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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 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
Photo of Reneejane
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

I happen to think this is one of the best restaurants in the Wisconsin Dells. The beers are varied, and plentiful. Get the sampler of beers though, well worth the value. But enough to make you very drunk. (or well, if you're, me, definitely under the table!). The food is good too. I just am not sure that it's the greatest pizza available. I'd almost try something other than the pizza even though it is a pizza company. Maybe it's because I eat pizza enough that I'm picky.

Otherwise the service is quite good, and other menu items are stellar. My husband had the fish and really enjoyed it. The price of food is reasonable.

Reneejane, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of sweethome
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%

This visit ocurred summer of 2006 - the head brewer was Dana Wolle at the time.

Went here on a family trip to The Dells. My wife planned a breakaway and snuck me away from her family for a couple beers here.

As described by others - Moosejaw hits it. Lodge style is pretty darn cool. This place is huge. I didn't try the food other than appetizers, so did not rate. The people next to us at the bar said pizza was good.

The head brewer used to be at Gray Brewing when their stout was great. Now it has slid to below mediocre. They did not have a stout on, so I tried the porter - Dana is still doing great work - excellent. Tried a couple others that also were well made.

If you are stuck in the Dells and want to get away, this is great choice.

sweethome, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of woodychandler
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%

“Hey, Rocky, watch me pull a pizza out of my hat!” “Aw, gee, Bullwinkle, that trick never works.” Believe me, it works here! Not only that, but they also offered delivery service in a most unusual manner. They have a PT Cruiser with a huge plastic moose splayed across the roof. It was highly amusing and I tried to wave the driver down for a ride from my motel, but to no avail.

Arriving on hoof, I quickly noticed just how big this place was: three levels, including a basement, a first floor, and a second story, all of which were jammed with people, especially little kids chowing down on pizza and wearing paper moose horns. Man, was I envious, especially when I could not find a seat for looking. The m.d.s. was directly through the vestibule entryway and as I said, man, were they busy! They could not find a seat for me in either the basement or the first floor bar, so I was left to my own devices. I managed to secure the last seat before the server’s station at the end of the second floor bar, which was fortuitous, as I will soon explain.

Ascending the steps to the left of the entryway, the laminated pine bar was to the extreme right, facing aft. At the bar, now facing forward towards the front windows, the ten serving tanks were to the left, past the bar. The five fermentation vessels were in the left window, still facing forward, and the brightly polished copper brewhouse was in the right window. Now, a note on their décor: rustic. It was mainly pine in various forms like planks, logs, and tongue-in-groove boards and much of it was very rough-hewn. They also had some exposed stone masonry and I spotted a bunch f stuffed and mounted animals. In fact, the chandeliers were fashioned from antlers, a phenomenon that I had experienced only once before, with AutumnalDave, at the Millrose Restaurant and Brewing Company in South Barrington, IL. The atmosphere was like going to my uncle’s hunting cabin in the Northern Tier of PA, except that they had craft beer and good eats, especially pizza, at this place.

As I sat eating pizza, drinking beer, and taking copious notes, I was engaged in a great conversation with an out-of-town couple from Iowa and with my enthusiastic, willing-to-learn server, Calvin. I held forth, as I am often wont to do, about the brewing process, the styles of beer, and what I was doing, both in terms of my travel and my note taking. Calvin imparted to us that their brewer was a female named Jaime McGuire, which is notable since there simply are not that many female brewers at this point in time, while brewing used to be thought of as a “woman’s craft” in the Middle Ages.

After I ate and paid up, I went back downstairs, since the crowd had begun to abate and I wanted to really take in the place. On the first floor, the bar was to the extreme right, facing aft, with the washrooms straight aft from the bar. In the washrooms were some bas-/low-relief tiles of a bear and its cub as well as one of two stags/bucks. Down here, the southwest/hunter/sportsman theme was VERY prevalent. Antler chandeliers – OK. Trophy heads, including a bear with a raccoon hat – OK. Hooves as coat hooks – there I drew the line. That just struck me as really hardcore, which is not intended as a value judgment, but merely as my personal opinion. If you dig it, so be it.

The basement was down another set of stairs and included the Rathskeller and Arcade areas with the bar dead ahead upon entering. The arcade games were off to the right with a shuffleboard game against the far right wall. The far right walls were ringed with displays of vintage cans and some trays for the Breweriana enthusiast, which would include yours truly.

Let’s move onto their beer. They started me with three lagers – Light Lager (4.5%), Dunkel Lager (5.5%), and Pils (5%). We then progressed through their inventory with Honey Ale (4.0%), Weissbier (5.0%), Dells Chief Amber Ale (5.0%), Raspberry Cream Ale (4.0%), Kilbourn Hop Ale (5.5%), Apple Ale (6.2%), and Nitro Stout, on N2 pour, not because it was due to explode (5.5%). I should note that they have growlers for sale, so that should you be taken with one of their offerings, you will be able to get it to-go. I liked everything, but I really liked the Kilbourn Hop Ale.

woodychandler, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of shivtim
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

This joint is like a giant three-level log cabin with what looks like the remains of a wildlife park on the wall. It was beyond packed when I got there (7PM on a weekday). It had to be a firecode violation; this place was wall-to-wall people including the stairs. I was by myself and still couldn't find a spot at one of the three bars. Eventually I got a seat at the basement bar, surrounded by little kids playing video games. Yikes. I decided just to order quesodillas to expidite the process, and it's a good thing because it still took 45 minutes for those to arrive. The bartenders were working their butts off though, so I'll still give service a 4. The beer was good (I had a kilbourn hop ale), but this place definitely seems more like a family vacation restaurant than a microbrewery. I bet it's much different during the off-season and when you can actually grab a spot at the main bar.

shivtim, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of hero27
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

Moosejaw Pizza & Brewing Company is located right on the main drag in Wisconsin Dells, and is very popular with the tourists from what I've seen (the place was absolutely packed every night we drove by). The night I was there, we had to wait well over an hour to get a table, which turned out to be no problem because they let us sit at the bar while we were waiting..

Three levels..three nice bar areas. The main level has a huge bar, the bottom has a large game room, while the top level has on display all of their brewing kettles. Not sure how many this place seats, but it's just downright huge. Log cabin/lodge atmosphere. Tons of antlers, hides, wall trophies, bear rugs..you name it, it's here.

My brother and I got a sampler of 10 of their beers for $12. Definitely recommended, as you get very respectable 5oz servings. Their beer rates from pretty good to excellent, and I was very impressed with several of their current offerings (Kilbourn Hop Ale, Nitro Stout, and Dunkel Lager especially). The bartenders were all very friendly and seemed fairly knowledgable.

In the four days I recently spent in the Dells, Moosejaw was the highlight by far. Considering most everything costs $20-30 per person in this town, six of us ate a ton of pizza (and drank here) for under $70. Very reasonable prices for the area, and some good beer to boot.

Lots of potential here for bottling and expansion..it'll be interesting to see how they move forward in the coming years.

hero27, Aug 10, 2006
Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co. in Wisconsin Dells, WI
85 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.