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Capital BreweryCapital Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar

7734 Terrace Avenue/ PO Box 620185
Middleton, Wisconsin, 53562
United States

(608) 836-7100 | map

Capital Brewery brewed the first batch of beer, a pilsner, in the spring of 1986 and was founded to brew traditional German style lager beer in America. It has branched out to include American style ales, barrel aged beers, and now brews four distinct IPA’s.
Capital is committed to sustainability and installed solar electric panels in April of 2014. Spent grain is provided to feed cattle raised by an area farmer. The Capital Brewery Bike Club was formed in 2009 and now over 100 riders meet regularly at the Brewery every Tuesday and Thursday when the weather is pleasant.

The Capital Beer Garden is open April through October and often hosts live music as well as numerous public and private events. It is known as ‘Middleton’s Backyard’ and typically attracts over 1500 patrons on Fridays, May through September.

The indoor Bier Stube is open during the winter months (approximately Nov- April) and is also available for private events. Tours of the facility may be scheduled on its website.

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 58
Photo of qcbrewer
3.58/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Note on the vibe - I was only inside due to the 15 degree weather outside. I see very clearly that they have a really nice looking beer garden. I just think the over all atmosphere is lacking on the inside. The hallway to the tap room however is pretty neat because it shows the massive amount of awards they've acquired through the years.

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Photo of Chaz
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Visited the brewery back in 2009.

It made for a fun little side-visit in-between the tour of the old Huber (now-Minhas) Brewery in Monroe and the nearby New Glarus brewery.

The tour itself was fun if a bit perfunctory; No brewing or packaging operations were taking place on my visit -- unlike at the other two, nearby breweries. It was really just a spin through the building and grounds/beer garden (very nice beer garden with live music!) along with a couple of small samples served in itty-bitty logo-printed "mugs" -- tasting glasses the size of shot glasses! Not bad for $3 (or whatever nominal fee I paid), but as Capital had for years been participating in a significant program of alternating proprietorship with Stevens Point Brewing, I really wish that I had asked a little about that arrangement -- it would've been much more educational for me in the long run.

Capital is a solid brewery, and I will always enjoy re-visiting their brands.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.39/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited the brewery and did the tour. It was very fun and informative. During the tour sampling occurred, which was different from any other tour. I liked how they explained the ingredients on the beers they sampled and taught the guests how to examine their brews. The brew master gave the tour and he knew his stuff. Afterwards there is a tasting room and Bier Stube. The gift shop is directly adjacent to the bar. Tours were $5 and included 3 samples and a sample glass.

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Photo of craft_shannie
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

I've been to Capital's beer garden a couple of times while I've been in the area, and I've come to the conclusion that IF you happen to be in area already with a large group of ppl & and a couple of dogs looking for a place to enjoy some carryout in an outdoor setting w some average draft beer, this is your place. otherwise, there are better spaces/venues and definitely better beers on tap to be had in the Madison area.

big space: twenty-five or so long picnic tables, w. individual chairs sprinkled along the perimeter, pretty descent stage to anchor one of the sides. haven't been, but they offer concerts/shows on Thursday & Friday nights. service consists of beer tenders behind an long bar, pleasant enough - but nothing special. when we visited there were 6 or so capital brews on tap w. a small local brewery on two guest taps.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Another stop on the bachelor brewery tour.

Great outdoor beer garden setting here. Huge bar with at least 5-6 tap stations. No stools at the bar but a ton of tables for drinking and soaking up the weather. Stage at the back. Reminded me a bit of Summerfest.

The selection consisted of about 6-8 different capitol seasonals and year round offerings. Everything tasted fresh and clean.

Service was decent. Maybe a touch slow for my taste. The tour was a bit lackluster for $5. You did get to keep your tasting glass and received 3 samples.

Overall I could see this place being a great spot ot catch some live music on a warm summer night.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stop #220 on my world brewery tour.

Solo visit around 7 on a Wednesday in early August. Entered directly into the spacious beer garden where I spent my entire visit.

Large bar spanning the width of the beer garden. I imagine this is good when the place is crowded during events.

I'm not a big drinker of Capital beers to begin with and the beer list seemed like their standard offerings. Nothing jumped out at me as special or seasonal so I went with the weiss in a clear plastic cup (with a $3 option to upgrade to glass). $4 for the beer with a $1 tip. I think it was 16 or 20 oz.

The beer garden with had a ton of large wooden tables and I was fortunate to find a plastic patio chair with a back to sip my brew and people watch.

No food offered here and many people had their own food and dogs on leashes. They say no carry in beverages but I saw people drinking soda that they appeared to have brought in themselves.

While the location seems like suburban Madison, there is a quaint village area around the corner and the town of Middleron does have a bit of historic charm along with the mega mart and upscale chain dining options close by.

A good choice if you have a large group of people, want to be outside, or there is a special summer event going on.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I stopped here this past summer before a concert. This day it seemed there wasn't much for high end beers, although I enjoyed the bier garten and the weather (and all the lightbugs!). The service was very impersonal, but an event was going on inside (I think a high school reunion). Was somewhat disappointed, but will give this place another chance when I can go in doors. Basic line up beers were all solid, but not great. Brewery location is a double edged sword; great for people on the west side of greater Madison, but also hurt by its remoteness from the other breweries in the area.

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Photo of zebulon
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by while passing through Madison.

I found the atmosphere normal bar atmosphere maybe a little more light than "normal". There were neighborhood people just sitting around and it was easy to strike up a conversation.

Good selection of their own beers, which is understandable, although nothing that you couldn't get in a bottle. Bar tender was very informative and liked to talk beer.

No food served, but no problem bringing in your own carry out. The bar tender recommended someplaces and said you could have it delivered there.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I stopped by the bier garten a few times over the Summer to grab a drink with my sister and some of her friends. The bier garten is a nice place to visit on nice Summer day. There are probably two dozen picnic benches for people to sit in. The benches are surrounded by bushes and trees that cover up the surrounding buildings around the brewery.

I'm honestly not a huge Capital Brewery fan as far as beer goes. I picked up the U.S. Pale Ale and the Island Wheat. Both were good, but nothing spectacular. Both sessionable beers, but lacking in flavor in my opinion. At least they have a decent selection of beer for people to chose from.

The service was average, just employees standing behind the counter to serve you your beer. Since there is no food offering it's a bit tough to rate the service beyond average.

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Capital Brewery in Middleton, WI
3.68 out of 5 based on 4,164 ratings.
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