Taps: 40 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 17 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A very welcome addition to the Madison beer scene for this BBQ lover.
The Brickhouse boasts three stories of hardwood floors and exposed brick walls. When busy, it can get a bit loud but otherwise the atmosphere is sharp and enjoyable. Seating for large groups is ample. Large bars extend along the north side of each floor. Try to sit outside if possible. Their 3rd floor terrace overlooks the row of coastie apartment buildings on Gorham and the Riley's parking lot. It makes for great people watching as you get to see attractive co-eds running and drunk bums buying Steel Reserve all from one perch.
I've been very happy with the food thus far, especially the Beef Brisket. Portions are huge and prices are reasonable. You'll be paying about 8 bucks for a giant sandwich and fries and in the 12-18 range for most entrées. Traditional BBQ sides like corn bread, greens, spicy apples, and Mac n' Cheese are available too.
40 beers are featured on tap alongside 40 bourbons. Expect a generous assortment of local crafts from New Glarus, Ale Asylum, Central Waters, etc... several from New Belgium, and a Hodgepodge of well chosen brews from Belgium, Germany, Britain, and the rest of the US. Basic craft beers are a bargain at $3.50 a pint (beer prices have really gone up over that last year in Madison). One-offs and high end imports can run quite a bit more, but often they might be worth it. Recently the Brickhouse has feature beers from the New Belgiums Folie series, Bell's 9,000, Bourbon County, and Ten Fidy.
Service has been very, very slow on each occasion that I've been there, but I have only been in with large groups so that could explain it. Also, the Brickhouse is still fairly new so I'll give it some time to get the kinks worked out. If you're just going to sit at the bar or on the ground floor, this shouldn't be an issue for you. Also, the bartenders all seem to know their beer very well, however, each server I have had has been a 21 year-old college chick who thinks that beer comes in two colors - light (miller lite) and dark (Spotted Cow). The Brickhouse should hold tasting sessions and in services for their staff to get them acquainted with craft beer.
Despite some issues with staff, I still highly recommend the Brickhouse, especially for out-of-towners. While the Brickhouse doesn't have the selection or charm of the Old Fashioned, it also doesn't have the 60-90 minute wait for a table. One will be able to sample the best of what Wisconsin has to offer or to try a few rarities from further away at a reasonable price. I especially recommend this place if you are in town with a large group.
05-05-2010 15:01:55 | More by DaPeculierDane
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3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
It has a pretty sizable bar and a lot of table room. I didn't see it, but understand there's a couple levels to this place. About average atmosphere for a metropolitan bar. Ball game on, packed with hipsters, decent music playing in the backround.
The beer selection was solid. Lots of taps that included a lot of locals (central waters, shorts, new glarus,) one offs, and a user friendly selection.
There weren't a lot of people sitting at the bar so that makes the service easier, but the bartender was friendly, kept the drinks flowing, and was both talkative and knowledgable about both the beer and impressive bourbon selection.
Food was ok. Better than the average pub fare but calling it authentic bbq is a stretch. It sounds more appetizing on the menu than it really is. Good, not great.
The price was extremely reasonable, especially on the beer.
09-18-2013 02:15:40 | More by Vonerichs
4.36/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
I've eaten here on many occasions and also have come out for tappings of special beers, eg BCBS, Black Note, etc.
Atmosphere wise, this is a very nice place. A bit of a trendy BBQ house, there is nothing cheap about the atmosphere. It's perfect for both a nice dinner out with the family or a date with a significant other. It can be a bit loud depending on how many people are there, but the acoustics are better than most for handling that many people.
Quality is very nice. As noted before, its got a trendy design, the surfaces are clean, relatively new and appropriate for the setting.
The servers are rather prompt though it can slow down during the busy parts of the night. Bartenders are great and always patrolling the bar to make sure your glass is full.. and friendly to boot. Easy to talk to them about beer and what they have in the back!
The beer selection is great. They have at least 15-20 taps just in the downstairs bar alone, with some more upstairs. Mostly Wisconsin and midwest regional locals, but once in a while they'll have some awesome beer like BCBS, Black Note, aged Peruvian Morning, etc. that shows up on Facebook but isn't on the menu. So in a way you have to be in the know to be able to order some, and I would suggest to them that it be on the menu- but with the requisite "15% ABV, not for the faint of heart", etc. but then again, the clientele often is of the bourbon drinkers' variety, so how bad can it be?
Food is awesome. Really love the blackened catfish here. Sides are a bit small-ish, but not necessarily insufficient in size- portions overall are just about right for dinner. The sausage plate is very good too.
$$-$$$: can be a bit pricey, as it can all add up.. but some of the stuff on the beer menu is awesomely cheap, like $3 a pint cheap. I would expect to pay $15-20 a person for a beer and a meal.
09-04-2013 13:43:56 | More by Stevedore
3.6/5 rDev -10%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
A very unassuming craft beer oasis, I will admit that. The only reason I even stopped in was because I was in Riley's for so long checking out there selection I had to use the restroom so I figured I'd grab a quick pint and do my business.
I was very pleased to find quite the selection of craft beers on tap (and an even more impressive selection of some really solid bourbon, including Pappy 15 and 23). The lay out is very interesting. There is a long bar on the main level with booths, and big windows that look out onto the street. There is another bar on the second level, which I've never seen open, but seems like it has similar selection as the first floor bar, if not the same.
There are two options of enjoying a beverage outdoors, which I really appreciate. There is a small patio in the back of the restaurant with no view at all, but hell you are outside. Then there is a very nice courtyard style deck on the 3rd floor that looks over the surrounding area of Madison, and directly onto Riley's...(making you more thirsty, of course).
It's got a good beer selection, no doubt. I wouldn't say it's a craft central location, as the bar tenders dont seem all that knowledgeable about the beers they have on tap, or the surrounding area's beer scene (neither of the employees had heard of Brasserie V, WHAT?)
It's a cool place, and they have some really nice tap beers every once in a while, so if you're at Rileys, pop in and grab a quick pour.
09-24-2012 14:29:37 | More by MarcatGSB
4.2/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Brickhouse is the best bar on the UW Campus (it's a block south of State Street, on the corner of Gorham and Broom) if you are looking for quality brews and want to avoid the "noise" of college bars. Brickhouse is also a BBQ restaurant with a very diverse, succulent menu. The Mac and Cheese is to die for, and their BBQ sauces have a unique character to them compared to most "up north" BBQ joints (it's less thick-mapley than most other places I have been to).
Selection is where Brickhouse stands out. They have two taplines that house something like 30-40 beers that rotate throughout the season. About half the taps tend to be Wisconsin microbrews, but the other 10 are always interesting finds. From Breakfast Stout to Oak Aged Dragon's Milk to Double Trouble to Blackout Stout, there's always a delicious midwest beer on tap. Can't wait for Winter to kick in, when they get more stouts and a few RIS's on tap!
This is my go to place when I can't convince my friends to make the trek over to the Malt House (which is way off campus)
11-12-2011 20:39:46 | More by jegross2
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
3rd stop with my friend on a Madison pub crawl of sorts. It is nice walking around to so many good bars.
This place is a multi-level place but we took a seat at the lower bar. They served a full menu at it but we had to wait to get are food, about 30 extra minutes, but the bartender warned us and we didn't care. I had duck legs which were pretty tasty. The tap menu was irregular because of Great Taste of the Midwest and some of the stuff on their temporary menu was gone but it was enough for me. I started with a Short's pilsener, then a small but expensive pour of barrel aged Nebraska Belgian IPA, and then a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier in it's proper glass which was the obvious highlight. I didn't even check the bottle list.
The service is really great, the bartenders were super attentive. The prices were a bit on the expensive side. It is a really worthy place in Madison.
08-14-2011 14:47:02 | More by crossovert
3.18/5 rDev -20.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
To begin…I haven’t reviewed a place in a while but I felt compelled to review this place. I found out about this place from my fellow BAs….and I really wanted to like this place…I mean come one BBQ and a 40 tap system. Well let me tell you at least 5 of those taps consist of Blue Moon; Miller Light; Bud Light; Hoegarden; and Stella so really there was 35 taps….well 5 out of the 7 beers I ordered were actually on tap….so huge let down….so from my perspective that really reduces the supposed tap list for me….but over all you can find a good beer here but nothing work seeking out….
Lets talk service…most of the time I could care less about service if your product can back up what you are providing…and I’ll be honest….the product didn’t deliver all that much in comparison to some of the worst service EVER….and I ordered a good amount of food for one person….which is a good seg-way into the food…the ribs….solid….cooked well and with some good sauces…Ive had way worse….the sides….not so much…..I also ordered a salad but the serve brought my appetizers out with my main course….really dude? You want my BBQ to get cold while I eat my salad….come one….
Over all I believe this place probably is hit or miss…the day I go there was a definite miss….so head with caution….
Side note the beer store next door “wines of the world” was a pretty nice beer store down town…go check it out if you are in the area and need beer….
07-19-2011 03:10:43 | More by Srodri10
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $
Atmosphere: Nothing overly special, but they do have multiple levels and a rooftop seating area for when the weather is nice. Trendy.
Quality/Selection: Beer quality is excellent. Large tap list that is filled with quality brews. Will always find several New Glarus, Central Waters, Furthermore, and other WI brews on tap, but they also have other high-quality Midwest/National offerings as well. For example, they've had Stone SSR, FFF Dreadnaught, and Founder's Nemesis on tap, to name a few.
Service: Food service is sometimes slow, but always friendly. Bar service is very good...the bartenders seem knowledgeable about the beers and are always willing to let you sample some.
Food: Above average, but nothing spectacular. Don't come here expecting authentic southern BBQ, but you will get solid meal.
Value: Great value. Beer is fairly priced...can get a pint of NG Moon Man for $3.50 I think, while I've paid $5 for a spotted cow at other places in Madison. Can easily get full off of food for $8-9.
05-05-2011 16:53:47 | More by anell213
Brickhouse BBQ in Madison, WI
90 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.