About Us

On behalf of our entire family and staff, we want to offer a warm welcome to The Grumpy Troll Brewery, Restaurant and Pizzeria. We are fortunate to have a wonderful team of professionals to ensure that your visit with us is a comfortable, relaxing and satisfying experience.


In 1916, the Mount Horeb Creamery and Cheese Company constructed a brick building on the corner of South Second Street and Front Street on the former site of the Herman Dahie Ice House. Most of the dairy farmers in the area were patrons and hauled milk to the creamery in horse drawn wagons. Over time, the company expanded, and a new building next door enabled the production of Swiss cheese. Over 30,000 pounds of milk were processed each day. In 1945, the building was sold to the Ryser Brothers Cheese Company who manufactured cheese in this location for over 40 years. When the business closed, the building sat vacant for several years.

In 1998, after an extensive two year remodeling project, this historic building was given new life as the Mount Horeb Pub and Brewery. In 2000, the building was remodeled again, and re-opened as The Grumpy Troll Brewpub.

mark_knoeblOur Brewer

Our Brewmaster, Mark Knoebl, is a long time, local award winning, commercial and home brewer with over 20 years of experience. He is a graduate of America’s oldest brewing school, the Siebel Institute of Technology. Mark has worked closely with some of Wisconsin’s best brewmasters in the best breweries, including New Glarus Brewing, City Brewing and Sand Creek Brewing. Mark helped found the Mt. Horeb Beer Enthusiasts club and is a past winner of the Midwest Home Brewer of the Year Award. Make sure to ask your server about Mark’s most recent specialty beer on tap. We are also active in the brewing community, and you will find us at many of the beer festivals that occur in the Midwest.