June 13, 2024
Karben4 Boom Taco Session Ale

Karben4 Brewing

Karben4 logoKarben4 Brewery in Madison specializes in – as they say – “English-style malt bombs.” Their website features a video “roadtripping” to their brewery (that’s extra credit in our book!) They started up in 2013, revitalizing the brewery Ale Asylum originally used.

Karben4 Tap Room

Karben4 glass
The “Boom! Taco” Session Ale at Karben4. Ask for the back story.

Beers include their Fantasy Factory IPA (which may have the coolest label ever!), the NightCall Smoked Porter, Block Party Amber Ale, Tokyo Sauna Pale Ale, Martian Sunrise Red India Pale Ale, UnderCover Session Ale, Champagne Tortoise English Mild Ale, and Lady Luck Irish Red.

All beers are served in their Tap Room along with a food menu developed with Madison’s Underground Food Collective, meaning you’ll find some interesting pairings. They also offer a Sunday brunch. They offer a sizeable bar and tables, plus board games, all year and an outdoor patio when weather permits.

Tours of the facility are available Saturdays. They’re growing pretty quickly; from only selling their beer in the Tap Room, you can now find their beers throughout Madison, Milwaukee, and the Fox Cities (especially Fantasy Factory) and by the time you read this, probably a lot more areas!

Karben 4 food
Karben4 offers some nice food plates, helping you rationalize that you’re being healthy and not actually taking in ALL that many calories.

Karben4 is located along U.S. 51/Stoughton Road just north of the U.S. 151/East Washington Avenue intersection, less than two miles north of Highway 30. You may hear the roar of jet engines too, since it’s right in the shadow of Madison’s Dane County Regional Airport! ALT Brewing is the neighborhood and Ale Asylum is nearby; plus, just up Highway 113 toward Waunakee you’ll find Octopi Brewery & 3rd Sign Brewing; on top of that, just a little further into downtown Waunakee you’ll find the Lone Girl Brewing Company. So Karben4 is a good part of a “beer tour” on Madison’s east side!


Karben4 Tap Room Hours:  Daily, 11am-10pm

3698 Kinsman Blvd. (along U.S. 51)
Madison, WI 53704
(608) 241-4812

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