In the super-accurate, statistically indisputable, Madison Beer Review poll that's been running on the left there for the past 2 months, you, the readers, have made your decision.
Your 2008 Brewpub of the Year is The Grumpy Troll in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. They beat out a late surge by Ale Asylum here in Madison. The Dane was a distant third, with Titletown in Green Bay and Milwaukee Ale House in Milwaukee effectively tied for 4th. Delafield Brewhaus in Delafield didn't manage to garner much support.
I wonder how Milwaukee's Stonefly brewpub would have fared if I had remembered to include it. Or Red Eye, up in Wausau, or Riverside over in West Bend, or any of the others from around the state. Next year's poll we'll try to get a bit more comprehensive.
This is the second year in a row that The Grumpy Troll has won. Grumpy Troll won last year in a bit of a landslide: 56 votes to 19 for the Great Dane and 13 for Ale Asylum.
To be fair, The Grumpy Troll has been doing some really interesting things this past year to earn their win: Brewmaster Mark Duchow spent the year innovating in the brewery, starting the year with the Iced Maggie, they experimented with some sour beers over the summer, and created a true steinbier. They managed to score a gold at the World Beer Cup for their Baltic Porter. And in their free time, Doug and Steve have completely re-tooled the food to pair with Mark's beer and have re-designed the upstairs bar into pizzeria.
So, congratulations to the folks at The Grumpy Troll, they are setting the bar in Wisconsin for brewpubs.