Tyranena Brewing Company

Tyranena Brewing CompanyTyranena Brewing Company
BA SCORE
77.6%
Liked Their Beers
3.96 w/ 8,379 ratings
Tyranena Brewing CompanyTyranena Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1025 Owen Street
Lake Mills, Wisconsin, 53551
United States

(920) 648-8699 | map
tyranena.com

Notes:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate

BEER STATS
Beers:
40
Reviews:
3,845
Ratings:
8,379
Liked:
6,498
Average:
3.96/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
95.5%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
88
Liked:
84
Avg:
4.29/5
pDev:
8.16%
 
 
View: Beers | Place Reviews | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

A great brewery in a state with very good breweries. A drive from Madison, and a bit of a day trip from Milwaukee. Check the hours before you go. I had no indication it was open only at 430 pm and doors locked to the very minute. A decent sized room with a bar and tables, and lots of great glasses to try or buy. Not that much of a selection but of course all very good beers. Bartenders were competent, and i was nit getting answers by these ladies to basic technical questions. Most staff concerned with the big orders, and the multi growler fills. Being allergic to dogs, the constant presence of one by staff was not helpful.

 630 characters

Photo of LXIXME
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stop #224 on my brewery tour of the world.

25 minutes or so from Madison. Visited on a Thursday evening in early August - wonderful Wisconsin summer weather.

I was on my phone headset dealing with business pretty much the entire time so I lost a bit of focus (spoke low and sat outside away from others).

Pole barn facility with medium size tasking room and nice outdoor patio with lots of grassy area for youngsters to run around. Plenty of hops growing on their hop vines out back.

The bartender set me up with the full sampler, brought it out to me, and even came back to pick up the empties.

All beers were solid but the bourbon brown stood out. Just enough bourbon flavor to balance with the lighter brown style (as opposed to the usual imperial stout). Also served a sample of root beer which was a nice finish at the end.

A definite stop if you ever find yourself traveling from Milwaukee to Madison.

 918 characters

Photo of dirtylou
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

located in lake mills, in between madison and milwaukee (but closer to madison)

lake mills appeared to be somewhat of a quaint town but the brewery is located in a pretty desolate part of town

we just came in for pints, not the full tour or anything like that. the vibe was a little spotty - there were some dogs, some little kids, and a fair amount of locals.

the selection was nice - all of the standards were there plus devil over a barrel (unblended), wood aged spank me baby, and an imperial pumpkin. all of these are served in pint-format so you can really maximize your dollar by going big

its worth the trip for beer - nothing else about the experience really stood out

 681 characters

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I have visited this place many times, one of the better places Wisconsin has to offer. Highlight is having the Hop Whore on tap, which in this raters opinion is the best beer they ever made, and probably the best DIPA in Wisconsin. They allow you to cook out on the terrace, and have live bands on the weekend in the summer. The line up is solid, but with all their Brewers Gone Wild Series they would save up some of them to have them more often on tap (as in muliple beers) and make it a great event. It is a minor gripe though, I as thoroughly enjoy visiting here and will most certainly again.

 597 characters

Photo of mynie
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

We went on a Sunday, around 4 or 5. A gorgeous day in the early spring, everything all warm orange brown and melty. A halfdozen locals greeted us with warm indifference and the bartender was friendly. Giant mastiffs sniffed around your feet, were called outside by their owners--employees, brewers--then ran around outside for a little bit, came back in and started sniffing at your feet again. Customers brought in their dogs. This is maybe the best dogwalking destination in the whole world.

Tap selection was wide. 3 rares/one-offs, along with all of their regular offerings. Take home selection was a little lacking, though, as they only had one BGW series for sale and, understandably, you couldn't get growlers of the rare or high-octane stuff.

Like I said, the bartender was friendly and knowledgeable. We came at a laid back time of time and we got a laid back kind of experience.

Certainly worth the 15 minute drive from downtown Madison.

 952 characters

Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Stopped in for a tour and a pint and ended up having four simply because the staff was such a pleasure to chat with. Tyranena’s beer hall is small but well done with a nice bar that seats about a dozen, a few tables, and a great big patio. Pints are 3 bucks, growler fills are 7.50. Tap selection includes the entire line of their brews, their current seasonal/s, and three specialty beers that aren’t available outside the brewery. I greatly enjoyed their Poor Richard’s and their Wee Heavy but found the Bourbon Porter to be to sweet, boozy, and just too bourbony. Also enjoyed some Chief Black Hawk (always solid) and the APA, which makes for a great session brew on a warm day. Perhaps the best thing about Tyranena, besides the beer, is the staff. The two bartenders were friendly in the sense that they treated us like we were regulars even though we had never been in before. The owner was there chatting with customers, and Stacy, a.k.a. Hopwhore on BA, sat with us for an hour telling stories about the beers, the town, and the brewery. I really felt welcomed and will return regularly from now on. I got the sense that everyone else in place felt the same way. Tyranena has really established a dedicated local following. There were families hanging out with their kids, locals stopping by to fill a couple growlers for the week, and three cute Labradors/Retrievers playing with a tennis ball. The tour, given by a local home brewer and volunteer was short but very detailed and geared for real beer drinkers. It was better than a lot that I’ve been on, in no small part because everyone had a pint in their hand. I really recommend Tyranena. It’s less than 5 minutes off of 94 smack dab between Milwaukee and Madison. For anybody coming to Madison from Chicago or Milwaukee, there’s really no excuse not to stop in.

 1,832 characters

Photo of italianstallion
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of beerwolf77
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I spent the afternoon here with my girlfriend yesterday. I wish I didn't live so far away since I could spend many afternoons here.

The place is verry subdued and classy. Elegant wood bar with oversized wooden stools. Large wood tables with stools if you don't want to sit at the bar. The beer garden although not massive it was a perfect setting for having a beer on a beautiful summer day.

The beer selection is top notch. They offered 9 different beer and their own rootbeer as well. We tried everything they had. The bartender was so nice. She made sure we always had a full beer and had plenty of information for us.

They actually offered us a private tour if we wanted to wait for the brewer to finish his work but, we declined. We had a long drive home and he wasn't going to be done for another couple hours. I found that very thoughtful none the less.

Overall this a great place to sample Tyranenas deliscous beer selection. Next time I head towards Madison I will stop here.

 990 characters

Photo of Deuane
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in on our way to Madison for Great Taste.

Great room for the bar with wood and stone all over. A nice long bar lead out to a flag stone patio that was complete with tables and seating to enjoy the Friday night entertainment. Everyone was in such a great mood the place was simply alive.

Our two tenders never missed a beat. They were friendly, fun and attentive. They had no problem keeping everyone with a full pint in front of them.

All of Ty's regulars were on tap plus 4 special offerings. To include unblended Dirty Old Man and Scurvy!

All in all a wonderful experience! We of course intended for this to be a quick in and out...hah! We ended up spending "way" too much time here....but it was time well spent!

 727 characters

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TheRealPour
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of jrallen34
2.84/5  rDev -33.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

Driving from Minneapolis to Milwaukee this is a short stop off the highway. You pull up to a newer looking wharehouse. You walk in to an office on the right, the brewery straight back and a bar to the right. The bar is spacious and new looking, but pretty boring overall. At least there is a cool selection of clothing to buy on the wall. The beer available was 6 regulars and 3 special beers that we're nothing at all special. The server was fairly knowledgeable and pleasant. They offered no food which sucked as we were famished. This place is in the middle of no-where offer some food.

Not a place worth going if your traveling buy. Their beers aren't great and the chances are they won't have anything special.

 716 characters

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I visited the brewery on a Sunday in the dead of winter, but I was still impressed by the casual warmth of the place and had a nice time there.

The tasting room is located in the brewery, which is a pre-fab warehouse-looking building in an industrial park. But, the tasting room is cozy, with dim lighting, a nice bar, and the board games on the window sill indicated you were welcome to stay awhile. The brewer's retriever circulated through the bar also, which made me feel at home.

The brewer (whose name I don't know, but whose face I recognize from being on the brewery's e-mail list) was on-hand tending bar, which was great, although I didn't ask him any of my beer geek questions because of the company I was keeping on this particular visit.

I had the honey ale, porter, and 2006 scotch ale. Of these, the scotch was head and shoulders above the others. The Spank Me Baby barley wine was still listed on the board, but I didn't ask for it so I'm not sure it is still in stock (it is very good also).

All-in-all, I was happy with my visit to Tyranena, and would recommend stopping by for a beer when between Madison and Milwaukee, or when a significant other drags you toward the Johnson Creek outlet mall.

 1,226 characters

Photo of dexterk1
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of botham
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

stopped here on the way home from a brewery round trip. great last stop. very relaxing place, there were a couple dogs running around, owned by fellow drinkers at the bar. live music was playing outside, though not very good, still created a great atmosphere. the bartenders were happy to answer questions, and discuss their brews. the only thing lacking here was styles on tap, which was a bit limited, at only 7 or 8, but the brews themselves were great.

the space itself is rather small, with breakout space outside next to the make-shift stage for performances. as the band got going, more and more people showed up with lawn chars and just sat, drank and chilled while listening to the music. it was a great place to enjoy a couple drinks.

 748 characters

Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -6.8%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Tyranena Brewing Company in Lake Mills, WI
Brewery rating: 77.6% out of 100 with 8,379 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.