Mars' Cheese Castle
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 60
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
3.38/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Mar's Cheese Castle is the tourist trap to end all tourist traps, with that said they do provide a decent beer selection and some quality WI cheese. Mar's is not far from the border so it's the closest place Chicagoans can go to get their Wisconsin roadside cheese shop fix while their kids run around like maniacs and knock things over. Sausage and beer are also available. Everytime I've stopped here it feels like an amusement park, people are just out of control.
The beer selection is solid. Mostly Wisconsin locals. Ale Asylum, New Glarus, MKE, Lakefront, and the like. There are a good selection of seasonals around and things seem to be fairly well taken care of. I've never had problems with out of date or old beer.
Last time I was in all the cashier did was bitch about kids and not getting to take her lunch on time, she was miserable. I couldn't hardly get her to ring me up. If you're crossing the border for either beer or cheese I would recommend a stop at Woodman's in Oak Creek. Better cheese, beer, and all sorts of other local Wisconsin offerings.
10-22-2013 23:13:18 | More by joe1510
3.78/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A- typical tourist stop. Tons of people and crap that you would buy and never need.
Q-Top notch cheese and all of the new galarus 6ers in the fridge and warm for purchase
S-Didn't really encounter anyone, no need to
S-For what it is, a tourist stop, it was a good selection. Everything reasonably priced
F-Good array of local Wisconsin food. Some of the food is marked up, but didnt really notice it with the beer. High quality stuff too.
Would I stop here again? Prolly not. Was it worth it? Yes. I can say I have been to a cheese castle
08-23-2011 03:41:25 | More by brew3crew
3.1/5 rDev -12.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Disneyland of cheese. Just inside, children were hugging a mouse with a giant cheese wedge... okaay. Frenzied families of tourists everywhere, in a sterile grocery store setting. Nothing like the kitschy old location but still fairly overpriced.
Thumbprint Barleywine is $12 here (no case discount offered), $9.19 at Woodmans (case discount).
The beer area is to the left past the registers, towards the back, adjacent to a food court type area. Two short shelves, imports one side, micros on the other. Token WI beers from New Glarus, Ale Asylum, Sprecher, MKE, Hinterland (only a couple from each). Endcap with NG Unplugged singles. Pretty good import selection, Belgian heavy, though there was Sam Smith and a couple Spaten including Optimator. Rochefort, Chimay for trappists and Cuvee des Trolls. Craft in the cooler was ok, some Bells, Founders, Goose Island. Nothing too extensive or especially interesting here.
Didn't see any signage or anything indicating a bar in the building (went in the front entrance). It was mostly families running around everywhere, cheese shopping and chowing down. Bar has a separate side entrance, and they open at 11am.
No employees around besides at the deli counter and multiple cashiers. Another roadside tourist attraction not really worth stopping at for beer with Woodmans so close.
06-12-2011 21:46:31 | More by emerge077
4.25/5 rDev +19.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
The "new" castle is quite impressive. Especially from a size stand point. It literally is a castle. The place is huge. I made my way through all the themed rooms and was very impressed. The jams, jellies and salsas room was nice as well as the bakery. However I was here for beer and cheese. Well TMC did not disappoint. The craft section was very well put together. Pretty much all your Wisconsin needs as well as all the usual Midwest beers. Sixers, bombers, singles and a make your own New Glarus six pack. Very cool. The cheese was plentiful and they certainly didn't skimp on the free samples.
Once through all that, we headed over to the bar area. It's connected to the store and you can access it from there but it does have it's own entrance as well. Huge oval shaped bar with 4 huge flat screens. It seemed like the taps were geared toward the transitional palate. NG Totally Naked, Spotted cow and Unplugged Apple ale. Lakefront Wheat Monkey and so on. Nothing super sexy from a beer geek stand point but solid. Bottles covered pretty much all the local favorites.
My favorite part of the bar was while enjoying your tap beer they continually passed a tray of crackers and a huge bucket of port wine cheese around the bar for your enjoyment. Grab a couple crackers, slather with cheese and pass. Very cool.
You can order food from the sandwich shop in the store and they bring it right to your stool.
Overall I wish this place was next to my house. I would drink here everyday.
06-02-2011 00:46:40 | More by beerwolf77
Mars' Cheese Castle in Kenosha, WI
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