Karben4 Brewing

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Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

3698 Kinsman Blvd
Madison, Wisconsin, 53704-2509
United States

(608) 241-4812 | map

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3.75 by SSGCujo from Wisconsin on Apr 19, 2022
4.15 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Aug 22, 2021
4.61 by B-rett from Wisconsin on Apr 09, 2020
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4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Cool little brewpub in small industrial building on north side of Madison. Warehouse chic vibe with vinyl-topped L-shaped bar opposite the entry that seats about 20, with tables along the perimeter, and an outdoor patio. 16 well-assorted beers on tap, I had the Fantasy Factory and it was marvelous. Friendly bartender. (There is a promotion where if one goes to Next Door, One Barrel, and Karben4 in a day he or she get a can glass - I'm in.) Very laid back place, look forward to spending more time here in the future.

Sep 19, 2019
4 by grahuba from Connecticut on Jul 04, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75
by EspressoGuy from Canada (BC)

Cool place. Nice change to have TCM movies on TV right over the bar. Friendly mix of locals working in the light industrial neighbourhood or and beer geeks. 12 house beers available on tap. The four I had were all very good (Dragon Flute APA, Chamomile Saison, Brett IPA) to great (double hopped IPA). Friendly staff. I would definitely go back to try more. Food menu is pretty good with a few interesting vegetarian options.

Jun 01, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4
by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

Great service, friendly people, 9 beers, no stout/porter though. Great beerwith several apa/ipas. Good lovation that needs more parking. Small souvenier station. Worth it

Jun 01, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
by Oconomowocian from Wisconsin

They are in the old Ale Asylum space on the other side of the airport. Rather run of the mill tap room in a business park. Never tried their food. Beers are solid.

May 11, 2018
4 by sgttibbs from Minnesota on May 07, 2018
4.19 by Zenboy99 from Wisconsin on Mar 30, 2018
4.44 by Foxman27 from Iowa on Feb 21, 2018
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3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

Long bar in a semi hipster warehouse place with large artwork on the walls. Beer was decent, but staff had to ask each other about the stats on the beers when I asked. Parking can be tough. Vibe lively.

Dec 10, 2017
4.1 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Jun 18, 2017
4.06 by Jaszucs from Indiana on Jan 19, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
by Billolick from New York

love this place...great place to get some brews, pick up some bottles and have some chow....mid sized room...out side area (but closed when we visited)...friendly and fun staff...all the food we tried was fresh and tasty and all the beer was on point...was in town for a week and pretty sure I went at least 4 times with about 3 dif groups of people...casual and easy going athmosphere...just go

Jul 10, 2016
4.23 by Hendrick24 from Wisconsin on Jul 10, 2016
4.53 by norcalhophead from Wisconsin on Jul 06, 2016
4.74 by jimoo from Massachusetts on Jun 17, 2016
3.84 by pkeating59 from Illinois on Jun 06, 2016
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
by Peepskp from Wisconsin

Excellent clean and trendy brew pub. Great decor, good food, and fantastic beer. A real up and comer in the microbrew scene. These guys know their beer!

Apr 15, 2016
3.7 by fredmugs from Indiana on Feb 05, 2016
4.29 by millelacsmark from Minnesota on Jan 30, 2016
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3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
by zeff80 from Missouri

Odd, less than attractive neighborhood. Very industrial. Nice selection of good beer. They have some really fun snack foods for the kids. And games, too. I had a nice trip here. It was winter so there was no patio usage, but I imagine it would be great in the summer.

Jan 01, 2016
4.83 by jpbolton from Maryland on Dec 30, 2015
4.33 by Soneast from Wisconsin on Dec 20, 2015
4.1 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Nov 08, 2015
4.23 by adamranders from Wisconsin on Oct 24, 2015
4.36 by BecauseWhalezbro from Colorado on Oct 12, 2015
4.11 by kodt from Illinois on Oct 12, 2015
3.95 by krome from Illinois on Oct 10, 2015
4.19 by Zatch90 from Wisconsin on Oct 07, 2015
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4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75
by Bruce5 from Pennsylvania

First time since Ale Asylum moved out, Karben 4 is definitely a step up. Opened up the space, much better vibe and a decent food menu. I am a hops lover so this place is perfect, enjoy how they have balanced the hops with the malt flavors but beyond that the choices are limited.

Aug 24, 2015
4.21 by BarrelAgedG from California on Aug 24, 2015
3.75 by Kegatron from Pennsylvania on Aug 14, 2015
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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
by EvilMidnightBomber from Wisconsin

I'm embarrassed to admit that I've lived in Madison since before Karben4 opened, and I hadn't visited before tonight.
Enjoyed my visit, though, and will definitely be coming back. They were busy but not slammed, and the service at the bar was friendly and knowledgeable. Had a pizza and a flight consisting of everything they don't bottle, followed by a full glass of Idiot Farm which was really good. Second favorite beer was Under Cover, which I would not have guessed coming in.
If I have a complaint, it would be the lack of variety. Despite their claim of being malt focused, their beer menu is full of IPAs, and not much else. Oh, and they need a bigger bike rack.

Aug 01, 2015
4.05 by UWBadgerFan4Life from Wisconsin on Jul 08, 2015
4.23 by Zuidman from Illinois on Jun 28, 2015
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3.28/5  rDev -22.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
by DaveAnderson from Minnesota

Karben4 landed smack dab on one of my pet peeves. The hand soap is so strongly perfumed that I can't appreciate my beer. The smell is overwhelming, and makes it impossible to rate their beers

Terrible. I

Jun 28, 2015
3.98 by jonesjere from Wisconsin on Jun 22, 2015
4.09 by Gatordaddy from Maryland on Jun 17, 2015
Karben4 Brewing in Madison, WI
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