood out was a coffee stout. The beer actually tasted like a cup of coffee, but it was smooth! Even with the dark malts and the coffee taste it was a very drinkable beer! I would love to check out the rest of their beers! They do only offer their growlers. Or to refill growlers.

arboristfish, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of wiseguywood
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

Went here as a tourist with the family in July 2010 and knew I had to try the brewpub. The place was packed and obviously a tourist haven. Had to wait maybe 15-20 minutes for a table in the evening (a Wednesday). The pizza (deep dish) was a bit doughy, but delicious.

Enjoyed the brewpub options in their 6 variety sampler. Had Sweet Lou's lemongrass ale, dells pilsner, dells chief amber ale, raspberry creme ale, summer wheat and blonde bock. Of the 6 I probably wouldn't try the lemongrass again. If I get back to the Dells, I certainly will stop here again.

wiseguywood, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%

stopped in Moosejaw on the way back from an eastern excursion about 45 minutes past the dells - had been here once, but only for lunch

Welcome to the Wisconsin Dells - a tourist trap of dynamic proportions. Why my beloved Chicagoans get suckered into draining their paycheck in this playland is beyond me.

The Moosejaw fits the bill of the area - it takes on a northwoods theme, huge log cabin exterior, giant moose out front. There are company cars with massive moose on top. The inside carries on the northwoods motif. The clientele on this given day was almost certainly all tourists - i counted a number of people with multicolored wristbands (often marking your stay at a local indoor waterpark).

Beerlist was rather brief - 8-10 taps. The one that jumped out was a dark coffee stout, which i actually really liked.

Service was fine, but no beer knowledge in the vicinity.

We ordered a thin crust pizza and it was pretty tasty - menu consists primarily of pizza and bar food.

If you get stuck in the Dells, this is probably where you need to end up.

dirtylou, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of Bulkman
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%

Stopped in on our way home from visiting family in WI.

Decorated in a way you might expect when you hear the name; cut logs, antlers & general "Up North" theme. However, instead of feeling warm & inviting, it comes off as over-commercialized. But hey, this is the Dells, so I can't fault it for that. Everything in town is that way.

Service was very good; the hostess greeted us enthusiastically when we walked in & we were quickly shown to a table near the bar on the 1st floor. Our waitress was there quickly, took our drink order, then gave us just enough time to look at the menu before asking if we were ready to order. She checked back on us several times as well.

The food was just OK. I had the elk burger, and while the flavor was quite good, it would have been excellent had it not been overcooked. It was a bit dry. My wife had the mushroom & swiss burger; it was the same. Good, but not great & over-cooked. They are probably just erring on the side of caution there. The seasoned fries that came with both were pretty tasty.

The beer was very good, we had a pitcher of the Oak Aged Stout. Check out my review of that for more info.

I went upstairs to check out the fermenters & stuff; 3 of them were happily bubbling into buckets from the stainless blowoff pipes on the tops of the fermenters. Cool, wonder what beers those were.

Overall, a worthwhile stop, and I can't believe this was my 1st visit, as I've been going to the Dells since I was a young whipper.

Bulkman, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of simmons
4.5/5  rDev +21%

My father & I stopped in at Moosejaw when we called it quits for the night on journey from Wyoming to Pennsylvania. After a long drive looking at nothing, it was time for a beer!!!

From the outside this place looked like a winner. We walked through the doors & the log cabin looking brewpub was full of stuffed animals, antler chandler, and things you would expect to see at Bass Pro Shop. I found my way (quickly might I add) to the bar & got a sampler. They had a healthy selection of beer, & loving all styles their stout was the one that stud out the most. None of their beers were bad or undrinkable. Next came the food, being a pizza joint they had some pizza but the elk burger is what caught my eye...& it was damn good. We came in near closing and the staff was very kind & the service was great. The price was average, normal for what you would expect at a brewpub. If in Wisconsin Dells Id highly suggest stopping in to grab some grub & a beer. I hope to go back there one day.

simmons, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of drpimento
3.83/5  rDev +3%

Whoa, I have to admit that I was prejudiced against this place for some obtuse reason. However, I was put in my place in the best way possible. Great place! Attention was paid to the smallest detail. Aesthetics have played a crucial role in the design and execution of the building and operation of this place. Should be around for at least 100 years. And, AND - good beer to boot! Only had appetizers to eat and they were tasty. Bit pricey, but on the other hand beer was almost crazy cheap! Looking forward to a return ASAP.

drpimento, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

We make sure to hit this place every trip to the dells.

I agree with other reviews that this place is a bit like chuck e cheese but I knew that going in so it's not a knock on the place. The beer is very good. My girlfriend and I polished of a pint of everything they offer and once again we were quite pleased. The bartenders are super fun and know their beer. With 10 taps to choose from you should be able to find something you like.
The food is always good. I suggest the pizza since it's their star. Not to mention it's delicious.

Overall this is a great place to drink a craft brew and get good food in the dells.

beerwolf77, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of botham
2.33/5  rDev -37.4%

Moosejaw is NOT impressive. A previous reviewer said it best when he compared this place to a Chuck E Cheese's that brews its own beer; tons of families and screaming kids, even around the bar area.

The place is huge (typical for the Dells). Three levels of faux log cabin-esque décor with various taxidermy strewn about. It feels like the Leinie's lodge without the canoes. None of the staff are educated regarding the beer, and none seem to even drink beer for themselves (one bartender told this BA that the only 'dark' option on the menu was the amber!).

The beers themselves were all similar in character, which means that either the same yeast strain is being used for all of them, or there is some discrepancy in the brewing process that gives all of them the same, caramel-like character (bad lines, perhaps?). The offerings were all standard, with nothing standing out as good or unique.

The food was decent, but not impressive. It was quite clear that tables should eat and leave in a timely manner in order to maximize turnover and profits. That, coupled with the fact that probably three quarters of the people in the place were under 13 years old makes this a bad stop for beer.

Bottom line: skip this place if you are looking for a good brewpub.

botham, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of Redrover
3.83/5  rDev +3%

I was able to stop by Moosejaw on a Saturday for lunch and beers. When walking in, my first impression was how big this place is. Three levels each with their own bar.

It is decorated as a large Northwood's lodge. Massive logs and beams, stuffed animals, old advertisements and newspapers, etc line the walls.

We settled into the bar room on the main floor. The service while friendly is a bit slow. Lots of young servers that would rather chat with each other than check on their customers. We weren't in any hurry, so it didn't bug me to much (except when I needed a refill).

I was impressed with their beer offerings 6 regulars plus four specials. I had a tasty pumpkin ale and a very decent red beer made with rye.

The food was pretty typical pub fare. It was well executed and came out in a decent amount of time. I think most folks will find something they like.

I must admit that the Moosejaw was much better than I thought it would be. Given the extremely touristy nature of the Dells, I expected a few subpar beer offerings, mediocre foods and tacky décor. Glad I was wrong!

Redrover, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of Tucquan
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%

Just got back from Wisconsin Dells and thought I'd share my impressions of Moosejaw.

For starters, I liked the atmosphere, the food and the beer (reviews to follow in the beer review section).

I was concerned when we got there after work and were told we had to wait 25+ minutes for a table. I was ready to leave but the waitress said we could eat at the bar if we wanted. She then explained there were three bars; one on the main floor, one downstairs with the games and one upstairs at the brewery. Bingo. We walked upstairs and sat right down at the bar.

The bartendress was quite knowledgeable about each and every beer. She could discuss their tastes and how they were brewed. She talked about the brewmistress and her seven-year tenure brewing their beers. She was generous in letting us taste-test some of the beers before putting in our first and second orders for pints.

There was a decent menu. My buddy had the sausage calzone, which was was atypical in that it had a puffy, high crust. I was drawn to the make-your-own pasta and I was able to choose my pasta and sauce types (penne and garlic butter), my meat choice, and three or more vegetables for the pasta. The pasta included a salad and bread and was reasonably priceed.

The food arrived quickly and both of us enjoyed our meals and the beer: So much so that we came back two days later and had the same meals again but with different beers.

The atmosphere upstairs is really nice with huge pine logs making up the walls and rafters. There were 18 brewing and fermenting vessels in the room.

I really enjoyed the experience and with a good tip, the total bill for two was about $47.

I'd go again.

Tucquan, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Ragingbull
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

This brewery and pizza place is in the large tourist town of Wisconsin Dells. I had seen signs on the side of the interstate when travelling through before and decided to make the pit stop for dinner with the wife and kids during a long travel day. I was thrilled with the "family friendly" atmosphere as the decor with all of the "moose" stuff and the pizza delivery cars with giant moose on them was entertaining the kids and keeping their behavior in line. There is also an arcade in the basement with video games, pinball and other games that require luck or skill. It is a great place to kill time with the family while enjoying good beer and was an exceptional place to jump out of the car for a few hours. The pizza was "okay" and they had 10 beers on tap when I visited that varied from very good to perhaps slightly below average. Most of the beer was good however. My personal favorite during my visit was the Raspberry cream ale. Dell's Chief Amber ale and Kilbourn Hop Ale were good also. My wife and I shared each other's pints and finished the list with a sampler. The sampler comes on a "slice" of a tree with holes carved in for the flight of samplers. The arcade was handy for folks in our situation to let the beers process through your system. The moose antler chandeliers were neat. I can see some folks thinking its tourisy or "over done" but I thought it was great and unique in its way. They have a little giftshop near the door where you can pick up memorabilia like shirts, stuffed toys, post cards and the like. If I were a vacationer in Wis Dells and had been at the waterparks for the past 4 days this place would be a "must" to get a pie and a few hand crafted beers. It would also be a great place for the adults to enjoy beer while the kids burned through rolls of quarters. There was nothing bad about our experience.

Ragingbull, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

Moose Jaw Pizza and Brewing Company is a great big showy lodge-style building with a restaurant and bar area downstairs and the brewing area in the upper loft. It looks very touristy, so our expectations were lowered. It actually turned out to be not that bad!

I ordered the Imperial Winter Warmer (8.5% ABV) which was brewed with peated malt, and aged in oak barrels. It was served in a snifter, and was quite impressive! They have a female brewer (which I found very interesting), and she claims this may be the best beer she's ever made, I couldn't agree more....it was very nice and far beyond what I expected!

C didnt want to commit to a single brew so she went with the Six Point - a sample tray of six 5-oz glasses which she got to choose.

Honey Ale (4% ABV) and made with Wisconsin Honey - this was surprisingly drinkable; light and sweet

Dell's Chief Amber Ale (5% ABV) - could not finish even five ounces...way to sweet and boring.

Raspberry Crème Ale (4% ABV) - brewed with real raspberries - not extract; this was refreshing and tasty, and had a fabulous aroma of fresh fruit!

Kilbourne Hop Ale (5.5% ABV) - brewed with locally grown hops for Brownie Zinke's Hop Farm; her and my favorite of the Six Point; nice hoppy flavor!

Stand Rock Bock (6.8% ABV)..nothing exciting but a solid bock nonetheless.

Milk Stout (5.8% ABV) - a little thin, but otherwise fairly well done stout.

We ordered a little snack - I had the Wisconsin cheese and beer soup, which included nice chunks of vegetable and little chunks of bratwurst; C settled for the lightweight side house salad.

Our bartender was good and overall the place exceeded what I was expecting. If you find yourself in The Dells this place certainly is worth a stop....although I would hate to see it in the middle of the tourist season!!

Deuane, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%

One of the great Dells tourist traps. You can tell the traps because they all have the same fake log-cabin decor the rest of the town has.

Brew kettles upstairs and visible is kinda cool. Wait-staff is clueless about the beers. When I order a beer by it's name they ask me what number I want. WTF! is it that hard to learn a little bit about the seven beers you offer? They knew a little about the food offered, but not much. I do have to say that the employee pool in the area is reflected in the service you get.

Food however, was good. I had the "moose wings" one time in and they are like a hot buffalo wing with a little bit of honey butter in the sauce instead of regular butter. Sounds funny, but they taste awesome. Have had the pizza and it's acceptable but not great. Coconut shrimp were OK served with an orange ginger sauce. Not too shabby.

Beers I have had are hit and miss, not terrible but...I think they need to expand the horizons a bit. Seeing the sames selections every season gets old. The ones I have had for the most part were pretty tasty.

Worth a stop if you're with the kids, they'll like the HUGE friggin' arcade in the basement.

wheatyweiss, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of brdc
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

This is one of the few options, if not the only one in the Dells area (Essen Haus closes for the fall and winter) at this time of year.
Nice looking place, a bit touristy but nice. Good service, but don't expect the waiter to discuss beer with you - you have to get your info from the menu.
There are a lot of different beer styles available, with some rotation, but most of them are just average, with a few good exceptions, notably a british style IPA (not described as such on the menu) and a dunkel.

brdc, Oct 22, 2007
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Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co. in Wisconsin Dells, WI
85 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.