The Malt House

BA SCORE
98
world-class

65 Ratings
The Malt HouseThe Malt House
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

2609 E Washington Ave
Madison, Wisconsin, 53704-5025
United States

(608) 204-6258 | map
malthousetavern.com

Notes:
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Added by DaPeculierDane on 06-29-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
98
Ratings:
65
Reviews:
28
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
3.35%
 
 
Taps:
18
Bottles/Cans:
150
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by johnkale:
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4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Went here last night for the first time hoping to get some NG Bourbon Barrel Kriek. Too late for that unfortunately. Still enjoyed myself immensely.

Very long bar, screen door that slams, incredibly loudly, echoey space that was pretty loud without any music. While too noisy due to basic acoustics the whole vibe managed to be incredibly unpretentious, simple decor, lots of small tables, fairly well lit (for a bar), and a nice amount of outdoor seating. There was an Irish band last night that was kind of obnoxious, but apparently they also have live bluegrass music which sounds more enjoyable.

Beer selection is excellent, glassware is varied and appropriately used, bartenders know how to pour. Tried a number of Belgians I was unfamiliar with, and there was a good selection of Wisconsin brews on tap. Other parts of the US seemed underrepresented on the taps but plenty of stuff in bottles and a wide variety of styles.

Service would have been better if there had been more bartenders working, the two people behind the bar were running around constantly and I had to wait quite a while for service for my first couple of brews. Pricing was pretty reasonable, though there were plenty of rarer bottles on the menu that were way out of my price range.

This is definitely one of Madison's best beer bars, and its refreshing to see a place like this away from the downtown area. Wish it was closer to my place, but with summer coming I'm more likely to walk/bike a distance to get a drink, will definitely be a repeat customer.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Craiger1967
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of tapowers
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Bruce5
4.3/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 1

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of tourdot
3.88/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of barleywin
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of DaddyPorter
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Duff27
4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Sixpoint
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

a true midwestern vibe...right on East Wash, and totally unexpected...but inside, it is a glorious watering hole

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Photo of djhowell
4.3/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of atone315
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Stopped here on Friday with a group of 7, sat at some tables in a chill corner. For a place that was as packed as it was, it was pretty damn relaxing. Craft beers and craft cocktails, there was something for everyone in our group. No food served here but I did see a few people bring food in and even saw a pizza delivered to a group sitting at the bar. Will definitely stop here every time we are in Madison.

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Photo of redleg411
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Diaper-Daniels
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Unphased
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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The Malt House in Madison, WI
4.48 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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