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Potosi Brewing Company

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Potosi Brewing CompanyPotosi Brewing Company
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22 Beers
763 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 29
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

209 South Main Street
Potosi, Wisconsin, 53820
United States
phone: (608) 763-4002

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @potosibrewingco

Place added by: SurgeonGeneral on 06-01-2008

Site of the National Brewery Museum.
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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by Josievan:
Photo of Josievan
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Brewery, museum, and brewpub all under one roof! The museum contains interesting brewing memorabilia from all around the country. $5 gets you a self-guided tour and a complimentary beer. The service at the bar and gift shop were both excellent. The atmosphere was family-friendly, although my group of several single guys also felt very welcome. The brewpub has a wide variety of Potosi beers on tap, many of which have not been bottled. There was also one Capital beer on tap. A pleasant beer garden adjoins the brewpub. No one in my group ordered food. Definitely worth a stop if you're in southwestern Wisconsin!

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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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Photo of bismarksays
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

The best reason to go here is the museum. It is full history, both in terms of beer and advertising.
The food here is very good. Sweet potato fries with any of their burgers and you can't go wrong.
Selection can really vary day to day, both in number of different beers and in different styles. The website always seems behind, so either call or just show up and hope for the best. There is normally something for everyone though.
If you have kids, their root beer is top notch too.
Visit if you can.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of dethomp
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Loved it.

Pretty hard to to get there from here, but well worth it. My brief recommendation is: go there if you're within 50 miles and have some time to explore.

The population called Potosi is probably large enough to be considered a village. On my drive into the place (from the SW, I think) I quickly saw the legless water tower in the shape of a humungous Potosi Beer can. Too bad there was not a motel or campground or other way to stay overnight.

On entering the restaurant you'll first see the Beer Museum. At the first opportunity I went through the museum (free!). It's actually in a cave with a flat concrete floor. For some purpose there's a one half old classic car positioned like it's coming out of the cave wall. A bit later you'll go through a glass door into the humid part of the cave in which brewing was actually done, way back when.

Aren't many actually old breweries to visit.

Sorry, but the atmosphere and food were so great I've probably given beer rating a bit too high.

Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Neat brewery with an interesting/unfortunate location. Had some troubles traveling there...

Food at the restaurant was okay, not great but still good bar food.

Bar was pretty cool and seemed to draw some regulars.

Outdoor area looked nice, but it was cool when we visited.

Museum is an interesting touch and a good way to see some beer memorabilia.

Photo of jimbrinkruff
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

My family and I were in Dubuque, Iowa for a half marathon and found this place on the internet. It was well worth the drive from Dubuque, although I must admit I wondered where we were going as it is on the outskirts of a Mississippi river town in the middle of nowhere. We arrived on the Sunday before Labor Day and were told there was a 45 minute wait because we didn't make reservations (which were recommended on Yelp) We instead decided to place our order at the bar and sit in the beer garden. My kids enjoyed wandering around the beer garden as we waited for our food. We need more beer gardens in America! The food was excellent and the beer was good too. Although the best part was the atmosphere. The museum was closed so we only saw the first floor and the gift shop. We got a growler of the Tangerine IPA and Root beer for the kids which was excellent as well and headed back for Dubuque. If we're ever in the area again (which I can't imagine why) I would definitely stop. Come and enjoy the beer and bring the kids.

Photo of crossovert
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place is really nice. The beer museum is geared only towards old guard macros but it is only 5 bucks plus a free beer so it isn't bad.

They have a biergarten out back which was nice if not as charming as a Bavarian one. The place apparently got an unusual spike at noon so the service was slower but they made up for it by being very friendly. The food is pretty good and the beer is very good.

There is also a nice gift shop. Maybe it is worth a stop for some people alone, for others it won't be that important. It is in the middle of nowhere after all.

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Potosi, WI, population 711.

The restoration project to rebuild the Potosi brewery took 7 years, and they did an amazing job. The best part about this place is the history really, and seeing an old brewery re-purposed as a brewpub and National Breweriana Museum. The architecture is cool, as the brewery was originally built into the side of a hill, and partially into a cave for cold storage.

On the first floor, the restaurant is to the left, and the free Potosi Brewery Transportation Museum is to the right. In back is the beer cave, and a gift shop. Upstairs is the National Breweriana Museum which is really fun, and worth the price of admission.

Stopped in the restaurant for lunch, and enjoyed the catfish po' boy, sweet potato fries, and caprese bruschetta. Beers were ok, the ESB and Black Ale needed some work, but the Holiday Bock was a nice pint. Wish they would brew the Czech Pils year round, and drop the ESB & Black Ale. Occasionally they do experimental batches, such as the DIPA version of Snake Hollow IPA, which was excellent. They serve the draft beers in chilled glasses (not frozen thankfully). Conetop tap handles and an elaborate hand carved bar that took 2200 hours to complete. A stained glass PBC logo was inset in the center of the back bar between two flatscreens. Weekday lunch crowd was mixed, senior tourists and bikers mostly, though two kids bellied up for some root beer.

Will return to check out the museum again someday, and maybe eat there again. Worth setting aside time to make a destination trip.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

On our way home from Iowa we made the stop in Potosi to check out the brewery and museum. Wow are we glad we did.

The brewery is a sprawling landscape of old meets new architecture. The brew pub is new and looks impeccable. Lots of stone and wood in a wide open space. High ceilings and large windows.

We decided to eat and drink first then get back to the museum. The food was great and the beer was pretty solid. Even the root beer was good. Service was prompt and friendly. The pretzel braids were the star of the show. If you go I highly recommend them. The spicy mustard was so good we had to get a bottle to go.

The museum was worth every penny of the $5 entrance fee. Three floors of every kind of breweriana you can imagine. They had the entire history of beer under one roof. This place is like the Smithsonian of beer.

If you consider yourself a beer geek you owe it to yourself to check this place out. A must stop for all beer lovers.

Photo of uwmgdman
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We visited on a beautiful October Saturday. The brewpub is part of the National Brewery Museum. The website advised making reservations, but Potosi is a very small town and we questioned this advice. We arrived a bit after 11:30am for lunch. The parking lot was quite full including a tour bus parked across the street. There was a 30 minute wait for lunch but since it was only 2 of us we were able to be seated at the final open small table. The brewpub is rather small so the reservation advice is not unwarranted.

Atmosphere: The brewpub is within the original Potosi Brewery built in the mid 1800s. The original walls remain but the inside is new. A beautiful wood bar with nice detail work, shiny new copper kettles compliment it nicely. The bar/dining area was full just before noon on a Saturday with college football on a couple TVs behind the bar. There is also a patio with tables, chairs, hop vines, a pond and some music. Overall we enjoyed the atmosphere.

Quality: The beer was all well done, the root beer was also very good. The food was fresh and seemingly made from high quality ingredients.

Service: The hostess was a bit distracted given the busy times, but was pleasant and accommodated us nicely. The waitress was knowledgeable about the beer selections and the menu and was very friendly and attentive despite the full dining area. After the museum tour we got our free glass of beer and the bartender quickly served us and was friendly, despite the full bar.

Selection: 6 beers on tap, 4 year-round and 2 seasonals with 1 tap root beer. The food menu is the same for lunch/dinner so I could consider it limited but still enough for anyone find something they will like.

Food: The selection was a bit limited, but I have no problems with that because everything we had was hot, fresh and quite good.

Overall the good food, beer, and service will do nothing but ensure this place is a success. The museum is very interesting and worth the $7 admission to the second and third floors, especially with the free glass of beer.

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Potosi Brewing Company in Potosi, WI
93 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.