“Madison's newest and coolest brewery”
Karben4 is Madison's newest brewery and was founded by Appleton, WI natives who have been graciously adopted by the Madison community. The quick and dirty is that Karben4 specializes in English-style malt bombs. We are enamored with the myriad of delicate flavors and aromas that malted grains offer. Does this mean that we've never been formally introduced to hops? Of course not. It means that we only use malts and hops in synergy. We believe in using ingredients only when they make sense to the overall experience we are trying to share, regardless of style guidelines or popular trends. Above all, we require our brews to be balanced. When you are spending your hard-earned money on a pint you shouldn't have to fight through a rough spot in the flavor profile to get to the good part. It should all be the good part.
In the building of the old Ale Asylum (which moved to brand new digs a few miles away) this is a great up and coming brewery. The taproom is fairly small but has a large bar and several tables. There is a decent sized outdoor patio but the view isn't great being that this a more industrial part of town. None of that really matters once you taste the beer though. These guys make some great stuff. From the regulars like Lady Luck (an Irish Red) and Block Party (a session IPA) to the seasonals like Horse Face (hoppy Wheat) and Deep Winter (Coffee Stout) they are all winners here!
Great beer, good food!
Friendly place with a sense of humor, good food ( try the sope or the peppadew, and don't miss the maple spinach salad) and beer for every taste. I like the amber, but real hop heads will like some of the IPA types. The bar was quiet for a Monday lunch but more people were outside enjoying the patio. JOANNA behind the bar was attentive and pleasant, more than we've find in many more upscale places. Well worth the stop!
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- Sun - Wed: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
- Thu - Sat: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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