Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.

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3.51/5
Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.
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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

110 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy S
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, 53965
United States

(608) 254-1122 | map
dellsbrewing.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
34
Ratings:
331
Reviews:
129
PLACE STATS
Score:
84
Ratings:
63
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.83%
 
 
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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of emerge077
2.35/5  rDev -36.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

2011: In other Moosejaw/Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co. related news, Moosejaw brewmaster Jamie Baertsch (nee Martin) blows whistle on a local MS charity homebrew event in Baraboo: http://www.wiscnews.com/baraboonewsrepublic/news/local/article_7f16d998-8d88-11e0-8384-001cc4c03286.html

"Brew at the Barn returns June 5 to the The Barn Restaurant and Bar in Baraboo; and event organizer Christin Harding had planned to offer home brews for the public to sample while raising money for the Wisconsin Multiple Sclerosis Society. The event also was slated to serve as a home brew competition...

Harding's plans changed after a concerned citizen, Jamie Martin, contacted various law enforcement agencies regarding the legality of the event. In an email Martin sent to the News Republic, Martin stated Harding was avoiding taxes, violating health codes and endangering The Barn Restaurant and Bar's liquor license."

http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=177485178976213&id=172852729439458

Very uncool, Jaime Martin. Probably didn't expect that to make the news. I'm not planning to patronize Moosejaw/Dells Brewing anymore, based on the actions of their brewmaster. I'd encourage others to do the same, if you care about homebrewers' rights in Wisconsin. Also clearly trying to threaten a local business she's in direct competition with. Talk about next-level shitty.

2007: 3.75 B
Airy hunting lodge meets taxidermist's wet dream...the beer played second fiddle to the wholesome family dining element. Arrived for lunch, plenty of seating midday. We were seated under a collosal moose head and the 3-tier antler chandeliers. Everything was fashioned from wood, even the tap handles in the bar were stubby tree branch segments.

First thing to arrive was the 6 point beer sampler, it was served on a log slice carved with inset circles and numbers for the various beers. The beers were also ordered by number on the menu (12 total). Out of the 6, only the Dunkel was pleasing enough to order a pint of. The Weisse was soapy, Amber: funky, Kilbourn Hop Ale: syrupy, and the Pilsner was average. The Stout was ok, with a good roast coffee character, but not especially memorable.

The table ordered personal size pizzas, which all got the thumbs up. Bruschetta appetizer was a little oily with more garlic than tomato.

None of the beers were exciting enough to take a growler of, but i'd return again to try more options with a pizza. On a side note, the delivery cars are eye-catching, but travelling behind one staring at a moose's hindquarters isn't the best way to advertise a restaurant.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

“Hey, Rocky, watch me pull a pizza out of my hat!” “Aw, gee, Bullwinkle, that trick never works.” Believe me, it works here! Not only that, but they also offered delivery service in a most unusual manner. They have a PT Cruiser with a huge plastic moose splayed across the roof. It was highly amusing and I tried to wave the driver down for a ride from my motel, but to no avail.

Arriving on hoof, I quickly noticed just how big this place was: three levels, including a basement, a first floor, and a second story, all of which were jammed with people, especially little kids chowing down on pizza and wearing paper moose horns. Man, was I envious, especially when I could not find a seat for looking. The m.d.s. was directly through the vestibule entryway and as I said, man, were they busy! They could not find a seat for me in either the basement or the first floor bar, so I was left to my own devices. I managed to secure the last seat before the server’s station at the end of the second floor bar, which was fortuitous, as I will soon explain.

Ascending the steps to the left of the entryway, the laminated pine bar was to the extreme right, facing aft. At the bar, now facing forward towards the front windows, the ten serving tanks were to the left, past the bar. The five fermentation vessels were in the left window, still facing forward, and the brightly polished copper brewhouse was in the right window. Now, a note on their décor: rustic. It was mainly pine in various forms like planks, logs, and tongue-in-groove boards and much of it was very rough-hewn. They also had some exposed stone masonry and I spotted a bunch f stuffed and mounted animals. In fact, the chandeliers were fashioned from antlers, a phenomenon that I had experienced only once before, with AutumnalDave, at the Millrose Restaurant and Brewing Company in South Barrington, IL. The atmosphere was like going to my uncle’s hunting cabin in the Northern Tier of PA, except that they had craft beer and good eats, especially pizza, at this place.

As I sat eating pizza, drinking beer, and taking copious notes, I was engaged in a great conversation with an out-of-town couple from Iowa and with my enthusiastic, willing-to-learn server, Calvin. I held forth, as I am often wont to do, about the brewing process, the styles of beer, and what I was doing, both in terms of my travel and my note taking. Calvin imparted to us that their brewer was a female named Jaime McGuire, which is notable since there simply are not that many female brewers at this point in time, while brewing used to be thought of as a “woman’s craft” in the Middle Ages.

After I ate and paid up, I went back downstairs, since the crowd had begun to abate and I wanted to really take in the place. On the first floor, the bar was to the extreme right, facing aft, with the washrooms straight aft from the bar. In the washrooms were some bas-/low-relief tiles of a bear and its cub as well as one of two stags/bucks. Down here, the southwest/hunter/sportsman theme was VERY prevalent. Antler chandeliers – OK. Trophy heads, including a bear with a raccoon hat – OK. Hooves as coat hooks – there I drew the line. That just struck me as really hardcore, which is not intended as a value judgment, but merely as my personal opinion. If you dig it, so be it.

The basement was down another set of stairs and included the Rathskeller and Arcade areas with the bar dead ahead upon entering. The arcade games were off to the right with a shuffleboard game against the far right wall. The far right walls were ringed with displays of vintage cans and some trays for the Breweriana enthusiast, which would include yours truly.

Let’s move onto their beer. They started me with three lagers – Light Lager (4.5%), Dunkel Lager (5.5%), and Pils (5%). We then progressed through their inventory with Honey Ale (4.0%), Weissbier (5.0%), Dells Chief Amber Ale (5.0%), Raspberry Cream Ale (4.0%), Kilbourn Hop Ale (5.5%), Apple Ale (6.2%), and Nitro Stout, on N2 pour, not because it was due to explode (5.5%). I should note that they have growlers for sale, so that should you be taken with one of their offerings, you will be able to get it to-go. I liked everything, but I really liked the Kilbourn Hop Ale.

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Photo of Redrover
3.83/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I was able to stop by Moosejaw on a Saturday for lunch and beers. When walking in, my first impression was how big this place is. Three levels each with their own bar.

It is decorated as a large Northwood's lodge. Massive logs and beams, stuffed animals, old advertisements and newspapers, etc line the walls.

We settled into the bar room on the main floor. The service while friendly is a bit slow. Lots of young servers that would rather chat with each other than check on their customers. We weren't in any hurry, so it didn't bug me to much (except when I needed a refill).

I was impressed with their beer offerings 6 regulars plus four specials. I had a tasty pumpkin ale and a very decent red beer made with rye.

The food was pretty typical pub fare. It was well executed and came out in a decent amount of time. I think most folks will find something they like.

I must admit that the Moosejaw was much better than I thought it would be. Given the extremely touristy nature of the Dells, I expected a few subpar beer offerings, mediocre foods and tacky décor. Glad I was wrong!

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Photo of dirtylou
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

stopped in Moosejaw on the way back from an eastern excursion about 45 minutes past the dells - had been here once, but only for lunch

Welcome to the Wisconsin Dells - a tourist trap of dynamic proportions. Why my beloved Chicagoans get suckered into draining their paycheck in this playland is beyond me.

The Moosejaw fits the bill of the area - it takes on a northwoods theme, huge log cabin exterior, giant moose out front. There are company cars with massive moose on top. The inside carries on the northwoods motif. The clientele on this given day was almost certainly all tourists - i counted a number of people with multicolored wristbands (often marking your stay at a local indoor waterpark).

Beerlist was rather brief - 8-10 taps. The one that jumped out was a dark coffee stout, which i actually really liked.

Service was fine, but no beer knowledge in the vicinity.

We ordered a thin crust pizza and it was pretty tasty - menu consists primarily of pizza and bar food.

If you get stuck in the Dells, this is probably where you need to end up.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped on a Saturday night, the place moderately packed. It has the family place feel with pizza seemingly the dominant food. Had a flight of beers and the IPA and Stout were very good, and the others were solid. Architecturally the building has a rustic cabin theme, with nice tiles on the ceiling. Server seemed to know a bit about beer, and also seemed to enjoy talking about it. Selection of brews may have been slightly above a place of the sort. In retrospect, I find this to be a nice place to visit in the Dells. I thought prices were decent, considering it is probably in the tourist mecca of Wisconsin.

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Photo of cbcrunch
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Avoid peak times because this place gets packed! I stopped in midafternoon on a recent Saturday visit to the area and benefited greatly from the subdued atmosphere and readily available service.

Moosejaw is huge. There are three bars and several eating areas. The whole place is decorated in fo-up-north. No less than 47,000 elk, moose, and deer were slaughtered to construct the chandeliers alone. I heard a rumor that Moosejaw was number thirty-six on PETA Wisconsin’s list of places to “liberate.”

Beer selection consists of 9 taps, and one nitro. Bottles appear to be limited to ML and BL. The best beers I’ve had there are the Nut Brown and the Hop Ale, which uses locally grown hops. The Pils is also very good. Growlers are available for $13 or $10 if it’s a refill.

The staff are great but when this place gets busy service slacks quite a bit. Food is above average pub fare and pizza. Prices are pretty good, especially for the Dells.

Family friendly so you can take the kids and fill up your growler to enjoy back at the water park.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Photo of italianstallion
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of beerwolf77
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

We make sure to hit this place every trip to the dells.

I agree with other reviews that this place is a bit like chuck e cheese but I knew that going in so it's not a knock on the place. The beer is very good. My girlfriend and I polished of a pint of everything they offer and once again we were quite pleased. The bartenders are super fun and know their beer. With 10 taps to choose from you should be able to find something you like.
The food is always good. I suggest the pizza since it's their star. Not to mention it's delicious.

Overall this is a great place to drink a craft brew and get good food in the dells.

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Photo of shivtim
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This joint is like a giant three-level log cabin with what looks like the remains of a wildlife park on the wall. It was beyond packed when I got there (7PM on a weekday). It had to be a firecode violation; this place was wall-to-wall people including the stairs. I was by myself and still couldn't find a spot at one of the three bars. Eventually I got a seat at the basement bar, surrounded by little kids playing video games. Yikes. I decided just to order quesodillas to expidite the process, and it's a good thing because it still took 45 minutes for those to arrive. The bartenders were working their butts off though, so I'll still give service a 4. The beer was good (I had a kilbourn hop ale), but this place definitely seems more like a family vacation restaurant than a microbrewery. I bet it's much different during the off-season and when you can actually grab a spot at the main bar.

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Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Moose Jaw Pizza and Brewing Company is a great big showy lodge-style building with a restaurant and bar area downstairs and the brewing area in the upper loft. It looks very touristy, so our expectations were lowered. It actually turned out to be not that bad!

I ordered the Imperial Winter Warmer (8.5% ABV) which was brewed with peated malt, and aged in oak barrels. It was served in a snifter, and was quite impressive! They have a female brewer (which I found very interesting), and she claims this may be the best beer she's ever made, I couldn't agree more....it was very nice and far beyond what I expected!

C didnt want to commit to a single brew so she went with the Six Point - a sample tray of six 5-oz glasses which she got to choose.

Honey Ale (4% ABV) and made with Wisconsin Honey - this was surprisingly drinkable; light and sweet

Dell's Chief Amber Ale (5% ABV) - could not finish even five ounces...way to sweet and boring.

Raspberry Crème Ale (4% ABV) - brewed with real raspberries - not extract; this was refreshing and tasty, and had a fabulous aroma of fresh fruit!

Kilbourne Hop Ale (5.5% ABV) - brewed with locally grown hops for Brownie Zinke's Hop Farm; her and my favorite of the Six Point; nice hoppy flavor!

Stand Rock Bock (6.8% ABV)..nothing exciting but a solid bock nonetheless.

Milk Stout (5.8% ABV) - a little thin, but otherwise fairly well done stout.

We ordered a little snack - I had the Wisconsin cheese and beer soup, which included nice chunks of vegetable and little chunks of bratwurst; C settled for the lightweight side house salad.

Our bartender was good and overall the place exceeded what I was expecting. If you find yourself in The Dells this place certainly is worth a stop....although I would hate to see it in the middle of the tourist season!!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

I'm gonna give this a half point boost in atmosphere because its the Dells! Being there for the first time on a bachelor party doesn't hurt either. Had to lay down some food and drinks before the trip to Cruisin' Chubbies.

Anyways, log cabin exterior, massive place inside. Tons of seating area, multiple rooms etc. . . shit ton of misbehaved kids with single mothers and grandmothers it seemed. Git rid of the kids and the atmosphere is almost perfect.

Beers all have the same taste, bland feel, same yeast strain. Nothing hoppy, nothing thick, nothing over the top, all middle of the road easy access beers. Staff tries to sound educated, but comes off extremely lacking. The pale is not super bitter nor hoppy. The stout is not super high in alcohol etc. . .

Food is pretty bland, overcooked. Have had the elk burger and pizza before.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

This is the Dell's after all and this place does market to that audience but it wasn't bad. I was suspecting pint glasses with moose antlers or something but the cherry beer actually had its own glassware, a stemmed flute.

The beer was served a bit too cold so a lot of the flavor was hidden unless you let it warm up a bit. One a Thursday night in Feb. this place was pretty full. With about 1/3 of the people drinking BMC from the bottle, 1/3 drinking Moosejaw beers, and the other 1/3 drinking random neon colored cocktails. They had a decent selection of styles and some home made sodas aswell.

The food was a bit dull and underwhelming pub fare. Mozzarella sticks were rolled in tortillas and fried served with cold marinara sauce. Elk burger was from a frozen patty and fish sandwich was not bad.

When in the dells this is the place to go for craft beer. I guess.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of zimm421
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here while on vacation with my girlfriends family. I knew we'd be stopping in the Dells for the weekend and decided to look up good places to eat and grab a beer.

The decor is definitely unique and inviting. Everything fits together very well and looks pretty good. The service was good, we got everything we ordered very quickly, and it was all as ordered. We must have walked in at just the right time, because they sat us down immediately, but when driving by later, the line was way out the door.

The beer is decent, nothing to drool over, but still nice to get a locally brewed beer when on vacation. They had a decent selection to choose from, but besides their beers all I saw was Miller Lite. We all ordered pizza and enjoyed it all, but the personal pizzas were smaller than expected.

Overall, definitely a good place to stop if you're looking for a local brew and some decent pizza.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

When one is in the Dell's...one must visit the Moosejaw on principle. The brewery is located on one of the main strips in a big log cabin type building. The atmosphere is hit a little...not because of the decor...is that it is more for family night out after a long day in the Dells. The quality of the food and beer was both very good. The service was quite attentive and happy to help. The selection for both food and beer was decent....although it is a pizza place. So I had the pizza, pan style and it was very good. I had a 10 pc sampler, one pint, two adult entres, three kid meals & drinks, and two appetizers....total was $100....seemed a bit much for mid-Wisconsin.

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Photo of botham
2.33/5  rDev -37.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Moosejaw is NOT impressive. A previous reviewer said it best when he compared this place to a Chuck E Cheese's that brews its own beer; tons of families and screaming kids, even around the bar area.

The place is huge (typical for the Dells). Three levels of faux log cabin-esque décor with various taxidermy strewn about. It feels like the Leinie's lodge without the canoes. None of the staff are educated regarding the beer, and none seem to even drink beer for themselves (one bartender told this BA that the only 'dark' option on the menu was the amber!).

The beers themselves were all similar in character, which means that either the same yeast strain is being used for all of them, or there is some discrepancy in the brewing process that gives all of them the same, caramel-like character (bad lines, perhaps?). The offerings were all standard, with nothing standing out as good or unique.

The food was decent, but not impressive. It was quite clear that tables should eat and leave in a timely manner in order to maximize turnover and profits. That, coupled with the fact that probably three quarters of the people in the place were under 13 years old makes this a bad stop for beer.

Bottom line: skip this place if you are looking for a good brewpub.

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Photo of BigAl18
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of stouts4me
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Service was excellent. Good selection of beer. Food (pizza) was very tasty.

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Photo of Florida9
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

There probably isn't too much to say about Moosejaw that hasn't already benn said before. This is a pizza place. Midwestern style pizza to be exact, but thankfully they don't party cut it. And, since this is the Dells it's packed full of tourists and kids and everyone's eating pizza.
That said, the pizza isn't all that bad. It's not all that good either, but the sauce is sweet and they load it with cheese. I've had worse.
The beer is about the same as the pizza. Fairly generic and brewed for the masses. It's unexciting enough that I didn't even bother filling my growler even though fills only cost $11 and I had brought my growler with me.
I will say my server was a really good guy. I might not have liked Moosejaw much, but my sever was attentive and was willing to get me a sample of whatever I wanted.
In the end Moosejaw is what it is: a pizza pub in a tourist town. I didn't expect much and I didn't get much in return.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of TooGood
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co. in Wisconsin Dells, WI
3.51 out of 5 based on 331 ratings.
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