Central Waters Brewing Co.

Central Waters Brewing Co.Central Waters Brewing Co.
Central Waters Brewing Co.Central Waters Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

351 Allen St
Amherst, Wisconsin, 54406-8954
United States

(715) 824-2739 | map

Notes: Brewery: Mon-Fri 8am-3pm (Growler fills, beer to go, merch sales, etc)

Tap Room: Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm, Fri 8am-10pm, Sat Noon-10 pm, Sun Noon-7pm
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Photo of Redrover
4.34/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I have been here twice now and should probably do a review. Once was for a release and once was during “normal” operations.

This is a pretty large brewing facility as it seems to be three or four large pole barns that have been joined together. They have added on a kind of false store front that I think looks really good.

As you enter on non-event days, the ordering bar is to your left and it is right near the cooler for beers to go. There are a couple of different rooms inside. One looks like it can be used for private events and the other is a large taproom. There is another bar in the taproom. There is lots of wood, iron some low-key brewery stuff on display all housed under very high ceilings. Note when we were here for the release, they had a very large barrel room open that housed the band and some portable bars. They also had a large tent in use on that day.

They do have a nice outside patio. We took advantage of it last time we were there.

Service is friendly & I think I counted 12 or so beers on tap. Their beer is fantastic. From APAs and Reds right on up to awesome barrel aged imperial stouts, they hit all the right notes. During my last visit, I had a highbred of a sour and an APA and it worked.

Parking can be problematic during a release but they seem to do a good job and the rest of the tenants in the small industrial park seem to cooperate.

Well worth a stop and I think I will be here two or three times a year even though it is an hour drive.

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Photo of scream
4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This is just a very nice place. We go maybe three times a year as it is about 2 hours away. People are always friendly, the beer and the service are very good. Wish it were closer !

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Photo of Vidblain
4.25/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I'm always a bit surprised by how large Central Waters' brewing facility is - as compared with the size of their tap room. Releases tend to be a little congested and wild as a result, which is good and bad - lines are long and seating is limited. I'm sure warm month releases are better, but man, parking gets scarce, and finding a safe place to put down your beer isn't easy in the winter.

But, staff is friendly, selections are excellent, there's always tons of nice swag to be had, and bottles and cans aplenty. I like Central Waters a lot - just wish they weren't so far off the beaten path. Not exactly conducive to easy tourism.

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Photo of Tobin776
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Truly imparts the heart and feeling of modern Wisconsin brewing. Located in a field in Amherst Wisconsin, this brewery appears a small stone in the sparse landscape, Almost instantly i feel immersed in the atmosphere, the layout so casually implies the connection with the region and community, Please stop by for regular offerings if you have the inclination!

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.89/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

V- I walk into a beautiful tap room and smaller retail area. Very roomy and Industrial and has a cool lift up the garage door for warm days. I was there before the tap room was open, however. That didn't stop the fun. We are greeted buy a bartender at the door that let us sample anything we wanted to. After the sampling we took home many bottles. The bartender was very knowledgeable nice and Speedy service. It felt like we got the inside experience.
Q- Central Waters, of course the quality is very high. They had several beers on tap including Bourbon Barrel aged and Tequila Barrel aged beers.
S- my wife and I had the full attention of the bartender as we were there before the tap room was open. She took great care of us and we had a wonderful experience.
S- a wide variety of world-class beers!

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Photo of IMFletcher
4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Review based solely on attending the Nineteen release. Big line ran smoothly, lots of beers on tap, great music, enough space to move around (unlike previous years I was told) and friendly people.

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Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Went there for the 19 release party and had a great time. Lines moved pretty quick. Easy to get bottles. Easy to get tap beers. Great prices all around. Definitely a fun party and I hope to go back!

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Photo of bound4er
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Visited on a Saturday afternoon after xc skiing at the Iola Winter Sports Club. The drive from Iola to Amherst was absolutely beautiful with all the recent snow fall. Nice crowd when we arrived around 1:30 with only a few bar stools open. Atmosphere is nice - nothing more / nothing less. Our server was extremely nice and poured my wife a couple of n/c small samples. Tap list had a ton of beers available - both year round and specialty. I started with a HHG which is my favorite year round offering. Finished with a 12 oz pour of BBBW - I am going to be buying multiple 4-packs of this year's release as this was fantastic. My wife had two glasses of BBS which tasted odd to me - soy and root beer flavors really stood out. Overall this is a great stop if you're in central WI.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Tours are Fri-Sunday during business hours which are 10-3. We came on a Thursday but still got to get a couple crowlers and chat a bit. Nice staff, typical cement floored brewery but a few decorations on the walls. Chill atmosphere with some cool paintings. Snifters are $5, Tumblers are $3, and they have their limiteds on tap for sample and growler/crowler fills. Good pricing, the barrel aged and non-barrel aged beers were $14 and $7 respectively. I'd like to visit again during a tour!

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Way out in south central WI. The brewery sits by itself out in the country, but when you get there it is an oasis after the drive many of us have. its rustic and modern at the same time outdoor seating and an open floor plan inside. Brewery . swag with bottle sales and growlers available and had a dozen or so taps available, the BA brews that this brewery produces makes me make the drive to this destination. When they have/brew a BA release i will go.

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Photo of marchoftheclouds
4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Nothing fancy here. Just beer. Central Waters beer. One of the best barrel-aged programs around. Very busy the day we were there. I'd go back on a heartbeat. No food offered.

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Photo of PezCrew
4.94/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Maybe I am biased because it is my hometown, but these guys are awesome! Great selection, excellent flavors, and creativity as well. You can tell they enjoy the craft. Shine On is a favorite for anytime.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

One of the better breweries in Wisconsin. May be a bit of a drive depending where you are coming from, but totally worth the stop. In my humble opinion, some of the best barrel aged beers in the business; and their shelf offering are nothing to sneeze at either. Always look forward to a visit here.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Mellow, locals vibe with outdoor seating (weather permitting). Taproom is rather small and does get packed weekends. Quality is ... erratic. We all know that Central Waters makes some excellent dark beers - from Brewhouse Coffee & Space Ghost up to the Reserve Series and Black Gold - but the quality of their everyday product doesn't reach that level. It's all solid, well made beer, but not outstanding in class like the specialties. Thankfully, they always have specialties on draft. Service is friendly and they do a good job moving through the crowds.

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Photo of fondyball20
4.89/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I have made 2 stops here and the service has been great. Both times I was able to talk to a couple of the brewers and get my questions answered. Thanks for the 17!

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Photo of Irishmafia
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This review is based on my experience at 17 Anniversary Party.
I know this completely different than going on a normal day.

The event was well organized. I got in and got my allotment of 17 anniversary beer in a matter of minutes.

The food was exceptional. I do wish the 16 would have lasted longer on tap.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.86/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This review is based on the 17 Anniversary Party on 1/24/15.
We were fortunate enough to have VIP tickets and we arrived at noon to find a fairly short line. We were ushered in, went through a quick ID check and I had a beer in my hand in moments. The selection and quality of the beers available was stellar and the service was top-notch.
The event was extremely well run and it was a breeze to purchase the anniversary beer. Nothing but impressed by the staff, the brewers and all involved. Amazing.

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Photo of ZepHead80
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is based of their 17th Anniversary Party... I know it's not like that every Saturday night but if your ever get a chance to visit do it, and if you can make the Anniversary party it's worth it. Pretty awesome to be able to drink Sixteen & Seventeen side by side on tap! Also, their other barrel offerings our top notch as well! They have several!

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Photo of atone315
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Was here for the 17th Anniversary party, which was an absolute blast. Definitely planning on returning to check out the place minus the thousands of other people.

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Photo of Fusebuddy
3.99/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5

Great atmosphere to be in the brewery itself and drinking their very good beer. Always a great selection of their brews available. Bottled beer is available to go, as well as growlers. Basically a must visit if you like their beer. The only ding is the service. Often, you'll wait for quite some time for service. Anyways, its not the biggest issue because the beer is fantastic, but its a busy place, they could use another server. Other than that, cheers!

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Photo of JerUrbans
4.43/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

A fun place we stop at once in awhile to fill some growlers. Open only on Friday and Saturday so we usually plan a trip ahead of time. Have also been here for their anniversary parties. It's a fun time but we learned to get there early, cause it can get kind a crazy. Definitely a place to stop at if you're in the area.

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Photo of josephwa
4.34/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Atmosphere - The atmosphere is great for a beer fan, you're basically smack dab in the middle of the brewery, drinking next to the giant fermenters.

Quality - The quality is great, gotta love their barrel aged program! They have made so many world class brews.

Service - The service was great, even during the Sixteen event when they were super swamped with brew fans.

Selection - They have a ton of beers to choose from.

Value - The price is definitely right.

It's a bit out of the way, but if you're passing through the area, you've got to make a stop!

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Photo of GHphoto
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Paul Graham has built one hell of a brewery. I came for the 16th anniversary party and had a blast. I was served at the bar right away. They had amazing food available. And the line for 16 wasn't bad at all. I have waited in line 5hours+ for dark lord and this line was only and hour or so. This is an amazing brewery that is a must see if you are in Wisconsin.

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Photo of guityler83
4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Made the pilgrimage to Central Waters for the 16th Anniversary Party with a group of friends and stayed at a hotel in the Steven's Point area. CW was gracious enough to have shuttle services going to the event every 20 mins so we didn't have to drive (bonus). When we arrived at the event around 2:30 there were already a ton of cars lined up outside and people waiting inline for there allocation of 16, we stopped in the tap room for a few beers (Exodus and a Peruvian Morning for me) before waiting in line.

The line started outside and while I was ill prepared, talking with fellow beer nerds and drinking an amazing beer I was fine with it. Once we got in the tent there were heaters going and it made me forget about the cold all together. Eventually (1.5 hours?) later we got our bottles of 16 and headed back into the brewery to get a few more (a pour of 16, and more Exodus) and watched some great bluegrass.

I was able to get drinks quickly, the people pouring knew what they were talking about and had recommendations. My only gripe was they ran out of bottles of Exodus.. bah what are you going to do.

Selection was basically everything they have. Fresh hop rise, Space Ghost, and more 16 as the night went on. There was a food table in the tent with the line for 16, we did grab some bomb fries, but I should have tried the barley wine bbq pork, doh!

Overall, I had an amazing time. People were complaining about the cold, the wait for 16 and a few other things, but if you've ever been to a beer event you know to relax and have a beer. it will work out. Do that and you'll have a blast. Good People, Amazing beer and a rad brewery. what more could you ask for.

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Photo of TheStoutHound
4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Central Waters Brewing Co. is located on the outskirts of the quaint town of Amherst, WI. The brewery has expanded in the past year but it remains relatively small. Regardless of its size, CW provides an excellent lineup of beers and very hospitable atmosphere. They always have their year-round lineup on tap along with the current seasonal and typically a brewer's reserve brew or 2. The taproom is open on Friday and Saturday 3pm-9 with tours at 5pm. While they don't have a kitchen, they do have some salty snacks available and most importantly, the beer is cheap. CW also throws an anniversary bash in January and hosts other events throughout the year. Their parties are always a blast as they commonly provide limited release beers, food trucks, live music, and free shuttles to hotels. The staff is really outgoing and a fun group of people who go out of their way to make sure that their patrons are treated well. Even though I live 2.5 hours from the brewery, it’s always worth the trip and when I'm driving home, I'm planning my next trip back.

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Central Waters Brewing Co. in Amherst, WI
Brewery rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 18775 ratings