Vintage Brewing Company
Active Beers: 52
Beer Ratings: 362
Beer Avg: 3.82
Taps: 22 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by uwmgdman:
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Made a visit to the new Vintage Brewing Company on a Saturday afternoon for lunch. The Vintage Brewing Co. resides in the old JT Whitney's, but with a completely fresh look.
A: The atmosphere was just fine for Saturday lunch hour. A few people enjoying a brew and watching some TV at the bar. In the restaurant portion the tables were about half full with some Sinatra-esque music playing. The floors, walls, ceilings, and lighting have all been redone. A lot of dim lights, dark woods, new vinyl 60s like chairs, lots of old school beer memorabilia. In addition to tables and booths, there are couches and chairs by the fireplace.
Q: The quality is quite high. The tap beer selection is high quality, my lunch was very high quality, and the place looks nice.
Service: Was greeted promptly by a friendly hostess. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable, eager to serve. The drinks and food were served quickly and a quick check on how things were was made.
Selection: 10 taps currently. They are all Wisconsin micros for now, with their own beer coming on-line as it is brewed and aged. The waiter said they hope to have 10 of their own beers on tap once things get rolling. I was the proud customer of their second pour of their first in-house brew, their hefeweizen, which was very well made and quite delicious. There is also a selection of bottles, but I didn't pay much attention to the list.
Food: I had a lunch special which was quite delicious, fresh and fairly priced. They have a page for apps/salads, one for lunch entrees (some sound great) and the final page for burgers and sandwiches. If the lunch menu is any indication, the dinner menu should be great as well.
Overall I really like the look, glad to see a lot of good beer on tap and I'm very much looking forward to returning as more of their beers come online. I'd recommend checking this place out. After my first visit I'd say a definite improvement over the previous ownership.
EDIT: Returned September 2010 for dinner with many samples of in house beers. The menu had variety yet was not overwhelming....from the appetizers, to entrees, to desert, they kept the menu manageable and everything I tried was well done. They had about 12 of their own beers on tap, tried many and generally was rather impressed. After two visits, this will be a place we will continue to visit until they give us reason not to.
3rd trip: Dec 2010 another solid visit for food, beer, and waitstaff. However I'm dropping the service a touch because we had the same hostess as the last visit. She was unbelievably unfriendly, bordering on rude. Last time I just thought she was having a bad day, but 2 for 2 is a trend, and not an inviting one.
09-18-2010 01:29:27 | More by uwmgdman
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