THERE ARE about 40 breweries in the Milwaukee area – many very good! – and about 4 times that in the rest of the state – many also very good! Here’s the tip of the iceberg outside Brew City.
Occupying a beautiful corner of Central Wisconsin is one of the state’s best breweries, with the best barrel-aging program and a comfy taproom and patio.
GOTTA-TRY BEER: Cassian Sunset bourbon barrel stout
A warm, intimate taproom in a former service station offers a balanced selection of balanced beers, from IPA to amber to blonde ale, all superbly executed.
GOTTA-TRY BEER: Blonde Belgian
This tiny brewery outside Waterloo is a bash, especially during summer, when it’s like drinking in a farmhouse backyard. And the brewery inside was nearly all hand-built by owner Dan Schey.
GOTTA-TRY BEER: Crawfish River Porter
Trendy styles like hazy IPAs and pastry stouts are the M.O. at this veteran-owned brewery. You can even play the lawn game kubb outside the sparkling, industrial-cool taproom.
GOTTA-TRY BEER: Dare Mighty Things hazy IPA
BEER ON HAND
Here are six great not-quite-local beers you can probably find on Milwaukee shelves right now:
- Lion’s Tail Juice Cloud (hazyIPA,Neenah)
- Karben4 Lady Luck (Irish red ale, Madison)
- New Glarus Triple 5 (Belgian tripel, New Glarus)
- 3 Sheeps Fresh Coast (pale ale, Sheboygan)
- Earth Rider Precious Material (helles lager, Superior)
- Hop Haus Plaid Panther (scotch ale, Fitchburg)