Red Eye Brewing Company

Red Eye Brewing CompanyRed Eye Brewing Company
Red Eye Brewing CompanyRed Eye Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

612 Washington Street
Wausau, Wisconsin, 54403
United States

(715) 843-7334 | map

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Photo of Peepskp
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of OSOK
4.98/5  rDev +16.9%
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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Photo of ccherek4
4.91/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

This is my number one restaurant in the area when I return to Wisconsin from Washington D.C. Great food, often with a little twist that makes it stand out; Chef Dave has mastered the art of cuisine! The Brewmaster Kevin is second to none when crafting some of the finest IPAs I've ever had. The decor is nice and unique and the atmosphere lends to both fun, sporty and a good family environment.

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Photo of Rihup
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Really solid food and the beer was great too. The bike theme was Very nice they service food even close to the closing time of 9 o'clock in the selection of beer was plentiful and delicious. I will be sure to visit redeye brewery next time that I'm in Wausau for the delicious food and the wide selection of great beers.

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Photo of Jparker37
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in to try a couple of brews while on a ski trip. I was told about this much hyped brewery and thought it would be nice to experience and to drag my family to. The atmosphere was top notch. Very unique building structure almost as if it were a metal shed. Small micro brewing system. The bicycles hanging from the ceiling made for a one of a kind atmosphere. I wish they had bottled beer so I could have brought it home to review and share with friends but overall the beer was great to keep it simple. The bartender we had was friendly and quite funny. They had 6 beers running and flyers around the premise for when new beers would be tapped. The beers are pricy but well worth it. To sum it all up. It was good enough to make the journey 2 of the 3 days I was in town. In a flowing pass through Wausau I had a chance to try a vegetarian pizza that was excellent. Vegetables were very fresh and everything on the menu seemed to have a creative flair. Side note: buns for burgers are made from spent grain, very economical.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This is a really nice place... one you can take your significant other and have a nice night. Nice modern building had bikes hanging much like one would expect with a brewery in Fort Collins, CO. I did not have any food but it looked very good, and the selection of food is one I would associate in this state of that of the Great Dane (in Madison, neglected to go to the one in Wausau). Beers were reasonably priced, had a sampler. Very good flavor profiles present, although some seemed a little watery. Standout of the night was the pumpkin beer, although there were other greats as well. Selection wasn't the best, but better than man other places I've visited. Service was satisfactory.

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Photo of cptnspeed1
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place is my go to whenever I am in Wausau. The seasonal beers are almost always great, their anniversary beers have been stellar, and the food and philosophy are refreshing.

The one thing you will notice when you take a look at the menu: There are no deep-fryers. None. That doesn't mean you cant get wings or tater tots. You'll just get better (and healthier) wings and tater tots that will leave you feeling less guilty about having that extra beer.

And have that extra beer you will. The highlights over the last year include Charlatan imperial stout, BA thrust, Red Ey3, the black IPA, regular offerings such as thrust and bloom, Veruca Stout, and so on.

The staff is friendly, especially on a slow night where a conversation about the brewpub with an employee seems natural and not forced, hinting that the staff is actually briefed on their product and appreciative of it.

A destination for sure if you are ever in the northwoods.

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Photo of brdc
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is quite a nice place in Wausau.
Small but very nice patio, small but also nice inside areas.
You can actually see the wood oven, a rare find around this part of the country, which makes very nice pizzas. My only problem here is the menu changes from time to time, and you arrive to not find your favorite pizza.
The beers are quite good, not great, but the variety is nice and the prices quite reasonable. Growlers available of all their beers. They have, right now, a wheat beer, a porter, an imperial stout (that drinks more like regular stout), an IPA and a couple of others. Service is quite good, although most dont know much about beers. The menu gives suggestions of pairings which helps some.
Well worthwhile if you are in the region, easily the best place in town for good food and good beer.

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Photo of bound4er
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've had Red Eye beer on two previous occasions but have never been to their brewpub. This is a great place. The bartender was very friendly and explained their beer line-up since this was my first visit. She let me sample for free their two hoppy beers - El Tormento and Thrust. I chose the Thrust, a very nice American IPA. I then ordered dinner, which was very good. I started with a spicy black bean soup, which went great with the IPA. I then ordered a glass of Scarlet 7 - Red Eye's take on a Belgian Dubbel. This worked nicely with my Cowboy (a turkey and bacon panini). The service was prompt and friendly, the place was very clean and well kept and the food and beer were great. My only minor complaint is their menu listed Veruca Stout as being available but it was not (they had a decent tasting nitro Rye Porter in its place). If your passing through Wausau I would highly recommend stopping off at Red Eye.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

the place has a clean, modern vibe that's maybe a little instutional and chain-like (though it's not actually chain), but nice. the people are friendly, a definite highlight, and the service is attentive. if i return for another try, it will be largely due to this aspect of the experience. the selection of beers (about 7) is decent, though the offerings were (except for the IPA) a bit dumbed down. the pizza is good and appears made from quality ingredients, aside from the tomato sauce which has a chef boyardee flavor. $9 per 64 oz growler fill is on the pricey side for a low abv brew, and especially when compared to the $10 128 oz fills at my local brewery in jax.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here on my way up north and had dinner with one of my favorite BA's. It has a very modern restaurant decor. If you didn't know already you would be hard pressed to guess this was a brew pub.

They had five beers listed however their IPA "Thrust" was out for the weekend. Which was a bummer since I was told this was a must try beer. I settled for the wit "Bloom" instead. Quite tasty so no real let down. We all ordered pizza and apps. All of which were very good. I really enjoyed the hummus platter.

Service was friendly and prompt. No problems.

Overall a nice place to grab a beer and some solid pizza. I will make it a point to hit this place for now on when I'm going up north.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I was passing through Wausau and was in need of sustenance and a libation. Red Eye filled the bill nicely.

There is a parking lot and lots of street parking. They have a nice outside terrace near the parking lot & entrance. .

Inside there are huge windows, which overlook Washington Street. These flood the pub with warm natural light. There are high ceilings with some exposed metal supports.

The bar is to your left as you enter. Its about 35' long and seats a good dozen or so. I didn't really care for the faux concrete bar top, but that's just me. At the hostess stand, you can buy t-shirts, glasses, etc.

They have lots of tables for dinning and have 3 high-tops right near the bar for overflow.

They were playing classic 60s and 70s rock on the XM receiver.

The kitchen is exposed and it is kind of fun to watch and listen to the cooks work. The food is good. They offer wraps, pizza, paninis, sandwiches, etc. I had a fantastic Beer, Brie and mushroom soup. Note that they try to be a healthier eating-place and do not even have a deep fryer.

Friendly staff, I was well taken care off. 6 beers on tap. The large blackboard lists the current and upcoming offerings.
Beers served in 14oz pint style glasses $4.03 per glass. I liked what I had.

If you ever find yourself in Wausau, I can really recommend that you stop by for some good beers and tasty food.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

So, I visited Redeye when they first opened up a while back. I have to admit I was not all that impressed. I felt like the brew was crafted in a manner that didn't peak my interest. Meaning it was simple tasting and not agressive.

Since then allow has changed at the Redeye. They have a solid beer menu consinting mainy of Belgians, pale ale styles, light lagers and they carry a nice stout too. They have a food menu that can't be beat by anyone else in Central Wisconsin and their service is always nothing short of friendly and at time, even engaging.

The atmosphere is centered around a well lit bar with cycling as the main theme of the establishment's decor.

While price of a beer or two and dinner will get an individual up in to the $20-$30 dollar range I have to admit, it's well worth it. A growler fill can be purchased for as little as $7, which in and of itself is a great deal, especially for some high quality brew.

Redeye, I love what you've become and I hope you continue down the same path because things are only going to get better for you.

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Photo of KI9A
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

large, open area. Kinda reminds me of any chain resturant. Would be MUCH cooler if it were in an older building, maybe wood floor, ect. Seemed too cmmercial to give a good vibe.

The service, the beer, the food more than made up for it. Everyone I encountered was just awesome to talk to, they should be proud of their crew!

The menu was really complete, pretty much anything you want. Apps, dinner, desert. Our meal was great. The selection of beers were good, and the barman was very knowlegable of his beer. Can't wait to get back to town, and come again!

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Photo of SykDoc
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Upon entering, there is a nice open feel to this place, which includes an open area where you can see are large number of the kitchen staff working. There is a bar along one wall and an outdoor patio that is presumably nice during the summer. The openness and atmosphere are definitely family friendly. The beer list is on a chalk board which includes information about the beer including ABV and IBU.

The quality is strong as well. The beer was good, the food was good and the service was quite good. From a beer perspective, they had a stout, two IPAs and several belgian beer, and I believe one other that I'm missing. The stout and double IPA were very good and I brought a growler of the double IPA home as it was comparable to some of the best, see my reviews of the others and compare, if you wish.

The food selection was primarily driven by their pizza selection which was very good. A nice children's menu again helps for families. The food quality was also quite good. Perhaps a few more visits and I can say more about other dishes, but their specialty pizza was very good. The food and beverages were all reasonably priced. This is well worth the visit if you're in the Wausau area. I know I will be returning.

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Photo of drizzam
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went to the Red Eye with a couple of good friends last night. As soon as we entered we were greeted and seated. The ambiance was excellent...modern decor and a great atmosphere. I noticed several families that had small children seated at the tables in the dining room...kinda cool for a brewery. Our bartender (cute blonde with tattoos) was right on top of it making sure our pints were never empty. She had a great knowledge of beer and was able to readily recommend beers we would enjoy as well as make small talk about beer from other breweries (she even grows her own hot is that?). All of the beers I had were top-notch. You can tell this brewery takes great pride in the beer it brews. I had the Meatatarian was a bit pricey but was very good and I couldn't finish the whole thing, taking home one slice with me.

I was very impressed with this brewery and hope to make it back for one of their release parties. I would recommend it to any of my friends, and actually enjoyed it a bit more than the Great Dane.

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Photo of GJ40
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Visited while in Wausau on business. Red Eye BC's interior is new and modern with a simple yet eclectic decor. There's a small bar area, a fair amount of table seating and an open kitchen.

They only had four on tap at the time including an IPA, a Belgian dubbel, a Belgian wheat and a milk stout. I went with the IPA and it was decent. I also tried the dubbel and it wasn't very Belgian at all.

We had pizza and it was pretty good. The Ahi Pizza was especially interesting with seared Ahi tuna, seaweed and a wasabi sauce.

Red Eye is worth a visit if you're in the area but I preferred the Great Dane for both beer and atmosphere.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped at this establishment on a whim when in Wausau to visit my dad. They have an small but solid selection of beers that will appeal to most. Their food is on the creative side and their pizzas are solid. Plus it is nice that they have what food goes with which beer. Our server was great, upbeat, friendly and fast with everything he did, he also made sure the last beer I had fell within happy hour. Growlers are also available and the prices of the beer are actually pretty good. I would recommend this place to someone wanting some good beer and some good food with a twist.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped by this place to celebrate moving in to my new home. First off, I really loved the atmosphere, it was very modern and inviting. The menu was small but when I go out for beer and food I probably don't want anything other than pizza or a sandwich anyway, so it was acceptable.

I ordered the American IPA and the milk stout which I thought were both very good. I also sampled the belgian wit and the light golden ale and both of them were tasty as well. The beer gets great marks from me.

I ordered a pizza which was good but not great, and also ate part of a panini which was dry but not bad. Spinach and artichoke for the appetizer, which paired well with the IPA.

I will be making the Red Eye a regular stop for me in Wausau!

UPDAT: Now that I have lived here for 6 months and visited the Red Eye many times, I have to bump up some scores. First off, I've never had sub par service so there is no reason to give it less than a 5. Also, they have started tapping more seasonal beers, sometimes having as many as 8 on at one time. And they are fantastic. They have had a great DIPA, Wee Heavy, and Coffee Imperial Stout. I love this place.

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Photo of Ragingbull
4.43/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and I stopped into Red Eye Brewing with our children this past weekend on our way home from the Marathon in Eagle River, Wisconsin. The place is clean and inviting. The staff is friendly and helpful. The beer was fantastic. The food was excellent.

The breakdown. . . atmosphere was kind of jovial. It seemed that the folks working there were having fun. We arrived at about 4 so it was before the dinner crush. There were no problems having children, which is always a plus for those of us who love beer and have children. No "kids menu" but there were high chairs. We saw other families there when we arrived. The paint is fresh and the brick oven adds to the ambiance. Very inviting and relaxed.

Quality. . . everything we got was very good. The beers were above average to great. The service was great. Food was tasty. Quality was exceptional.

Service. . . The server we had was friendly. All the servers were friendly as they smiled as they passed. Those who were at the door were constantly greeting those who entered. Even me, when I went in and out a couple times.

Selection. . . they had 5 of their own beers on tap and they had a beer from Central Waters on tap as well. There was another that was to be released on May 12. As for the food selection, the menu seemed geared mostly to lunches and lighter fare. There wasn't anything that I would classify as a "hearty entree." That is really the only thing that left me wanting.

Food. . . the food was good, but the menu seemed aimed at lighter fare as I said. We had paninis, which were great, and I tried a cup of Scarlet 7 Bisque which was pretty good too. The kids had pizza, which seemed a little salty to me when I had some of the leftovers. The only complaint is that they didn't offer more, but in fairness, what they did have they did well.

The value was pretty good. I can't call it inexpensive, but I was close to clicking that tab. I went with reasonable. I would highly recommend this place. I am not sure if my numbers are as high as some, but that shouldn't be read as a slight, its just I have some places around the country I would rate higher. For the local area, it seems great.

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Photo of dstc
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A couple of blocks away from downtown Wausau located in a modern, cool, warehouse type building. Very good looking menu with some great choices you don't usually find in central and northern WI. Unfortunately we had a clueless waitress. I didn't bother asking about the beer since she didn't even know what salad dressing they had. The soup of the day was a brie soup made with their Scarlet 7 which is a Belgium Double (the waitress also thought there was no cheese in the brie soup). Anyway, soup was awesome, pizza and paninis were awesome. Had the Scarlet 7, was ok, good attempt but too sweet in an artificially way. Had the Pumpkin Ale which was real good, nicely spiced, one of the best pumpkins I had this year. Great place, try it if you can.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This place is in Wausau?

Let's see, what doesn't fit...Yippie and punkrock wait staff... check, wood fired pizzas and small plate...check, tasteful d├ęcor... check, good beer... check. Yep, this should not be in Wausau.

Atmosphere: Red Eye is large open space with a long bar on one wall, brewing equipment in a room behind another, windows along the third, and an exposed, open kitchen along the fourth. Clean red and metal tones dominate.

Service: Friendly, fun to chat with, interesting, and interested (in learning more about beer).

Food: Didn't have any but the menu looks right up my alley. I'll be sure to go on an empty stomach next time.

Selection: 4 taps and a Radler. A bit slim but the place is still new. I sampled an IPA, a stout, a wit, and a Dubbel.

Quality: High. The IPA was the standout for me. It was clean, crisp, and perfectly hoped for optimal flavor and bitterness. The Wit was a close second and had an interesting zing that I found very refreshing. The stout was a spot on, traditional American stout that one would find in many brew pubs across the nation. It wasn't anything special but it was done with out a single flaw. Finally, the dubbel, though not great, wasn't bad either and this pleased me since most American brewers seem to bungle the style big time. Here we had a solid effort that produced a good, drinkable beer. It is no Pater or Rochefort 6 but it isn't bad.

Overall, I am very excited about Red Eye. Here we find a brewer that focuses heavily on quality. I have a feeling that he will work on his products until they are perfect and will continue to come out with good beers. For this reason, the fact that one finds only four on tap does not bother me. I think of the place the same way I think of 21st Amendment in San Francisco for example. Selection may not be wide but quality certainly makes up for it.

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Red Eye Brewing Company in Wausau, WI
Brewery rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 141 ratings