Wisconsin Craft Breweries: Winter Beer Recommendations

One of our favorite things about winter is the delicious seasonal beer that comes with it. There are over 70 active breweries in Wisconsin, so needless to say…you have options. We’ve organized a few tasting notes on our favorite winter beers, just be sure to get them before they’re gone!

Brewery: Lakefront Brewery (Milwaukee)
Beer: Holiday Spice Lager
Style: Winter Warm
Availability: December
Tour: Yes

Brewed with cinnamon, orange zest, clove and generous amounts of honey, this beer is fruity and spicy, with a slight floral undertone from the lager yeast. The flavor is smooth, full and best drank one to a sitting.

Brewery: Capital Brewery (Middleton)
Beer: Winter Skal
Style: American Amber / Red LagerAvailability: December – January
Tour: Yes

This beer is mildly bittered with a smooth hop flavor complementing the malt. A pleasingly warming beer, it’s both easy and refreshing.

Brewery: Central Waters (Amherst)
Beer: Bourbon Barrel Stout
Style: Imperial Stout
Availability: December, until it runs out!
Tour: Yes

This beer is aged to perfection in oak bourbon barrels and contains hints of bourbon and vanilla, with roasted overtones. It’s truly a gem of the Central Waters Brewery!

Brewery: New Glarus Brewing Co. (New Glarus)
Beer: Black Top IPA
Style: Black IPA
Availability: December, until it runs out!
Tours: Yes

This jet-black beer is brimming with aromatic bitterness. It has undertones of molasses and chocolate malt with a soaring rush of clean citrus and pine hop notes. Did we mention this beer won a Gold medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival in Colorado?

Brewery: Steven's Point Brewery (Stevens Point)
Beer: St. Benedict's Winter Ale
Style: Winter Warmer
Availability: December - January
Tour: Yes

A hand-crafted ale using generous amounts of dark roasted malts and the finest noble hops for a robust warming flavor. An all-around drinkable beer!

Brewery: O'so Brewing Co. (Plover)
Beer: Lupulin Maximus
Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: TBD (We’ve been told they’re still perfecting the batch)
Tour: Yes, but tours are limited so be sure to check ahead!

Not your average, IPA. Massive hop additions put this taste bud burner in a league of it's own.

Have a favorite Wisconsin brewery or seasonal beer? Share it with us below.


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