1. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $14.99 (US/print only). Offer ends April 30. Subscribe now! (Because great beer deserves great stories AND readers.)

The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

Not Rated.
The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and BreweryThe Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery
BEER AVG
3.6/5
Based on:
29 Beers
228 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 57
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

105 South Second St
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, 53572
United States
phone: (608) 437-2739

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
Place added by: cokes

No notes at this time.
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
to view more.
Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 40
Reviews by dancinwillie:
Photo of dancinwillie
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I stopped here with a friend and his 9 year old daughter on a Friday, around 1:30, after going to Blue Mound State Park, and Cave of the Mound. We were seated right away, but it took about 10 minutes for our waitress to take our order. Our cheese curds came out quickly with our drinks, and they were delicious, served with a delicious honey mustard sauce, instead of the usual boring ranch. Our sandwiches came out quick enough, we still had a few curds left, and mine was fantastic. I had the french dip, with au jus (obviously) and some tasty french fries. My friend had the fish fry, with some sort of potato chips with cheese on them that were baked. These chips were not good, not good at all. They tasted burnt, but he said the fish was good. We both also enjoyed the Sassion beer with our meals. It was a above average beer, especially coming from a brewpub.

In the meantime, I remembered that the Grumpy Troll has started bottling their beers. I inquired as to what they offered in bottles, and they only had 3 at the time, a basic lager, 1 I can't remember, and the award winning Amnesia Baltic Porter. We asked for a sample, which cost us each a dollar, and thought it was really good, so I ordered a bottle to take home. She brought it out, reminded me I couldn't drink it in the restaurant, and brought our check. About this time my buddy is finishing his meal, and he realizes he didn't get his coleslaw, or his bread and butter. He mentions it to our waitress, and she apologizes, and says she'll take it off of the bill. We were satisfied with that, but then they brought us another bottle of Amnesia, on the house. We were more than happy to forgive.

So I guess it comes down to the fact that this is a small town establishment. They have young people working there that might forget the occasional side. But they treat you right if they make a mistake. Good customer service goes a long way, and in a year when I make it back down to Mount Horeb, I doubt I'll remember not getting a roll, but I will remember getting a bottle of Amnesia Baltic Porter on the house.

More User Reviews:
Photo of twb0392
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

The beer is better than the food; and that is ok with me.

Photo of mhsmall84
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Nice place, unfortunately I dropped by at a very busy time. Awesome selection of brews, food was delicious and the staff was friendly. I will definitely stop in again!

Photo of Benish
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 2.75

I've visited this place quite frequently. During the evening hours, it is quite busy, extremely loud, and staff are pacing back and forth through out the place. The restaurant has tables with high chairs, low chairs, and there are some wooden booths. There is an upstairs that serves pizza but I've never tried it.

As for the food, it's mediocre. I enjoy the Salmon Summer Salad and their burgers but that is pretty much it. I've been disappointed with their other dishes (I cease to remember them). Unfortunately my wife had that experience of disappointment when she ordered fish fry. They served her two small fish fillets...almost the size of fish sticks. I'm not kidding. We expected more (we're in Wisconsin for crying out loud!) or at least all you can eat fish. My wife who is petite for an average women wished she had more fish...considering this it will probably not satisfy most people who order this.

Their beers are okay. Not amazing but not bad. They do have a wide selection to choose from which I appreciate. Their Harvest Moon - a wild rice ale - left the biggest impression on me among the rest of the beers. I did enjoy this and would order it again.

Overall - I'll probably stick with the pubs in Madison, WI. But if family and friends are over and we want to eat at a place close by, Grumpy Troll may be the choice.

Photo of jreindl
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

My wife and I recently took a beer themed road trip to Madison to meet some friends and this was our first stop. Before we get into the review there are a few things to consider.

1. It was the end of craft beer week
2. We arrived at the same time as a busload w/ reservations
3. The pizzeria was closed for a home brew comp.

That being said, the 15 min. wait was actually 45 min., needless to say it was very busy. We did talk with a local who said it's almost never like that. When we finally were seated, our table was right in front of the floor to celling windows looking in on the brew house. Charming really. Our server was very nice but did get a few beer orders wrong, which is why I marked them down on service. The food selection was pretty standard pub fare but delicious. Great cheese curds (it is WI.). My Ruben was pilled high with corn beef, and paired well w/ the wee heavy. The beer cheese soup was decadent, and our friend had a fantastic veggie wrap that was as big as her head! All the brews were very good, the Spetznaz stout, with plenty of roast to go around, and the Hoppa Loppa IPA, with its wonderful floral/citrus aroma, were my favorites. The bill was extremely reasonable, about a $100 for 9 beers, appetizer, 4 meals and tip. I would certainly make this trip again.

Photo of TheSSG
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This was the first time BeerAdvocate let me down :(

I stopped in here after being in Madison (and checking out the new Ale Asylum building).
It was a dark, foggy night (no, but really, it was), and the place was easy to find. I really liked the physical building; two stories.
The entry confused me a bit. Apparently the restaurant is UPSTAIRS, while the bar is downstairs?
Anywho, we went up the STEEP stairs (Handicap elevator is on the right side of the building, I think).

It's a nice little diner-feel upstairs.
The wait staff looked about 14 years old...at the oldest.

I came in for the Spetznaz and the Wild Rice brews. I immediately asked for them. The waitress was just confused and said they don't have them. I was saddened, and asked what they did have. She pointed to the menu.
Yeah...they had the Wild Rice one....[sigh] I know it's petty, but it's the closest thing I have to a pet-peeve when the staff at a brewpub is TOTALLY IGNORANT about the bier, and doesn't seem to care.
Alas, Spetznaz was out...on tap. Apparently, they have bombers of it for $7...Instead of telling us this, we found out as we were leaving....(expect the review soon!)

The Wild Rice brew impressed me. I love rice in bier, and it was great. My brother enjoyed the Belgian-style they had made; very, very solid. My dad sat, broken-hearted, pretending his solid Schwarzbier was a Russian Imperial Stout.
I had asked to just have a taste of 2 or 3 biers at the beginning (trying to figure out which dark brew my dad would enjoy as a replacement), and the waitress gladly brought over little glasses with just a bit in them. That seemed really nice...until I realized I had been billed for them...as full 4 fl. oz. samples....[sigh]

I bumped the selection up a bit because the made a really nice mixed drink (warm, mulled cider) for my non-beer-drinking brother. But, in addition, they did have a pretty nice selection of styles (on bier alone, I'd say it was just shy of the "4" score).

We all decided on pizza. The pizza wasn't that great. It was okay, but nothing amazing. It was actually a bit expensive considering the size and price.
We ended up wishing we had: 1). eaten pizza at Ale Asylym OR 2). Gone to the Hubbard Avenue Diner (down the street from Capital) for dinner

I really cannot knock the bier. It was above average, and they had some great styles.
But, the service sucked, and the pizza was so-so at best.
With SO MUCH AWESOME FOOD and bier in the Madison vacinity, I don't know if I can ever justify the ride out, again.
If you've never gone, I'd say you should go.
I REALLY wanted to go when they had the smoked, sour, dunkelweizen a month or two ago....but, I missed that. So, if they have something that REALLY trips your trigger, I can DEFINITELY tell you it will be worth the drive to try it.
Just do yourself a favor if you're coming from Madison; stop at the Hubbard Avenue diner in Middleton for dinner, instead; Black Bean Burgers and Pie > All.

Photo of Lemke10
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and I stopped in for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. There was about a 20 minute wait for seating but I enjoyed the decor while we waited. There is the pub and restaurant on the ground level and the pizzeria upstairs, both which will offer beer. Food was tasty, especially the grump chips! I did a little research and decided to try one of their better rated beers which was great and took home a 22oz bomber of another to enjoy. Small quaint little place but very clean and busy. Highly recommend.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Finally made it to Grumpy Troll after recommendations from friends. It was an early Friday night and it was a little more subdued than expected and the ambiance of the place was nothing much more outside of typical. A hallmark of the place was its variety though, as a sampler was huge with not seemingly world class beers, but on the other hand they were solid. Service was also very good.... but I didn't try any food. I might stop again while passing through town as it is maybe edging top ten in the state, but definitely not top five. Therefore I wouldn't call it a destination.

Photo of bismarksays
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A- You walk in and you can sense the theme of the bar (trolls), but you can also tell that this is a place about beer. Their awards line the walls, not in a pretentious manner, but just matter of factly. In fact, behind the bar are a couple of medal winning awards as well, practically hidden behind liquor bottles. Feels like a good local neighborhood place.

Quality/Selection- Apparently those awards arent just for show. The beer here is very good and there were like ten varieties on tap. A wide selection and all four I tried were worth coming back for another time. Win, win.

Food/service- Our glasses were rarely dry and my food was very good. I had the prime rib sandwich with mushrooms. I only gave it a four, because the guy I was with said his burger was just good. The waffle fries were amazing.

Value- A pint of world class beer for a five bucks. The food was what you would expect in terms of cost. Nothing cheap, but nothing over priced by any means.

Photo of Duff27
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Made my fifth or so visit to Grumpy Troll today so I thought it's about time for a review.

The Grumpy Troll Brewpub is located downtown Mount Horeb, pretty easy to find. Inside is a wrap-around style bar that accommodates around 16 bar stools. The other wall is lined with booths and there are also a handful of free standing tables.
The bartender and wait staff have always been very pleasant here, definitely not grumpy (haha....ha). Prompt as well.

They have 10 to 12 draught lines of Grumpy Troll beer that are of a wide variety of easy-drinking (most the most part) styles. All of their beers are solid with a few that even stand out, such as Spetnaz, Hop Farm Pale Ale, and Maggie.

Food here is more or less your regular bar food which I've found can be either "very good" or just "good". Today was a Grumpy Troll burger (bacon cheeseburger with BBQ sauce) and waffle fries...it was of the "very good" variety! Hopefully they keep that up. Prices are reasonable.

If you're in the area and need a pint and/or food, I recommend the Grumpy Troll.

Photo of ndolover
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Located in a sleepy little town in the main street area. This old world building is inviting and seems like a comfy shoe.

I enjoyed a rueben and the service was solid.

The real key to this place is the quality and types of beers. A selection of beers such as a baltic porter, Milds, and infused beers. Not your typcial brewpub for beers. Not to mention the many awards they have won in both national and international competitions.

If you are near Madison, I would not hesitate to make a side trip to this brewpub.

Photo of crossovert
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here on a Saturday afternoon and it was pretty packed still.

They have the brewing stuff right in a window in front of the seating area. There is also an upstairs and a small biergarten.

They have a sampler with 12 beers, which I got. They are pretty average overall but there are a few gems. It is all pretty high-quality, but maybe not the best recipes. The IPA is really good imo.

The food is good and reasonably priced. I had a jerk chicken wrap that could have used some sauce or something but otherwise it was good. The beer battered fries are good.

The service is nice and prompt and friendly. Overall it is a very worthwhile stop near the Madison area.

Photo of uwmgdman
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited on a warm summer day for lunch.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere was decent, nice interior, a good look at the tanks and brewing area. A good mix of people, locals, families, people coming in from the bike trail. The placed quickly filled up for lunch and went on a short wait around the noon hour.

Service: We were greeted warmly and seated immediately. Our waitress was knowledgeable and very friendly. She did a great job of checking on us enough, bringing any extras we asked for.

Selection: The tap selection is quite good, 12 taps of their brews. I would have loved to have seen a Belgian offered, but tis the season for lots of summer wheat type beer unfortunately.

Food: The food was fresh, served hot, and quickly. There is a good selection across the menu and a nice selection of sides, including sweet potato tots, which I haven't seen before but really liked.

Overall: A great experience and we most certainly will return. The price was in line with what I would expect in the Madison, WI area.

Photo of WhiteRiverSuds
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Visited 4-1-11
I've visited the grumpy troll a few times over the years. I was very impressed with the quality and range of beers when brewmaster Mark Knoebl was brought in. I made my annual stop during the week of Thirsty Troll Fest last September and was astonished by how crumby all the beers tasted (thin, astringent, little hop character, probable infections). I asked friends who lived in Mount Horeb and they said it had been ongoing for a few months. Even though I was disappointed, I hoped it was due to a combination of employee turnover, vacations, a bad batch of sanitizer, & possibly new equipment.

Recent Visit
Same great down home feel with a diverse group of patrons. It was very steady. The service was great as always. There were 10 Grumpy beers on Tap & one in their beer engine. I tried 6 beer and the pale soapy stuff from the engine. With the exception of Maggie (IIPA), none of the beers were even average. Everything lacked body and resembled beginner homebrew. Maggie was the best offering & it wasn't even close to it's former glory.
I was hoping to right my disappointment with a basket of fried cheese curds (always excellent). It was not meant to be. They cooked the curd right out.
I certainly don't plan giving up on the Grumpy Troll, but I can no longer recommend it to people as a good craft beer destination.

Photo of t0rin0
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited 10/9/2010

Stopped in on a Saturday afternoon after stopping at New Glarus. This place is right on the edge of a quiet looking neighborhood and I could definitely see this being a neighborhood bar. Inside is clean and old looking, all wood. The bar is long and there was plenty of seating.

The bartender was very nice and prompt. He set me up right away with a sampler and answered my questions.

I had some pretty good beers (Curly and Freedom Forward) and a bunch of decent beers. The only bad beer was the Captain Fred.

With 12 taps going I'd definitely return here if in the area as I'm sure they'll always have something new to try.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in here during a recent road trip. Pretty much the usual brew pub environment. Large wrap around wooden bar. Tables through out. A window in the back reveals brewing equipment. I suppose you can only so much to make it different.

The glassware was clean and the all the beer tasted fresh. The server was super friendly if not uber knowledgable. I flashed my beer geek cred and the server tracked down the manager which was nice. He sat down and had a nice conversation with me.

The selection was very ample. Enough style choices to keep any beer geek happy. I was a bit dissapointed they had a hand pull beer engine that was empty. They claimed it had been empty for awhile too. Seems like a shame to have the equipment but not use it.

The food was pretty solid. We tried the beer cheese soup and the focaccia flat bread.

Overall a nice palce to visit if you are in the area. Fairly close to New Glarus which makes for a nice day trip to hit both.

Photo of DeeMented
4.33/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited with my wife on 10/29/09.

We went in for lunch, and were seated promptly. We went into the downstairs restaurant area, but there was also a pizzeria upstairs.

A few people have commented on the lack of trolls inside the pub, but I feel I should point out that Mt. Horeb is the "Troll Capital of the World". I felt there were just enough trolls present inside, after seeing all the trolls scattered throughout the rest of the village.

I was pleasantly surprised by the menu, and found it was rather extensive for a brewpub.

I started with a Spetsnaz, being their Russian Imperial Stout, and named after the Russian special forces. I liked the beer so well that I took home a growler.

The bar featured 12 taps, all hooked to Grumpy Troll offerings.

I ordered French onion soup, followed by the Grumpy Troll burger with onion rings. The onion rings were served with their special recipe barbecue sauce. It was all delicious. I gave extra points because I ordered the burger cooked medium, and received it cooked exactly medium. Not medium-well, not medium-rare, but perfectly medium. I can't remember the last burger I had that was actually cooked the way I ordered it.

My wife ordered a prime rib sandwich that was tender, and also cooked the way she ordered it.

The waitstaff was friendly and was able to answer questions about the different beers.

I also asked for samples of a couple of other beers. The sample servings were small, only a couple of ounces each, but they were complimentary.

All-in-all, I found the Grumpy Troll to be a very satisfying experience, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a unique place to eat, drink, and be grumpy.

Photo of blackie
3.94/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

stopped in with the dirtman on our way back from Effigy Mounds, I'd sampled a couple GT beers in the bottle but was looking forward to checking out the source in this eccentric Madison suburb

walked in and took a seat right in front of the door - so my perspective of the scene was limited save for my short walk to the privy, but what I did gather is that the GT is a pretty chill place with a population of both beer folks and townies, perhaps a bit generic but the interior was comfortable and the noise level conducive to conversation

beers on tap were chalked onto a blackboard above the bar, nice selection with some standards, seasonals, and a couple "snifter beers" - maybe ten in all, we both went with the bourbon barrel aged steinbier named Woody Stein - an excellent and very unique beer

service was good, one bartender was a bit impassive but performed all duties expected, while the other was a friendly chap who seemed genuinely concerned that we'd enjoyed our biers

unfortunately my impending departure and late hour of the day made for a short trip, but I'll be hoping to head back next time in Madison

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Met some friends at the Grumpy Troll on the way from New Glarus to Madison for the pre-Great Taste parties. Nice atmosphere and very accommodating waitress. I've been trying to get here for a while--read about it quite often and has a pretty good reputation. However, the beers didn't really live up to my expectations, which were evidently too high. All of the beers are good and perfectly well done, but nothing really blew me away as something I'd order over and over again. The Imperial Stout was good, and Curly, and amber smoked ale, was also unique and well done. The Norwegian Wit was probably my favorite of the stop as a nice twist on the style. Food was also good--odd--an opened face black bean burger which was spicy black beans over a bun--not exactly a burger but it was good. Not a bad stop and enjoyed the beer, food and friends--but I wouldn't drive out of my way again from the freeway to get there. If in Mount Horeb, I would be perfectly happy to stop again.

Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Dropped by the Grumpy Troll for a weekday lunch yesterday. There was a mostly locals crowd, a couple at the bar and 5-6 full tables. There was an upstairs area that had a pizzeria sign with a big arrow, and 3 tables outside on a small shaded patio.

Atmosphere was ok, I was kind of expecting a more played up troll vibe, but it was a fairly clean and simple brewpub with modern furnishings. The walls were turquoise with some hanging Tiffany-style lamps. The light wood bar was fairly small with maybe 12 stools. Tables up front and in back, with a few booths along the side. On the wall in the booth were a couple historical street scenes of 19th century Mt. Horeb and a repro AB beer tray. Counted maybe 2-3 trolls in the place... for a place called Grumpy Troll in Mt. Horeb "Troll Capital of the World", I figured it would be wall to wall, you know, something like this: http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/North_America/United_States/Northeast/New_York/New_York_City/photo21050.htm

So the beer was ok, had a "Ten Lords Leaping IPA" which was a winner in a homebrew challenge. Maggie IIPA pint was $4... which was a big serving for a 9% IIPA, but that was ok too, just a bit boozy. Cask ale was out, and has been for awhile. Amnesia was on the list, but also out. There was a decent assortment, but after 2 beers I was done.

Food was nothing special, the steak wrap was light on the steak, especially for $10+. "Black bean burger" was a messy pile of loose black beans on a bun, not a patty. Unfortunately there was a mixup with our bill and were charged for 2 extra entrees, then the itemized receipt mysteriously couldn't be found. After a long while it all got fixed in the end (after a week with double charges pending on my account). Bottled beers to-go were available in the cooler, but currently nothing limited: Spetznaz, Scotch Ale, & Curly, if I recall correctly.

Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I was staying in Milwaukee, WI and had to make the ~2hr drive out to the Troll Capital and check out this brew pub. Nice selection of beers on tap (8 at the time). Nice to see a BA version and the regular version of a beer on tap at the same time. There was also an IIPA on tap which is a plus in my book. Unfortunately I went on a Monday and there was an Art Faire in town over the previous weekend that wiped out their stock of 22oz bottles. Food was decent and I'm glad I made the haul out to check this place out!

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Stopped here after a visit to Cave of the Mounds. We sat in a booth, were seated quickly, and were very well taken care of. The menu is expansive for a bar, the prices fair, and the food decent. I drank a Maggie, and it was quite good. There were about 8-9 other beers on tap, but I had to drive. I will swing by here next time I'm on Hwy 151, or doing something out in the area. Mt. Horeb is a charming little town, and the Grumpy Troll is exactly the kind of place you hope to come across. I think I'll plan a trip to the Mustard Museum so I have an excuse to stop by again.

Photo of Deuane
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A visit just after Easter 2008.

Stopped in for lunch after our pilgrimage to New Glarus. Nice place, I liked the atmosphere. Small wooden bar at the front entrance and the restaurant area off toward the side and back. The brewing tanks are visible through glass in the dining room. Plenty of locals were finishing up lunch as we stopped in on the backside of "normal" lunch time.

Our server was both helpful and attentive without being overbearing. The food was solid and well presented.

With over a dozen offerings, including one cask and a barrel aged brew available the selection was hard to beat. I not only tried a sampler, rare for me, I also enjoyed the brandy barrel aged Spetsnaz...delish!

A very nice place in this somewhat off the track far flung suburb of Madison. Looking forward to a return visit.

Photo of joe1510
2.53/5  rDev -35.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

My first trip to the Grumpy Troll had me in a hurry walking through the door so I could get my hand on a beer as soon as possible. The website boasts up to 12 beers on tap, barrel aged offerings, and cask ales.

Unfortunately, when I actually sat at the bar I asked about the barrel aged offering on the menu and was told it was gone. "OK, so what's on cask?" Nothing on cask either. The second disappointment. I had Maggie (IIPA) and Curly, both were decent but that's about it. The beer on tap just wasn't that great of a selection, your standard line of beers.

I liked the atmosphere. Small and comfortable with a decent wood bar at the front entrance and the restaurant toward the back. The tanks are visible through the glass in the dining room. Lots of locals in for lunch the day I stopped by which is always nice to see.

I sat at the bar to eat and the bartender wasn't all that helpful or fast. He was a nice enough guy but slow with the help and didn't have a clue as to what he was talking about. Again, he was friendly though.

The food was mediocre at best and was expensive for what you get. A disappointment when the prices are where they are. The food is on par with any local diner but the prices are above the quality.

Overall I was pretty disappointed with The Grumpy Troll. The food and beer I sampled were nothing more then decent. Maybe another trip would change my mind, beer wise, but I can't imagine myself making another trip out of the way to stop at The Grumpy Troll. 3.1

...

Update: 7/22/09

Stopped in to grab one beer and a growler. The cask was blown again according to the sign above. After sitting at the bar for 15 minutes without even seeing a bartender I decided it was time to go. This visit was to see if they turned the corner after my last disappointing trip through the brewpub. It was worse this time around. I won't be setting foot back into the Grumpy Troll.

Photo of Atron67
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went out here to celebrate my belated birthday and try to get hold of some amnesia and brandy spetznaz. the amnesia is all sold out however but the brandy spetsnaz what quite delicious and well worth it. also got to bring home a growler of the spetznaz which ill enjoy later.

however. now for the actual pub. had a nice atmosphere pretty clean with a good wooden bar stretching around the entrance at the place. also a pretty homey feel and there were tons of locals hanging around.

Q- the food was very good and the beer was all worth it, however our tab did run quite high, which is an indication of how smoothly things went.

S- our waiter was pretty good, quick, all the normal good service, nothing special happened but wasnt really much opportunity for it eaither

S- pretty standard bar food selection, but it was all well done and pretty delicious, the lable gives a good uniquenss from the menu

F- the food was well done delicious, and although not cheap, not too expensive either

to view more.
The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery in Mount Horeb, WI
88 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.