By Derrick Zimmerman
Wisconsin has a rich history of breweries dating back to the mid-1800s, when German immigrants settled in the state. Several of these breweries are still brewing their beers today and are staples in the Wisconsin beer industry.
A new boom of microbreweries has been taking the beer-drinking world by storm and has led to a crop of many new and exciting breweries all across Wisconsin. Check out some of our favorites!
If you’re looking for new and exciting in the world of craft beers, look no further than MobCraft. MobCraft is the world’s first completely crowdsourced brewery, brewing up user-submitted recipes that are voted on each month. The recipe with the most votes each month gets brewed and beer drinkers get to sample their creations.
Recent unique recipes have included an imperial cream ale aged in tequila barrels and a cinnamon apple weizen brewed with apple cider. Stop by their taproom in Milwaukee to try all of their tasty creations.
Sample This: Hop Gose The Grapefruit
A little bitter, a little tart. Even if you don’t like grapefruit, you’ll want to try this.
Just north of Oshkosh and right off the beautiful Wiouwash State Trail, you’ll find the newly built Bare Bones Brewery. You can hop on your bike and check out the first craft brewery to open in Oshkosh in more than twenty years, and customers are more than welcome to bring their dogs to this pet-friendly spot!
Sample This: Happy Tail Cream Ale
This delicious cream ale is a great light beer that goes down smoothly.
Gluten free? Not a problem! Alt Brew is a nano brewery in Madison brewing one barrel of gluten-free beer at a time.
Alt Brew may be new to the scene, but they are already making a great name for themselves, winning a silver medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival for their Copperhead copper ale.
Sample This: Copperhead
You can’t go wrong with an award-winning copper ale!
Located right off the Chippewa River in Eau Claire, The Brewing Projekt is brewing up delicious beers inspired by local passions. Whether you’re stopping in for some pop-up yoga at the brewery or enjoying a brew in honor of Eau Claire’s love of Kubb (a Nordic yard game), The Brewing Projekt is a wonderful addition to the vibrant community.
Sample This: GunPowder IPA
This delicious concoction combines Gunpowder Green Tea and Citra Hops.
Many craft breweries offer beer drinkers limited menus with classic snacks and apps, but you will find that is not the case at The Lone Girl Brewing Company. The tasty offerings on their menu paired with the ambiance of charming downtown Waunakee make for a great spot for sampling brews.
If you love the fresh air, head on up to the spacious rooftop and enjoy!
Sample This: Sweet Baby Stout
Coffee and chocolate are meant to be together and make for a delicious combo in this stout.
Have a favorite beer from one of these breweries? Let us know in the comments below, and check five Wisconsin beers with great stories behind their names.