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Brew Pub Details

Production: 200 bbl/year
Tours: Upon Request
Restaurant: Yes
Smoking: Yes
Games: None

Randy's Fun Hunters Brewery

841 E. Milwaukee Street
Whitewater, Wisconsin  53190
(262) 473-8000

Reviewed by: dfunk
Monday, December 24th, 2001

The Arrival

As a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Alum., I had been to Randy's before; it's an excellent restaurant, the best supper club in the area. Very classy for small-town Wisconsin. It was a Saturday evening, relatively early, and we had no problem getting four seats at the bar.

The Beer

The obligatory sampler platter included five beers. The Golden Pilsner was conspicuously absent. Normally, I would be outraged; the Pilsner should be the first offering at a brewpub. But the low production capacity could explain the occasional drought. Also no Porter, the second best beer to judge a brewpub. Our bartender quickly added that he had been lobbying for Randy to introduce the "Total Disorder Porter." A catchy name, and it would be beneficial to have another dark at Randy's.

Wheat Ale - Unfiltered, but still very light and drinkable. Quality, but nothing out of the ordinary.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Pale Ale - Quality, but nothing out of the ordinary. It was good, very hoppy and slightly bitter as it should be.

Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Pat's Brown Ale - Next in the brewery-suggested order of tasting was Pat's Brown Ale. Before sampling, I questioned why this was before the Amber lager. After tasting, my question was answered. The Brown Ale was the lightest brown I have ever tasted. It makes the body of Newcastle seem like cement. There's no nut flavor introduced, as in many brown ales, which was fine with me; it was something different. This was smooth as could be and almost indistinguishable from the Amber lager in color and consistency.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Amber Lager - The highlight of the tasting. Three of us agreed that this stood out against the rest. While filtered, it was more spicy than most ambers that are made for the masses. Jon thought it was very "sharp," in a good way. He drank it by the pint.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Badger Bock - The Badger Bock was also unavailable. We were two weeks too early, I guess. I was assured this had a little more kick to it than the others.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Oatmeal Stout - Randy's dark beer offering. It was light and smooth, unfiltered, with no head, but the bartender believed they were near the end of the barrel. They suggested we come back to try the new batch. Not a Guinness clone, but more typical of an oatmeal stout.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Discussion with Brewmaster

I got the opportunity later to speak with the Owner/Brewmaster/Mr. Everything, Randy. His main concern is serving his customers and the community. He has no desire to grow in production. He had contracted with Gray's to bottle, but Randy's desire to keep the product fresh was a main concern, and this practice ended. The production is so small here that it is hard to offer too many beers, and the ones available are meant for drinkability. This explains the absence of a porter. "We want a nice beer, not something that will kick them off the stool, so they can stay all evening." Randy considers the Amber Lager his flagship, and we wholeheartedly agree.

The Atmosphere

Aaron and Duffy were our friendly bartenders. One is moving to Denver, so we hope to get a few reviews from him (contact us). They knew about beer, and since business was slow in the bar, we traded beer and drinking stories. We order chicken fingers and potato skins. The chicken was huge and the dipping sauce was excellent. I highly recommend having a nice dinner at Randy's if you're ever in town.

Afterthoughts

The Hunter Brau Amber Lager stood far above the rest in offering a taste you just don't get everywhere. Everything else was smooth and drinkable, but we would have liked to try the Pilsner, Bock, or perhaps a porter. Also, their draft root beer and cream soda were superb.

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