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Karben4 Brewing

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 222
Beer Avg: 3.83

Taps: 6 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.64%
$$ - reasonable

[ Brewery, Bar ]

3698 Kinsman Blvd
Madison, Wisconsin, 53704-2509
United States
phone: (608) 241-4811

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(Place added by: pschul4 on 01-08-2013)
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Photo of wapcap


4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Visited this place after dinner on my first trip to Madison. A pretty neat place inside. A good crowd for early evening. Seemed family friendly as there were a few families in there. Bar was packed. Their food is supposed to be good, and they have some local stuff. But I was there for the brews.
They were all around pretty good. Tried the Fantasy Factory (American IPA) and I cannot recall the 2nd one. Both were good though.
The building might be a little difficult to find as it does not look from the outside like a typical building. Look for 4 hexagons in a row, with one being a bright almost neon green.
Worth a visit in Madison!

04-09-2014 00:19:55 | More by wapcap
Photo of embarrwesment


4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Stopped in to see how the old ale asylum space was. Loved what i found. Granted it was soon after they opened and around midnight so it was fairly empty, but had a great time.

The bartender was very knowledgeable about all the beers despite not being a brewer. He even let us play a game to guess which paintings were inspired by which beers. One of my friends won and we all got a beer blended shot. Very nice!

The highlight for me was their barely-wine which makes sense because their brews tended toward malty / English style.

Loved the space and the staff. I would definitely stop in next time I'm in Madison and highly recommend it. Also very excited to see what they do going forward. Especially since i heard they're barrel aging.

Definitely worth the stop when you're in Madison.

11-21-2013 02:22:02 | More by embarrwesment
Photo of sisterthelonious


4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $

Really great set-up. This was Ale Asylum a few years ago, but Karben4 has done a great job making the place their own.

Beers were all very good, not one off-flavor beer in the bunch that we tasted. In fact, I could have easily taken home a growler of 3 or 4 of them. They have seasonals and one-offs, which are always fun.

Food was tasty, and really nicely presented.

I will be going back here every time I am in Madison.

11-06-2013 20:55:36 | More by sisterthelonious
Photo of MarcatGSB


4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

I had been reading quite a bit about Karben4 so was excited to pop in and see what the fellas had done to the old Ale Asylum space.
Like mentioned in the first review, the guys we met that night were extremely willing to tell us about what they had accomplished (feeling very prideful I would say), and showed us around behind the scenes. Looks like they are making good use out of the space...A little rearranging has given them more room for growth.
The beers were very solid. The smoked porter was excellent. Mild smoke, with a good amount of roast and chocolate character, very solid. The IPA was also excellent. A very good addition to the Madison brew scene. I wish these guys well, they were very kind and the beer was good.

02-28-2013 19:34:29 | More by MarcatGSB
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75 | $$

Have to agree with MadTown22's review. Pretty spot on for what I thought of the place. They were very friendly and open to talks about their little place, behind the scenes, concept ideas and future beers. Looking very forward to seeing them grow into another Madison favourite. As they grow some of that may change as they might need larger staff but for now it's nice to chat with them.

Their beers are pretty solid. On their menu's they have nice descriptions of the beers available. Their session beer was pretty great and not usually something i'd go for but it stuck out. Second would have to be their Black IPA Silk Scorpion followed by their irish red which is a very nice complex flavoured beer. If you go definitely get a flight (which comes with only their flagships) and decide what you like the best. If you're there for the seasonal black IPA, definitely also get that.

Their food also stood out from what we saw. We tried the devilled eggs which were so good I could have order 2nds and 3rds, they come in 4 varieties, classic, garlic, ??? and pulled pork. Apologies for the ??? devilled egg, i remember it was sweet and heat. The preztel we saw (forget which local place provided it) looked interesting, it seemed to give an interesting take on the pretzel showing the range from the thin and chewy bits to the bulky and bread texture. One more thing was the open faced pulled pork sandwich we saw, with it's size it was hard to miss and something i definitely want to try next time i'm there!

02-08-2013 07:07:17 | More by Litrecola
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4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Been into the brewpub a couple times since the soft-opening. Can't believe the new occupants of the Ale Asylum brewery.

Everyone at Karben4 will bend over backwards to make you feel welcome. Personal tours and behind-the-scenes stories are not an anomaly.

The four buddies renovated the old space to a sleek, modern pub. They doubled the bar seating to accommodate more patrons. The old audio system was updated to distribute laid back music throughout the entire bar without being overpowering.

Currently Karben4 has six beers on tap, they are planning to rotate seasonals into the lineup to keep things fresh. These guys are filling a niche missing in Madison--great down-to-earth, face to face service with a range of malty, unique, tasty beer everyone can enjoy.

Karben4 has some of the best beer in Madison, not found at any other bar. Highly recommended.

On a side note, they partner with Underground Meat Collective, meaning all food is local and high-quality, the open-faced BBQ pulled pork is delicious with a Silk Scorpion!

01-20-2013 01:33:26 | More by MadTown22
Karben4 Brewing in Madison, WI
94 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.