In a word: Great sandwiches and beer? Yep.
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JM ate the smoked ham and cheddar on wheat bread with chipotle mayo, lettuce, and tomato with BBQ chips and a pickle, and a lemonade.
Nichole ate the roast beef and muenster on wheat with spinach, roasted red peppers, and red onion with fruit salad and a pickle, and a Diablo.
The bill was $20, or $10/person, plus tip.
JM gave Ale Asylum a B+; Nichole gave Ale Asylum an A (see our grading rubric).
Ale Asylum has probably gotten more buzz than most new places. Well-deserved, too, since the brewmasters from Angelic have started out in a strong way at this new place. It is a touch hard to find, and not really someplace you'd think of to look for a restaurant. This should not deter you.
The food: Ale Asylum just has sandwiches. But what sandwiches! We loved the streamlined ordering process:
- grab an orange slip off the bar.
- tick off your sandwich choices: one of 6 locally baked breads, 5 Boar's Head meats, 6 Carr Valley cheeses, lettuce or spinach (bonus!), 5 kinds of veggies, and 6 kinds of condiments.
- pick a chip or fruit salad (go for the fruit - it's got fresh pineapple).
- get the pickle.
- pay & take a seat.
Within a couple minutes our stacked sandwiches arrived. They were excellent. Even JM, who is not always in the mood for a sandwich, had to agree. He especially liked having the option of BBQ chips, but was sad that Ale Asylum didn't have root beer. Maybe someday?
Speaking of beer, their Diablo Belgian Dubbel was super - bubbly & zingy, it was a fine first taste of a doppel-style beer for Nichole (even if it was an uncharacteristically girly choice for her). If the rest of their brewery offerings stack up this way, that's great news for beer aficionados.
Ale Asylum gets bonus points for having a great interior and free wifi. It would be a fine place for after-work drinks or to meet friends if you want to share a tasty beverage brewed to the exacting standards of a Wisconsin beer lover's palate.