Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co.
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5/5 rDev +34.8%
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.
11-08-2010 20:00:25 | More by arboristfish
4.6/5 rDev +24%
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
4.55/5 rDev +22.6%
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 lets 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. Heres a list of the beers that I tasted: Light Ale, Honey Ale, Golden Logger, Weissbier, Dells 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 wouldnt 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 Id classify as an American Pale Ale, is brewed with hops grown by one of the local resident, Brownie Zinke, when available.
Next time youre in the Dells area Id highly recommend stopping by, although youd better expect to wait a while to be seated during the peak vacation months.
12-10-2003 14:22:42 | More by mrpivo
4.5/5 rDev +21.3%
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
4.38/5 rDev +18.1%
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.
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.
10-15-2002 07:45:53 | More by Bighuge
4.2/5 rDev +13.2%
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
4.13/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
08-17-2004 05:45:54 | More by cokes
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
07-15-2002 08:55:26 | More by ryanocerus
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
08-15-2013 23:55:16 | More by WoodBrew
4.08/5 rDev +10%
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
Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co. in Wisconsin Dells, WI
85 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.