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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #50 on: July 27, 2011, 02:40:58 PM »
It's that time of the year again :rolleyes:
Anything I need to look for on the way to FIB tourist hell the Dells?


Why would anyone who's been there go back again?

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #51 on: July 27, 2011, 02:51:39 PM »
It's that time of the year again :rolleyes:
Anything I need to look for on the way to FIB tourist hell the Dells?
Why would anyone who's been there go back again?
Future in-laws idea of a good time :killmenow:
As long as I can keep myself mildly unsober, it's "tolerable".

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #52 on: July 27, 2011, 02:56:15 PM »
It's that time of the year again :rolleyes:
Anything I need to look for on the way to FIB tourist hell the Dells?
Why would anyone who's been there go back again?
Future in-laws idea of a good time :killmenow:
As long as I can keep myself mildly unsober, it's "tolerable".

Sometimes, the answer is right in front of your face staring back at you.  :mellow:

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #53 on: July 27, 2011, 03:45:26 PM »
It's that time of the year again :rolleyes:
Anything I need to look for on the way to FIB tourist hell the Dells?
Why would anyone who's been there go back again?
Future in-laws idea of a good time :killmenow:
As long as I can keep myself mildly unsober, it's "tolerable".
Sometimes, the answer is right in front of your face staring back at you.  :mellow:
<_< yeah... so what beers should I be looking for?

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #54 on: July 27, 2011, 03:54:10 PM »
It's that time of the year again :rolleyes:
Anything I need to look for on the way to FIB tourist hell the Dells?
Why would anyone who's been there go back again?
Future in-laws idea of a good time :killmenow:
As long as I can keep myself mildly unsober, it's "tolerable".
Sometimes, the answer is right in front of your face staring back at you.  :mellow:
<_< yeah... so what beers should I be looking for?

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #55 on: July 29, 2011, 01:25:55 PM »
Anyone been there recently? JJ? :bye: TIA

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #56 on: August 01, 2011, 08:38:59 AM »
if you have to get stuck up there a decent little gem for beer is.
the barn
http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-barn-restaurant-and-bar-baraboo

it isnt to far from the Dells the prices are nice, bottle selection is decent and far better then most places, it is in an old barn so it doesn't look like much on the outside. I havent eaten there so no idea how that is but for that area it has the best selection.
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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #57 on: August 01, 2011, 10:04:54 AM »
if you have to get stuck up there a decent little gem for beer is.
the barn
http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-barn-restaurant-and-bar-baraboo

it isnt to far from the Dells the prices are nice, bottle selection is decent and far better then most places, it is in an old barn so it doesn't look like much on the outside. I havent eaten there so no idea how that is but for that area it has the best selection.
Cool, thanks. :thumbup: we just may head over there later today.
I guess there's a new Sprecher pub that opened up recently, but eh.

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #58 on: August 02, 2011, 12:43:59 PM »
if you have to get stuck up there a decent little gem for beer is.
the barn
http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-barn-restaurant-and-bar-baraboo

it isnt to far from the Dells the prices are nice, bottle selection is decent and far better then most places, it is in an old barn so it doesn't look like much on the outside. I havent eaten there so no idea how that is but for that area it has the best selection.
Cool, thanks. :thumbup: we just may head over there later today.
I guess there's a new Sprecher pub that opened up recently, but eh.
We actually enjoyed Moosejaw the last time we were driving through (Darkness Day trip last year), but I'm the kind of guy who appreciates the freshness of brewpub beer even if it isn't mind-blowing.  I also went with fairly low expectations.
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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #59 on: August 05, 2011, 03:48:18 PM »
if you have to get stuck up there a decent little gem for beer is.
the barn
http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-barn-restaurant-and-bar-baraboo

it isnt to far from the Dells the prices are nice, bottle selection is decent and far better then most places, it is in an old barn so it doesn't look like much on the outside. I havent eaten there so no idea how that is but for that area it has the best selection.
Cool, thanks. :thumbup: we just may head over there later today.
I guess there's a new Sprecher pub that opened up recently, but eh.
We actually enjoyed Moosejaw the last time we were driving through (Darkness Day trip last year), but I'm the kind of guy who appreciates the freshness of brewpub beer even if it isn't mind-blowing.  I also went with fairly low expectations.
They do some decent seasonals, but I usually bring enough beer to cover the whole weekend up there.

Zinke's had a ton of great stuff though... Arctic Panzer, Bedlam, Doubly Down, Shaggin in the Wood, Le Terroir, Black Betty, Big John, etc.

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Moosejaw brewmaster calls authorities on local homebrew charity event
« Reply #60 on: October 25, 2011, 10:37:45 AM »
Just gonna post this here, in case anyone missed it in the "Legalize WI homebrew events" thread.

Earlier this year, the brewmaster at Moosejaw, Jaime Martin, took it upon herself to call the authorites on a homebrew charity event being held at The Barn, a local bar in nearby Baraboo. There was an article published here, and the owner of The Barn clarifies a few things in the comments section. Utter :bs: if you ask me... won't be visiting Moosejaw anymore as long as Martin is there. Not missing much anyway :shrug:

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Brew at the Barn returns June 5 to the The Barn Restaurant and Bar in Baraboo; and event organizer Christin Harding had planned to offer home brews for the public to sample while raising money for the Wisconsin Multiple Sclerosis Society. The event also was slated to serve as a home brew competition.

But Harding's plans changed after a concerned citizen, Jamie Martin, contacted various law enforcement agencies regarding the legality of the event.

In an email Martin sent to the News Republic, Martin stated Harding was avoiding taxes, violating health codes and endangering The Barn Restaurant and Bar's liquor license. Amber Giddings, owner of the The Barn Restaurant, said she wasn't happy with the sudden change with the Brew at the Barn event.

"I'm sorry to see something that was to showcase home brewing be blown out of proportion," Giddings said. "I like beer. I like to try new beers and this was the perfect opportunity for those who home brew to come together and try each other's brews."

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Christin Harding said on: June 3, 2011, 5:36 pm
Jamie Martin is a brewer at Moosejaw, in the Dells. She did this ENTIRELY on her own, NOT with the approval or at the urging of her employers. (I know this because I asked her outright) She did NOT have to call SCSD, Dept. of Revenue...

Jamie Martin acted on her own accord, not in conjunction with Moosejaw. Home brew/wine competitions are not 'obviously' illegal, Minuteman. I've been to 2 REALLY big ones in Wi. w/in the last 2 years (with professional judges!) and spoke with organizers at both. No mention of illegal activity was ever mentioned. Once I contacted ATE and received the 8 pages of regulations, (which are completely insane) I did speak with an Atty., who advised against having the competition. According to the law, a homebrew competition ANYWHERE-business, bar, private residence-is ILLEGAL in Wi.

Of course we care about drinking good beer-that's why we make it. Just want to make money? It is/was for charity-the Wi. Chapter of the MS Society. There are many people who are working diligently to change these ridiculous laws that Wi. has. But hopefully, Brew 2012 will have homebrew/wine for everyone :)
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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #61 on: July 20, 2012, 09:47:40 AM »
So there's a new brewery in the Dells with a taproom... Port Huron Brewing. Planning to check it out the week before the Taste.

Will have some extra time to kill... any weird/worthwhile stops in the backwoods of central/southern WI? 

Thinking about checking out The Barn, Dr. Evermore's, Roxbury Tavern, etc. Went to Woodman Brewery last year and that was interesting... might head down to New Glarus, Potosi, Galena on the way back. Pig Minds in Rockford is new... any thoughts? TIA

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #62 on: July 20, 2012, 11:37:13 AM »
Fan of the Barn. Definitely the best in that beer wasteland of an area.
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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #63 on: July 20, 2012, 11:40:38 AM »
Fan of the Barn. Definitely the best in that beer wasteland of an area.
I think we were short on time last year, i've been meaning to get there for awhile now. Seems like a family friendly place too eh?

Corner Pub in Reedsburg is decent, though i've heard they don't brew when its hot out. Last year I called and they only had 2 beers on, so we passed. Fun little spot though... a few years ago they brewed a dill pickle beer apparently...

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #64 on: July 20, 2012, 12:00:33 PM »
ya i would call it fairly family friendly. It is right outside of Devils Lake state park so i imagine they get a bunch of families from there. Its a real adhoc setup there but usually you can find some gems for really cheap prices. I have a couple of friends that live somewhat close to it otherwise i would have never probably thought to go there. The women that owns the place is a pretty big beer nerd and at times will just open bottles of stuff she has never had and share it with people at the bar.
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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #65 on: July 24, 2012, 10:09:09 AM »
Will have some extra time to kill... any weird/worthwhile stops in the backwoods of central/southern WI? 
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House on the Rock?

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #66 on: July 24, 2012, 10:18:26 AM »
Will have some extra time to kill... any weird/worthwhile stops in the backwoods of central/southern WI? 
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House on the Rock?

I would do that just for the American Gods reference.

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #67 on: July 24, 2012, 12:17:21 PM »
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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #69 on: July 25, 2012, 12:17:29 PM »
Didn't realize Taliesin was in that general area... has anyone every taken a tour there? Seems pricey.

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #70 on: July 25, 2012, 12:38:29 PM »
Didn't realize Taliesin was in that general area... has anyone every taken a tour there? Seems pricey.

Taliesin West in Phoenix was totally worth whatever it cost.

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #71 on: July 25, 2012, 01:31:15 PM »
Didn't realize Taliesin was in that general area... has anyone every taken a tour there? Seems pricey.

Taliesin West in Phoenix was totally worth whatever it cost.
Cool, debating which tour to do... they range from $16-80.

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #72 on: July 25, 2012, 01:41:50 PM »
Didn't realize Taliesin was in that general area... has anyone every taken a tour there? Seems pricey.

Taliesin West in Phoenix was totally worth whatever it cost.
Cool, debating which tour to do... they range from $16-80.

Sounds like the Highlights tour would be the most expansive (without costing $80pp).

The Taliesin West tour that we took was only $32pp but totally worth it.
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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #73 on: July 25, 2012, 02:46:23 PM »
Didn't realize Taliesin was in that general area... has anyone every taken a tour there? Seems pricey.

Taliesin West in Phoenix was totally worth whatever it cost.
Cool, debating which tour to do... they range from $16-80.

Sounds like the Highlights tour would be the most expansive (without costing $80pp).

The Taliesin West tour that we took was only $32pp but totally worth it.
Plus the money goes towards restoration and preservation, so it's not a ripoff or anything, just not sure if its in the budget yet. Would probably be happy with the $16 one, as the Hillside studio would be interesting/inspiring enough.

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #74 on: July 25, 2012, 02:55:13 PM »
Didn't realize Taliesin was in that general area... has anyone every taken a tour there? Seems pricey.

Taliesin West in Phoenix was totally worth whatever it cost.
Cool, debating which tour to do... they range from $16-80.

Sounds like the Highlights tour would be the most expansive (without costing $80pp).

The Taliesin West tour that we took was only $32pp but totally worth it.
Plus the money goes towards restoration and preservation, so it's not a ripoff or anything, just not sure if its in the budget yet. Would probably be happy with the $16 one, as the Hillside studio would be interesting/inspiring enough.

I was on the parent's dime at the time as I was still in high school. ;)

I'm sure any level of tour would be fascinating. He's a very interesting man and his designs tend to be amazing.

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #75 on: July 31, 2012, 09:56:52 AM »
That would be a good tour.  I haven't been in ages (since high school family trip aswell).  I also liked falling water house in PA.  I remember going to House on a Rock?  Up by the dells.  It was a very odd collection of random stuff crammed into a house.  Very odd but all I remember was a carousal covered with wooden bare-breasted maidens from old ships? Not sure if that place fell off the rock or not?
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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #76 on: July 31, 2012, 10:12:05 AM »
That would be a good tour.  I haven't been in ages (since high school family trip aswell).  I also liked falling water house in PA.  I remember going to House on a Rock?  Up by the dells.  It was a very odd collection of random stuff crammed into a house.  Very odd but all I remember was a carousal covered with wooden bare-breasted maidens from old ships? Not sure if that place fell off the rock or not?
Lol, I think it's still there... hoping so anyway :unsure:
Planning a visit there and Dr. Evermore's after seeing Ender's pics :thumbup:

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #78 on: August 14, 2012, 06:33:37 PM »
That would be a good tour.  I haven't been in ages (since high school family trip aswell).  I also liked falling water house in PA.  I remember going to House on a Rock?  Up by the dells.  It was a very odd collection of random stuff crammed into a house.  Very odd but all I remember was a carousal covered with wooden bare-breasted maidens from old ships? Not sure if that place fell off the rock or not?


Haven't been to House on the Rock in years, but I loved it as a kid. Pretty sure I'd still like it now, if only for the long observation room.

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #79 on: August 14, 2012, 09:05:24 PM »


Haven't been to House on the Rock in years, but I loved it as a kid. Pretty sure I'd still like it now, if only for the long observation room.
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« Reply #80 on: August 14, 2012, 09:11:16 PM »
Yes, and it was awesome.

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #81 on: July 16, 2013, 09:51:52 PM »
Finally going to check out Dr. Evermor's and The Barn in Baraboo... been planning for a few years now :bag:
I noticed the Barn is up for sale, but still in business...

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #82 on: July 26, 2013, 11:28:40 AM »
Dr. Evermor's Forevertron was the highlight of the Dells leg of the trip for me :thumbup:

If you're anywhere near Baraboo, make sure you stop here and wander around for an hour, it's a fun surreal experience.
Less than an hour outside Madison too.

Dave's pics :thumbup:

Roxbury Tavern was also solid, their taps were Lake Louie Arena and Coon Rock, Paulaner Salvator, and Port Huron Porter.
They had some great new salmon specials, and offered cajun dinner specials that day. Pretty nice for a town of 1,700.

The Barn impressed me too, finally made it in for a couple beers. Lake Louie Apricot Goddess on tap, and Louie's Reserve in bottles. Really cool location overlooking the rolling hills near Devil's Lake.

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #83 on: February 11, 2014, 10:36:08 PM »
I'll be in the Dells Friday-Monday.  Besides the waterpark BS, how bad is it going to be?  Should I just bring a whole keg of homebrew?

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #84 on: February 12, 2014, 08:35:02 AM »
I'll be in the Dells Friday-Monday.  Besides the waterpark BS, how bad is it going to be?  Should I just bring a whole keg of homebrew?

plenty of townie bars around from what i've heard.  i'd recommend BYOB, though.
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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #85 on: February 12, 2014, 10:11:18 AM »
I'll be in the Dells Friday-Monday.  Besides the waterpark BS, how bad is it going to be?  Should I just bring a whole keg of homebrew?
There is good beer to be found (Ziggy's) but be ready to pay for it. Sprecher opened a restaurant that isn't too bad. Last time I hit Moosejaw the beer was a lot better. Otherwise BYOB or be ready for a steady diet of Sam Adams and water.
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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #86 on: February 12, 2014, 10:28:19 AM »
Are you trying to stay close to where you're staying?

In town, Port Huron Brewery was alright, so was the Sandbar across from Zinke's (grocery store/best selection in town).
Monk's on the strip generally has some Lake Louie, New Glarus, and basic craft.

If you're looking for a getaway/short drive (15-20 min), The Barn in Baraboo is really great, and Corner Pub in Reedsburg generally brews a few interesting beers (smoked porter, pickle APA).
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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #87 on: February 12, 2014, 10:31:08 AM »
Are you trying to stay close to where you're staying?

In town, Port Huron Brewery was alright, so was the Sandbar across from Zinke's.

If you're looking for a getaway/short drive, The Barn in Baraboo is really great, and Corner Pub in Reedsburg generally brews a few interesting beers (smoked porter, pickle APA).

We'll probably stay close by for the most part.  More than anything trying to figure out if there is somewhere to buy beer for back at the cabin so I don't have to pack a cooler.  Looks like Zinke's is that place.

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #88 on: February 12, 2014, 10:35:04 AM »
Are you trying to stay close to where you're staying?

In town, Port Huron Brewery was alright, so was the Sandbar across from Zinke's.

If you're looking for a getaway/short drive, The Barn in Baraboo is really great, and Corner Pub in Reedsburg generally brews a few interesting beers (smoked porter, pickle APA).

We'll probably stay close by for the most part.  More than anything trying to figure out if there is somewhere to buy beer for back at the cabin so I don't have to pack a cooler.  Looks like Zinke's is that place.
Zinke's definitely. They had a case of Hanssens Oude Gueuze just sitting out before, also generally some Nebraska, FFF, CW, NG, O'so, Founders, Tyranena, etc. Walk-in cooler for most of it, with a few case displays on the floor.

You could also stop off at Casanovas or Coffee Grounds for growlers on the way.

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #89 on: February 12, 2014, 10:36:15 AM »
Oh yeah Zinke's not Ziggy's :bag:
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« Reply #90 on: February 12, 2014, 11:13:56 AM »
Oh yeah Zinke's not Ziggy's :bag:
I googled Ziggy's, hoping it was a new beer bar :(

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #91 on: February 12, 2014, 11:15:19 AM »
emerge>  you should collaborate with Dave to write a travel blog
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« Reply #92 on: February 12, 2014, 11:21:12 AM »
emerge>  you should collaborate with Dave to write a travel blog
good idea :lightbulb:
we already have TBS blogs though...

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« Reply #93 on: February 12, 2014, 11:27:43 AM »
emerge>  you should collaborate with Dave to write a travel blog
good idea :lightbulb:
we already have TBS blogs though...

i understand there's vast oceans of wealth in freelance writing.  throw some spaghetti at the Travel Channel wall, see what sticks.  :thumbup:
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« Reply #94 on: February 12, 2014, 11:45:31 AM »
Oh yeah Zinke's not Ziggy's :bag:
I googled Ziggy's, hoping it was a new beer bar :(
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« Reply #95 on: February 18, 2014, 10:48:34 AM »
update? :coffee:

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« Reply #96 on: February 18, 2014, 11:43:43 AM »
update? :coffee:

Drank mostly what I bought at Zinke's, which has a good selection, but you have to watch the dates on some of it.  Piles of CW BBBW and HopSlam were the highlights.  They also had a bottle of Toppling Goliath left on the shelf.

Went to the Sand Bar during the Basketball Tourney on Sunday.  They had Lake Louie Kiss the Lips on draft as the only real option for a craft drinker, but it was enough for me.  Food was typical from frozen bar food, so I wouldn't recommend eating there unless there isn't much of an option.

At the waterpark, they had Dale's Pale Ale, so I had a few of those.  Other than that, it was all macro.

I still hate the Dells, but there are a few options for decent beer at least.  My hatred comes from most everything else around the Dells.

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« Reply #97 on: February 18, 2014, 12:44:15 PM »
update? :coffee:

Drank mostly what I bought at Zinke's, which has a good selection, but you have to watch the dates on some of it.  Piles of CW BBBW and HopSlam were the highlights.  They also had a bottle of Toppling Goliath left on the shelf.

Went to the Sand Bar during the Basketball Tourney on Sunday.  They had Lake Louie Kiss the Lips on draft as the only real option for a craft drinker, but it was enough for me.  Food was typical from frozen bar food, so I wouldn't recommend eating there unless there isn't much of an option.

At the waterpark, they had Dale's Pale Ale, so I had a few of those.  Other than that, it was all macro.

I still hate the Dells, but there are a few options for decent beer at least.  My hatred comes from most everything else around the Dells.
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That's true about Zinke's, I think a lot of their beer business is during the peak seasonal times, so leftover stuff can sit during the rest of the year.
Good and bad, that's probably why i've seen CW BBBW there in the summer :unsure:

Sandbar had a decent bottle list too, some seasonal Wisco stuff at least. It was laminated and all the beers were mixed up IIRC... Kiss the Lips was on last summer there too, sounds like things don't change there much.

Honestly i'm not really sure if a dedicated beer bar would survive in the Dells unless it had waterslides and sysco truck cheeseburgers. I think Moosejaw plays to the family angle pretty well, and Port Huron is geared more towards distribution. The Barn and Corner Pub are definitely the best in the area, but you have to escape the Dells to get there, which is part of the appeal imho.

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #98 on: February 19, 2014, 12:17:01 AM »
The last time i was in the Dells, 6-7 months ago, this place had a decent selection but was full of tourists and drunk bro's.

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Re: Wisconsin Dells
« Reply #99 on: February 20, 2014, 02:17:51 PM »
My hatred comes from most everything else around the Dells.

soooooo.... Wisconsin?
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