A Tied House Treasure
Gray's Tied House serves up an extensive menu paired with their own beers on tap
Nothing’s better than curling up next to the fireplace and feeling like you’re in a cozy ski lodge, watching snow flurries fall. It’s even better with a locally made craft beer in your hand. If you want to fulfill that fantasy sans cross-country flight, Gray’s Tied House in Verona will suit that daydream nicely—no ski equipment needed, either.
Fred Gray, a sixth-generation brewmaster and co-owner, is a direct descendant of Joshua Gray, founder of Gray’s Brewing Company back in 1856. The brewing and bottling facility is still in Janesville, and the Verona brewpub brews its own beer that’s consumed on-site.
Nods to Wisconsin culture in the menu include Bucky’s Cavatappi and Cheese, the Wisco Porker (a type of pizza made in the brick oven) and the Wisco Burger (topped with a fried egg, bacon and cheddar). Co-owner Sean Foley notes Gray’s brews are used in many dishes—the cheese curds, spinach and artichoke dip and beer cheese soup, to name a few. Wash down your meal with Gray’s Honey Ale, Rathskeller Amber Ale, Wisco Wheat, Busted Knuckle Irish Ale, Bully Porter and more. Gray’s makes their own sodas, too.
Gray’s serves only their own beer on tap—a reference to European tied houses in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that were “tied” to a specific brewery and served only beer that it brewed. Being forced to sip a fresh, Wisconsin beverage brewed right on the premises? Bottoms up.
• Gray’s Tied House, 950 Kimball Ln., Verona. 845-BEER. graystiedhouse.com
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