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Old 10-24-2008, 03:52 AM   #1
Sep 2008
Milwaukee, WI
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Granite City
West Town Mall, Madison, WI

I went here for dinner the other night. It was a nice atmosphere and the food was tasty. They had 4 regular beers + 1 seasonal on tap.
Northern Lager
Octoberfest (Seasonal)
I had the stout, which was fantastic. My girlfriend had the Octoberfest. It was good, but didn't stand out to me. The drink menu dedicated a page for each of their standard beer which listed the grains and hops. This was cool as I recognized all the varieties used!

All in all, it was a good experience. The only downside was...I realized it was a chain, and that was somewhat of a turnoff for some reason. Similar feeling to Rock Bottom Brewery, also a chain, location in Milwaukee.

I will probably head back to the Great Dane before Granite City.

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Old 10-24-2008, 04:33 AM   #2
Mar 2007
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The IPA is extremely tasty as well. Do any of you guys know what sort of brewing operation they run? While visiting for lunch one afternoon, I saw a tanker truck pulled up to the back. I'm assuming they just get pre-hopped extracts delivered, mix with water, and pitch?

EDIT: Found the answer here

MINNEAPOLIS - October 18, 2001 - Founders Food & Firkins Ltd., d/b/a Granite City Food & Brewery (Nasdaq: GCFBU) announced the launch of a new patent-pending brewery process that will make micro-brewing for multiple locations more efficient. This brew method is trademarked under the name "Fermentus Interuptus" and allows Granite City Food & Brewery to transfer an unfermented liquid called wort, from one location to other locations where the fermenting will begin and the brew process will be completed.

Fermentus Interuptus is intended to improve the economics of Granite City's micro-brewing process by eliminating the initial stages of brewing and storage at multiple locations, thereby reducing development costs at new restaurant locations. The unfermented liquid known as wort contains no alcohol so it can be trucked anywhere in the United States. The receiving brewpub will unload the wort into its own brewing vessels, add yeast cells and conclude the brew process with fermentation, aging, storing and eventually dispensing beer.

The Fermentus Interuptus brew process will originate at the Sioux Falls, South Dakota brewery. The wort will be trucked to Granite City Food & Brewery in Fargo, North Dakota, which is scheduled to open to the public in mid November 2001. Although wort will be shipped only to the Fargo location at this time, the Sioux Falls brewery is large enough to service as many as 15 brew pubs. The Company's Chairman and Brewmaster Bill Burdick said "Every restaurant that is added to the Fermentus Interuptus program is expected to improve margins by serving multiple locations with a single brewing operation. Through this patent-pending process we are able to keep our high quality product intact and enhance our overall profitability. Truly the best of both worlds."

"We are extremely excited about introducing this new brewing process in conjunction with the opening of our third Granite City," said Steve Wagenheim, Founders Food & Firkins' President and CEO. "We will begin servicing our new Fargo location with Fermentus Interuptus when it opens in mid November at the West Acres shopping complex. Going forward, we anticipate Fermentus Interuptus will be a major part of our intended expansion of Granite City Food & Brewery locations within specific targeted markets."

Wagenheim said, "Fermentus Interuptus gives the concept exclusivity and uniqueness which will become more prominent with the growth of our company. This brewing process works for us because:

* Granite City Food & Brewery is a restaurant first. With the popularity of our food, the concept has good "legs" for expansion, and Fermentus Interuptus enables us to build on that platform.

* Fermentus Interuptus fits our development strategy of clustering our locations within geographic regions to maximize operational efficiencies.

* Our Chairman and Brewmaster Bill Burdick created this process of brewing because of his high level understanding of beer, the brewing process and brewery design. Mr. Burdick has over 35 years of hands-on brewing experience."

Granite City Food & Brewery provides fresh, high quality, made-to-order food and handcrafted beers, all made on site. Its broad menu offers traditional and regional foods served in generous portions at reasonable prices, affording customers an excellent value and pleasant dining experience.

Founders Food & Firkins Ltd owns and operates two Granite City Food & Brewery casual dining restaurants featuring on-premise breweries. Its first Granite City location, in St. Cloud, MN, opened in late June 1999. Its second location opened in Sioux Falls, SD, on December 18, 2000 and has enjoyed rave reviews from diners and local, regional and national media.

Certain statements made in this press release of a non-historical nature constitute "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Such factors include, but are not limited to, our ability to implement and execute the Fermentus Interuptus process, our ability to use such process in our anticipated expansion, changes in economic conditions and the risks and uncertainties described in the Company's Form 10-KSB/A Report as filed for the year ended December 31, 2000 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Steven J. Wagenheim
President and Chief Executive Officer
(952) 525-2070 ir (612) 751-3331

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Old 10-24-2008, 09:34 PM   #3
Sep 2008
Kansas City - the mecca of civilization
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When I talked to the manager at the local Granite City about this, she was very proud of the process.

I thought it sounded kinda lame.

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Old 10-24-2008, 10:01 PM   #4
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Aug 2008
Fort Wayne, IN
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Granite City opened up here in Fort Wayne this last year. It's not bad. The IPA is decent enough, as is the Stout. I'll occasionally drink the Bock, though it's nothing particularly special. I don't touch whatever that light beer is. I wish they had a few other specialties on tap, but they're pretty much limited to the base 4 and usually one other seasonal.

When you're in an area like Fort Wayne with few other BrewPub options (Mad Anthony's being the only other one) a Granite City is welcome. If you're in the middle of some BrewPub Heaven area then it'd probably seem pretty lame with regards to the beer. But I'm glad to have it here.
Tap 1:Traditional Bock
Tap 2:Robust Porter
Tap 3:California Common
Tap 4:Old Ale
Tap 5:IPA

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Old 10-24-2008, 10:10 PM   #5
Jan 2008
Milwaukee WI / Mankato MN
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havent ever been.. but might have to go next time im in the area

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