Wisconsin Micro/Craft Brewers

Discussion in 'Midwest' started by WRBeerFan, May 28, 2012.


Which Wisconsin Brewery do you like best?

  1. Lakefront Brewery

    2 vote(s)
  2. Sprecher Brewery

    1 vote(s)
  3. Milwaukee Brewing Company

    1 vote(s)
  4. New Glarus Brewery

    60 vote(s)
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  1. WRBeerFan

    WRBeerFan Initiate (0) May 28, 2012 Wisconsin

    What is your favorite WI brewer or beer? My favorite so far is the Pipers Scotch style Ale from Sprecher, and that is only when I can't get my hands on Sprecher's Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale.
  2. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Central Waters hands down. Then Tyranena, then New Glarus.
  3. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

  4. minnesotaryan

    minnesotaryan Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Minnesota

    central waters.
  5. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,726) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    new glarus then central waters but oh so close
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  6. darklordlager

    darklordlager Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2008 Wisconsin

    New Glarus' value and sessionability are hard to beat.
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  7. WRBeerFan

    WRBeerFan Initiate (0) May 28, 2012 Wisconsin

    Why have I not heard of Central Waters! I just looked them up and already found a few beers I want to try. Guessing I can get them just about anywhere in Milwaukee. Love hearing about local favorites!! Thanks for the suggestion, and I apologize for the survey... my first time and I accidentially hit "enter". Couldn't figure out how to go back and fix it.

    Any other gems out there?
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  8. ZAP

    ZAP Poo-Bah (3,589) Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota

    Capitol....Tyranena come to mind as big hitters..have not heard of Milwaukee Brewing is that the Ale House with Louie's Demise etc...
  9. Coveralls

    Coveralls Initiate (0) Sep 27, 2008 Minnesota

    I would have to go with Central Waters as well. Out of the ones listed, NG obviously....
  10. loudmouth

    loudmouth Aspirant (245) May 24, 2010 Wisconsin

    1. Central Waters
    2. Tyranena
    New Glarus
    Dave's BrewFarm
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  11. RKPStogie

    RKPStogie Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2011 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Ale Asylum is bad either.

    I like New Glarus, but I feel like they are somewhat overrated...
  12. KAF

    KAF Initiate (0) Jun 22, 2007 Iowa

    Bottling Top 5
    New Glarus
    Central Waters

    Brewpub Top 5
    Grumpy Troll
    Ale Asylum (I know they bottle)
    Red Eye
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  13. incutrav

    incutrav Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2007 Minnesota

    CW 4 pk stuff is all good, but their six pack line is all pretty mediocre. New Glarus is tops for me, beers like Black Top, Dancin Man and Moon Man are tough to beat. Add in the 4pk/750's, and it really gets good.
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  14. JediMatt

    JediMatt Initiate (82) Jun 18, 2010 Iowa

    I enjoy many Wisconsin breweries, but New Glarus is by far my favorite. :slight_smile:
  15. BottleMan

    BottleMan Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2008 Wisconsin

    Gotta put Lucette's Easy Rider at the top of the list, closely followed by Ale Asylum's Hopalicious. Anything by Furthermore and New Glarus is also very flipping' good.
  16. hoeg0015

    hoeg0015 Aspirant (234) Jul 15, 2008 Minnesota

    I agree completely. Sure, I enjoy a four-pack or two of theirs every year, but calling their regular lineup 'mediocre' is generous. There's a reason every Twin Cities liquor store has had a huge supply of them on super sale for the last couple months. I judge a brewery somewhat on their specialty lineup, but mostly on their everyday production. New Glarus far exceeds CW in this regard. As does Tyranena, though they've seemingly stalled in their innovations over the last couple years.
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  17. mjryan

    mjryan Zealot (581) Dec 22, 2007 Minnesota

    Wisconsin is good beer rich.
  18. beerexplorer1973

    beerexplorer1973 Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2011 Wisconsin

    1. Central Waters
    2. O'so
    3. Tyranena
    4. Potosi

    Chilton Beer Fest was just a couple of weekends ago......30 Wisconsin microbreweries.....mmmmmm
  19. nickapalooza86

    nickapalooza86 Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2010 Wisconsin

    The order is as follows as some of you are clearly mistaken.

    1. Central Waters/New Glarus tie
    2. Ale Asylum
    3. Tyranena
    4. Lake Louie (for their scotch ales which are world class)
  20. mltobin

    mltobin Poo-Bah (1,611) Apr 1, 2007 Connecticut
    Beer Trader

    From a short visit that I paid to Milwaukee, I would go :

    1. New Glarus
    2. Central Waters
    3. toss up between Ale Asylum and Tyranena
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  21. Coveralls

    Coveralls Initiate (0) Sep 27, 2008 Minnesota

    I used to go to Hudson every couple of Months to pick up stuff we couldn't get here, particularly New Glarus. I don't think I've done that in a couple of years now. I need to get back over there and stock up!
  22. Ejayz

    Ejayz Initiate (0) May 15, 2011 Iowa

    I love New Glarus but there distribution policy makes me angry! So for now I brew my own spotted Cow with the help of Northern Brewer.
  23. NuclearDolphin

    NuclearDolphin Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2011 Minnesota

    Agreed, that is why I grab some whenever I come up to Milwaukee from Chicago, particuarly from Mars' Cheese Castle (New Glarus Mix-A-Six anyone?)

    But to answer the question, I would say Tyranena, followed by New Glarus
  24. s_wit

    s_wit Disciple (355) Apr 26, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    Not many people are mentioning Lake Louie. Their scotch ales (normal and reserve) are my favorite scotch ales. I like Central Waters and Ale Asylum. New Glarus and Sprecher are decent but not my favorite.
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  25. WRBeerFan

    WRBeerFan Initiate (0) May 28, 2012 Wisconsin

    Sorry for replying a year later, but yes.. Milwaukee Ale House is their restaurant.
  26. MCImes

    MCImes Disciple (353) Dec 31, 2010 Connecticut

    This poll is a blow out. CW is good, but overall I voted NG. Their sours are sooo good, although ive been hankering for CW Exodus ever since I drink the crap out of it at ABR. When is that usually released?
  27. mmulebarn

    mmulebarn Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2013 Minnesota

    New Glarus fruit beers on a hot summer day can't be beat.
  28. josephwa

    josephwa Devotee (479) Jun 4, 2012 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Preference always goes to barrel aged beers, hence, Central Waters!

    NG has unbeatable fruit beers though!
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  29. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (3,075) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    I have to go with others and say that Central Waters gets eliminated automatically because their yearly lineup is so mediocre. I only buy their special 4-pack offerings. Illumination and non-soured Peruvian Morning are two of my most favored beers. Otherwise, meh. My vote would go towards New Glarus. All their beers are good if only solid. Their most boring beer is their best seller. How can you go against that? Central Waters real needs to step up their year round and seasonal offerings beyond just updating the packaging. Tyranena seems to be another that is stuck in a rut. I like most of their beers but finding them, and finding them fresh, is an increasingly difficult expedition.
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  30. denali55421

    denali55421 Initiate (148) Dec 30, 2010 Minnesota

    If only CW could make barrel aged beers that weren't plagued with souring issues after a month or two I would agree
  31. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Defender (606) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
    Beer Trader

    Which of their BA'd beers other than PM have ever had infection issues? Their barrel program is among the best in the Midwest.
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  32. denali55421

    denali55421 Initiate (148) Dec 30, 2010 Minnesota

    My cherry was a bit off by the time i got to the last 4 pack, similar to PM. The BA Barleywine was outstanding though. I can't with a straight face declare their ba program the best when the same issue repeats itself over 2 years. Maybe the most extensive...but not the best
  33. HomeBrewed

    HomeBrewed Initiate (189) Dec 10, 2006 Minnesota
    Industry Beer Trader

    New Glarus is EASILY the king. Central Waters is mediocre, at best, when it comes to anything not Barrel Aged.
  34. muck1979

    muck1979 Initiate (153) Jul 3, 2005 Minnesota

    Capital. Mostly because I just really enjoy their Supper Club.
  35. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,576) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    The BB Cherry is great with 6 months on it. I hope to get a 4pk this year. I also can't wait to open the Space Ghost they just released. Early results are that it is rich and creamy, unlike their other stouts.

    Once Karben4 starts bottling, Fantasy Factory will be my go to IPA.
  36. denali55421

    denali55421 Initiate (148) Dec 30, 2010 Minnesota

    I had 3 4 packs...yours was good at that point mine wasn't. Similar to peoples PMorning. Most of mine was good..some wasn't. I too am looking forward to Space Ghost. CW does alot of good things Barrel - wise but obviously have issues that need correcting.
  37. bmony26

    bmony26 Initiate (183) May 2, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    1. O'so
    2. Central Waters
    3. New Glarus

    I really like what O'so is doing with sour's right now. New Glarus will probably move to first or second when they finish their addition and start making more sour beers.
  38. bmony26

    bmony26 Initiate (183) May 2, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    CW also handled the infected peruvian Morning very well by offering refunds!
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