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Brew Pub Details

Production: 1000 bbl/year
Brewmaster: Rich Becker
Tours: Yes
Restaurant: Yes
Smoking: Yes
Games: Billiards, Darts & Arcade

J.T. Whitney's Pub & Brewery

674 South Whitney Way
Madison, Wisconsin  53711
(608) 274-1776

Reviewed by: Blask
Saturday, December 29th, 2001

The Beer

Goldenshine - Sure it's light, but it has some fruity/malty character with some bitter.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

J.T.'s Badger Red Ale - The only way to describe it is “very Red.” It's pretty light, with honey malt, and will appeal to a broad range of drinkers.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Frozen Tundra Championship Ale - Tundra will appeal to a smaller general audience than the Badger, and that's a shame. “A helluva more real beer.” Though only a seasonal, this is perhaps the beer we most enjoyed at Whitney's. It's everything an amber should be. “A little less malt and more bitter would taste like an IPA.” Maybe that's why we liked it. Rich, make this a full-time beer, please.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

IPA - There were some technical difficulties with this beer, so we'll get back to it at a later date.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Heartland Weiss - Heartland Weiss had an orange and lemon/lime flavor to it and was quite smooth.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Weizenbock - The Weizenbock was similar, but we tasted and smelled vinegar (and a little cloves) also in this unfiltered, high alcohol brew.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Dunkel Weiss - The Dunkel Weiss leaned too much toward the weiss and not enough toward the dunkel. Maybe these would be better in the summer.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Bitter - A good, mild ESB-like bitter. Pretty straight up.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Black Diamond Porter - Great beer #2. A good, strong porter the Black Diamond had a mild coffee flavor (not too much) with hops over the top of it all, which was just enough to enhance the beer without being an interloper. This would be a good after dinner pint.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Imperial Stout - Relatively light in body, but the alcohol sure is there.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Mad Badger Barley Wine - Here's a quote from Jess, a bartender at Whitney's: “Two pints of Barley Wine and you think ‘This is good’. Then you try to stand up and ‘Oh, sh*t!’”
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Cask-Conditioned Porter - Milky, smooth, and yeasty (in a good way).
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Discussion with Rich Becker

The Brewmaster is Rich Becker. We got a chance to talk to the other brewer, Jamie. Jamie's 31 and a pretty cool “brew dude”. He says some of their beers are brewed to style and some beers are just brewed to be good. Sounds like a good plan.

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The Atmosphere

Lots of tanks; they're able to brew both ales and lagers. It's also a family-friendly restaurant, very clean and modern. We'll let Karen, a regular, sing Whitney's praises: “This bar belongs on the East Side; it's a blue collar, family atmosphere. You're always able to establish a connection and share a drink with strangers. The good service here makes it even better.”

Afterthoughts

Goldenshine should lure some Bud drinkers; Badger Red is the most drinkable; and the Bitter is smooth. If we lived in Madison, though, we'd be on a steady diet of Frozen Tundra Championship Ale and Black Diamond Porter.

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