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Angelic Brewing Company

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Angelic Brewing CompanyAngelic Brewing Company
BA SCORE
85
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 rhoadsrage:
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
More User Reviews:
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
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
Photo of shbobdb
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%

Meh, Angelic was never really my scene in Madison. It's too posh without the plebian aspect that a good brewpub ought have, I want a beer, not a fine meal. I could just never get into the atmosphere of the place.
And the beer . . . what can I say, I'm not impressed. It's thin-bodied and just, well, not that good tasting.
The blonde is thin and forgettable
The stout tastes like burnt, that's it. No balance.
The Scotch is forgetable
The IPA is fantastic
The belgian dubbel/trippels were good for the style I guess . . .
I've got a friend that swears by this place, but he's crazy.
The porter is OK.
Yeah, except on $2 pint tuesdays, this place is totally avoidable. But, man, some good times on those tuesdays.

shbobdb, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of nchrist13
4.16/5  rDev +14%

first off, discount all of the other reviews on here. this place stopped making its own beer, and what a wise decision it is. they now have a killer tap list. if you're looking for great wisconsin beer, this is a good place to look. the atmosphere isn't the coolest (it's nice and all, but nothing special), but the tap list makes up for it. next time i go i'll jot down what they have at the time so you can get an idea of what kind of things to expect, but i do remember lake louie, capital, sprecher, new glarus and more.

nchrist13, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

The "other" brewpub in downtown Madison. Kind of the red-headed stepchild of the Great Dane. The atmosphere is your typical upscale-ish pub - nice inside, but no real unique character. Maybe 5-6 of their own plus a few WI micros and standards on tap. Their Sinner's Stout was pretty good. Growlers available for take-home consumption. Didn't try their food, but have heard that it's pretty decent. Overall, the atmosphere, selection, and quality of their beers is just a step below the formidable Great Dane, but it's still worth a stop if you're in the downtown Madison area, it's not too far from Riley's (pick up a few singles or a local 6-er) and the Great Dane (Black Earth porter is AMAZING).

Golden2wenty1, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of battlekow
2.08/5  rDev -43%

Pretty standard restaurant/bar place in appearance. They present you with a menu of maybe fifteen beers, then inform you when you try to order one (the porter, in my case) that, oh yeah, oops, they only have five of them on-tap at any given time. What the hell? Get some more fucking tap lines. The service was atrocious; our waitress disappeared for a good half hour and we had to actually flag down a different employee to get our check, then go seek out our waitress, who was chatting with the bouncer at the door, to pay it. I had one mediocre beer, the nut brown, and would have tried another if there had been anyone to take our order. My friend got a Caesar salad, which was good, but that's all I have to go on as far as their food. I've heard, though, that the food isn't as good as at the Great Dane. Why should it be? Nothing else here is.

battlekow, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of slander
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

It was like we drank a couple of Lake Louie growlers and were looking for trouble or something. Oh, wait, yeah, that was us. Damn! We wandered south for a bit. No need to leave a trail of bread crumbs to find our way back as there's an oppressive capital building across the street from the hotel that you can see from everywhere...
And here's Angelic. It's a large room, with a rectangular bar in a raised area in the middle of the room. Seating for a 2 dozen plus on 3 sides, the 4th side being the service area. Mirrored pieces behind the bar, track lighting above the bar and white strung dangling Xmas lighting over the bar seating, glassware, pitchers and growlers up above. 3 bar counters lie adjacent on one side of the bar, 2 raised bar tables on another, a long beer counter runs the length of the bar and 7 booths above it in a raised platform area on the third side, and a large 10 seat table across from the serving area on the last side. Beyond the bar area lies sectioned seating areas split up by copper rails holding about a dozen and a half tables. Just past the front entranceway sits a row of fermenters visible in a room behind a glass wall with a bar counter seating a dozen running along it. The rest of the room is done with one large brick wall and the others are wood slat lowers with pale yellow uppers and a dark green trim. Pressed tin ceiling, a street lampish mass of lighting, hanging plants, GABF & World Beer Cup metals framed overhead adjacent to the bar, "Angelic" prints on the walls, and a big screen at one end of the room. A real nice, comfortable side room holds a few leather couches and electronic darts. Just beyond this room lies an outdoor patio.
5 very so-so beers on the sampler. The Avalon Blonde was okay, the Sinner's Stout was lactose sugary and thinnish, the Harvest Moon Hefe was unfiltered and had a very slight banana flavor, the Shakedown Nut Brown was an unsweetened iced tea, and the Purgatory Pale Ale was dry hopped Cascade, and had only a slight hop bite, but was still the best of the lot. Was not too terribly pleased with the beers overall.

slander, May 14, 2005
Photo of CRJMellor
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%

In some ways it seems sort of sad going to Angelic. All these great GABFand other ribbons adorn the high ceiling around the bar area denoting a past of very solid to great brewing. The night the Evild Dwarf, the Garbage man and I visited they had 5 beers on and only one was good, 2 were drinkable and the other 2 were simply bad. Following the very boring and very college town recipe of a light, an Hefe, a Pale Ale and Porter and something, a Brown maybe.
Space was very big, huge bar in a sort of rectangle shape. Lots of tables spread out all over place and a very cool sort of lounge place with leather chairs and an outdoor seating area. In some ways a real college bar in some ways lends itself to a brewpub.
Again, this place once brewed great beers and I don't really care if it's a barn, a garage or a fancy brewpub but the beers here were just not up to a decent standard and compared to Great Dane, they were below mediocre.

CRJMellor, May 02, 2005
Photo of Sixpoint
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%

Talk about a time warp. This place just doesn't seem like it's a Madison Bar. With its hardwood floors, high tin ceilings, and solid oak bar, you might as well be in New England.

Obviously, the attraction of this bar is not all atmosphere. What will keep you coming back is the quality beer. At any given time, there are five flawless beers on tap, brewed by the very talented and competent Dean Coffey and Chris Riphenburg. They're very sociable and you can often see them enjoying their work at the bar after work or on the weekends.

The service is awesome too. Most people are impressed by the beautiful waitstaff and bartenders they employ. I concur.

This is definitely a place worth visiting... for a real trip, try going there on a Thursday night.

Sixpoint, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of Skidz
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

A very nice place to go during the week, but like most places downtown, it gets really hectic on the weekends. Lots of seating and dimly lit. Cozy and relaxing. I like to go on Tuesdays, for $2 pints, and the live music is nice too.

Beers are all okay. Some are much better than others, but nevertheless, it's decent beer. They only have 5 beers on tap at any given time, which kind of stinks, so you have to keep an eye out for when the special brews are coming out.

Bartenders are friendly and do their job very well. Waitresses constantly walk around, so if you ever want some food, it's an easy task. The food however, is overpriced, and not that great. I'll stick with the fries.

Decent beers, good atmosphere, service and fair food. I'ts local brew though, and I appreciate that.

Skidz, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of longarm
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Angelic has a good atmosphere with plenty of woodwork and a great tin ceiling. I've spent many a lunch here and tend to prefer it when it's less crowded. The crowds on weekend are a little young, but you can't blame the pub for locating in a place with lots of potential customers. The selection of bands is eclectic and a nice change from the typical State Street scene in Madison.

They have an outdoor seating area, but it also happens to border on one of the busiest streets in the city, which always makes me ask why anyone ever sits out there. They have a big parking lot that extends away from the street, and I've wondered why the owners don't move the outdoor seating further away from the street to the other end of the building and parking lot...but that's a minor criticism..

The beer selection is rather limited, with only 5 or 6 beers on tap at a time. The beers are always good and worth the trip. I'm particularly fond of the Bacchanal Blonde, probably because Blonde Ales aren't in the typical selection of most other places and this choice is appreciated.

Food is OK, but perhaps a little overpriced given the quality.

The staff have always been friendly and knowledgeable. If you're an AHA member, beer is offered at the price paid by staff, which is an added bonus and is a big reason I go to the Angelic more often than the Great Dane.

longarm, Sep 26, 2004
Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

A note of explanation on the Selection field - I visited around the time of The Great Taste of the Midwest, so their selection was depleted ISO that event.
They have a beautiful pressed tin ceiling that has been painted terra cotta. The bar is like an island, with three of the four sides available for seating with the fourth being the servers' station. There is also lots of beautiful woodwork throughout the building. They have an expansive seating area, which is lit with wrought iron lamps fitted with white globes. There are lots of windows and mirrors, giving it a softly lit feel. The brewhouse is fully visible just to the left of the entranceway. To the right of the entranceway is a glassed-in game room with several pool tables and an access to their outdoor patio. Finally, The Bob Westfall Quartet plays every Tuesday ~ 8:00 pm, and I had the serendipitous pleasure of hearing them as I ate a meal of brats (what else?).

woodychandler, Aug 21, 2004
Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%

Although the layout there is not the most conducive to live music, they get some pretty good acts there on a regular basis.
They have a variety of good choices on the menu, which i've been meaning to try. I have had more of their late night snack menu which is just the thing after enjoying many of their craft brews.
I'm a pretty big fan of most of the beers there. Particularly, the 99Schilling, the Shakedown Nut Brown, and Believer's Bitter. The selection changes pretty often. The beer comes straight off the tanks, and when one empties, a new batch of something is soon to be made. On the right day, when they have the right lineup of beers, you won't want to leave.

GIVEMEBACKMYSON, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%

I like the atmosphere at Angelic. A big roomy bar with plenty of seating around the bar. It was not smoky at all and was not noisy either.

The night I was there they had 5 beers on tap and none were better than average. I am told they rotate their taps quite often, so perhaps at times the quality and selection is better. None of the beers were very interesting and the best was their Tripel which was not that great. The bartender did a good job with the sampler setup which is presented in a wooden tray with nice printed cards for each brew.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 28, 2003
Photo of Winter
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

Located a short distance from State Street, Angelic is a ‘heavenly’ themed brewpub. The brewing equipment can be seen from the outside and as you approach the front doors, you almost get the feeling that you’re walking in to a church… almost. That thought is held for a moment longer as you pass through the foyer before entering another set of doors into the dark wood and brass-accented pub. There’s a small game room to the right with a pool table and dartboard. In the lobby a glass cabinet houses several souvenirs ranging from glass boots and painted steins to pints all adorned with the ‘Angelic’ logo.

The pub is basically three levels with the rectangular bar in the middle of the 2nd. Granted these levels are only a few steps up from each other. A painted sky mural with white clouds boxes the area above the bar and the names of the 5 beers that are currently on tap are hung on winged signs in the “sky”. The five that were available upon my visit were the ‘99 Shilling Scotch Ale, Bacchanal Blonde (Avalon Ale), Purgatory Pale Ale, Sinners Stout and Shakedown Nut Brown. Growlers and glasses adorn the space around the top of the bar near the bottom of the sky mural. Tables and booths surround the bar area and fill the rest of the dining space and paintings of angels adorn the walls.

Our service was somewhat scattered. After being seated, our hostess forgot to mention to our server that our table was his and a tedious 10 – 15 minute wait ensued before we finally were able to get the attention of another waitress who had someone sent to our table. Despite this irritating mistake, the rest of the visit went rather well. I tried the ’99 Scotch Ale and the Nut Brown. Both were delicious. Our food came pretty promptly, considering that the Wisconsin Badger football game let out and business was starting to pick-up. We ordered sandwiches and burgers, which were rather tasty with decent-sized portions. When I inquired about taking a growler of the Sinner’s Stout home our server was more than accommodating and had the bartender fill one up for me, while we waited for our bill.

It would’ve been nice to see a few more of the brewpub’s own beers on tap, along with a wider range of styles, but what I tried was enjoyable. I’d definitely recommend a stop at Angelic while visiting Madison.

Winter, Sep 16, 2003
Photo of cokes
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%

Near campus and right off State St. The crowd reflects this fact.
Standard brewpub atmosphere. Brick and wood and clean. Set up in more in a dining fashion than a pub, there is a decent amount of space around the central bar. Though when it gets busy, expect to push to get your hands on a brew.
Staff is professional, polite and well-informed. Never been blown away by service, but it is never lacking.
Some good brews to be had, and some average ones. Predictable, rotating selections of pale ale / bitter / blonde ale / nut brown / porter / stout. I've begun to sour on Angelic for this very reason. Diversity is very limited, and there are no surprises.
Usually one big beer on at any given time. These also rotate, but seasonally. The Monk's Lament Belgian Abbey and Liberator Doppelbock really shine when they are available. A couple other solid Belgians (Dubbel and Tripel) and a likeably odd Scotch Ale round things out.
I'd like to see them branch out and have more brews on tap at any given time (as they only have 5 taps). I'd also like to see them try their hand at some additional styles.
Decent pub fare eats. Nothing amazing, but tasty enough.

Completely worth the visit, if you're in Madison.

cokes, Apr 12, 2003
Angelic Brewing Company in Madison, WI
85 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.