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Tyranena Brewing Company

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Tyranena Brewing CompanyTyranena Brewing Company
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

61 Ratings
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.22%
Active Beers: 28
Beer Ratings: 6,322
Beer Avg: 3.93
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1025 Owen Street
Lake Mills, Wisconsin, 53551
United States
phone: (920) 648-8699

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Stop #224 on my brewery tour of the world.

25 minutes or so from Madison. Visited on a Thursday evening in early August - wonderful Wisconsin summer weather.

I was on my phone headset dealing with business pretty much the entire time so I lost a bit of focus (spoke low and sat outside away from others).

Pole barn facility with medium size tasking room and nice outdoor patio with lots of grassy area for youngsters to run around. Plenty of hops growing on their hop vines out back.

The bartender set me up with the full sampler, brought it out to me, and even came back to pick up the empties.

All beers were solid but the bourbon brown stood out. Just enough bourbon flavor to balance with the lighter brown style (as opposed to the usual imperial stout). Also served a sample of root beer which was a nice finish at the end.

A definite stop if you ever find yourself traveling from Milwaukee to Madison.

Yetiman420, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%

The Tyranena Brewery is extremely convenient for me being right across the street from my office. I stop there about once a week after work to have a couple beers and maybe pick up a case or growler.

A - The tasting room itself is very nice and laid back. Nice bar with about 15 stools or so and they also have a half dozen pub tables.

Q - All the beers from Tyranena have been very good. I think that I have tried pretty much all of them at this point. I really like their IPAs and pale ale. The Brewers Gone Wild series is very popular. Their summer beers are very good as well.

S - Tyranena has quite a few bartenders that work the various shifts. They have all been very friendly and are knowledgable about the beers.

S - They have about 10 taps or so which a lot of different styles covered - IPA, brown, pale ale, porter, amber, stout, blonde, hefe.

F - They don't serve food their, but are very open to people bringing in their own food or ordering delivery from one of the places in town. Oftentimes, they have snack mix or something on the bar.

I'm really a big fan of this brewery and will continue to stop in there regularly.

richkrull, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of biglobo8971
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%

Stopped by on the way back to MN after a long Dark Lord Day. I was very impressed that such a small brewery produced as much beer as they do. Became more impressed after I found out the minimal amount of staff that they use to produce said beer. Now the review:
A = very lazy sunday afternoon, there was not that many people there, so the atmosphere was very warm and inviting. Seemed like good people having a good time.
Q = great products, great schwag, even bought a shirt when I was there (which is saying something being that I wear a XXXL, they even had a 4X)
S = one person behind the bar, very nice, service was very good. She spent more time than most people would chatting up the brewery
S = the selection was somewhat limited at the bar, 4 or 5 taps. The selections that were present were very good, just would like to of seen more.
F = no food
V = I buy their products often (3 Beaches Blonde is my wife's favorite) and will continue buying them due to the wonderful experience while visiting the brewery

biglobo8971, May 04, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

This is a fun and often underrated relatively new WI craft brewery.

It is a small little warehouse just East of downtown Lake Mills (another quaint cool WI town). It is just south of Interstate 94, just West of Milwaukee and East of Madison.

The staff were very friendly, helpful. The tour was free. It has a family feel to it. Small very nice bar and plenty of outdoor seating for a warm Summer day.

The selection on-tap was wonderful, seasonal, as well as, regular offerings.

STOP BY THIS GEM!

BeerLover99, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.56/5  rDev +7%

I have visited this place many times, one of the better places Wisconsin has to offer. Highlight is having the Hop Whore on tap, which in this raters opinion is the best beer they ever made, and probably the best DIPA in Wisconsin. They allow you to cook out on the terrace, and have live bands on the weekend in the summer. The line up is solid, but with all their Brewers Gone Wild Series they would save up some of them to have them more often on tap (as in muliple beers) and make it a great event. It is a minor gripe though, I as thoroughly enjoy visiting here and will most certainly again.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of hawks10
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

Was unaware this place was only about 35-40 minutes from my lakehouse, neglected going here for a couple years, decided to stop in on the Sunday before Labor Day...

Arrived at about 3pm on a Sunday, there were maybe a half dozen other folks there at that time, mostly older couples and a couple dogs! Inside is clean and open with about a 20 ft. long bar with maybe 10 Tyranena offerings on tap. Mostly their standard offerings, but they did have a one-off Lambic on tap as well. No food.

Two TV's in a rather unassuming interior, quiet and chill. Went alone for one pint and had a nice conversation with an older couple, locals, regulars.

Outside there is a nice little beer garden with a good amount of greenery surrounding it, somewhat hiding the fact that you are in an industrial area.

Had a good time and will definitely visit again in the future, at night, when they have live music. The atmosphere was good when I was there, but I assume it would be a much different experience at night with a band...

hawks10, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

A: in an industrial park but the beer garden is very nice with a water bowl outside for dogs, cool laid-back atmosphere, interior was clean, unpretentious, but well done
Q: very nice, always fresh glasses with each selection, I was even "yelled at" by the bartendress Megan for pouring a few ounces of my buddy's porter into my "used" Bitter Woman glass
S: very good, Megan was a delight to speak with and was very attentive, she even offered paper plates to four women sitting next to us that had a pizza delivered
S: decent but it was somewhat an off season for any barrel-aged beers, mostly the usual available and La Femme
F: nothing other than free pretzels, however, we brought along brats, buns, etc. and used the grill outside (huge points), pretty awesome, Megan even had a stash of condiments to use (we forgot the mustard), she was a class act
V: beer was reasonably priced

wisrarebeer, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of mynie
4.56/5  rDev +7%

We went on a Sunday, around 4 or 5. A gorgeous day in the early spring, everything all warm orange brown and melty. A halfdozen locals greeted us with warm indifference and the bartender was friendly. Giant mastiffs sniffed around your feet, were called outside by their owners--employees, brewers--then ran around outside for a little bit, came back in and started sniffing at your feet again. Customers brought in their dogs. This is maybe the best dogwalking destination in the whole world.

Tap selection was wide. 3 rares/one-offs, along with all of their regular offerings. Take home selection was a little lacking, though, as they only had one BGW series for sale and, understandably, you couldn't get growlers of the rare or high-octane stuff.

Like I said, the bartender was friendly and knowledgeable. We came at a laid back time of time and we got a laid back kind of experience.

Certainly worth the 15 minute drive from downtown Madison.

mynie, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of darklordlager
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%

While speaking with someone on the New Glarus Hardhat tour, they pointed out that Tyranena was just a stone's throw from I-94 when traveling from Madison to Milwaukee. Decided to take a pit stop here to test a few brews and grab something to eat--and was pleasantly surprised.

This is kind of what I would imagine heaven to be like. You walk into the industrial looking building and are greeted by a small, softly lit bar with a few friendly looking locals (as well as the owner's two dogs--one of which is named "barley"). The bartender greeted us immediately, and was very helpful. They don't serve food, but have menus for local places, so we called and ordered a pizza and sub.

As for the beer--I went with the sampler which included their three bourbon barrel aged offerings they currently had on tap. The Barrel-aged Spank Me Baby! was phenomenal, if only I could have picked up a growler. I was approached by the assistant brewer, Nevin, and asked if I had any questions about their beers. I was also able to speak with Rob for a bit as well about some of their barrel-aging, which was a really cool experience.

One of the most relaxing places I've ever had the pleasure to experience--you could almost swear that time stood still. Truly, a refuge for great beer and a relaxing afternoon...

darklordlager, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of LittleBug31
4.56/5  rDev +7%

One of the best atmospheres I've ever experienced. So warm and friendly. The owners two adorable dogs beg to be petted while lazily wandering throughout the place. Service was awesome. I feel like the bartender would have ran miles away to get us exactly what we wanted. The assistant brewer, Devin, approached us and asked if we had any questions and spent a good twenty minutes chatting about beer and the company.

An awesome and relaxing place to unwind after a stressful day of travel. Definitely planning to go back in the near future...

LittleBug31, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of SUjunkie
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

So, I was visiting a friend who knew of my love of beer and he wanted to try out this brewery down the street. He had never been, but he knew that I loved breweries. We go about a mile down the street and in the middle of an industrial park is Tyranena. Expectations were low....boy was I surprised! I would be a regular at this place if I lived anywhere nearby.

There were about nine beers on tap. I had the Fargo Brothers Hefeweizen, Scurvy and Bitter Woman In The Rye. All top quality beers. I ended up getting a growler of Scurvy.

There is an outside patio. Live music. No food except some bar snacks. They have growlers, T-shirts and even thongs for sale.

Whoever is running this brewery is doing a great job. I thought I was going out for a couple of beers with an old-college friend....what I found was a hidden beer gem. Great place.

SUjunkie, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

I spent the afternoon here with my girlfriend yesterday. I wish I didn't live so far away since I could spend many afternoons here.

The place is verry subdued and classy. Elegant wood bar with oversized wooden stools. Large wood tables with stools if you don't want to sit at the bar. The beer garden although not massive it was a perfect setting for having a beer on a beautiful summer day.

The beer selection is top notch. They offered 9 different beer and their own rootbeer as well. We tried everything they had. The bartender was so nice. She made sure we always had a full beer and had plenty of information for us.

They actually offered us a private tour if we wanted to wait for the brewer to finish his work but, we declined. We had a long drive home and he wasn't going to be done for another couple hours. I found that very thoughtful none the less.

Overall this a great place to sample Tyranenas deliscous beer selection. Next time I head towards Madison I will stop here.

beerwolf77, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of dancinwillie
4.43/5  rDev +4%

I've been here many times, as I live about a mile away. Thought I had better review the joint.

Awesome atmosphere. Green walls, chilled out, with a couple of large tv's in the corners. Some nice artwork fill the walls. Mug club mugs in cases behind the bar. Games to be played in the windowsills.

Quality of beer is high. Their regulars were all on tap, as well as their seasonal Fargo Brothers Hefeweizen, Scurvy, and their Brewer's gone wild release Bitter Woman in the Rye. I had 6 or 7 different tap beers, with my favorite being the porter, which has always been a go to since I've lived here.

Service was exceptional. Jen, who I believe is new, was an nice young lady. She interacted with me and my friend, laughed at all the right places, and never let our glasses stay empty for long. My friend and I played a few games of cribbage and chatted with each other, and Jen, and petted the dogs while watching tv. Jen kept our pretzel bowl and mustard dish full also.

A truly great beer bar. I also want to say that I think it's great that they don't offer any type of hard liquor, or any other beer besides their own. Keeps out the young, rowdy crowd. You can feel free to strike up a conversation with ANYONE in this bar. A real down home type of place. Go here if you are in the area, and have some time to kill.

dancinwillie, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
3.96/5  rDev -7%

located in lake mills, in between madison and milwaukee (but closer to madison)

lake mills appeared to be somewhat of a quaint town but the brewery is located in a pretty desolate part of town

we just came in for pints, not the full tour or anything like that. the vibe was a little spotty - there were some dogs, some little kids, and a fair amount of locals.

the selection was nice - all of the standards were there plus devil over a barrel (unblended), wood aged spank me baby, and an imperial pumpkin. all of these are served in pint-format so you can really maximize your dollar by going big

its worth the trip for beer - nothing else about the experience really stood out

dirtylou, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

UPDATE-11/14/08

It appears things have improved. They now let you trade in your growler for one of their. This is a great move and one that shows a commitment to customer service.

Also, the growler filling procedure is very meticulous. They clearly want you to have quality beer when you pour it out at home. I was very impressed with the fact they filled the growler all the way to cap to keep the oxygen out.

Service this time was perfect. And unlike some other pubs their prices are very reasonable and they clearly aren't trying to gouge you at all.

It's nice to see the improvements that have been made. They've always had great beer and a great local following. I thought they could do some things to make it easier on their fans who live farther away and they have done that with the growler trade-in plan.

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Review-6-15-2004

This is their little bar at the brewery...no food except pretzels served...I've been here twice once the head brewer was serving beer..I told him I had just traveled 500 miles to try his beer (I was on the way to a wedding)...he didn't seem to give a shit...didn't offer a free brew or nothing after I told him how far I had come and how much I love their beer...then they want you to buy their growlers and won't fill any others despite the fact just about every damn brew pub in Wisconsin fills whatever growler you bring in..

The second time I was there it was busy and the poor bartender couldn't keep up with the crowd although he tried hard (it wasn't his fault..they should have had someone else working)..

Beers are very good-to excellent...setting is cool....the locals seem to love the place....all-in-all a good place to visit with a few things they need to improve on...

ZAP, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of Deuane
4.43/5  rDev +4%

Stopped in on our way to Madison for Great Taste.

Great room for the bar with wood and stone all over. A nice long bar lead out to a flag stone patio that was complete with tables and seating to enjoy the Friday night entertainment. Everyone was in such a great mood the place was simply alive.

Our two tenders never missed a beat. They were friendly, fun and attentive. They had no problem keeping everyone with a full pint in front of them.

All of Ty's regulars were on tap plus 4 special offerings. To include unblended Dirty Old Man and Scurvy!

All in all a wonderful experience! We of course intended for this to be a quick in and out...hah! We ended up spending "way" too much time here....but it was time well spent!

Deuane, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of evanackerman
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Having grown up in this small Wisconsin town I was so excited when this place opened, finally an alternative to the smoky Bud-Light tavern where your best choice is Leinenkugel's. This place has nice atmosphere, more and more music events of late, no food yet to my knowledge. a big bonus is that the tasting room is smoke free. Friendly service, very good beer, good music. beer prices are cheap. This place is growing in popularity and I believe is open every night now. overall, pretty good for Lake Mills, WI.

evanackerman, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Homerbag
4.43/5  rDev +4%

Stopped in here after a bit of a day trip. I couldn't stay too long because I had some over tired kids with me a wife that wanted to get home as well. But hey, I've been wanting to get here for a while, and I was not let down.

There was no brewing going on, which I would have liked to check out, so I went into the tasting room that had a great vibe to it. A good selection of beers on tap, some merchandise to support the local brewery on the wall, and a very pleasant bartender made this place very comfortable. I wound up getting a growler of Bitter Woman to take home with me that was very affordable.

This place seems like a lot of fun and I hope to make it back out here again. I know the brewer/founder keeps tabs on the site, I hope he knows how good his staff is and how good his establishment is. Don't change anything and keep making good beer.

Homerbag, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of drseamus
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

A bit hard to find, but well worth the trip. The inside of the tasting room is very nice with several TV's, a nice bar, and nice pint glasses all around. There were two bartenders there, both of which were pretty attractive which is always a good thing. They were both extremely friendly. Their tap list was decent, but nothing special. They had all of their ordinary beers plus Dirty Old Man. They also had a Draft Root Beer which was pretty tasty. I had the Rocky Revenge, the Bitter Woman IPA, and a pint of the Root Beer. They were all pretty damn good. There isn't any food there per se, although they have pretzles and you can order food and have it delivered there. Not a bad setup at all. My only complaint would be that I wish they had more of their Brewers Gone Wild beers or more brewery only beers.

drseamus, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of Atron67
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Yea i just went there this weekend and it was by far the best tour ever. Benji walked us around while we drank some of the new Dirty old man they had just finished making, talking through stuff and operations. Brought us into the cooler to show us all the aging beers. Even got a special sample from a new beer they had just brewed that isnt even named yet. A delcious stout that was a huge beer, prolly their next brewers gone wild. Rob and benji were sitting at the bar next to us, and we talked while petting their two dogs Barley and Kal? the atmosphere was awesome and was relaxing instrumental music that went great with my buzz. there was live music coming to play later that night, but we couldnt stay. People are allowed to bring in their dogs (as long as they arent really busy or already have a bunch of dogs).

Overall it was just an awesome time, got to talk to benji about homebrewing, everyone was very friendly and relaxed

Atron67, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of svraines
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Didn't have anything to do on a Saturday night, so the wife and I drove out to Lake Mills to catch some music in the tap room. I had heard via BA that they had tapped a bourbon barrel version of the Blackhawk porter so that was an added bonus. Not much seating, but everyone was super friendly. Service was great, but with only 30ish people in the place and probably half a dozen employed by the brewery drinking with you it would be hard not to get good service. There were a couple things on tap that you can't find in bottles (wit, bourbon porter, 2007 scotch ale). Lots of people drinking the Rocky's Revenge bourbon brown ale and the wit. Those in the know, employee's, and locals with there handmade half-liter mugs were ordering the porter. Pints were $3.50 for standard stuff, $4 for the bourbon barrel special tap. Liters were $6, pitchers were $11 I think. Growler fills were only $8. About 3 pizza delivery guys came while we were there, patrons and staff were ordering dinner. If you need directions here just look at the bottom of a sixer, we stopped at the grocery in town to ask directions, but I thought I remembered directions on their beer, so that was awesome. Music was foot tapping two-piece (love me some good bass) and the stale pretzels helped make the drive home safer...

svraines, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of botham
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%

stopped here on the way home from a brewery round trip. great last stop. very relaxing place, there were a couple dogs running around, owned by fellow drinkers at the bar. live music was playing outside, though not very good, still created a great atmosphere. the bartenders were happy to answer questions, and discuss their brews. the only thing lacking here was styles on tap, which was a bit limited, at only 7 or 8, but the brews themselves were great.

the space itself is rather small, with breakout space outside next to the make-shift stage for performances. as the band got going, more and more people showed up with lawn chars and just sat, drank and chilled while listening to the music. it was a great place to enjoy a couple drinks.

botham, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%

I visited the brewery on a Sunday in the dead of winter, but I was still impressed by the casual warmth of the place and had a nice time there.

The tasting room is located in the brewery, which is a pre-fab warehouse-looking building in an industrial park. But, the tasting room is cozy, with dim lighting, a nice bar, and the board games on the window sill indicated you were welcome to stay awhile. The brewer's retriever circulated through the bar also, which made me feel at home.

The brewer (whose name I don't know, but whose face I recognize from being on the brewery's e-mail list) was on-hand tending bar, which was great, although I didn't ask him any of my beer geek questions because of the company I was keeping on this particular visit.

I had the honey ale, porter, and 2006 scotch ale. Of these, the scotch was head and shoulders above the others. The Spank Me Baby barley wine was still listed on the board, but I didn't ask for it so I'm not sure it is still in stock (it is very good also).

All-in-all, I was happy with my visit to Tyranena, and would recommend stopping by for a beer when between Madison and Milwaukee, or when a significant other drags you toward the Johnson Creek outlet mall.

BeerBelcher, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%

Off the highway, turn left at the first light (Road V), pass Road A, and turn right into onto Owen St. (Its an industrial park kind of area). The brewery is a large boxy warehouse building. You pass the "tin beersman" on the way from the lot. The tasting room is inside the front door on the right.

The room doesn't have much ambiance per se, but what it does have are super friendly people and an impressive tap selection for such a small operation. I think there were 6 or so regular beers on plus 2 specials -- Hop Whore and Oktoberfest. The Rocky's Revenge was a decent brown with a nice bourbon layer. The Oktoberfest was also nice, maybe a little more hop than I like (and definitely not as malty as Spaten which is my favorite, but not many are...).

Unfortunately we *just* missed the Spank Me which blew an hour before we arrived. Too bad. Sounded impressive.

This a great little place to hit on the way into Madison or Milwaukee. And a GREAT VALUE.

(note: No food. Although they do offer free pretzels, and some folks got pizza delivered to the brewery which seems like a good option for eating in this town).

4thoseabout2bock, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%

Stopped into Tyranena for the first time recently. After passing by the crazy robot statue outside the door, I entered and was greeted by a couple of friendly brewery dogs. Hang a right and you're in the tasting room, which has a really cozy feel to it. Nicely decorated, it's a nice place to come and just relax. Bar runs across one side of the room and then tables with big windows are on the other. A door at the back opens to a little patio/beer garden, too bad it was rainy while we were there!

Sat down and noticed the bourbon barrel Spank Me Baby Barleywine from 2003 on the menu and I just couldn't help myself. At only $4 for an imperial pint, you can't find a much better bargain. Regular pints only ran $3 a pop. Man, this beer was so tasty and I dunno the abv on it, but it definetly put me in my place! There were about 8 or 9 brews on tap, inlcuding Hop Whore, Oktoberfest, and the regular Tyranena lineup. Waitresses here were very attentive and always kept our glasses full, as well as bringing us out some pretzels and tasty spicy mustard.

The brewery tour was a lot of fun, I highly recommend it if you stop here. I was amazed at how much brew they produce with the space they have. Two open top fermenters were really cool to see as well. We were there while Rob was brewing some Pale Ale and it was fun to watch him run around and take care of business!

After the tour we came back and ordered the sampler for $8. If you drank this sampler yourself, you'd be pretty good to go, as it includes the Hop Whore and Barleywine. I really enjoyed some Rocky's Revenge on tap, the Pale Ale, Alt, and Honey Blond were all tasty as well. Overall, Tyranena is definetly a place to check out, good atmosphere, great beer and prices that let you indulge. A designated driver might be good to have on hand as well :-)

orbitalr0x, Sep 30, 2006
Tyranena Brewing Company in Lake Mills, WI
94 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.