Karben4 Brewing

Karben4 BrewingKarben4 Brewing
Karben4 BrewingKarben4 Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(608) 241-4812 | map
karben4.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.01
Beers:
35
Reviews:
266
Ratings:
1,752
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.25
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
117
pDev:
7.76%
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Reviews by guityler83:
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guityler83 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev 0%

A great new spot with lots of potential.

We stopped in Karben4 on the way back from a hike at Devil's Lake. Very easy to find, near the Madison airport in a business park. Walking in, my immediate impression was "this place has to be well established" But it is a newer (1 year open?) brewery. The decor was modern with the gray and green color scheme, large canvas artwork on the walls. large polished wood bar - everything very clean.

Finding a spot at the bar was no problem, it was a Sunday evening so it wasn't extremely busy. From the bar we had a view of a couple of windows to see the brewing system and a bottling line that, the bartender later explained, would be used in the near future. The list of beers was 8 long with Fantasy Factory, Oaktoberfest, a Smoked Porter and a good mix of other beers to please most pallets.

I went with a flight of 4 varieties - Fantasy Factory was my favorite with its juicy mango flavor and aroma jumping out of the glass.. The Oaktoberfest (an white oak aged oktoberfest) was a perfect fall beer and was right behind FF. The food menu was top notch also. Homemade pretzel buns, curry soup and a very good vinaigrette dressing on a salad I normally would pass over.

The service was excellent and the bartender ended up being one of the four owners. He humored some of my questions on the name and the beers before we headed out. I would have liked to see more experimentation on there beers, but being so new I cant knock them for it. They need to dial in some main stays - And so far those are tasting mighty good.

Keep up the good work and I'll be looking forward to the future of Karben4

Oct 10, 2014
More User Reviews:
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B-rett from Wisconsin

4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Apr 09, 2020
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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
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grahuba from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Jul 04, 2018
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EspressoGuy from Canada

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

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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Gobearswalter34 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

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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Oconomowocian from Wisconsin

3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

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
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sgttibbs from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

May 07, 2018
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Zenboy99 from Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Mar 30, 2018
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Foxman27 from Iowa

4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Feb 21, 2018
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

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
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LXIXME from New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Jun 18, 2017
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Jaszucs from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Jan 19, 2017
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Billolick from New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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
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Hendrick24 from Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Jul 10, 2016
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norcalhophead from Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Jul 06, 2016
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jimoo from Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Jun 17, 2016
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pkeating59 from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Jun 06, 2016
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Peepskp from Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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
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fredmugs from Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Feb 05, 2016
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millelacsmark from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Jan 30, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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
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jpbolton from Maryland

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Dec 30, 2015
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Soneast from Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Dec 20, 2015
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Nov 08, 2015
Karben4 Brewing in Madison, WI
Brewery rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 1752 ratings