Dilba said the 45,000-square-foot brewery, restaurant and brewery near the Dane County Regional Airport would close at the end of October if the sale didn’t take place.
Before the pandemic, the company had an average of about 50 employees, but now has 20, Dilba said. “Hopefully this year everyone does the right thing and this winter and probably all the restaurants, bars and breweries, everyone can get back to even more normalcy. We can raise our workforce to the level before. “
Dilba and Coffey met while working at Angelique Brewing Company in downtown Madison. Coffee was a brewer, and Dilba wanted to use his marketing skills.
In 2005, he created the Ale Asylum brand and eventually ran out of room at his brewing facility at the corner of Stoughton Road and Kinsman Boulevard.
In 2012, a group of pair plus investors opened their multimillion-dollar brewery and tasting room in 2002’s Pankratz St. Last year, Dilba said, it produced about 14,500 barrels of beer.
When the brewery—which made its name with the American Pale Ale Hoplicious and has since produced a steady string of other popular varieties of beer—expanded to its current site, Dilba & Coffee had 23 investors. It’s 35 now, Dilba said.
Over the years, he said, monthly lease rates on such a large space “became insurmountable.”