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Stone Cellar Brewpub
1004 South Olde Oneida Street
Appleton, WI 54915
(920) 735-0507

latitude: 44.253807
longitude: -88.403206
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overall average: 86.67


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Value: Moderate
Averaged from 4 reviews.

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Selection: 4.75 | Service: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4.75 | Food: 4.25
Beer Traveler's (93) view Beer Traveler's forum profile send Beer Traveler a private message Overall Score: 93.3 this is the high score for this location

We visited this wonderful location for lunch recently. The historic “Between the Locks” building was the home of the Fischer Brewery in 1858. It changed hands a couple of times before shutting down during prohibition but re-opened after the repeal and survived as a brewery until the 1970s when it closed. Brewing started again in 1989 with the Adler Brau Brewery and Restaurant and in 2004 the current owners took over and changed the name to Stone Cellar Brewpub and Restaurant. They have seven regular beers on tap plus two specialty beers and a very good root beer. The nine beer plus root beer sampler was $10. On tap were their Honey Wheat, Pilsner, English 6-Grain Ale, IPA, Scottish Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Vanilla Stout, Red Ale, and a Porter. The basement of the building provides a great atmosphere for the brewpub, brick walls and old photos. There are two different bar areas (one for private events) and a large dining area in the cellar. Outside there is a patio. The recent brewing expansion on the main floor provided the opportunity to open a tap room (coming soon). Initially the tap room will have limited hours. Their focus is on local and sustainable. Our food and service was excellent. We ordered three different dishes from the lunch menu including locally produced bratwurst. They have bottles and growlers available to take home. All in all an enjoyable afternoon and I plan to go back there the next time I’m in the area.
reviewed on: 2012-05-03 19:17:25 this review is based off of one visit
 
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Selection: 4.5 | Service: 4 | Atmosphere: 5 | Food: 4.0
dzouras's (49) view dzouras's forum profile send dzouras a private message Overall Score: 90.0

The Stone Cellar Brewpub is a hidden jewel in Appleton. It is not the best brewpub I have ever been to, but compared to the desert that is Appleton, this place is my favorite.

The beer selection is varied and there should be something for just about anyone. The beers are not the most adventurous versions of the styles, but everything is very drinkable.

Stone Cellar Stout - good, but a little less bitter than most stouts

Pie Eyed IPA - tasty, but I like more hops

Vanishing Vanilla Stout - best vanilla beer I have every had! The vanilla hits the nose first and you catch a hint of it early in a taste, then the darkness of the stout takes over.

They often have a barley wine that I like to get when I stop by.

You can take growlers home and they have a cooler full of bottles that you can choose to fill up six packs. This is what I usually do since I live out of town.

I love the atmosphere in this bar. It is in the basement (cellar) of an old building. There is plenty of brick walls, wood and dim lighting. There are a couple of TVs but they are not overwhelming.

Although I have been to Stone Cellar on several of my trips to Appleton, I usually order the pizza. It is good, but nothing special.

The service is hit or miss. Sometimes the servers take good care of me, but others it seems like I have to beg to get a drink. Maybe it is because it can get really crowded in this place as people come just before the comedy club shows that are in the same building.

Overall, I would recommend the Stone Cellar Brewpub if you are in Appleton. I will definitely be going back.


UPDATE: 07/04/2011
My latest visit to Stone Cellar confirmed my previous observations.

The atmosphere is still cool and dark with minimal distraction from TVs. I love the rock walls in this place. You must sit in the bar area for the best experience. I have never sat in the "dining room", but it does not look like I would enjoy it.

The beer is still good. The Stone Cellar stout, Vanishing Vanilla stout, and the Tilted Kilt Scottish ale were all enjoyed. A special surprise was that they had Bell's Hop Slam on guest tap! You know I had to have one of those as well.

For the first time since I started coming to Stone Cellar, we sampled the soda. The orange creme was very tasty. The blue raspberry was a little too much like Kool-Aid for my taste. I only took a few sips of each, but my companions that had ordered them seemed to enjoy them. Unfortunately, they were out of the root beer. Maybe next time.

The service continues to be the area that Stone Cellar could use some improvement. Once again, the servers are generally pleasant, but I am looking for a little more attention to detail. I don't know if it is because I am not a regular, or perhaps I don't understand how service works in Wisconsin. It might also be that I usually sit at one of the high bar tables and they are too far from the taps. Whatever it is, the drink service is slow. At one point three of us were without beers for about 10 minutes. I went over to the bar and ordered myself. It was not very busy.
I hate that society has decided that we must have straws in every glass of water. I hate it even more when I have to keep telling the server NO STRAW. On a related note, any fine beer place should understand the benefits of making ample water available. You don't have to assume that everyone wants water (although they should), but if I am drinking your delicious, high alcohol beers for hours and I order a round of water for everyone, then please keep it coming. I will tip accordingly.

So despite the bitching, I do like Stone Cellar. I just cannot help but compare them to other places that I have been. Those places have a little something extra. So Stone Cellar just needs to step it up a little. I will definitely be back to watch for improvements... and drink some good beer of course!
reviewed on: 2010-03-07 18:33:15 this review is based off of 2 or more visits
 
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Selection: 4 | Service: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4 | Food: 3.0
Rolf's (4) view Rolf's forum profile send Rolf a private message Overall Score: 83.3

Disclosure: I live in Appleton, but am not a native. I'm admittedly pretty picky about beer, food, and ambiance.

Occupying the space once held by Adler Brau in an old building on the Fox River, the Stone Cellar is, in my opinion, the best brewery in the Appleton area.

Beer: Clearly, the quality of the brews is at the top of the priority list. My favorites: the porter, the Scottish Ale, and the 'English Six-Grain Ale'. There are usually seven or eight on tap, plus a seasonal. A recent success was the Grand Crue: fruity, heady, and rich -- great in small doses. I wish the variety of the brews varied more over time.

Food: It's far better than it used to be under previous management, though there is still room for improvement. I enjoy the hardy basic dishes best: bangers and mash (made with local brats), pot pie, and shepards' pie. The chef's more creative attempts dissapoint me. I want the dinner I purchase to be better than I'd make at home.

Ambiance: The staff is very friendly, as are the patrons. In summertime, there is outdoor seating with regular live music (not too loud). The patio is adjacent to the parking lot, and therefore can't rightly be called a 'beer garden'.

On Friday and Saturday evenings, the bar gets very crowded at about 7:20 as people have a beer before the comedy club starts upstairs at 8pm.

Perk: Enjoy dinner and a good pint (or two) at the Stone Cellar, then walk 200 yards to a new place on the river called, Pullmans (sic). The food and service at Pullmans are quite bad, but the view is great, with plenty of outdoor seating, and a decent import beer list. My wife and I take our Hacker Pschorr to the deck and hope the servers leave us alone.
reviewed on: 2008-03-17 20:57:50 this review is based off of 10 or more visits
 
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Selection: 4 | Service: 3.5 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Food: 2.5
Samhell3's (15) view Samhell3's forum profile send Samhell3 a private message Overall Score: 80.0 this is the low score for this location

Stone Cellar was once Adler Brau, and is much better now that is under new management. Better beer, better service, and slightly better food.

Only two of their beers really stand out in my eyes, though most people think they have many more superior beers. Don't get me wrong, most their beers are good, nothing wrong with them, but I always look for something original. The two beers that stand out in my mind are the porter and the IPA. The porter is one of the better ones I have had. The flavor is really balanced and is extremely drinkable compared to other porters.

I have a couple family and friends who swear by the oatmeal stout and know several ladies who dig whatever fruity beer they have. Those beers just aren't my bag I guess.

The atmosphere is great. The place will make anybody feel comfortable. I love the vintage beer-can lined walls and the old ms pacman and donkey kong video games. The food is mediocre. Again, nothing bad, and it isn't expensive, but don't be expecting anything outstanding. Under Adler Brau they used to have some o.k. mexican food. Not sure if the new management serves that.

reviewed on: 2008-05-19 12:27:38 this review is based off of 10 or more visits