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Potosi Brewing Company

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Potosi Brewing CompanyPotosi Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

209 S Main St
Potosi, Wisconsin, 53820
United States

(608) 763-4002 | map

Site of the National Brewery Museum.

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by mynie:
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

My friend and I decided, last minute, to make the trek from Waterloo, Iowa to Dark Lord Day. We'd make a beer weekend, take a couple of days where we think about nothing but having fun and hanging out, all idyllic and sunshiny. The plan is to go an hour out of our way and swing through Wisconsin, pick up some New Glarus and see if we could make some trades at the fest.

The tri-state area is gorgeous, by the way. There's a reason that all the lame white people around Chicagoland take their vacations in Galena. Hills, wooden houses, everything is brickish and pleasantly mottled. We swing up to a sweet little country store in Dickeyville to buy the New Glarus goodness. On the way we see a nice, professionally made sign for a brewpub up the way. What the heck, we said.

We figured it'd be a restaurant. Overpriced, probably, and probalby the kind of place the brews from kit. But whatever, we're looking to have fun.

Snaked down a long and narrow road through a handful of ridiculously small towns. Potosi itself has under a thousand people in it. We were expecting a brewpub that was connected to a baitshop; maybe some nice hillbilly could score us some meth or moonshine.

But then, out of nowhere, is a full-on regional brewing facility. Like, old school Huber and Falstaff. Turns out Potosi is an old, old brewery. Antebellum old. They did well throughout the first several decades of the twentieth century but then, like so many regionals, they died in the early 70s. And then someone went and decided to revive them, not only reopen the brewery but build up a big ol' 3-storey beer museum. This is the American Breweriana Association's official museum. How on earth had I never heard of it before? Why am I the only person to have reviewed it so far?!?

It's nice. Beer garden, tour lady, wooden bar, cool old ads, and a glass panel in the floor that lets you see the rushing of the natural springwater that goes into the beer.

The crowd is old, conservative, and square. But that's just the area. The whole rest of the vibe is great. (Blagojevich came on the TV at the bar and an older gentleman starting complaining. Not about Democrats, strictly, but about Chicago. "We tried sawing it off and selling off that whole damn area to Indiana but they wouldn't take it. It's--it's a goddamn sinkhole." "Yeah," I said, "and they got black people, too." The man's eyes widened and he nodded conspiratorially. "Too many, if you ask me," he said.)

The beer itself is old-school fine. If you like the gusto schlitz and are into the grandpa beers for reasons aside from their kitsch value, you'd do well to check out their brews. The bulk of the styles are mid 1900's American, with crisp and vibrant hop profiles and pleasant, non-metallic adjuncts.

This is place is just a gem.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of nickles
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of CPAles
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of SSGCujo
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Wolffy
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

What a find in the southern edge of Wisconsin a town of 685 people the beer museum is awesome the new 150 Barrel brewery is more awesome take the beer tour $11 you get a free pint glass full of beer and a one year admission to the museum and the day I was there they were more than generous with the beer on the tour very nice people that work there

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Photo of COR8RFAN
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Awesome atmosphere with their museum on site.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A hidden gem of SW Wisconsin. Visited a couple times and always enjoyed the stay. The brewery and history museum are nice to visit. The food has always been well made, along with the beer and the staff has always been super friendly. Their bar is a visual marvel; extremely well made and just beautiful to look at. Definitely worth a visit if you find yourself near there.

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Photo of Ryannel24
3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of Sprague67
4.86/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of 03fatboy
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Was there in 2014 summer great beer's lov them all !!

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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of bismarksays
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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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Potosi Brewing Company in Potosi, WI
Brewery rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,061 ratings