Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co.
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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.
04-09-2010 00:05:32 | More by dirtylou
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.
03-10-2010 22:52:29 | More by Bulkman
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.
11-27-2009 15:29:29 | More by simmons
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.
09-03-2009 05:09:45 | More by drpimento
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.
07-16-2009 18:32:18 | More by beerwolf77
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.
07-03-2009 17:31:32 | More by botham
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!
11-12-2008 20:01:44 | More by Redrover
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.
08-16-2008 22:17:55 | More by Tucquan
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.
07-12-2008 16:39:34 | More by Ragingbull
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!!
04-01-2008 11:53:01 | More by Deuane
Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co. in Wisconsin Dells, WI
85 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.