Mars' Cheese Castle

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Mars' Cheese CastleMars' Cheese Castle
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Mars' Cheese CastleMars' Cheese Castle

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2800 120th Ave
Kenosha, Wisconsin, 53144-7531
United States

(262) 859-2244 | map

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Added by beerwolf77 on 06-01-2011

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

This is a tourist trap with high prices and average service. That said, the beer selection is solid. They also have a big cooler, so there's plenty of cold choices too. I stopped because I wanted to check it out and it is easy to get on and off the expressway. Not sure if I'll go back for the beer. The selection of quality cheese is impressive.

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Photo of cryptichead
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Barnoloid
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Beer store selection is decent - plenty New Glarus, although pricey on that side. Picked up a 4 pack of Pseudosue (not refrigerated) which involved purchasing a 4 pack of Golden Nugget dated from August. Not turning my nose up totally at a 5 month old IPA but feeling like this was a little off base. The pack was held behind the till, hence no chance to check the dates before buying. Ah well. Cheese was good!

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Photo of Angerhaus
2.69/5  rDev -24.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Hendrick24
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of puftdank
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of pagriley
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of tommy5
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Eman17
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of blue-dream
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of hoffke88
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of Buttermilk
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of joe1510
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.75

Mar's Cheese Castle is the tourist trap to end all tourist traps, with that said they do provide a decent beer selection and some quality WI cheese. Mar's is not far from the border so it's the closest place Chicagoans can go to get their Wisconsin roadside cheese shop fix while their kids run around like maniacs and knock things over. Sausage and beer are also available. Everytime I've stopped here it feels like an amusement park, people are just out of control.

The beer selection is solid. Mostly Wisconsin locals. Ale Asylum, New Glarus, MKE, Lakefront, and the like. There are a good selection of seasonals around and things seem to be fairly well taken care of. I've never had problems with out of date or old beer.

Last time I was in all the cashier did was bitch about kids and not getting to take her lunch on time, she was miserable. I couldn't hardly get her to ring me up. If you're crossing the border for either beer or cheese I would recommend a stop at Woodman's in Oak Creek. Better cheese, beer, and all sorts of other local Wisconsin offerings.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A- typical tourist stop. Tons of people and crap that you would buy and never need.

Q-Top notch cheese and all of the new galarus 6ers in the fridge and warm for purchase

S-Didn't really encounter anyone, no need to

S-For what it is, a tourist stop, it was a good selection. Everything reasonably priced

F-Good array of local Wisconsin food. Some of the food is marked up, but didnt really notice it with the beer. High quality stuff too.

Would I stop here again? Prolly not. Was it worth it? Yes. I can say I have been to a cheese castle

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Photo of emerge077
2.69/5  rDev -24.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

Low service score is for the blatant price gouging.

Disneyland of cheese. Once inside the door, children were hugging a giant mouse with an equally giant cheese wedge... okay. Frenzied families of tourists everywhere, in a sterile grocery store setting. Nothing like the kitschy old location but still fairly overpriced.

The beer area is to the left past the registers, towards the back, adjacent to a food court type area. Two short shelves, imports one side, micros on the other. Token WI beers from New Glarus, Ale Asylum, Sprecher, MKE, Hinterland (only a couple from each). Endcap with NG Unplugged singles. Pretty good import selection, Belgian heavy, though there was Sam Smith and a couple Spaten including Optimator. Rochefort, Chimay for trappists and Cuvee des Trolls. Craft in the cooler was ok, some Bells, Founders, Goose Island. Nothing too extensive or especially interesting here. Typical pricing example: Thumbprint Barleywine is $12 here (no case discount offered), $9.19 at Woodmans (case discount).

Didn't see any signage or anything indicating a bar in the building (went in the front entrance). It was mostly families running around everywhere, cheese shopping and chowing down. Bar has a separate side entrance, and they open at 11am.

No employees around besides at the deli counter and multiple cashiers. Another roadside tourist attraction not really worth a beer stop with Woodmans so close. If it's cheese/sausage you're after, Bobby Nelson's is high quality without the crowds of tourists.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.25/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The "new" castle is quite impressive. Especially from a size stand point. It literally is a castle. The place is huge. I made my way through all the themed rooms and was very impressed. The jams, jellies and salsas room was nice as well as the bakery. However I was here for beer and cheese. Well TMC did not disappoint. The craft section was very well put together. Pretty much all your Wisconsin needs as well as all the usual Midwest beers. Sixers, bombers, singles and a make your own New Glarus six pack. Very cool. The cheese was plentiful and they certainly didn't skimp on the free samples.

Once through all that, we headed over to the bar area. It's connected to the store and you can access it from there but it does have it's own entrance as well. Huge oval shaped bar with 4 huge flat screens. It seemed like the taps were geared toward the transitional palate. NG Totally Naked, Spotted cow and Unplugged Apple ale. Lakefront Wheat Monkey and so on. Nothing super sexy from a beer geek stand point but solid. Bottles covered pretty much all the local favorites.

My favorite part of the bar was while enjoying your tap beer they continually passed a tray of crackers and a huge bucket of port wine cheese around the bar for your enjoyment. Grab a couple crackers, slather with cheese and pass. Very cool.

You can order food from the sandwich shop in the store and they bring it right to your stool.

Overall I wish this place was next to my house. I would drink here everyday.

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Mars' Cheese Castle in Kenosha, WI
Place rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 18 ratings