Sweet Mullets Brewing Co.
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Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 46
Beer Avg: 3.59
Taps: 6 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
4.46/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Sweet Mullets Brewing is located about 50 min west of Milwaukee in an small industrial park in Oconomowoc. At 9pm on a Saturday (durring the Badgers NCAA game) there was a half dozen people not including the group I was with, so we had no problems getting a spot at the bar.
The atmosphere was kind of a rustic vibe with farm tools and wood tables combined with the expected 80s cock rock cardboard cut out behind the bar. There were about a dozen beers on draft with a good variety of belgian styles, sours, stouts and a firkin of some kind of fruit beer. I went with the Shipwreck a wine barrel aged sour. Nice tartness that I adjusted to quickly. Also had a black IPA, not really my thing, but the few sips I snagged of the Belgian IPA and jalapeneo beer were both very tasty.
After chatting with our bartender a while about the size of the brewery and there distribution he asked if we wanted to see it... Hell ya we do. So we got to tour the brewery and nerd out while finishing our beers and talking with a rad fellow. Great time overall, beers were solid. I just wish they had a better name... or better artwork for it.
04-07-2014 01:44:37 | More by guityler83
4.03/5 rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
Went here with my wife for my birthday. Although it's located in a somewhat sketchy business park, the interior atmosphere is quite nice.
We ordered the sampler, which consisted of their 10 regular line-up beers that they had on tap. We also each ordered a sandwhich off the menu. Both the service and the food are good.
The beer was interesting. Along with the normal Pale Ales and Pilsners, they had a variety of unusual styles such as a soured gruit and a soured bourbon barrel stout. Most of the beer was decent, not anything that most beer nerds would get excited over, more of an entry level craft style. The Dark Matter export stout was the only exception, as that was quite good.
With good food and decent beer, this was a nice place to visit, but not somewhere I would return to often.
Edit - 6/2/14
With the addition of some semi-readily available sours to their list, I bumped the quality up .5 points. IMO, the cost also bumped from inexpensive to reasonable.
05-31-2013 13:56:27 | More by thebigredone
4.73/5 rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This is a great little brewery. They have a 30ft or so bar with about a dozen tables, and simply decorated. My most recent visit was last week. They have about a dozen beers on tap, and they are of good quality. There are a few seasonals and experiments that rotate in and out, and that is a great for some added variety.
I have been down there on weekdays once a month or so and it seems to have more business every time. If you catch Mark when it's slow and ask him questions he's quite knowledgeable and takes pride in his work. I always learn something new every time I go there.
Growlers are available, I believe it was $12 for a refill. If I recall correctly any of his brews could be had in a growler. There were a couple fairly expensive beers that were worth sampling, including a 9% Belgian IPA and 8% Gruit. I'd never actually seen a gruit on tap before. Totally unexpected to me and I was pleasantly surprised. Also as other reviewers have mentioned, there is a jalapeno flavored ale. Not overwhelming or spicy at all, but reminded me of eating a jalapeno popper. Some of his earlier beers included Rye Bob, and 505 Stout, which has been renamed recently, and are both delicious and still on tap. There are also a red ale, buckwheat ale, American Pilsner, Pumpkin beer, steinbier, and a few other interesting beers of his own, in addition to some guest beers.
It appears that they try to keep things local or at least of Wisconsin origin. They try to source local food and the guest beers are all of Wisconsin origin if I recall correctly. I'm sure it adds a bit to the cost of their food, but I like to try to support the local economy. The food I've had was good, but nothing complicated... just good bar food.
The bar location is pretty unexpected. It is on the far west side of Oconomowoc, on the road behind Schwefel's Restaurant. To get to it you have to turn south on Division St. and then east onto Industrial Dr. It is in a large warehouse on the left.
They'll give you a small sample of most of the beers if you ask before buying a pint, which is nice as some people aren't very big explorers. They have a beer sampler you can order too, 3oz beers of a good variety if you aren't able to imbibe heavily.
12-21-2012 02:29:44 | More by JVD
4.28/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I first learned of this brewpub after searching for beer fests in the surrounding Milwaukee area. I had never seen the logo before and after doing a bit of research, discovered Sweat Mullets is located in Oconomowoc. After learning my girl friend had business in Oconomowoc, I suggested we stop in to get a bite and a sampling of beers.
As the GPS led us closer to our final coordinates, I thought we had been led astray. However, as we turned onto industrial rd, we came across a sign, drawn by a marker and attached to a pole, pointing us in the right direction. After following a couple more arrows we came to a none-descript building, which had an open sign and pub times. To be honest, I was expecting this place to be more traditional perhaps like Vintage or Grumpy Troll and the sort, but this place is hidden in an industrial park and off the beaten path, which made me like the place before I even stepped through the door!
The bar opened at noon, I walked in 12:02. The inside is clean and simple and the tables and bar stools look comfortable and inviting. I walk further in and see a man in dirty white bib overalls and wearing a Grumpy Troll shirt, he was behind the bar polishing pint glasses. Being the first and only customers in the bar, I attempt to break the Ice and say, “You guys open?” He looks to me and says,” You came through the front door, didn’t ya?”
We belly up and the bartender runs down the list of the beers on tap, which included six Sweet Mullets originals and two guest brews. As he reads the beers and descriptions, I sense a great deal of pride, as if he was talking about his art or children. [The man behind the bar is Mark, the brew master and owner of Sweet Mullets. Mark had previously worked as a brew master at the grumpy troll. There, he had brewed some of their award winning beers. I learn these facts over the course of my visit, haphazardly.] I comment on the Grumpy Troll shirt, and he asks me which beers from there stood out. I listed the beers I enjoyed and he defended the ones, I now suspect he had a hand in brewing, that I did not enjoy. He recommended the Sampler and I agreed.
All beers were delicious in their own right. After we complete the sampler my girlfriend, to my surprise and Marks as well, orders the Jorge, which has the taste of jalapenos without the bite. “I can’t believe there’s no heat!” she exclaims. “It's done by magic!” Mark counters. She has a second. I, on the other hand, fall in love with and order the Buckwheat. We also ordered some food to include pretzels, chips and dip, and the pork lettuce wraps, all good and in snack size portions. Our total order for a six beer sampler, three tap beers and the food came to about 25$.
To the perspective beer geek interested in checking this place out, go in at a “slow time” and sit at the bar to get the full experience. All the staff have a stake in this four-month-old brewery and are knowledgeable and ready to talk beer with anyone who is willing and able to keep up.
In addition, they have good beer!
Right now, this is more of a tasting room for Sweet Mullets beer, but Mark conveyed plans to extend the beer list to incorporate more guest brews from around Wisconsin. Also, due to my new infatuation with Buckwheat, I sheepishly asked about growlers. I am told, they will fill a growler you bring in with either the M.E.C.O. or Jorge. The others will soon become available as well.
06-19-2012 06:18:52 | More by TonyTalon
4.64/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located in an industrial park not too far from the lakeside in Oconomowoc. Cool thing was, even though it was an industrial area, the brewpub’s windows look out into a forested area. 6 house beers on tap when we went, with 2 guest taps (Central Waters and Furthermore). My wife and I enjoyed all of their beers, there was a nice range going on -- jalapeno, ginger hefeweizen, rye, wild buckwheat, red, and stout. The jalapeno was amazingly good -- I’ve had a few in the past, and they tended to burn a bit much by the end of a pint -- not the case here, very well balanced. The wild buckwheat beer is also stellar. Owners were working the bar and very approachable and friendly. Atmosphere was nice and mellow, as well. Didn’t have a chance to try any food, but they did have a good selection of small plates (cheeses, tacos, edamame, etc.). Definitely look forward to putting this into my regular WI road trip rotation.
And I completely agree with the review below -- my wife and I have tried a number of new breweries/brewpubs that opened up this year, and I'd have to say this is probably our consensus #1 or #2 favorite new spot. It seems that they really thought things through before opening up, and it shows. By the way, as of our visit (6/2), they are up and brewing on their own system, so expect their tap selection to grow in the very near future.
06-03-2012 15:18:25 | More by cgs027
4.08/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here for some beers and grub and check things out.
Tucked away and I mean TUCKED away in a small industrial park on the west end of Oconomowoc. I used to do quite a bit of work in the area so it wasn't too hard to find for me. However it may be a bit intimidating for the casual beer fan.
The place has the typical newer brewpub look and feel. Shiny concrete floor steel walls ect. The bar itself looks like it was homemade with a rather rustic look. The chairs at the bar were large and very soft. Huge plus in my book. Brewery will be in the back soon. They have a large picture window for you to peek into the brewing process. Kitchen was spotless. Bathrooms were about as clean as I've ever encountered at a public place.
Place was about half full early on a Saturday. We grabbed a couple stools at the bar and were greeted almost immediately by the owner/brewmaster. He was very friendly and made us feel like regulars from the get go. They had four of their own brews and four guest beers on tap. We ordered a couple house brews and got to work. I started with the Buckwheat and the wife started with the Stout. Both were very good. No trace of "homebrew" flavors that tend to come out in new brewers beers. We also ordered food. The house made pretzels were fantastic as well as the dips we ordered for our chips. Would love to go back and try more menu items.
We never waited for our glasses to be filled. With about a sip or two left the staff had our next beer ready to go. We ended up running through the entire Sweet Mullets line up. I really enjoyed all the beers. We stayed long enouhg for the owner Mark to take us in back show us the new brewing operation. It's just days away from being up and running. He mentioned he's going to focus on a lot of barrel aged stuff including sours. Score! Guess I will be making the hour drive for growlers of that stuff.
I really hope this place does well. It's one the few newer places we've been to that actually seems like they get it. Check it out if you can.
04-29-2012 16:17:54 | More by beerwolf77
3.98/5 rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Visited with some friends and kids on a Sunday, and it was dead. Which was an absolute shame, because the place is a gem. The place is way off the beaten path on the western edge of Oconomowoc in the back of a warehouse, a block off highway 16. Nobody is just going to stumble across this place. Place is industrial, but warm with wooden tables, nothing fancy but nice. They had four of their own beers on tap, and a couple of guest taps from around southern Wisconsin.
All four of their brews were very good, with the Wild-Hopped Buckwheat being the standout for me. The 501 Red Ale was also very nice.
We all ordered lunch, hot dogs with grapes for the kids and "small plates" for the adults. I guess they're going for like an Americanized tapas style menu, small plates around $5-7 bucks or so. My meatloaf and potatoes were tasty, but more of a snack than a lunch. We all shared some fresh baked pretzels and some steamed edamame which made for nice beer snacks.
Service was warm and welcoming. The owner/brewer was waiting tables, pouring beer, etc. Seemed gracious enough when I told him how much I loved the buckwheat ale.
The place was very clean, bathrooms were sparkling and clean smelling. Only complaint was a lack of growler fills, but the owner said that's coming soon. I'm hoping the word gets out on this place, because like I said, the location is pretty terrible. The owner was previously the brewmaster at The Grumpy Troll and was doing some really good work there. I'd love to see what he can do out on his own.
04-23-2012 14:51:46 | More by Jerktookmyname
Sweet Mullets Brewing Co. in Oconomowoc, WI
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.