Fox River Brewing Co.

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

4301 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Appleton, Wisconsin, 54915
United States

(920) 991-0000 | map

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Added by cokes on 06-25-2005

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by harpus:
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3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Fox River Brewing Company is located in the Fox River Mall on the opposite side as the Highway, it is in with a restaurant that begins with the letter T. The restaurant was interesting; the decorations were modern/fancy. The music was rap. I ordered the sampler and a pizza. The sampler came with eight beers, the quality of the beers was not bad, none of the beers were undrinkable or difficult to finish. In the sampler were two seasonals and six reagular. The pizza was pretty good, worth another trip back if in the area.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Great food and a decent beer selection. Prompt service even with six drinking guys from Louisiana the night before a football game. I would definitely go here again.

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Photo of mikjall77
4.7/5  rDev +24%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Zatch90
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of jonesjere
3.6/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of cmwilliq
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of rpvancamp
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of derkfromwi
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of beerwolf77
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

One of many stops in our weekend Northern brewery adventure. After winding our way through the Fox River mall parking lot we found our way to Fratellos. I'm still undecided about the concept and location. Part of me likes that it's a brewpub in a mall but part of me hates that it's a brewpub in a mall.

The place itself is pretty much stock family friendly brewpub. Bright, clean and plenty of flat screens for viewing the game from any table. Shiny brewing equipment is tucked into a loft on the second level.

We sat at the bar and pounded through a few pints. This wasn't first experience with FRBC beers so I knew what I was getting into. Nothing to exciting. Fairly bland and pedestrian beer. They cater to the paying locals and it shows. Service was pleasant. We didn't eat but I've eaten at other Fratellos locations and found the food enjoyable.

Overall it is what it is. A brewpub in a mall.

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Photo of anglagard1
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My review is for the Oshkosh location. The last place I expected to eat for my wife's birthday was a brewery, but that's how it worked out and I was not complaining. It's not often you enter a restaurant that offers their own Imperial Stout, so I had to try it. It was good and in the style, but nothing exceptional. Of the 3 of us eating, there were no complaints. My French Dip was served on some really good bread and my wife really loved her pasta w/white sauce. It was a little pricey, but in line with the sort of food and homemade beer one would find at this sort of place. I picked up an assorted six pack for home. Their Scottish Ale was decent, their Extra Special Bitter nothing I would seek out. I think their beer prices were more affordable than the food, but the taste/cost ratio is about the same.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.6/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Brewpub in a mall that was rather crowded. Beers were good but not great and selection was rather basic... nothing bold or challenging for a beer geek. Service was hurt probably by the amount of people there, as it was impersonal and many of the servers didn't seem to know much about beer in general. If you're in the area or might try to possibly try their food it might be a worth a few visits but if you want something special look elsewhere (not a condemnation, just them catering to their demographic and good sound business principles). Prices seemed to be slightly higher than reasonable.

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Photo of jimbotrost
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This is located in a mall, not a bad location, just a noisy one. The mall was a bustling, busy and clean and appeared relatively new. Sampler tray came complete with a flite sheet and held 7 offerings that day. They were out of the darkest selection, a stout or a porter and that was a mild bummer. There were coasters and flite sheets for the collector as well as a nice clothing, glassware, and bottle beer to go area. Service was slow, due to the crowd and due to neglect. Agreat place to stop and down a few tasty ones while shopping or to get away from the shopping.

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Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

You know, it's a double edged sword. Beer in a shopping mall. On one hand, think how much easier the significant other's request to see what is new at (Banana Republic/Marshall Fields/fill in the favorite store here) would be if there is promise of good beer. This is the definition of compromise.
On the other hand, from a pure drinking standpoint, you're in a mall, paying somewhat elevated prices, and the cheesy/artsy fishing/mild northwoodsy theme is trite and tired. This suceeds more as a stop over than an all-evening watering post.
The brewing equipment is displayed on the off-limits second story....and is likely as much for show as anything. It features all the brews as Fratello's/Fox River in Oshkosh. That translates to about 5 regulars and 2 seasonal, plus the Titan Porter/Trollycar Stout rotation. The beers are solid, some even better, like the Maibock and Caber Tossing Scottish Ale. They gear stuff towards the sellable and widespread (a la Blueberry Ale, Wheat, Golden, Amber, etc). Expect to drop $4.50 a pint.
The coup here is the mix and match bottles (from the Oshkosh brewery) @ $7 a sixer. That is really the "must-see" here. As the up-front cooler is well stocked and begging for your patronage. If you stop on a budget, grab 6 to go, and don't bother sitting down.
The food is okay, but overpriced. The stacked nachoes were good. The pizzas were better than decent, and the philly cheese steak a dryish average. Portions are rather huge, but you pay dearly for them.

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Fox River Brewing Co. in Appleton, WI
Brewery rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 85 ratings
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