Wisconsin is well known as the land of Brats and Beer. In Madison there is no shortage of spots to wet your whistle but if you want to pull up a stool and enjoy the really freshly brewed stuff you will want to visit the city’s brew pubs.
The newest kid on the scene is The Ale Asylum at the corner of Kinsman Blvd and North Stoughton Road. This brew pub is not far from The Speckled Hen Inn and guests visiting there give their brews a mugs up rating. They also offer great deli sandwiches and pizzas.
The Great Dane Brew Pub has been around for a few years and now boasts three locations. You can find one in downtown Madison in the historic Fess Hotel building, at Hilldale Mall and in Fitchburg. According to their press they have more tap selections than any other brew pub in the country. They also offer good pub grub.
J T Whitney’s on the west side of Madison has also been here for a while and has a good local following and great foosball tables.
Moving up the size scale quite a bit, there is the Capital Brewery and Beer Garden in Middleton. It is a rather large micro-brewery producing award winning German-style beers. They offer tours on Fridays at 3:30 PM and on Saturdays at 1:30 and 3:30 PM. The tours are $3.00 per person over the age of 21.
In December and January the Stube is sometimes closed for private parties, so you may want to check their website to see if the Stube is open before you get too thirsty. Their Bockfest is the last Saturday in February when they release their Blonde Doppelbock.