Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 71
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1025 Owen Street
Lake Mills, Wisconsin, 53551
United States
phone: (920) 648-8699

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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 35
Photo of jrallen34
2.84/5  rDev -33.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

Driving from Minneapolis to Milwaukee this is a short stop off the highway. You pull up to a newer looking wharehouse. You walk in to an office on the right, the brewery straight back and a bar to the right. The bar is spacious and new looking, but pretty boring overall. At least there is a cool selection of clothing to buy on the wall. The beer available was 6 regulars and 3 special beers that we're nothing at all special. The server was fairly knowledgeable and pleasant. They offered no food which sucked as we were famished. This place is in the middle of no-where offer some food.

Not a place worth going if your traveling buy. Their beers aren't great and the chances are they won't have anything special.

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

A great brewery in a state with very good breweries. A drive from Madison, and a bit of a day trip from Milwaukee. Check the hours before you go. I had no indication it was open only at 430 pm and doors locked to the very minute. A decent sized room with a bar and tables, and lots of great glasses to try or buy. Not that much of a selection but of course all very good beers. Bartenders were competent, and i was nit getting answers by these ladies to basic technical questions. Most staff concerned with the big orders, and the multi growler fills. Being allergic to dogs, the constant presence of one by staff was not helpful.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gtreid
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Met up for a bottle swap with a cool Madison BA, Ri0. Small place in a small town, but they make some good beer. You walk in to a typical bar. Tables line the wall and behind the bar they have about 15 taps. The place was clean and inviting. The bartender was pretty cool. It seamed as if she also helped brew. She knew about beer and took the time to chat us up. The one thing that I was disappointed with was the fact that they didn't have any of their brewers gone wild beers on tap. I think this series is the best beer they brew. But, I ordered a flight of mostly the regulars with a couple seasonals mixed in. The beer was good, nothing mind blowing, but solid. All in all a pretty cool place and one I would visit often if I was a local. I left with a growler of their house root beer, which was just as good if not better than the beer. Cheers.

Photo of guityler83
3.86/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

After a hike in the Aztalan State Park just down the road I stopped in to Tyranena Brewing Company for a pint. The Brewery was easy to find off of 94, and the beer garden featuring a cool hop trelace told me I was at the right spot.

The tasting room only had a few people on a Sunday afternoon, one of which worked as a brewer, so of course I picked his brain for abit. The bartender was quick to ask what I'd have. Devil Over a Barrel was my goal and it was achieved this fine day. Very well made and tasty. Perfect balance of coffee, roast, chocolate and barrel character with a full body. The second was a session IPA made w/ Citra. Okay but not mind blowing.

A pretty standard tasting room atmosphere, signage and pictures on the wall reinforcing the native american and historical vibe to the brand. Wood bar with a variety of glasses for the styles of beer available.

The selection was moderate, with 10 or so beers on tap ranging from a blond ale to double IPA to the barrel aged stout. They also had a couple of guest taps available (Lakefront Johnson and Pearl Street Dopplebock). No food available in house, however they were very accommodating on letting people bringing food in or having it delivered.

Overall, a nice spot in between Milwaukee and Madison that is often overlooked (imo) I'll definitely make a return trip to have a couple in the beer garden.

Photo of dirtylou
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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

Photo of SUjunkie
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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).

Photo of evanackerman
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of biglobo8971
4.16/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

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

Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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!

Photo of hawks10
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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...

Photo of beerwolf77
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of drseamus
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

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.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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 :-)

Photo of botham
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of Homerbag
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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.

Photo of Deuane
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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!

Photo of dancinwillie
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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.

Photo of nchrist13
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of cokes
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 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.

Photo of svraines
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 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...

Photo of nghab
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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!

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Tyranena Brewing Company in Lake Mills, WI
95 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.