Great Baraboo Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 4
Beer Ratings: 21
Beer Avg: 3.68
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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 10 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by smalenberg:
3.1/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Most recent visit about 3 weeks ago, but I've been in their mug club for 10 years. I've been a fan of the porter for all of that time - except for a period where the brewer was really inconsistent. The guy they have now is doing a great job. Unfortunately, the value for the money has gone down over the past 2 years, with shrinking discounts and increased prices. This is most likely due to economic conditions, but where I used to go here up to twice a month, I've only been there twice this year. There are other brewpubs offering better food, better value, and move variety in beer offerings.
I expect this will be my last year as a member.
09-08-2012 15:46:30 | More by smalenberg
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3.73/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $
The atmosphere is a wide open room with the beer tanks right out on the floor- quite cool to look at. I guess there was another room but it was rented out for a private party when I went, so I'm not sure what it's like in there.
The quality of the beer was very good, but I ate before I came so I know nothing of the food or food selection.
The service was very good and my pints were refilled quickly. One cool thing is that the waitress recommended adding flavor to the Caraboo Wheat. It's good on it's own, but you can choose cherry or raspberry flavoring with it, too. The raspberry was the best by far and went down like liquid candy. I also highly enjoyed their porter.
The selection is fairly low. Being able to add two flavors to the wheat boosts it a bit, but not by much. I don't even think they had a stout, and we went in the winter.
It was inexpensive for me since I didn't eat, and I'd gladly come back for some pints.
05-09-2013 19:24:35 | More by Kerrie
3.45/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $
As soon as I walked in I liked this place. A large open layout with four 15 BBL copper & steel fermenters situated around the bar and among the many tables. The bar area took up more than half the place with booth and dining tables filling the rest.
There were 6 beers on tap that included the Hoppy Heartland Pale Ale, King's Peak Caribou Wheat, Shark Tooth Bay Golden Ale, Snake Eye Canyon Red, Boston Blackstone Porter and one other seasonal that may have been an Irish red.
I started with the Porter as I played Texas Hold'em on the Buzztime play zone box and watched a stunt flying competition on one of multiple flat screen TVs. Pints were $2.75 and the 1st went down so quick I decided another was in order. The porter was quite good, but, other than that and the Pale Ale, there wasn't much to choose from.
The music was classic 70's and the service was nice to look at but somewhat clueless. Case in point: with more than 1/2 a pint, my tab of $2.75 and $16 on the bar, I went to take a quick leak only to find every thing gone when I got back to my stool at the bar. I got it all back but wtf, I couldn't have been gone for more than 5 minutes.
I followed the porter with the Pale Ale, which was also a very drinkable beer, had a nice hop bite, a pleasant aroma and left a tight lace on my glass. Of course, smelling anything other than cigarette smoke was a bit of a challenge in this place, but I didn't really mind.
I eventually ordered the fajita special for 10.99 and settled in to watch the Red Wings take on Edmonton. It was ladies night but at 7pm it was hard to tell. Overall, I found the time passed quickly and my beers disappeared even quicker.
I found the Baraboo laid back with good beer, decent music and plenty of distractions to keep you entertained.
12-04-2009 21:13:53 | More by 86sportster883
3.55/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This brewpub was only a few miles from my friends house in Sterling Heights, so we had to go. Didn't spend much time inside the brewpub which seemed more like a sports bar/restaurant, it was a nice day so we elected to sit out on the patio which was modestly arranged. Snake Eye Canyon Red Ale, Boston Blackstone Porter, Shark Tooth Bay Golden Ale, Hoppy Heartland Pale Ale, Kings Peak Caribou Wheat and a "Summer Wheat Ale" were all on tap. I asked the waitress to tell me more about this "Summer wheat", to which she replied "It's kindof like Blue Moon" and I said, "So, it's a wit beer?" and she replied "Umm, I guess so, I really don't know anything about beer" - which frustrates me to no end, but that's another Springer show. The Wheat and Porter were my favorites but there really wasn't a bad beer in the bunch - none of them super outstanding either. With their 5 house standards and a seasonal, their selection is decent. Didn't have any formal food but we did order the Pizza sticks, which were an upscale version of a bread/mozzarella stick and were actually pretty good. Decently priced, not a bad place to stop and have a beer. I'm sure there are better ones in the area. It's my understanding that you can get beer here a little cheaper durring a Detroit sporting event (i.e. Pistons, Redwings, Lions, Tigers).
09-14-2009 02:27:39 | More by gmfessen
3.53/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
First thing you will notice when walking in is that you are basically in one gigantic open room. A few Tanks are strewn about and tables are crammed all over the place. Seems to be a sports bar more than anything else but I guess its hard to find a straight brewery in Michigan... Only really bad thing is all the smoke. Usually the smoking section is smaller than the non but i think it is well over half the restaurant making the atmosphere struggle even more for me...
Service is ok. I asked about 5 times for a ketchup and never got the dang thing... I have been here a few times though, and never has it been anything more than just your average old servers...
Food is pretty good. Just the normals with nothing sticking out in particular. They do have a sample platter for their beers however. Its pretty cool to be able to try their offerings (plus it was my birthday so it was free). Their beers are nothing jaw dropping exciting, but they aren't bad. Servers didn't know anything more than the names of the beers... but that is to be expected.
Despite being a little down on this place, it is a pretty decent restaurant that runs some good deals. Not to sound cheap, but search some local papers for coupons and you can easily get 2 meals and a few drinks for under 20 bucks (usually weekdays). None the less, when out of options, not a bad choice
03-15-2008 19:53:26 | More by tab021
2.91/5 rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2 | food: 3.25 | $$
This is really a sports bar than a brewery. The atmosphere is good and the menu is large....it's a sports bar not a pub or brewery like I expected. The food is the typical sports bar/casual restaurant fare and the prices are average. They have your typical macro's, a small supply of craft brews and then a few (4 or 5)of their own brews. I thought they would have a larger selection of their own brews and more local/regional stuff. I believe they have 4-5 beers that they constantly brew and one seasonal to go along with them. Our server was very nice & attentive and the live musician wasn't too bad either.
01-12-2008 22:49:49 | More by gotweid
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