4 Amazing Wisconsin Breweries Outside of Milwaukee

We take a look beyond Brew City for where to get delicious beers.

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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.

1. Central Waters Brewing

AMHERST

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

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2. Noble Roots Brewing

GREEN BAY

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

3. Hubbleton Brewing

HUBBLETON

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

4. The Brewing Projekt

EAU CLAIRE

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)

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