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Angelic Brewing Company

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Angelic Brewing CompanyAngelic Brewing Company
very good

24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Active Beers: 0
Beer Ratings: 0
Beer Avg: 0
Taps: 8
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

322 W Johnson St
Madison, Wisconsin, 53703
United States
phone: (608) 257-2707
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Reviews by BoitSansSoif:
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

A-I've only been here once in the winter, and it's nothing special then, but in the warmer months, it's really enjoyable to sit outside. The interior set-up is fine, but it is large, and the arrangement strikes me as unharmonious, lacking good chi. I don't recall all the details, but one of the bartenders told me about the owner's strong connections and ties with local breweries like Ale Asylum. I was fairly new to town at the time, so I didn't follow all the fine points. There are beer awards still lining the walls around the place.

Q & S-I feel like I'm well taken care of at Angelic. The beer is not ice cold unless it's supposed to be, the place is very clean, and the level of fare is respectable. The bartenders and waitstaff are very polite, but when the place get crowded, and this place really packs it in come springtime, the level of service naturally declines.

S-The bar has most of your regional microbrews on tap, and a few of the larger classics. I can usually wet my whistle with Bell's, and there are decent selections of New Glarus and Ale Asylum.

F-I've only eaten here twice. It's a class above normal pub fare...if I recall correctly, the burgers were Angus, and the trimmings were fresher, more colorful, and much tastier than you would find in most places. Whenever I pass by outside, the aromas emanating from inside really whet my appetite.

V-Prices are neither exorbitant nor low, but everything is fair. You will spend some cash, but you won't leave thirsty, hungry, or broke.

Overall thoughts-I really place a lot of weight on atmosphere, so although I enjoy coming here, I rarely do. I prefer smaller establishments, and this is one of the biggest ones in the downtown area. For pub food though, this is probably one of the best picks around.

BoitSansSoif, Jan 30, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

As I walked into this place on a Thursday night it was empty. We had our choice of tables or the bar so we sat at some long thin "beerfest" tables close to the bar. The place is open but not lofty with a dozen or more plaques on the wall showing of 1st and 2nd place awards for their brews. I was surprised they still have them on the wall even though there is no brewing equipment in sight.

The beers they had were posted on the wall above the bar with little angel wings on the sides of each sign. There was no Big Eddy among the 13 bottles and 13 taps. I asked the bartender and he said they just drained a keg of Stella and that he could run down stairs and put Big Eddy on next. I fell like I had gotten the VIP treatment, and they even served it in an American pint glass.

They had a nice selection of beers from the area and around the US with a few BMC bottles but nothing that really impressed me considering the high number of beer bars/brewpubs within walking distance.

rhoadsrage, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of Atron67
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

A- Was the kind of generic nice atmosphere that was trying to be trendy and was open and clean, but was pretty generic in general. not bad, but nothing that makes it stand out.

Q- everything was solid, although not great,

S- the waitress was great, friendly and helpful, quick.

S- Was carrying a good variety of beer, Founders scotch, and some others, It was also nice to see them serving it at a warmer temperature, near where the beer is spossed to be drank, as opposed to freezing cold.

F- the food was pretty delicious, had a decent variety

V- we ended up spending quite a bit, but its not really that much more expensive than anything else on its level. You would spend just as much at any of the other comparable restraunts around

Atron67, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of JeffKrenner
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

Stopped here for lunch with my brother and sister in law. Everyone was hungry that afternoon and the food tasted good. Cheese curds were done just right and complimented the hoppy beer I was having nicely. Bartender was quick to get out from behind the bar and serve us as well as offer tasters to anyone that wanted it. Lots of beers on tap, with at least a half dozen Ale Asylum brews, many other Madison favorites, Bell's Two Hearted and some others. I had Ambergeddon and Hopalicius, both of which were good. Food was fine and everything was priced reasonably.

JeffKrenner, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of wisconsinbeer1
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

Stopped here on a monday evening around 5:30 on the way home from a weekend in Chicago. Somewhat surprised to see that the place was not very busy for that time of day. Helpful and knowledgeable server. Right around 16 beers on tap- Ale Asylum, New Glarus, Leinenkugels, Tyranena, Bells, Summit, Capital, and maybe one other i cant think of. I had a Hopalicious and an Ambergeddon both from Ale Asylum, and my wife had the Madtown Nutbrown also by Ale Asylum. Very tasty beers. We ordered the cheesecurds and the Wisconsin Sausage Race Sampler (three different sausages served on a bed of sauerkraut and mashed potatoes on the side). Good food and it didnt take long to get it since there werent many others in there. Good place to check out if you are in the area.

wisconsinbeer1, May 16, 2007
Photo of miskatonic
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%

Visited this place last weekend while visiting friends and I was very sad to find out that they have suspended on premise brewing in order to expand the seating area and focus their brewing efforts on a sister establishment, Ale Asylum. Too bad, I was looking forward to trying their terrific beers, but the selection was in no way lacking regardless. Beers on draught were definitely fine craft beer selections, mostly locally products including those of the Ale Asyum brewpub. I was happy to see Bells, Lake Louie, New Glarus, Summit, and Great Lakes as well as standards like Guiness and Sierra Nevada. I didn't get to try the food, but the fries and burgers at the table nest to ours smelled and looked amazing. It is too bad that the brewing operations have ceased, but I really liked everything about this place regardless. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.

miskatonic, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

I hit this place a few wees ago while in town. Walking in, this looks like any standard cookie-cutter chain restaurant. There is a large bar and decent seating. The beer list was very nice, with a handfull of Ale Asylum brews, along with a Lake Louie offering and others that I don't recall now. Quality of both of my brews was very good. Our waitress seemed to be either new, or not very good at her job. She wasn't rude, or bad, but she kept having to go away to ask someone else about our questions. She also seemed to be the only one serving the entire restaurant. Everyone really enjoyed their food. My steak sandwich was excellent; one of the best I have had. We were all happy about our choice, but it seemed that there were some underlying issues with the service and lack of servers.

kmpitz2, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

Was in Madison for the weekend, this a Saturday night. Didn't seem to get going until 9ish. Atmosphere, a pretty decent bar, a few levels keeping it from being one big boring space, a party room where the brew kettles once were. We had a very smily server who was training another girl in, she was actually quite helpful if not a little odd. Food was average, had their wings, mild and hot, both pretty much mild, and the roast beef sandwich, which was decent enough. The beer selection was a nice spread of local beers and from the midwest. Had the Triple Nova from Ale Asylum and Founders' Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale. Both pretty good. So, pretty decent, but nothing spectacular.

objectivemonkey, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

7/20/06 edit: This place is now loaded up with Ale Asylum beers (probably 5 on tap), and its not at the expense of DFH 60 or the two Bell's taps so its good news to me...a very solid choice in the west-downtown area

good location for this spot in a heavy traffic area...unlike a lot of places there actually is parking

the interior of the building is quite nice, especially by madison standards of not being upscale. the bar is pretty large with lots of tables throughout and their is a sizable dining area as well. There is live entertainment on the weekends, which is always a plus.

I didnt have any issues with the service yesterday. We stopped in for happy hour after work and got good attention from the bartenders. I knew what i wanted but they offered samples and recommendations to some people I was with. A couple of the guys definitely knew what they were talking about.

The beer selection was nothing over the top but still very good. I think there was 15 taps...DFH 60 minute, Bell's Oberon, Bell's Two Hearted, Lake Louie Warp Speed, Lake Louie Tommy's Porter, Summit extra pale, NG spotted cow, NG fat squirrel, stella artois, a couple leine's, a domestic or two. I think I had a couple two hearteds, an oberon, and a 60 min ipa.

Happy hour specials were 3$ pints, dollar off rail drinks, and 2 dollars off appetizers. I was back later that night noting dollar rail drinks and dollar miller lite (who cares) on a friday night.

i've eaten at this spot for lunch a few times...its pretty typical bar food that i dont have any real complaints about

dirtylou, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%

I didn’t care for Angelic’s beers back when they brewed so I was pleased to hear that they had dropped their own beers and replaced them with some pretty impressive crafts. It’s really too bad Angelic’s pretentious service didn’t change with their beer selection.

Currently the bottle selection is just garbage ML, BL, B, C, etc… The taps aren’t bad though. Angelic features about a 15 taps including at least one selection from Lake Louie, DFH, New Glarus, etc… The only import is Stella.

Food is hit and miss and a bit over priced. The best entrée I’ve had there was a special salad of mixed greens with a balsamic vinaigrette, goat cheese, red peppers, and grilled sirloin.

The atmosphere would be decent. It’s sort of an upscale brew pub vibe. Unfortunately, the pretentious coastie staff pretty much ruins the anything fun about the place. I don’t need attitude when I order a beer, especially from waitstaff that’s too busy talking to their friends to do their jobs.

Update: 8-06, I upping the selection score from 2.5 to 3.5 and the quality score from 3 to 3.5 since Angelic now offers some tasty beers from the Ale Asylum. Service is still lacking.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 02, 2006
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Angelic Brewing Company in Madison, WI
85 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.