List of breweries in Wisconsin

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Valentin Blatz Brewing Company office building in Milwaukee
In 2012, Wisconsin ranked 11th nationally in craft breweries per capita.[1]

Breweries in Wisconsin produce many different styles of beer.[2][3][4][5][6]

Some breweries package their beer in bottles or cans for retail sale. Some breweries produce kegs of beer, to be sold on draft at taverns and restaurants, or at the brewery's own tap room. Brewpubs combine brewing operations with full-service restaurants. Commercially licensed breweries use one or several of these methods to sell their products.

Breweries[edit]

  • 3 Sheeps Brewing Company[7]Sheboygan – Opened in 2012.
  • Ahnapee Brewery[8]Algoma – Opened in 2013.
  • Ale Asylum[9][10]Madison – Production brewery with a brewpub, opened in 2005.
  • ALT Brew[11]Madison – Gluten free brewery and tap room, opened in 2015.
  • Badger State Brewing Company[12]Green Bay – Founded in 2013, the destination brewery grounds include a tap room, beer garden, and upscale event hall located in the historic Stadium District near Lambeau Field.
  • Big Bay Brewing Company[13]Milwaukee – Founded in 2011. Shares brewing facilities with MKE Brewing Company in their Walker's Point location.
  • Big Head Brewery[14]Wauwatosa – Diabetic-friendly brewery and taproom. Opened in 2013.
  • Biloba Brewing Company[15] – Brookfield – Small batch brewery in Brookfield, opened in 2014. Tasting room closed late 2016 and is expected to open at a new location in 2017.[16]
  • Black Husky Brewing[17][18]Milwaukee – Opened in 2010. Moved from Pembine, WI to Milwaukee's River West neighborhood in 2016.
  • Brenner Brewing Company[19]Milwaukee – Art and community focused brewery and taproom located in Milwaukee's Walker's Point neighborhood. Opened in 2013.
  • Brewing Projekt[20]Eau Claire – The Brewing Projekt opened in 2015 and brews on a three vessel 20BBL (620 gallon) brewhouse with four 20 BBL and two 40BBL unitank fermenters.
  • Bull Falls Brewery[21] – Wausau – Founded in 2007. Moved to a new brewing facility in 2013.
  • Capital BreweryMiddleton – Opened in 1986.
  • Central Waters Brewing Company[22][23]Amherst – Production brewery with a taproom. Opened in Junction City in 1998, moved to Amherst in 2007.
  • City Brewing CompanyLa Crosse – Founded in 1999, City Brewing is a large production brewery that contract brews beer, and produces other beverages, for a number of different brands. The company also operates breweries in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and Memphis, Tennessee
  • Cross Plains Brewery[24] – Cross Plains – Began brewing in 1995. Owner of the Esser's Best brand, originally brewed since 1863. Brewing operations began at Steven's Point Brewery, but have since moved to Sand Creek Brewing Company in Black River Falls, WI.
  • Delafield Brewhaus[25] – Delafield – 300 seat restaurant and brewpub.
  • Dells Brewing Company (Moosejaw Pizza) – Wisconsin Dells – Brewpub and pizza restaurant located in Wisconsin Dells. Brewing operations on the 3rd floor of the restaurant.
  • District 14 Brewery & Pub[26]Milwaukee – Small batch brewpub located in the Bay View neighborhood.
  • Enlightened Brewing[27]Milwaukee – Small batch brewery and taproom located in the Bay View neighborhood. Founded in 2015. Taproom opened in 2016.
  • Fermentorium[28] – Cedarburg – Brewery and tasting room. Opened in 2016.
  • Furthermore[29] – Black River Falls – purchased by Sand Creek Brewing Company in 2015. Moved from Spring Green, WI.
  • Geneva Lakes Brewing Company[30] – Geneva Lakes – Founded in 2011. Debuted first beer in 2012.
  • Good City Brewing[31]Milwaukee – Brewery and taproom opened on Milwaukee's East Side neighborhood in 2016.
  • Gray Brewing Company[32]Janesville – Founded in 1856 and reestablished in 1994. Craft brewery and taproom.
  • Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company[33] – Madison – Brewpub, opened in 1994. Great Dane now has five locations — four in Madison and one in Wausau.
  • Grumpy Troll Brew Pub[34]Mt. Horeb – Brewpub and pizzaria open since 2000.
  • Hinterland Brewery[35] – Green Bay – Brewery and restaurant, opened in 2001.
  • Horny Goat Brewing Company[36]Milwaukee – Brewpub closed in 2015, production brewery still in operation.
  • Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing CompanyChippewa Falls – Founded in 1867, Leinenkugel is now a subsidiary of SABMiller.
  • Karben4 Brewing[37] – Madison – Brewpub, opened in 2012.
  • K Point Brewing[38]Eau Claire – An offshoot of the existing Coffee Grounds, a coffee/beer/wine/liquor specialty store, the brewery derives its name from the ski jumping term K-point and opened May 5, 2016.
  • Lake Louie Brewing[39]Arena – Founded in 1999.
  • Lakefront Brewery – Milwaukee – Founded in 1987.
  • Lazy Monk Brewing[40]Eau Claire – The Lazy Monk opened in 2011, expanded tap room in 2013, and moved to its current location in 2016. The brewery is capable of producing 500 barrels of beer per year.
  • Lucette Brewing Company[41]Menomonie – Founded in 2010.
  • Miller Brewing Company – Milwaukee – Founded in 1855, Miller operates breweries in a number of locations. It is now a subsidiary of SABMiller.
  • Milwaukee Ale House – Milwaukee – The brewpub opened in 1997. The Milwaukee Brewing Company production brewery opened in 2007. A second brewpub in Grafton opened in 2008.
  • Minhas Craft BreweryMonroe – Founded in 1845 as the Monroe Brewing Company, the company has changed hands many times, and became the Minhas Craft Brewery in 2006.
  • New Glarus Brewing CompanyNew Glarus – Founded in 1993
  • Next Door Brewing Company[42] – Madison – Casual brewpub and restaurant. Craft beer made on-site and locally sourced food menu. Opened August 2013. Began distribution in December 2015.
  • One Barrel Brewing Company[43] – Madison – Brewery and taproom, opened in 2012.
  • Pearl Street Brewery[44] – La Crosse – Brewery and taproom, opened in 1999.
  • Potosi BreweryPotosi – Founded in 1852, closed in 1972, restored and reopened in 2008. Brewpub and site of the National Brewery Museum.
  • Public Craft Brewing Company[45]Kenosha, opened in 2012, brewery and taproom.
  • Rustic Road Brewing Company[46] – Kenosha, opened in 2012, brewery and taproom.
  • Saint Francis Brewing Company[47]St. Francis – Brewpub, opened in 2009.
  • Shipwrecked Brew Pub[48]Egg Harbor, opened in 1997.
  • South Shore BreweryAshland – Brewpub, opened in 1995.
  • Sprecher BreweryGlendale – Founded in 1985, Sprecher produces soda as well as beer.
  • Stevens Point BreweryStevens Point – Founded in 1857, Stevens Point is a large production brewery that now makes Point beer, and also contract brews beer for several different brands.
  • Titletown Brewing Company[49] – Green Bay – Brewery and restaurant, opened in 1996.
  • Tyranena Brewing Company[50]Lake Mills – Bottling line, taproom, opened in 1999.
  • Urban Harvest Brewing Company[51] – Milwaukee – Brewery and taproom, opened in 2016.
  • Valkyrie Brewing Company[52]Dallas – Opened as Viking Brewing Company in 1994, renamed to Valkyrie Brewing Company in 2011.
  • Vintage Brewing Company[53] – Madison – Brewpub, opened in 2010.

Other beer companies[edit]

Closed breweries[edit]

A number of brands of Wisconsin beer are no longer made by independent breweries.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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