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The Bodega Brew Pub

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The Bodega Brew PubThe Bodega Brew Pub
BA SCORE
97
world-class

46 Ratings
Ratings: 46
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.67%
Taps: 15
Bottles: 400
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

122 S 4th St S
La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601-3201
United States
phone: (608) 782-0677

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Reviews by kbaker91:
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4.53/5  rDev +2.3%

Visited Bodega twice over this last weekend spent in LaCrosse. The first visit was Friday night around 10PM, and the place was busy. Could not find a table nor space at the bar, so my wife & I left after one beer as we didn't feel like getting jostled by a crowd without our own seats. We were going to check out a live band down the street anyway.

Feeling this is not a fair way to judge an establishment that had garnered such good reviews on BA, I made my way there on Saturday afternoon for a sandwich and a few pints. I found a seat at the bar, and was greeted warmly by Bree, the bartender. She was attentive and knowledgable about the beers they offered. I had a SN Torpedo, Founders Double Trouble, DFH 60 minute, and a Great Lakes Irish Red. The bottle menu was extensive, with several breweries represented that are not available in MN (DFH, New Glarus, Founders, etc). I think I counted a dozen taps, a nice mix of styles and breweries.

My sandwich was a sourdough cold cut sandwich. Nothing to write home about, but inexpensive and hit the spot for a light meal.

This being LaCrosse, the prices were cheap, especially when compared to comparable Twin Cities taverns.

Overall, nice beer selection, best by far in the area. What set this place apart from many other similar establishments in my mind is the service. Attentive, unpretentious, friendly are the first three adjectives (adverbs?) that come to mind when describing the service. A definite must-visit for the beer traveler when in La Crosse.

kbaker91, Mar 16, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

BeerMeBro720, Sep 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Very interesting beer bar locating on the corner of two streets in downtown La Crosse, WI. Interesting mix of high tables, couches, as well as the bar itself. Small stage for live music. I did not order food but there were specials posted on the chalkboard above the bar. Nothing crazy special but looks to be good food nonetheless. Love how this place organizes it's beer menu although I wish they would have had a few more copies of it. People at the bar had to keep trading the few copies (binders) available back and forth to figure out what they wanted. Will definitely visit again should I be in the area.

bwood06, Sep 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

robear, Aug 27, 2014
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4.93/5  rDev +11.3%

KVH, Aug 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

the_real_swines, Aug 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Tgaffer, Jul 05, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev -4.3%

The bodega is great primarily because of their selection, they have everything. there is always a great IPA on tap, and tons of hidden gems in bottles in the behind the bar cabinet. There food is very good, I recommend their pulled pork sliders and pizza. Most beer here is expensive but they have cheap pbr tall boys if you not looking to spend too much. Spin the wheel and win rare bottles from there cabinet selection, I won a 28 dollar bottle last spin I did!

cervezango, Jun 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

kalebharris, Jun 09, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev -8.6%

Been here a few times and always enjoyed it. Every time I have been there they have had a New Glarus fruit beer on tap -- really nice to have as an option. Prices have been pretty reasonable. Decent laid back atmosphere.

Lots of bottles to choose from but have generally stuck to one of their 15 taps that have generally been a solid line up.

Recommended for sure.

Powderhornphil, Jun 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

bizzy54, Apr 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

SF_Posse, Apr 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

FritzSteinhoff, Apr 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

KarlHungus, Apr 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

wiscokid920, Dec 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Localdrinklax, Nov 06, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +2.7%

Went there during a free concert, so atmosphere was different from most nights. Pretty crowded. Would have preferred to sit and absorb the beer list while I enjoyed my 3F Dreadnaught. But whatever.
Didn't try and of the food(generic 4). Had just left a food show.
Service was quite good considering the crowd.
Atmosphere was laid back. Not a college party bar.
From what I saw on the beer menu, large list. I like the by country and by style lists.
Local Sconny beers(New Glarus) was limited. Also expected more Toppling Goliath.
Great Bar, I look forward to stopping and trying new brews when I come to town.

kguard, May 19, 2013
Photo of jreindl
3.96/5  rDev -10.6%

If you're a craft beer lover, and find yourself in beautiful downtown La Crosse WI., this is the bar for you. As a local, I've spent countless afternoons and evenings here watching the downtown foot traffic through the large windows that run the length of building, reading on one of the many couches or just bellied up to the bar in front of the copper brew kettle turned beer cooler. With the 300+ domestic and foreign bottles, and a dozen+ taps, you're sure to find a beer that suits your taste. The beer menu is conveniently laid out in constantly updated binders either by style or country of origin. Where some selections are surprisingly affordable, others are ridiculously over priced, although a lot of the selection is only available locally at the Bodega (3F's, Mikkeller, etc.). The staff is friendly, enigmatic and knowledgeable, and the bistro style food is always good (great Rubens) and reasonably priced. I like the afternoon/happy hour crowd best. It can be busy on weekend evenings, and you might find it a bit frustrating fighting your way through a sea of drunken college kids power chugging Miller Lite, to order a "good" beer. Still, all in all the finest beer bar in La Crosse. If you're in town, it's a must stop. Cheers.

jreindl, May 07, 2013
Photo of ultimatesamwood
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%

Best variety of beer in La Crosse, but doesn't offer as many regional offerings as one would expect.

Great bartenders, especially in the early evening.

Food menu is above average for a bar, but it used to be better when they had a larger selection of vegetarian options.

Mark-up on beer is a little high--one can often find the same beer for a lower price at other bars--but the price 1) drives away college students; and 2) is what one would expect for that selection.

If you are from out-of-town and can stop at only one bar, this is it. If you are a townie, this should be a staple, but not your only bar.

ultimatesamwood, Feb 25, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev +0.2%

Easily the best beer bar in La Crosse. The atmosphere both times we were there was very loud. A band played one night and it was difficult to have a conversation unless you were yelling. I think the layout of the place is the problem. It's long and narrow which lends to a louder atmosphere. The decor was all beer and mostly craft. Signs and old bottles and cans. Really cool look. The most important thing here is the beer. We were fortunate enough to have some Bell's Black Note. The tap list is about 12-15 deep and changes frequently and covers a wide array of styles. The bottle list is amazing. Over 400 beers available here. Service was solid, but you had to hike up to the bar to get your own beers, which is fine with me. It is a bit pricey here however. Most of the taps are reasonable if not cheap. The bottle list however was extremely steep. $8.50 for a bottle of Weyerbacher Insanity (12 oz.), $38 for a Mikkeller Beer Geek Weasel! Some of the bottle prices were fair, but the majority looked to be about double compared to retail. The place is awesome overall and you are sure to find something terrific in a decent price range.

jera1350, Apr 30, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +0.5%

Bodega has over 400 different beers on hand at any given time and typically 15 varieties on tap including imports and domestics. This place gets their hand on some really good brew. Just because a beer isn't in season doesn't mean you wont' find it here. Beyond the phenomenal selection, the bartenders are knowledgeable and quite personable. Beer menus are available enabling customers to browse the selection by style of beer, brewery, or country/state of origin. Relative to La Crosse, WI, prices are fair to high depending upon what you want. At the low end, PBR is $2.25, mid range example: Founders Imperial Stout for $7.00, and high end: GI Bourbon County Coffee Stout (22oz) for $40. Conveniently, bottle prices are listed in beer menus and though the tap beer is not priced, bar tenders will typically inform you of anything over $5 a pint.

The atmosphere at the Bodega is eclectic and welcoming. Hundreds of beer taps, bottles, and signs are displayed around the bar. Seating is available at the bar, pub tables, or couches. Floor to ceiling windows open the lounge up to the main street through downtown La Crosse. The clientele is a very diverse group but typically very friendly and relaxed. The Bodega offers a short food menu of soup and sandwiches with daily specials. A good selection of live music is common during weekend evenings.

If you're a beer connoisseur this is a must stop. If you're in La Crosse and looking for a good time, it can be found at the Bodega.

tourdot, Mar 09, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +0.5%

Spent the evening here drinking with a BA buddy and my wife. Glad we did.

The place has a cool coffee house meets beer bar meets cafe vibe. I really loved the breweriana that lined the window sils. Bottles from everywhere and anywhere.

The selection needs a full three ring binder to hold everything. Good lord the choices were endless. Taps and bottles for every beer geek to drool over. The servers were friendly and fast.

We ordered some food and were very impressed. The flat bread was amazing.

Overall I'm so glad I stopped in here. If this place was in Milwaukee the lines would be out the door.

beerwolf77, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of qcbeerguy
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%

I find myself in La Crosse this fine night. When I am here I go to Bodega Brewpub http://www.bodegabrewpublax.com/ this is by far the beer bar in La Crosse. They have 18 taps and one is dedicated to New Glarus Belgian Red, only bar I know of to have it on tap permanently! Also they have 360 to 370 beers in the bottle. Do I need to go on to give this bar its props, didn't think so.

What can I say this is the place to go when in La Crosse! I plan on bringing my wife and friends to this place. The bar staff is great! John, the manager is a fun surly person once you get to know him. Also Ben and Katie have learned from John if they see you more than once you are a regular and they need to treat you better. Needless to say I have become a regular. It is so ridiculous how quickly they learn your preferences!

So this is a great beer bar, equal to almost any in the Midwest I have been to including the Map Room and the Muddy Pig. Plus they serve some really good sandwiches, in the true sandwich shop type sandwiches. One of my favorites is the Cubano minus the mustard and the pickles. Besides sandwiches they have some good flat bread pizzas.

Tonight I had some great beers! These included the Fish Tale Winter IPA and Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout. Also I had tasters of a couple double IPAs. They will always let you try a taster of a tap beer before you buy it. They want you to be satisfied with your beer when you pay for it. They always have a great selection of Wisconsin brews, meaning New Glarus http://www.newglarusbrewing.com/ and Capital http://www.capital-brewery.com/ .

I happily came upon by accident a Goose Island http://www.gooseisland.com tasting at Bodega. This was run by the local Goose Island Rep. He had one of the most wonderful beers I ever had a Matilda gone wild. It was an accidental beer that got away from the brewer and went sour. This accidental on off beer is one of the greatest beers I ever had, unfortunately it is not available to the average beer drinking public.

I can not stress how much this is a great beer bar! There is unfortunately some bad history between Bodega and Pearl Street Brewing http://www.pearlstreetbrewery.com/ so Pearl Street is not carried at Bodega. Pearl Street does make some good beer so give it a try.

I am a Bodega regular and Damn proud of it! This is a beer bar worthy of a major city such as Chicago but hidden away in La Crosse. John the manager is your typical over educated bar manager, that I am so jealous of because I want to be him! When ever you make it to La Crosse search out Bodega and you will not be sorry!

QC Beerguy

qcbeerguy, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of optimator70
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%

I stop here at least a couple times a year when visiting family. This is a MUST stop for me ;) to get some good beer. There is a fantastic selection of beer at this place, and usually a couple good taps as well. I haven't tried the sandwiches yet but heard they are good too.

This may sound a bit gimmicky, but it is a bit of fun to "spin the wheel", which may land you a epic beer or one you may just want to pour down the drain. I think the spin is $2 so it is usually worth it.

It's a very relaxing atmosphere to enjoy some great drinks with friends.

Highly recommend checking it out if you are in the down town Lacrosse area.

optimator70, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Finally made it to Bodega after spending a week on Wisco-vacation.

It had a relaxed, open feel, bar was right up front, with tables along the windows. Couches around the corner entrance, and a lunch counter in the back on the opposite end. Tap handles lined the walls, which also sported assorted breweriana that will keep you busy looking at it all. First impression of the taps was confusion, saw one tower with maybe 6 taps: Stella, Guinness, Leinies. After sitting down, I saw the second row of taps under the bar with all the good stuff. Even so, I found myself drinking a couple bottles in lieu of draft beer. Tried a Raging Bitch on tap, then moved on to Gumballhead and 2 Hearted. Other taps were ok, but nothing too exciting. No Pearl St., apparently there was a falling out with the owner. Del's Bar down the street has 5 Pearl St. taps, if you're looking for the local beer in town. The bottle selection is extensive, and lists beer style, ABV, and BA/RB scores. I found myself flipping through looking for certain styles, like Saison & IPA on that hot day.

We ordered a couple sandwiches, which were hot and tasty, and came out of the kitchen in a timely way. The Cubano was really good. Service was ok, and we struck up a conversation with a friendly local guy. Best stop in town for beer, check out Pearl St. tap room while in town too. Deaf Ear is a great record store on the same block as Bodega if you're inclined to do some music shopping.

emerge077, Jul 23, 2010
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The Bodega Brew Pub in La Crosse, WI
97 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.