I have never been to the Karben4 craft brewery. Similar to my recent visit to the Ale Asylum, checking out Karben4 has been on my to-do list since I became aware of the business shortly after they opened. Despite all of the positive things I heard about the brewery, I never acted on this desire as a result of timing and a lack of motivation. Realizing I had probably procrastinated long enough on following through with a visit to Karben4, I decided to set aside time to stop by the location on my way out of town this evening.
My trip to Karben4 began immediately after the end of my workday today. After leaving my office, I drove to Karben4 on my way out of town to attend a bachelor party for my brother, Abe, at Green Lake this weekend. The brewery was easy enough to find given its location in the old Ale Asylum building on Madison’s eastside. Having been aware of the Ale Asylum’s old location for some time, I drove to where I remembered seeing the business in the past. Eventually, I noticed the bright green Karben4 sign from the road, prompting me to pull my car into the lot and make my way into the building. Walking through Karben4’s front doors, I thought about my workweek and the forthcoming celebration over the weekend. Realizing my time at the brewery was likely a brief period of calm sandwiched between two very different hectic states, I knew I needed to make the most of my visit to Karben4.
|Inside the brewery bar|
Shortly after completing my drink, the bartender approached me an offered to pour another. I declined in favor of a glass of water and proceeded to pull a beer list from a holder in front of me. As the bartender returned with my glass of water, I talked to him briefly about the Karben4 brewing schedule, future plans, and upcoming bottling efforts. He gladly discussed all of the brewery's forthcoming ventures and successes with me as he moved back and forth across the space behind the bar, working through a steady stream of orders coming his way. Noticing my glass of water was nearly empty, the bartender confirmed my lack of previous experience with Karben4 beers and offered me a beer flight of the brewery’s offerings. With intention to make the most of my experience, I took the bartender up on his offer, which set him into motion pouring small glasses of beer that covered a wide array of Karben4 beers. Moments later, he returned with a line of beers that covered the spectrum of beer types. He walked me through the order of the beers and explained to me how the brews would affect one another. Providing direction on the order for drinking the beers, he explained the choices would provide a full Karben4 experience, which suited my desire to have a full experience.
After closing out my tab I headed back out to my car and began my drive north. With my car windows down, I let the balmy summer air roll around me as I tacked on miles and recalled my first, brief experience at Karben4. The visit proved the perfect way to start the weekend. Additionally, the experience exposed me to an amazing new craft brewery that is doing more than enough to maintain the legacy of quality brewing at Ale Asylum’s old stomping grounds. My only regret from the day’s experience is not having enough time at Karben4. That stated, I’m sure I’ll fix that with my inevitable return to this noteworthy craft brewery. I just have to make sure I make that happen sooner than later.