Red Eye Brewing Company

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Red Eye Brewing CompanyRed Eye Brewing Company
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Red Eye Brewing CompanyRed Eye Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

612 Washington Street
Wausau, Wisconsin, 54403
United States

(715) 843-7334 | map

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Added by brakspear on 11-15-2007

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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Peepskp
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Excellent atmosphere and food. The beer was pretty darn good as well. I really enjoyed their Black IPA. I had a burger with a maple syrup sauce that was to die for. Highly recommended!

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4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of kingpin1010
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

When my wife and I moved from Milwaukee to northern Wisconsin five years ago, we lamented the loss of our favorite breweries and brewpubs. There were so many places we'd frequent that had excellent beer and food in that area, and we became resigned to experiencing those things only when we made it back down to the city for a visit. When a friend of ours in the Northwoods recommended Red Eye, we didn't get our hopes up too high. At least two dozen trips later, this has become our go-to beer and food destination: I can honestly say that it's just as good as or better than any of our favorite spots in Milwaukee.

The place has an excellent vibe. It's very minimalist in its design: the place is one big open room with a dining section on one side, the large bar and bar tables on another, the brewing facility behind glass on another, and the kitchen right out in the open on another. There's a relatively small patio seating area outside off of the dining area that's always full in the summer. There are also gardens outside where they grow herbs and vegetables that are used in their cuisine and beer. The decor is an homage to all things Belgian and bicycle: bikes are hung everywhere from the ceiling, and there are signs and posters that follow this motif. The long wooden bar is elegant and offers patrons large flat-screen TVs for sporting events (I personally think they could do without these, but this is Wisconsin). It's great to be able to look over and see the kitchen staff at work and the wood-fired brick oven cooking away. One of my favorite touches of the place is the huge chalkboard that displays the current brews on tap--complete with style, IBUs, and ABV--guest brews, and upcoming batches. There's a very diverse clientele, from young professionals, to older bar flies, to big families.

The quality of the food and beer is excellent. I can say that my wife and I have never had anything there that we disliked. They have a strong focus on using locally-sourced ingredients in the food and the beer (as mentioned, some of this is sourced from right outside their doors). I've had beer flights on a number of occasions, and I've never been let down by the product; and it's saying something that in a facility of this scale, their beers have a consistent (and consistently good) taste. It's good enough that we never fail to bring back a few growlers and howlers.

The service we have experienced there is consistently welcoming, warm, and professional--from the hosts and hostesses to the servers to the bartenders. There are times when it gets very busy, and the service slows down a bit, but we've never encountered an employee with a sour attitude. As full as the place gets, they always seem to have sufficient staffing and always deliver a good drinking and dining experience.

This website makes reference to thirteen beers that Red Eye brews, but they craft a good deal more than that (I've just looked at another website, and they list over 100), and they always have about five guest brews. As for their own beers, there are a few staples that always seem to be available (or very frequently available): Thrust IPA (a very easy-drinking but potent American IPA at 7.2% ABV), Bloom Belgian wheat beer, Scarlet 7 Belgian dubbel, and Charlatan imperial stout. In addition to these four, they usually have another five of their own beers on tap. This last trip, they offered a WisKansan Tornado Brown IPA (a tasty collaboration with Blind Tiger Brewery), a Cart Ride to Mexico (Heller Bock), a Red Eye 7 (they take their Scarlet 7 and barrel it, turning it into a delicious sour), an S.H.R. (Single Hop Red) American Amber, Revolution Pils, and Veruca Stout (milk stout). I've seen guest brews at Red Eye from New Glarus, Deschutes, Uinta, Founders, Ommegang, Unibroue, Sierra Nevada, and many others.

The food is the primary reason why many people visit Red Eye. They have fantastic appetizers (I recommend the Mushroom Merlot), pasta, sandwiches, and burgers. The best thing they do--what they're really known for, in terms of food--is their wood-fired pizzas. These are among the best pies I've ever had: fresh ingredients from local sources, amazing crust (ask for it with the beer-infused dough...out of sight), and that taste you can only get from wood-firing. My favorite variety is The Forager, hands down. They changed their head chef a while back, and a lot of people were concerned there would be a drop in quality, but we haven't experienced that at all.

This is a place I highly recommend checking out if you find yourself in central Wisconsin, or even if you have to go out of your way a little bit.

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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of MRVermont
5/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Zomdust
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of therealJAYZ
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Flicek21
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.25

Beers are pretty good surprised to see guest beers at the bar.

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3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of OSOK
4.98/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This is my "go to" in Wausau, WI. The atmosphere is fantastic. There is a constant flow of new brews avaliable from in-house. Also, there is avaliabilty of micro brews from out-of-house. I have had Lagunitas on tap here!!! If I stumble across something unfamiliar, be it food or brew, the staff is always avaliable to provide knowledgable info. They will not steer you in the wrong direction. Everything I have had here is fantastic!!! I can go with the wife, have a meal for two, fill a growler and/or howler, and have food to take home for about $70 (including a generous tip). If you are sking at Granite Peak or biking at Nine Mile Rec Area for the weekend, it would behoove you to indulge in Red Eye.... Oh yeah, if you like bikes you'll really dig this place.

I would like to note that I would give Red Eye a 5/5 however, being a local, the menu usually doesnt change. That's cool because I do have my favorites. So if you are out of area consider it a 5/5, perfecto.

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Red Eye Brewing Company in Wausau, WI
Brewery rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 125 ratings
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