I'm confused. I've heard GREAT things about this place. Our homebrew friends were the only ones we heard anything bad from. They rated it just above Woodman in terms of grotesque brewpubs in the state. Because of the good things we'd heard from others, we thought maybe they were just over-critical and went with an open mind and had lunch and a sampler of beers.
I'd love to hear other's thoughts. Our experience wasn't great, but I sincerely hope they make it and therefore hope they continue to improve.
The Good or Average
Cool open kitchen set up
Focus on "local" foods
Focused menu in terms of size and offerings
Beef n' Beer sandwich, though the bread was really greasy
Nice side choices, though they were out of pasta salad. The cucumbers were pretty much straight vinegar flavor.
Good beer variety
The taste of most beers. Nothing solid "to style" and when it went off style, it didn't feel creative or delicious. We had the ESB, Alt, Scotch Ale and two IPAs. One was the "most hoppy" they had. We certainly couldn't tell. One of the IPAs tasted Belgian. The ESB and Alt, two milder styles, had zero remarkable about them. I like a good bready ESB and crisp alt. These were interchangable. The Scotch Ale at least tasted like a scotch ale, just not like one I'd care to order again. I'd put their beer far above Woodman, but somewhere around the brewpub in Chilton or Manitowoc, my other two least favorite brewpubs in Wisconsin in terms of beer quality.
Wimpy homemade chips. Looked good, not at all crisp.
Terrible burger. It says it's lean beef and it shouldn't be overcooked or it will become a hocky puck. Apparently the cook didn't get that memo, as mine arrived medium-well and it was dry as a bone. You'd think the blue cheese would help that. It was such a meager amount that it made no difference. The sauteed mushrooms tasted like dry, burned mushroom chips.