Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co.
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 39 | Display Reviews Only:
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.
02-26-2008 02:10:39 | More by wheatyweiss
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.
10-22-2007 18:12:44 | More by brdc
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.
10-14-2007 02:57:22 | More by Reneejane
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.
09-07-2007 02:16:08 | More by sweethome
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 servers 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 uncles 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 womans 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.
Lets 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.
01-07-2007 15:23:37 | More by woodychandler
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.
08-14-2006 01:16:31 | More by shivtim
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.
08-10-2006 01:00:25 | More by hero27
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.
08-05-2006 22:41:11 | More by Golden2wenty1
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.
07-16-2006 21:04:38 | More by orbitalr0x
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.
07-04-2006 21:51:20 | More by znarf
Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co. in Wisconsin Dells, WI
85 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.