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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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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

Sammy, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of Yetiman420
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
Photo of dirtylou
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%

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 MilwaukeeCrusher
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
Photo of DaPeculierDane
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
Photo of beerwolf77
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

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 Deuane
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

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 TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

TX-Badger, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of mynie
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
Photo of jrallen34
2.84/5  rDev -33.5%

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.

jrallen34, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev -6.3%

qcbrewer, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev -18%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%

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 TheRealPour
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

TheRealPour, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of botham
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%

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 bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

bpfrush, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%

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
Photo of Robyn
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Robyn, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of drseamus
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

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 ubiq3000
4/5  rDev -6.3%

ubiq3000, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.14/5  rDev -3%

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 Fargrow
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Fargrow, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of BoilerUpNavy
4/5  rDev -6.3%

BoilerUpNavy, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of cokes
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
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -6.3%

KAF, Jul 08, 2014
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Tyranena Brewing Company in Lake Mills, WI
94 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.