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Tyranena Brewing Company

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Tyranena Brewing CompanyTyranena Brewing Company
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

60 Ratings
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.2%
Active Beers: 28
Beer Ratings: 6,322
Beer Avg: 3.93
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

tvoss99, Jun 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

MadRyan, Aug 17, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

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
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4.64/5  rDev +8.7%

I had the pleasure of sharing a visit to this spectacular brewpub with cokes. The decor inside was very quaint. Homey. A chalkboard listed the beer options and I was quite pleased with the selections. Many of their standards plus others that are not available in bottles (like the Black Stout, Bourbon Barrel Stout and Honey Wheat). The service was very friendly and prompt. The beer was outstanding. And cokes and I were treated to an impromtu brewery tour by Grant. The brewery was everything I expected. Spotless. Pristine. State of the Art. And small. (But with room to expand.) They pay attention to detail and brew beers to their style. For example, their oktoberfest IS brewed in March, and thus a true marzen. And their Alt is "lagered" for 6 weeks. I was very impressed to say the least.

Bighuge, May 11, 2003
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4.64/5  rDev +8.7%

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
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4.56/5  rDev +6.8%

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
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4.56/5  rDev +6.8%

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
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4.56/5  rDev +6.8%

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
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Hendrick24, May 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

TheRealPour, Oct 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Robyn, Jul 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

briiguy, Nov 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

thinwhiteduke, May 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Just a few words to correct what the other contributors said about Tyranena. It's a microbrewery, not a brewpub. What you visited was the (smokefree!) tasting room for the brewery (which does operate like a pub on Wednesdays through Saturdays--in the evening, except that it does open earlier on weekends). There's no food served (unless you count the pretzels) but they allow customers to get deliveries from outside the brewery. Live music on Saturdays, outside in the beer garden in the summer, inside the rest of the year.

There's not a bad beer on tap in the place! Yes, Bitter Woman IPA is among this hophead's favourites, but I'll drink almost anything there but the honey-wheat thing (well made for what it is, but unexciting). The brown ale was originallly much hoppier, true to the AMERICAN Brown style, but now is closer to the English brown ale style.

Beer Ambassador (i.e., sales rep) Grant hosts a Hop Luck Dinner the second Thursday of the month. Bring in your beer-inspired dishes to share; food is to be prepared using a Tyranena beer in the recipe.

Be sure to say hi to Brewmaster Rob's favourite barmaid, Stacey!

nghab, May 13, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Ri0, Jun 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

bpfrush, Jun 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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
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4.44/5  rDev +4%

nice place! the bar is really small, maybe 10 seats or so, and they have a couple tables, but you're not really concerned with your surroundings, you came for the beer, right? well, on to the beer.

they had at least 10 beers on tap when i visited. all or almost all of their year round bottled products, and a few beers that don't get bottled, including an oatmeal stout, a barleywine and a wee heavy. growler fills are a very reasonable $7.50, tho from what i hear they do require you to use tyranena growlers that they are more than happy to sell you. pitchers are $10, pints are $3. they carry a ton of merch, including a few tshirts on sale for $10, and a cool cycling jersey.

all in all, good atmosphere, cheap and delicious beerstuffs, and the lady bartender was very friendly and did a wonderful job filling a couple growlers for me. very recommended, especially cuz it's just a hop skip and a jump off i94 between madison and milwaukee. check their website for a fairly up to date listing of what's on tap.

nchrist13, Oct 24, 2005
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4.44/5  rDev +4%

This place is tucked away in the middle of an industrial park right off I94. The brewpub is a small room consisting of a bar, a couple tables and a leather chair or two. No big frills, but cozy and comfortable with that indescribable small town charm.

No smoking.

All of Tyranena's year round brews were on tap. Plus their seasonal and four draught-only brews. Roughly eight or nine total choices.

No food beside the complimentary bowl of pretzels. (though we were told of the "Hop-Luck Dinners" that occur every other thurs)

I stopped there with Bighuge on my last visit. We were given an off-hours brewery tour by Grant. It was friendly, thorough, informative, and very impressive. Not to mention hugely appreciated.
This place prides itself on great beer and it is reflected in the pristine facilities and attitude.

Simply top of the line.

cokes, May 03, 2003
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4.44/5  rDev +4%

Stopped in for a tour and a pint and ended up having four simply because the staff was such a pleasure to chat with. Tyranena’s beer hall is small but well done with a nice bar that seats about a dozen, a few tables, and a great big patio. Pints are 3 bucks, growler fills are 7.50. Tap selection includes the entire line of their brews, their current seasonal/s, and three specialty beers that aren’t available outside the brewery. I greatly enjoyed their Poor Richard’s and their Wee Heavy but found the Bourbon Porter to be to sweet, boozy, and just too bourbony. Also enjoyed some Chief Black Hawk (always solid) and the APA, which makes for a great session brew on a warm day. Perhaps the best thing about Tyranena, besides the beer, is the staff. The two bartenders were friendly in the sense that they treated us like we were regulars even though we had never been in before. The owner was there chatting with customers, and Stacy, a.k.a. Hopwhore on BA, sat with us for an hour telling stories about the beers, the town, and the brewery. I really felt welcomed and will return regularly from now on. I got the sense that everyone else in place felt the same way. Tyranena has really established a dedicated local following. There were families hanging out with their kids, locals stopping by to fill a couple growlers for the week, and three cute Labradors/Retrievers playing with a tennis ball. The tour, given by a local home brewer and volunteer was short but very detailed and geared for real beer drinkers. It was better than a lot that I’ve been on, in no small part because everyone had a pint in their hand. I really recommend Tyranena. It’s less than 5 minutes off of 94 smack dab between Milwaukee and Madison. For anybody coming to Madison from Chicago or Milwaukee, there’s really no excuse not to stop in.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 24, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

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
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Tyranena Brewing Company in Lake Mills, WI
94 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.