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

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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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
I only had a few minutes to spend at Central Waters, one of my favorite breweries, so only had time to pick up a t-shirt and two brewery-only imperial stouts. I hope to be able to get back again for some brews at some point. They were still in COVID protocol, so everything is outside, served through a window, and folks sitting under the roof-covered patio.
Jun 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75
such a cool place! fairly big space with lots of different draft options. their core lineup plus 4-5 of their BA beers as well as some experimental / pilot stuff. good vibe and friendly staff. to-go options galore as a lot of their drafts can be filled into growlers or crowlers. we get a lot of their stuff in Central IL, including the BA brewer’s reserves, so i never thought i’d visit this place but as chance would have it a trip to visit a good friend who lives only about half hour away gave me the opportunity and i’m so glad it did.
Sep 01, 2019
Rated: 4.4 by RajaSTL from Missouri

Jul 11, 2019
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Reviewed by Redrover from Wisconsin

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.
Jul 11, 2019
Rated: 5 by Upnorth_Ty from Wisconsin

Feb 18, 2019
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Reviewed by scream from Wisconsin

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 !
Feb 03, 2019
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Reviewed by Vidblain from Minnesota

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.
Jan 08, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Zenboy99 from Wisconsin

Sep 02, 2018
Rated: 4.01 by runwild99 from Minnesota

Aug 10, 2018
Rated: 4.73 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

Jun 20, 2018
Rated: 5 by Neverdie7 from Wisconsin

Jun 19, 2018
Rated: 4.58 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Jun 19, 2018
Rated: 4.44 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

Apr 08, 2018
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Reviewed by Tobin776 from Wisconsin

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!
Mar 05, 2018
Rated: 4.58 by sunraypower from Texas

Feb 26, 2018
Rated: 5 by Foxman27 from Iowa

Feb 21, 2018
Rated: 4.4 by Beerbadger55 from Wisconsin

Jan 06, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by lemmy187 from Missouri

Oct 15, 2017
Rated: 4.61 by crobinso from Colorado

Oct 13, 2017
Rated: 4.36 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Jul 28, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by SSGCujo from Wisconsin

Jul 10, 2017
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Reviewed by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

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!
Jun 10, 2017
Rated: 4.64 by Krusader from Wisconsin

Apr 25, 2017
Rated: 5 by cmwilliq from Wisconsin

Apr 23, 2017
Rated: 5 by HazzMatt19 from Arkansas

Feb 11, 2017
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Reviewed by IMFletcher from Kentucky

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.
Jan 30, 2017
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

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!
Jan 30, 2017
Rated: 4.44 by PhillyBoy23 from New Jersey

Jan 20, 2017
Rated: 4.6 by kidzord from Illinois

Jan 15, 2017
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Reviewed by bound4er from Wisconsin

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.
Jan 15, 2017
Rated: 4.3 by CPAles from Illinois

Dec 29, 2016
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

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!
Oct 21, 2016
Rated: 4.91 by bowzer4birdie from Illinois

Sep 25, 2016
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Reviewed by gatornation from Arizona

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.
Aug 28, 2016
Rated: 4.97 by Lfinster62 from New York

Jul 28, 2016
Rated: 3.93 by bpkrippner from Missouri

Jul 22, 2016
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Reviewed by marchoftheclouds from Illinois

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.
Jul 20, 2016
Rated: 4.8 by A_Rad from Wisconsin

Jul 18, 2016
Rated: 4.66 by rossracing from Illinois

Jun 26, 2016
Rated: 4.54 by Poloplaya from Illinois

Jun 25, 2016
Central Waters Brewing Co. in Amherst, WI
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