By Sam Kislia
Special to TravelWisconsin.com
Some say there’s no better way to escape the hustle and bustle than taking a relaxing camping trip – but what about a camping trip with delicious craft beer in tow?
Picture this: You and your companion have miraculously pitched your tent with minimal hassle, the bugs have been warded off and you’ve successfully built the perfect campfire. Just as the sun begins to set, you’re handed an ice-cold bottle of craft beer made fresh at the brewery just down the road - the perfect pairing of Wisconsin’s natural beauty and beloved brewing tradition! Take a sip, sit back, and relax. You’ve earned it.
Wherever you decide to pitch your tent, you’ll be sure to find one of Wisconsin’s dozens of craft breweries along the way. With more breweries and styles of beer to choose from than ever before, you can bet on finding a unique flavor to perfectly complement your surroundings.
If you find yourself in the southwest corner of the state, you’ll find more than the gorgeous views of the Mississippi River along the Great River Road. In fact, you’ll find some of Wisconsin’s rich brewing history! Located just off Highway 133, the once-closed Potosi Brewing Company has since been revived, now offering about 20 varieties of beer throughout the year. Better yet is that all profits from their delicious beverages go straight to charity, directly impacting the growth of the surrounding communities! Once you’ve filled a growler, you can head to one of three campgrounds conveniently located within 10 miles of Potosi:
Kohler-Andrae State Park has always been a popular choice among Wisconsin campers. You won’t blame them for a second after you set your sights on the gorgeous views of Lake Michigan. With 2.5 miles of sandy beach and peaceful wooded campsites, all you need is a local craft beer to top it all off. 3 Sheeps Brewing Company in Sheboygan, a 20-minute drive from the park, is a relative newcomer to Wisconsin brewing, but you wouldn’t know it. They brew their beers with “heart and science” to produce creative twists on traditional styles. ‘Waterslides’ an IPA with a little extra body, remains a fan favorite, but the knowledgeable taproom staff are always available to make recommendations!
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Hayward has drawn visitors for decades, thanks to vibrant events like the Lumberjack World Championship and landmarks such as the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. However, lumberjacks and giant muskellunge aren’t the only honorable attractions in this area – the beer is great too! Angry Minnow Brewing Company, located in the heart of Hayward, brews small batches of flavorful beer enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Trust us when we say the ‘River Pig Pale Ale’ tastes MUCH better than it might sound! Once you’ve secured your bounty, head southeast to the Lake Chippewa Campground and set up camp on the shoreline of the Chippewa Flowage.
If there’s one pit stop you make on your way to rustic paradise, make sure you stop into one of the countless craft breweries throughout the state. Just think about how much better that sunset will look with an ice-cold local brew in your hand.
Which breweries have you explored lately? Let us know in the comments below!