Ale Asylum announces closure after 16 years

Ale Asylum Beers
Courtesy: Ale Asylum

MADISON, Wis. — After 16 years of brewing, the owners of Ale Asylum say they are closing their doors.

The brewery, which first began in 2006, made the announcement in a social media post and on its website Friday evening.

“We began with a dream and a bag of hops in May of 2006. Since then, we’ve grown into a big family of brewers, cooks, bartenders, service staff, marketing, sales and more,” the post reads. “The past couple years have been difficult for all businesses but with your support we were able to weather the storm.”

The post says the decision to close their doors is due to “circumstances we cannot control.”

Ale Asylum, which is known best for its “Hopalicious” American pale ale, began brewing out of the space now occupied by Karben4 on Kinsman Blvd. in Madison before moving to its current location next to the Dane County Regional Airport in 2012.

The business was put up for sale last year, according to the Wisconsin State Journal, with the brewery’s owners citing the monthly lease on the property becoming too much to handle.