Taps: 40 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
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 -3.7%
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 +7.7%
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
Brickhouse BBQ in Madison, WI
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