Western Wisconsin Breweries

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by islay, Jan 30, 2018.

  1. MilwaukeeBeerMaker

    MilwaukeeBeerMaker Devotee (440) Jun 30, 2014 Wisconsin
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    Me and a beer buddy spend a Thursday-Saturday in the Duluth/Superior area and touched 'em all. These are my rankings based soley on the quality of beer (YMMV). I made another ranking based upon the space as a whole but won't bore you with that.

    1. Earth Rider
    2. Ursa Minor
    3. Bent Paddle
    4. Hoops
    5. Blacklist
    6. Duluth Cider
    7. Canal Park
    8. Dubh Linn
    9. Fitger's
    10. Thirsty Pagan
    11. Lake Superior
     
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  2. emerge077

    emerge077 Poo-Bah (10,442) Apr 16, 2005 Illinois
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    Driftless Cafe, Viroqua Food Co-op in Viroqua, WI
    Driftless Brewing (no taproom): list of accounts

    The Hideaway, Chaseburg, WI
    Nice little roadhouse bar & grill, used to brew, not really a destination though.

    Alternatively:
    Deb's Brewtopia Taproom (just opened), Schera's in Elkader, IA

    Eagle River Liquor, Fulton, IL
    Family Beer & Liquor, East Dubuque, IL
    Dubuque, IA also has a few newer breweries as well.
     
  3. blocksteel

    blocksteel Disciple (350) Feb 28, 2011 Illinois
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    Driftless Brewing in Soldiers Grove. Their beer is most excellent and their new taproom just may be open in time for Memorial Day weekend. This place is highly recommended!
     
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  4. bufante

    bufante Aspirant (257) Jun 28, 2014 Iowa
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    Great list just for the off the beaten path of it all! Dubuque has Dimensional, which I have had some of their stuff, so far not bad!

    East Dubuque...I've been there once. Once was plenty, but I will have to hit that Family Beer and Liquor.

    Elkrader might be a spot we hit on the way home, thanks again!
     
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  5. blocksteel

    blocksteel Disciple (350) Feb 28, 2011 Illinois
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    And Hillsboro Brewing Company in Hillsboro WI has a very impressive new brewery about to open in an old creamery. Regardless, their beer is good and the current location is worth a visit
     
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  6. cheeseheadinMinneapolis

    cheeseheadinMinneapolis Initiate (187) Sep 20, 2017 Minnesota

    Thirsty Pagan has opened at the new location, soft opening now with the Grand reopening on June 8
     
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  7. islay

    islay Aspirant (266) Jan 6, 2008 Minnesota
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  8. emerge077

    emerge077 Poo-Bah (10,442) Apr 16, 2005 Illinois
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    The new brewery taproom at Hillsboro Brewing Company is finally opening tomorrow.
     
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  9. HeadRetention

    HeadRetention Initiate (74) Jul 13, 2015 Minnesota

    Has anyone tried Round Man brewery in Spooner lately? I am going to be driving thru in August and was curious if it is even worth a stop.
     
  10. cl3

    cl3 Disciple (332) Aug 16, 2013 Wisconsin

    Worth a stop for the food, not so much the beer. If your in the neighborhood, I'd recommend The Whistle Punk (Stone Lake), The Knapp Stout (Rice Lake), or Angry Minnow (Hayward) for better beer.
     
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  11. blocksteel

    blocksteel Disciple (350) Feb 28, 2011 Illinois
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    Indeed, went there opening day! Good crowd, good beer. But still no regular hours yet.
     
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  12. blocksteel

    blocksteel Disciple (350) Feb 28, 2011 Illinois
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  13. emerge077

    emerge077 Poo-Bah (10,442) Apr 16, 2005 Illinois
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    Hopefully by the end of the month, when i’ll be back up there. Will have to wait and see I guess.
     
  14. ZAP

    ZAP Poo-Bah (3,797) Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota

    Will be spending a day biking in and aroundEau Claire this summer. Any suggestions for beer there or in the 20 mile radius. We're planning on Lazy Monk and Brewing Projekt for sure...food suggestions welcome too!
     
  15. wisconsinbeer1

    wisconsinbeer1 Initiate (195) Nov 11, 2004 Wisconsin
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    Lucette is right on the Red Cedar State Trail in Menomonie, approx 20 miles from Eau Claire. Good beer along with tasty wood fired pizza and salads. The brewery itself is pretty cool too.
     
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  16. bound4er

    bound4er Champion (835) Jul 4, 2007 Wisconsin

    Sad news out of Eagle River. VaLynda (Bill the owner's wife) from Tribute Brewing is on a respirator being kept alive until her organs can be harvested. She came down with menangitis after complaining of back pain and eventually succumbed to the infection.
     
  17. islay

    islay Aspirant (266) Jan 6, 2008 Minnesota
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