Stonefly / Onopa Brewing Company
Active Beers: 8
Beer Ratings: 25
Beer Avg: 3.46
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by botham:
3.14/5 rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stonefly is an odd brewpub, in that the beer does not seem to be a vital part of the operation. the brewpub is tucked away in the residential fabric of Riverwest, in a traditional brick building, with a non-assuming presence on the street.
inside the atmosphere is odd as well. the place is too big for the atmosphere that is being attempted. random bits of brewery schwag are scattered around sparsely, with high tables around the middle, and some low tables streetside. this place could easily have twice the seating put in and would not seem crowded. there is a stage near the back, which could explain the sparse conditions if the place gets a lot of traffic when the gigs come on.
quality is decent. do not expect anything out of the ordinary for a Milwaukee bar. service was friendly, but not beer-oriented at all. one could visit and only be greeted by knowledge of cocktails and shots (much like this BA).
selection was standard. six offerings, all standard styles, with four year-round brews and a couple seasonals.
overall, make this stop to try the beers, which are decent to solid in quality, but do not expect to find a great place to drink beer in Milwaukee.
06-15-2009 16:30:28 | More by botham
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went there with a friend late yesterday afternoon. Had a few beers and appetizers. Good beers although the pale was almost like the IPA. The bitter was very good. Food (batter fried thick cut, meaty bacon and warm, soft, large pretzels; each with two sauces)was very tasty and good portions for the price. Friendly, beer knowledgable server. We sat out side in the large beer garden which, while not spartan ( rusty, old printing press, metal tables and chairs and picnic tables, an old row boat as a planter), was ok. Inside was nice.I look forward to returning.
06-04-2011 12:23:08 | More by drpimento
3.75/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here with the little lady today. I've been wanting to check this place out for awhile now.
Nestled in the trendy/ghetto neighborhood of Riverwest. Where hipsters meet gangsters. The place itself is very wide open and almost bare feeling. I'm not sure what it was but it just seemed too big for what was in it. A few booths up front some pub tables scattered through out. A stage to the left and some pool table sin the back. Bar on the right. A few random art pieces adorned the walls. We grabbed a pub table and ordered some beer and food.
The beers were pretty good. I had the english ale and RIS. The lady had a dopplebock. Our server was pleasant but rather pokey. We weren't in a hurry so no big deal but it could have been maddening.
The selection was decent for a small brew pub. 10 beers listed 3 of which were out.
The food was very good. I had the pub burger which was cooked to a perfect medium. The beer cheese sauce gave it a great complexity.
Overall a nice little brew pub. I will head back sometime and try the beer flight for sure.
03-26-2011 23:09:47 | More by beerwolf77
3.63/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped in this place last night before dropping someone off at UWM.
It is decorated to appeal to hipsters, that is all who I saw in the establishment sans one attractive girl who seemed to work there, but wasn't a waitress. They had some shittier than hell 80s pop music playing, and the bartender seemed to be diggin it.
The server we got was friendly. I tried all 9 beers. Some of them were duds but a few were genuinely great. It seemed like most of the lighter beers had a bit too much diacetyl.
The food took awhile to come but it was pretty good and a decent enough size portion. My burger was a bit on the well side, but it wasn't bad.
Overall it is a place to add ticks, I don't remember exactly which brews were the good ones though.
01-31-2011 17:59:19 | More by crossovert
3.4/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
I liked the vibe to this place.... an old building with pool tables, music actually coming from a turntable... sort of the ambiance that would come from a pub in Milwaukee in yesteryear. I got a flight of beers and maybe it was a bad day, but I thought they tasted sort of watered down. Of the bunch I like their IPA the best, but wasn't impressed with the beers at all. The selection of beers wasn't all different than a typical place, nothing to adventurous. Good scores for atmosphere, service (server was attentive and good) but the beers didn't agree with me and didn't seem right. I might have to go back a second time or try their stuff at a tasting.
01-13-2011 03:56:39 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
3.85/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Visited 10/10/2010. 6 house taps but one was blown.
It was a Sunday night and this place is kind of a neighborhood bar just outside of Milwaukee. When I went in I think there were 4 people in the building, 1 bartender and a couple patrons who seemed to know him. All were very nice.
They don't offer samples but I asked the guy to just fill me 4 or 5 oz into my glass for each beer and charge what ever he thought was reasonable. He then found some 8 oz glasses and filled those one at a time for me.
We started talking and got to talking about a lot of things but mostly the local area and music. We took turns choosing music from the Ipod. In the end (2 hours later) the tab was very cheap and I was only charged for one beer. So I left a very generous tip and headed for the hotel.
Not the most lively place and I think at the busiest there were maybe 10 people in the building. But it was a great time and I'd stop back in to say hi and to see what was new, not to mention the Four Wolves English Ale was great.
12-22-2010 19:40:19 | More by t0rin0
3.05/5 rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Ah Riverwest. Where indie kids recycle the grunge look, and get robbed by the harsh realities of inner city life. Essentially, this place would rate even higher atmosphere, if it weren't for the total hoods and wanna be Seattle grunge kids trying to make a scene in the bad part of town. A really cool layout at the brewpub condusive to having bands and lesser dj's.
Quality just depends. There have been some times when you could count on the oatmeal stout and a pale to be hoppy and decent. Actually, the beer has never been the problem, its the inconsistent service, i.e., servers who will only serve you in a reasonable time frame if they know you and/or you have a bunch of metal shit in your face/face tattoos.
Food, I've had the pizza. You can't screw up pizza. Actually, some of their hippies veggie pizza was surprisingly good.
08-21-2010 15:04:09 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5 rDev +22.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 5 | $$
First off let me say that this place is al about the atmosphere. I mean the waitress bent over backwards to help us out. She even cut out pieces of paper for me and my buddies so we could play waterfall at the table. If you like Staut beers than this is the place for you. Their beer selection is not huge, but every beer you will try i think you will like. Also the food is pretty good, i recommend the burgerator-excellent. I will say the atmospher eis unique and may not be for everyone. It has an artsy kind of undertone to it, but if 5 fraternity guys on a Wisconsin brewery tour had a blast here for a couple hours than i am sure you will too.
12-23-2008 23:29:38 | More by poland7
Stonefly / Onopa Brewing Company in Milwaukee, WI
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