Breweries and Wisconsin go hand in hand. We are known far and wide for our delicious beers and passionate brewing culture, a history that dates back to the early 1800s when some of the first breweries opened for business.
Fast forward to today, and we’re home to over 200 nationally renowned and local breweries, each as unique as their signature beers and found everywhere from small-towns to major cities.
So, pull up a chair and order a quality blend with your friends and find out what makes Wisconsin breweries different from the rest.
Wisconsin-Made Popular Brands
As the home of so many breweries, you bet we have some big names in our midst.
Names like Miller Lite and Blue Moon, to name a few, are produced in Milwaukee. For more than two centuries, the Molson Coors Beverage Company has brewed popular beer brands beloved across the country. Enjoy a glass or two of Miller straight from the source at Miller Brewery, open to the public for tours.
Over in Chippewa Falls, another big-name beer brand brews every day to distribute to stores nationwide. Leinenkugel’s, founded by a German family in 1867, has been in Wisconsin almost as long as Molson and has its brewery open to the public for tours, beer tastings and more.
If you love quality beer and history, check out our top-name breweries only found in Wisconsin.
Local Urban Gems
Our major cities are also home to plenty of local breweries serving passion in every pint.
Located on the Milwaukee River, Lakefront Brewery is known for its unforgettable brewery tours. Led by a highly entertaining guide, the tour includes two pints and a souvenir glass. The brewery features a beer hall, where you can enjoy your beer and a selection of delicious entrees and bar bites. Every Friday, the brewery hosts a fish fry, and on weekends, a cheese curd food truck is on-site. Lakefront is just one of the many kid-friendly breweries in our state and welcomes dogs on the patio.
Giant Jones Brewing Company in Madison is both woman-owned and certified organic. Besides offering a selection of year-round and seasonal options in the tasting room, Giant Jones creates one-of-a-kind brews to raise money for nonprofits and hosts public events, including beer tastings and pairings.
Everyone knows that Green Bay is home to the Packers, but it's also a beer destination with one-of-a-kind breweries like Hinterland Brewery. Housed in an old meat-packing warehouse, Hinterland has a beer hall complete with two wood-burning fireplaces and a display kitchen. Open on select dates, dine at the on-site restaurant, High Gravity Test Kitchen. Make your reservation today and choose to sit at the chef's table.
You’ll also find top-of-the-line breweries in our small towns and villages.
Door County Brewing Company in Baileys Harbor features a taproom with more than a dozen beers and a music hall. Next door, a quick-service eatery whips up barbecue entrees, sandwiches and a s’more pizza box for brewery guests. There’s also a lovely beer garden, open to dogs and fire pits during the colder months.
Perhaps the most renowned brewery in Wisconsin is New Glarus Brewing, praised and adored for its flagship ale, Spotted Cow, only found in Wisconsin. During your visit to the brewery, enjoy any of the tours; self-guided or guided. The tasting room offers three samples for one low price, along with a commemorative glass.
From our big-name brands to local breweries, you won't run out of options in Wisconsin. Each one of our breweries has something truly unique to offer beyond a stellar beer list. Plan your next trip to Wisconsin today and enjoy quality beer and time with loved ones, pets and kids included.