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Moosejaw Pizza & Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.

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Moosejaw Pizza & Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.Moosejaw Pizza & Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
83
good

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Active Beers: 31
Beer Ratings: 239
Beer Avg: 3.51
Taps: 10
Bottles: 7
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @dellsmoosejaw

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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
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%

Stopped in on the way home from a family get-away to Northern Bay Resort on Castle Rock Lake, about a half-hour North of the Dells.

Atm: A giant log cabin-inspired edifice with multiple bar and seating areas downstairs and the brewing equipment upstairs. Taxidermy abounds. I chose to sit at the big, main U-shaped bar with my GF and family. The place was absolutely packed with your typical Dells crowd of rowdy kids and exasperated parents, but it was pleasant enough at the bar.

Service: attentive and friendly, not the most knowledgable about the beer itself, but eager to fill you back up at least.

Selection/Quality: 8-10 beers on tap including one on nitro (usually the stout). Not sure about the bottle selection, I'm not about to insult a brewpub by not ordering their beer. I tried a 6 beer sampler flight including their nitro stout, a couple APAs, dunkel lager, weissbier and amber. All of them were solid, the Hop Ale, Dunkel Lager and Nitro Stout stood out. Nothing outstanding, but better than I'd have expected from the Dells.

Food: just sampled some appetizers (quesadillas, wings, bruscetta) - standard pub fare, again solid but nothing outstanding.

Overall, not a bad little place to escape to sleezy/cheesy Dells scene for a few brews. Sad to see I missed the recommended Blonde Bock. Worth a stop if you're stuck in the area.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

Saw a sign for this place off the highway on my recent trip up to Devil's Lake and figured we would have to make a stop and check it out. Well, we were camping and when it started to pour we figured we drive around and find Moosejaw. After a couple wrong turns we finally found the restaurant/brewery with the big moose sign and the log cabin exterior. Upon entering there a cool log cabin/outdoorsman feel with carved wood all over the place and enough mounted animals to make most PETA members flip their lids. Big chandiliers made of antlers and coat hangers made of, yes, hooves. Really open with 3 floors, the bottom has an arcade, middle has your typical restaurant seating and bar and the top has the brewery.

Our waitress was extremely nice and always on the ball with drink refills and any questions we had. I started with the 6 style sampler which was reasonably priced at eight bucks. Overall they had 10 of their own brews on tap and there was a style for everyone on the menu. All the brews I had were really quite tasty, the pilsner was especially good with a nice body and strong hoppiness that I didn't expect from a brewpub pilsner. The weiss, nitro stout, kilbourn hop ale and dunkel were all either solid or quite good as well. Growlers were available for $13 new or $10 if ya brought your own jug.

We ordered some personal pizzas for lunch. I got roasted garlic and spinach that ended up being good, but not really unique in any way...just some tasty pizza. The menu is quite diverse though with plenty of options for everyone including vegetarians. Going into this, I must say I wasn't expecting all too much for a brewpub in the Dells, however Moosejaw met and exceeded my expectations. Definetly a place to check if you're in the Dells area, sit down, grab a bite and try some of their tasty brews. I'll definetly be back here again sometime.

orbitalr0x, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of znarf
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%

Three words, BEER CHEESE SOUP. Try it, enjoy and leave happy. This is a fun Wisconsin destination. Always good food and better beer. Look around and sink into the atmosphere of a Northern Wisconsin hunting lodge.

View the large natural log beams that appear to hold the place together. Ignore the kitsch, suspend disbelief and you have a chance to enjoy yourself.

I have never been disappointed by the food or beer. They have one of the best brewpub Pale Ales that I have ever tried. Stop by, take you time, relax and enjoy.

znarf, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

Avoid peak times because this place gets packed! I stopped in midafternoon on a recent Saturday visit to the area and benefited greatly from the subdued atmosphere and readily available service.

Moosejaw is huge. There are three bars and several eating areas. The whole place is decorated in fo-up-north. No less than 47,000 elk, moose, and deer were slaughtered to construct the chandeliers alone. I heard a rumor that Moosejaw was number thirty-six on PETA Wisconsin’s list of places to “liberate.”

Beer selection consists of 9 taps, and one nitro. Bottles appear to be limited to ML and BL. The best beers I’ve had there are the Nut Brown and the Hop Ale, which uses locally grown hops. The Pils is also very good. Growlers are available for $13 or $10 if it’s a refill.

The staff are great but when this place gets busy service slacks quite a bit. Food is above average pub fare and pizza. Prices are pretty good, especially for the Dells.

Family friendly so you can take the kids and fill up your growler to enjoy back at the water park.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of keilerdunkel
3.83/5  rDev +3%

Overall this is a place that the time you arrive and the place you sit will determine how you like it. That said, we arrived at entirely the wrong time. We had 12 people in our group and had called to see if they take reservations (they don't) since we saw the crowds on previous days.

I would recommend arriving mid afternoon for a late lunch or early dinner rather than coming at peak times. We had a been quoted 45 min wait (it took over an hour). During the wait, everyone who left said the same thing "...Good thing we got there when we did!...".

We then went to our table in the basement dining room, not much atmosphere down there, but the upstairs areas looked nice. I would try to eat at the bar next time.

I ordered the BBQ pork sandwich, which was definately not pulled pork. The taste was ok, but from what I hear from the rest of our group, the pizzas were very good.

The beer was hit or miss. The alt and the blonde bock were very good for the style, but the Weiss had no traits I normally associate with the style other than being cloudy - no head, no banana/clove esters. On the plus side they had 8 or so on tap, so there was a good selection to choose from.

All in all, it is worth a visit while in the Dells and I do recommend getting a sampler before ordering a pint.

keilerdunkel, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev +11%

Following suit of every "theme" bar north of Madison, this boasts a Northwoods motif. Log cabin, dead animals, fishing gear, et. al. Being that the WI Dells isn't exactly a prime hunting destination, this calls the decor into question. But given that the Dell's excels in faux-everything, commercialized glitz and gaudiness, this really isn't too bad.

Up to this, my rule was never to go to the Dells. I had two exceptions. Once a year for Noah's Ark, which is one of the best waterparks in the world, and occasional trips to Ho-Chunk (which is the best casino within reasonable driving distance). [For newbies and tourists, the boat tour of the actual 'dells' is highly recommended too (there is some natural wonder behind it all...imagine that!).]

So all told, I don't really like the Dells too much.

(and since I first wrote this review, I've been there several additional times with exactly the same results, so the only amendments to my initial review are the additional beers sampled).

Stopped in here on a Monday afternoon Nice psuedo-lodgey feel. Open, wide and spacious. Lots of room to accommodate a crowd, as I imagine this place receives on evenings and weekends. Both the bar and eating areas are on large scales.
The beers, from those I've tried, are solid to remarkable. The Kilbourne Hop Ale was a decent APA, but the German-styled lagers (and lagered ales) are stand outs. The Pils, Dunkel, Dunkel Weizen, Blonde Bock and Altbier were all worth return stops. It's too bad, because these aren't the sorts of beers that raise eyebrows, so it's easy to sleep on a place like Moosejaw. You won't find a Bourbon-barrel Imperial Chocolate Oatmeal Belgian Stout, though they had roughly four other offerings, but many seemed geared towards the tourist crowds (e.g. Raspberry Cream Ale).
Service was prompt, attentive and friendly. Being that it was Monday afternoon, there wasn't a whole lot happening. Mileage may vary on busier occasions. But I was impressed.
Pizza was solid, shy of true noteworthiness, but very tasty just the same. I wouldn't go back solely for it, but I might for some more of their beer (and then, of course, have a pizza to go with it).

I now have a third caveat to my "no WI Dells visits" rule. And this exception might be used more than the others.
Absolutely worth a stop. Far and away the premier watering hole in the Dells.

cokes, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of ZAP
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

Cool place...three bars on three levels with attentive barkeeps at every stop...an awesome beer can collection downstairs....the bathrooms allow you to gaze out the window into the back parking lot at chicks in bikinis getting out of their cars to visit while you piss...that was pretty cool...a good variety of beers and they were all solid and clean but not outstanding...Didn't order any food....the only thing that pissed me off was the bartender filled a couple of pitchers with beer foam while he filled my growler..and then instead of offering it to us he dumped it out....Big Hugey even asked him about it and he acted like a dumbshit and said "What pitchers??"...I still left him a decent tip but that kind of put a sour taste in my mouth..

Overall I would definitely recommend this as a stop if you are in the area....not the greatest beer in the world but it is solid and the atmosphere is pretty cool.

ZAP, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of mrpivo
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%

It is my understanding that Moosejaw Pizza and Brewing Co. is an evolution of the old Pumphouse Pizza and Brewing Co. that was housed a few blocks down the highway. This new building is nothing like the old facility. The new building is breathtaking both inside and out. Everything about it screams north woods, from the hand hewn logs used to create the building to the antler chandeliers. Oddly enough, the brewery itself is on the second floor of the building and is completely visible from the street. Nice move considering how nice the stainless steel and brass look in their new surroundings. The building has three levels, each having their own bar and oodles of dining space.

I found both the service and the food to be exceptional. Each member of my family had a different entrée and each was excellent.

Now let’s get down to business. The beer! Brewmaster Dana Wolle did have 10 beers on the menu so I decided to go for the 10 beer sampler. Each sample was in a 3 ounce glass. The first thing I noticed was that the beers were served at a proper temperature. All of the beers were extremely clear except for the Weissbier, which was to be expected. The other thing I noticed off the bat was the one glass that had a rather pinkish color to it. It turned out that this was their Raspberry Cream Ale. Here’s a list of the beers that I tasted: Light Ale, Honey Ale, Golden Logger, Weissbier, Dell’s Pilsner, Raspberry Cream Ale, Kilbourn Hop Ale, Stand Rock Bock, Winter Ale, Stout.

All of the beers were very clean with no off tastes. While I wouldn’t turn down a glass of any of them a few of them stood out.

At the top of the list would be the one that I ended up taking a growler home of: the Winter Ale. This is a very malty tasting brew with a respectable 7% alcohol which gives you that nice warm feeling. Nicely hopped. Great beer overall.

I found that the Bock, Stout, Weissbier and Kilbourn Hop Ale were great examples of their individual styles. Interestingly, the Kilbourn Hop Ale, which I’d classify as an American Pale Ale, is brewed with hops grown by one of the local resident, Brownie Zinke, when available.

Next time you’re in the Dells area I’d highly recommend stopping by, although you’d better expect to wait a while to be seated during the peak vacation months.

mrpivo, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%

Re Rating this as of April 27, 2005.

I have now had food there on several occasions and it was good. The service has been a lot better than that one "off" visit I had early on. And I discovered how huge this place really is. On the top floor, they have their awesome brewing setup displayed in the open. Only a railing keeps customers back, no glass. They also have original PacMan on this floor. I like it up here by all shiny equipment. The main floor, middle floor, features the most dining space. And there's a huge fireplace in the middle of it all with the brick chimney stack going up, up, up... Towering. A nice bar area is available on this floor as well with sufficient TVs placed about for watching Packers/Brewers/Bucks/Badgers games. On the lower level, there is a nice game room area. If you have kids, they'll enjoy it down there while you enjoy some cold beverages. They even have a vintage Donkey Kong machine down there. One of the first ones ever made. (The version that had a glitch in it. If you go up a ladder and leave a hand jutting up to the next tier, no barrels will come down on you.) Oh yeah, they also have a HUGE beer can collection downstairs. Pushing 1000 if not more. And then when you think you've seen it all and you're on your way up, you notice a door to another room down there. A peek in reveals a huge banquet room. Unbelievable.

This is my absolute favorite place to go around here. The beer is high quality (especially the german style beers, alt, bock, bl. bock, dunkel, etc...) and the atmosphere cannot be beat.




Review: 10-15-02

The old Pumphouse brewpub (now closed) basically turned into this brewpub. It is brand new as of May 2002. There is a new brewer though. The new brewer has experience from Gray's brewing in Janesville and Dellafield Brewhaus in Dellafield.

Very rustic, but in a modern way if that's possible. Logs and wood are definitely the theme in this brewpub/restaurant. Very modern and big. Great atmosphere. There were about 8 different taps. Pretty good selection. The beer was solid if not outstanding. The quality of brew was definitely a couple notches higher than it used to be at the Pumphouse. I enjoyed a Weissbeir, Oktoberfest, Dunkel Lager and Porter. Unfortunately, even though I sat down at a table, I had to make 4 trips to the bar to get my taps since the waitress didn't seem to care to serve somebody at a table who was not eating. The only other downfall of this place was that they served their beer in Frosted Pint Glasses.

Bighuge, Oct 15, 2002
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4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

The place had a hunting lodge type of decor that I enjoyed. When I visited, the place was new and some allowances were made with the grading because of this. The menu was not complete yet...so I had to ask about the selection of beers. The beer brewed there was quite tasty with a decent selection (porter, pale ale, raspberry wheat, lager, etc.) on tap. They will provide a sampler tray on request (as most brewpubs I have been to do). I did not look into their selection of other beer as I was interested in trying the in-house brewed. Their food is American style with a decent selection, I think they are in the process of adding more. The pizza was VERY GOOD. I would recommend this place if you are in the Dells for good food and good beer.

ryanocerus, Jul 15, 2002
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Moosejaw Pizza & Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co. in Wisconsin Dells, WI
83 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.