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Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Active Beers: 26
Beer Ratings: 1,407
Beer Avg: 3.66
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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[ Brewery, Eatery ]

313 Dousman Street
Green Bay, Wisconsin, 54303
United States
phone: (920) 438-8050

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Reviews by Redrover:
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

I was on one of semi-regular business trips to Green Bay and asked my customer where he wanted to meet for dinner. Last time he suggested Title Town and this time he suggested Hinterland. You got to like customers like that!

Hinterland sits kiddy corner from Title Town and is very close to the river. You enter through the doors off the parking lot and not the main street entrance (that appears to be the brewery entrance).

There is a small bar to the left of the entry. Lots of brick and exposed duct work.

I think this place was an old cheese factory and its industrial roots show but they have been given a fancy gloss.

They had 8 house beers on tap and a few macro bottles (including PBR!).

The amber I had was solid and to style. I really liked and can recommend their IPA as I had several.

The food is definitely on the fancy and pricy side of the equation. My “porterhouse” pork chop was $38 but it was really good. Try the fried goat cheese curds for an interesting variation on a Wisconsin staple.

Service attentive and beer savvy.

Well worth a stop, glad I was on the expense account!

Redrover, Jul 30, 2013
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This is the best place for food and great beer in the city. I stop here every time I am in town. They make some of the best beer. The food is great and the beer is exceptional. I have been to several breweries around the country and they make some of the best beer.

douglaseyates, Mar 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

derkfromwi, Feb 24, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -10.8%

Another stop on our Green Bay tour.

I've always been curious to see what the parent location would be like compared to our brewpub location on Milwaukee. Well it's just as pretentious for sure. I simply can't get into a brewpub that comes off like it's trying too hard to class itself up. When your main attraction is beer I feel you should cater to a more casual atmosphere. Just my opinion. White table cloths and low lighting do nothing for me when looking to enjoy a few pints of beer.

The service was pleasant and the beers were good as always. I've had pretty much all the Hinterland stuff so i wasn't terribly shocked by anything on the menu. We didn't order any food but I've eaten at the Milwaukee location several times and the food is fantastic.

If you are looking to impress someone or are interested in an upscale dining experience this is your place. If you're like me you would be better served across the street.

beerwolf77, May 06, 2012
Photo of mattfungus
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

The atmosphere is a little upscale and yuppie. It is odd because on one hand it has some gorgeous natural stuff that is like entering an art gallery, on the other hand it is a little cold and sometimes hard to find out what's going on.

There's a downstairs bar and upstairs bar. If you're a beer fan go to the upstairs bar. Otherwise if you are at the downstairs one and you want a sample you have to run up to get it.

They have some great food items. I like their wood fired pizza and creme brule and their shredded pork tacos are to die for. (they have coleslaw in them)

The beers they have are mostly good, especially the winterland and the maple bock (like dark chocolate and chocolate respectively), in fact I like both of these beers in ice cream (hint, hint)

If you're young and want to impress your date this is the place to go, especially if your date wants wine or a fancy martini instead of beer. You get the beer you like, they get their fancy shmancy drink.

IPA wasn't as much to my like but as long as they don't take the other two beers off the menu I am happy.

mattfungus, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

Stopped here on a whim in October after many tastings at events. Had a feel of a supper club type place, and service was excellent. Of the beers I had, the Oktoberfest was very good... probably the best I have had of that style although not my favorite style. Really liked their scotch ale which I believe might have been barrel aged and joked they should bottle it. The rest of the line up at the time didn't really distinguish themselves. Ambiance hurt by parking lot being between building and the Fox River, but considering the building's age that is unavoidable.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of botham
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

Hinterland might be the only place worth visiting in Green Bay for beer aside from Titletown Brewery across the street. The establishment is housed in a rehabbed warehouse building with all the original concrete exposed, and minimal interventions of ducts and lighting throughout. The overall atmosphere is filled with the aroma of the fireplace on the first floor, which would be the only coplaint about the surroundings. overall it carries a quiet dignity.

The prices are among the highest in town, but the food is quite good and the beer is solid. It is somewhat of an anomaly in that sense, with the general lack of upscale fine dining establishments in and around the city.

The quality is good. the beers are served in clean glassware, though not always the correct style, but the bartenders seem to know quite a bit about brewing, and seem to be glad when patrons share their level of knowledge.

service is great; prompt and friendly.

selection is decent. around eight to ten taps, all from Hinterland, with a fairly diverse set of styles. there are four or five flagship brews, with a couple seasonals thrown in. apparently the seasonals are rotated whenever the previous brew runs out, so it is a bit sporadic.

food is great, albeit a bit pricey when considering the context of Green Bay. when put in line with a market like Chicago, it fits right in.

overall this is a solid stop for those passing through town en-route to Door County or anywhere else. It seems like the local crowd avoids the place (from what this BA hears) because of the prices. The good news is Titletown Brewery is literally across the street, and the two sum up the brewpub population of Green Bay.

botham, May 10, 2009
Photo of Chugmonkey
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%

This is fine dining. Beers are very reasonable - like $3-$4. Great place to drink beer. The beers are absolutely top notch. I have loved every beer they make, even the styles I normally do not care for.

Dining will set you back $100 for two people. Everything is ala cart. But the food is top notch. The menu is sooo interesting that it is really tough to decide on an entree. The best by far I've had in Green Bay area and all of Northeast Wisconsin. Great place to impress the spouse for anniversary or special occasion or take important client(s).

Beers excellent, food excellent, but very expensive.

Chugmonkey, Jun 25, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%

From notes, in one-night whirlwind tour of GB:

Stopped here before heading over to Titletown, and thank goodness for that. Pull up, immediately excited by the cool ass exterior, and old warehouse building, two stories, nice. Step inside .... and, did I just teleport into San Fran? Seriously well design, suave hip wicked cool place. The host greets me immediately, way more dressed up than I, look around and see most others are too. Oops, shrug it off. I'm wearing my new sweater, so F off, hosers. Walk around the place, taking it in. To the immediate left is a dining area, nicely lit, a tall two stories with nice (probably real) fireplace in the corner. Back to the right is the bar, well stocked and attractive, friendly bartender. I'm directed upstairs to the lounge, where happy house is serves exclusively (with a pared down menu). On the way, I find a party room overlooking the fermentation kettles down below through huge glass panes, a wicked place for a dinner party I'd think. Up the stairs, the lounge defines cool, something out of any hip design/architecture magazine. Everywhere its some serious industrial/modern. I sit at a round table with block leather half stools with a view over the river.

I've been greeted about five times by now, and the single bartender/waitress is friggin hot. Excellent. Also, apparently pretty knowledgable about what she's serving, and does a good pour too. I get my menu, they have seven beers: my Luna Coffee Stout and a Pale Ale, and also a wheat, 'pub draught', amber, bock, and a 'Winter Cask Ale', oak aged, at like $7 for 8 oz., which I sampled before I left and I'd have tried it were it not so pricy. Started off with the Stout, super creamy and smooth, pretty damn good, and the pale ale was pretty decent, itself also smooth and creamy.

For food there was a large appetizer/salad menu, with just 8 entrees. I got the fish tacos, cause damn I wanted fish tacos. Also, it was the cheapest thing on the menu at $6. Everything else seemed overpriced, but quite frankly yummy, wish I'd have planned to eat dinner there. The tacos were delicious, slightly battered snapper, with cabbage, tomato, etc, and spices galore, with an actually quite authentic tortilla and attractive plating. Not much to base a score on, but it was telling.

For a tight budget (like mine tonight), happy house is from 7-9PM, $2.50 .4L beers, and theres a $7.50 3-beer sampler in 8 oz. glasses, a very good bargain, which I should have gone for, argh. Also, there was a desert menu with drink suggestions, and coffee and desert wines too.

All in all, I got the fish tacos and 2 beers for $11.63 pre tip. Not bad. Now, I'd have expected this place back in Minneapolis, but good for Green Bay, I'm jealous. I'd definietly recommend this place if you're around, its worth the price.

objectivemonkey, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%

After two months of frequenting Hinterland, I am dead split on my feelings toward the establishment. On occasions, I have been graced with attentive and knowledgeable service. On others I have been talked down to, ignored, and straight up forgotten. On the food front I have been tempted by delightful wood fired pizzas and slurped top notch oysters but was completely let down by an overcooked and tasteless ribeye, a tunaless (well, nearly) tuna roll, boring salads, etc… All of the aforementioned items would have been overpriced in Madison but in Green Bay their prices were simply nauseating. Likewise wines by the glass seemed reasonably priced as they were advertised as 8oz pours, however I never received a pour greater then 5oz and was still stuck paying the greater price. Hanger Martinis at $12 a piece follow the theme and beer…$7 for 7oz of DIPA…not exactly a bargain.

Still, there are things to appreciate and even admire about Hinterland. It is a one of a kind establishment, perhaps the only one in Green Bay serving California fusion cuisine. The atmospheres of its hip, almost ultra lounge like dining areas as well as its warm and comfortable upstairs lounge are not to be beaten in the city. More importantly, it offers several high quality beers including the best in the entire region, Luna Stout.

Hinterland’s tap lineup consists of seven beers, currently a Barley Wine like DIPA, IPA, APA, American Pale Wheat, Nitro EPA, Amber, and Nitro Stout. The stout is the best of the group and has become my absolute favorite beer from the Greater Fox Valley Region. The DIPA comes in a close second but at $7 bucks a pop one can only afford so many tastes. All the other beers are solid examples of their styles, though not worth special mention. During happy hour, and only at the upstairs bar, beer flights are available for $7.50 per three 8 oz glasses. This is by far the best deal one will find at Hinterland and a good way to try their fine brews without breaking the bank.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of PuckLSHS
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

Hinterland is located right across the street from Titletown and is more of the "upscale" dining location out of the two. We went on a Friday night during happy hour and the place was absolutely DEAD. Went upstairs to the little bar area and ordered the taster set. It was nice because it ended up being about 1/2 a beer for each taster. Way better than the shot glass portions at other locations.

I ordered the Maple Bock, Irish Stout and the Amber. We also got one of the pizza's as an appetizer. The food was very California cuisine so I felt completely close to home in the middle of rural Wisconsin. It seems as though the chef spent a bit of time out in CA, so the menu caters to my tastes. Excellent.

The beer was good, but I was not blown away. No real big beers. I would have loved to have visited during Barleywine time, but I didn't luck out.

Service was fantastic...could be because there were about 5 people in the place though.

I would go back if I were in the area. The combo of Titletown and Hinterland make for a good beer crawl.

PuckLSHS, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of woodychandler
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%

This was one of those visits where it really paid to have contacted the place ahead of time. They were not due to open until 4 PM, but I showed up just after lunch and was shown around without any complaint. The owner, Bill Tressler, is a former east coast beer writer who moved back to his hometown with an eye towards good beer and fine dining. He was a gracious host and even provide me with an entire flight of everything that he was currently offering. I wish that I had had more time in Green Bay to come back after opening in order to sample their beers in-depth for review, but perhaps next time. I will say, however, that theirs is the best Hefewiezen that I have ever tried, bar none. A close second is their Stout, but really, there wasn't a clinker in the lot.

Ascending the stairs to the building, the downstairs bar can be seen through the windows. As you enter through the side door, the bar is to your immediate right, obviously. Passing the bar and continuing left to the front of the building, by going up a flight of stairs, you encounter the upstairs bar. Facing the bar, to your right is their lounge, which opens at 4 PM for their happy hour. The bar is made of concrete and the entire area is constructed of concrete pillars, leather chairs and booths, exposed brick and ducting, and glass-topped tables.

Returning to the downstairs bar, there is a similar lounge opposite the bar. Within the downstairs lounge is a pair of glass doors that open onto a wooden patio deck bier garten lined with flowered trellises and beyond the lounge are the lavatories. To the extreme right of the bar is the restaurant area with a working fireplace and wrought iron tables and chairs. Above the fireplace is a really impressive moose head that Bill's father once bagged in the Wisconsin wilderness! At the back of the restaurant is another flight of stairs that takes you to a separate restaurant area on the second floor, so there is ample seating, although reservations are recommended.

Bill, as a former writer, was really forthcoming with me as a beer columnist. He said that while his place is very upscale for the area, he can co-exist with Titletown BC because each of them caters to a different set of clientele. Hinterland BC is looking for the business crowd and with them, people travelling on business. A suit and tie would not be at all out of place here, but to quote Bill, "Anybody that likes a good beer is a good customer, in my opinion." He told me that theirs is a 30 bbl. brewhouse built by Criveller of Canada and I should mention that you can see it through a set of windows along the street, in case you cannot get in for a tour. I gave the value as "a bit pricey", but according to Bill, it is intentionally that way, no apologies.

Finally, I mentioned the moose head, but I should also mention the many bearskin rugs throughout the building for those PETA types who may be reading this review. BTW, stand by for my review of the Millrose. I also want to mention the wood-fired pizza oven and grill. The food here must be fabulous! I want to come back during regular business hours to find out.

woodychandler, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of beernbbq
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Overall a very good experience and good beer to boot. The building has been tastefully renovated and their is nothing I enjoy morethan seeing those kettles of beer as I walk in to a place. The restaurant is very nice - probably the nicest place in Green Bay - and the food was very good. I had the Ahi Tuna which was seared perfectly. The beer is very good - they have a nice flight where you choose three beers and they are all a nice size - probably 8-10 ounces so you get a good sampling - not just a shot glass. The Pale Ale was very nice and the Barleywine was excellent. I highly recommend this if you are in the area.

beernbbq, Dec 19, 2003
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant in Green Bay, WI
92 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.