Taps: 11 / Bottles: 10
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
4.4/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We're in Wiswhere? Wiswhat? You're kiddin' me. No, actually, I can believe that. We've been driving for a few hours now and the quality of beef jerky has gotten kind of ruddy to a point where even I won't brave it. We saw the horses out front of New Glarus and now we're going to some bar on Shane's recommendation. This Wis-con-sin, as you call it, it's a strange land, it's true...
Quively's Grove is an estate with a pair of structures built in 1855. There's the mansion, which has been converted into a more upscale restaurant with a few themed rooms, and the Stable Tap which is more casual dining with a bar. Yeah, guess where we put up?
The Stable Tap is an old stable house turned dining room with an attached room which serves as a bar. One massive ancient stone wall, otherwise it's old wood plank walls & floors. Arched ceiling above with giant old branches and log beams supporting the large wide plank ceiling. A large old wood beam lined "L" shaped bar with a copper top seats a dozen, with 3 tables running adjacent along both the side wall and front wall below the windows and 4 raised round bar tables with cushioned leather stools in the center of the room. The mirrored back bar holds shelves of booze to each side, and displays a tower of 6 taps while another tower of 5 taps sits on the bar itself. Drop lanterns above the bar and seating areas, spot lights here and there, a TV above the bar in the corner, and a dart board mounted on an alternating cork corkboard. The room is nicely decorated with area prints, old pictures, a Life magazine Cover and story display from '48 entitled "The good life in Wisconsin", and a country scene painted on a hand saw.
The 11 taps well represent the Wisconsin breweries as about 2/3 of them are in-state (Lake Louie Cream Ale, Gray's Irish Ale, South Shore Nut Brown Ale, Pioneer Oscar's Chocolate Stout, Tyranena Bitter Woman IPA, Sprecher Amber, New Glarus Spotted Cow, Capital Maibock), plus Great Lakes Porter, Spaten Lager and Bud. They also house about 10 bottles, nothing really going on there beyond the South Shore Honey Pils, everything else being macros, maltos, sodas and N/A's.
Lunch was damn good. Had the Cross Plains Chicken (fried chicken with great smashed potatoes). Service was on. She let us try a little of this, a little of that. I was feelin' okay and felt the need to wander around some.
The main dining room holds a dozen tables beneath a pair of crossed staircases leading upstairs to an additional dining area with 14 tables across 3 tiers. It's bright and open up there. Stone walls, wood beams, arched ceiling, large angled windows to the rear letting in plenty of light, and the room decorated with old farm tools, a buffalo head, hanging and stationary potted plants, lanterns, horseshoes, old sheet music from the 20's, saddle blankets, and a large reproduction of a 31 star American flag circa 1855. I came downstairs and headed for the tunnel, an underground walkway connecting the Mansion and Stable Tap made from 50 tons of stone. It's real damn cool and houses a massive wine rack behind a gate.
An interesting place to drop in for a good beer and a bite on your way to or fro Madison.
05-10-2005 04:07:34 | More by slander
4.6/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Wow. This place is awesome. Housed in a formed carriage house outside of Madison, I think this place is actually in Fitchburg. Every year in October, they have "Quivey's Grove Beerfest" which sponsors about 30 or so local microbreweries. A good time is had by all, and there is plenty of fresh brew and great food for everyone.
Most people don't know about this place for beer. They really do have an impressive selection of taps. The bar manager makes a solid effort to maintain a rotating selection of local microbrews. I think there is a total of about 12 tap lines.
All that said, the best thing about this place is the place itself. It really is amazing. Attached to the barn/stable house (where the dope beer is), is the manor house. The best thing about these two buildings is that they're actually connected underground! You can walk underground in a passageway that leads you past a wine cellar and into the next building. It's a great place to take a date.
11-16-2004 13:49:54 | More by Sixpoint
Quivey's Grove in Madison, WI
92 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.