Thirsty Pagan Brewing front view

Thirsty Pagan Brewing Company

The Thirsty Pagan Brewing Company opened in Superior in 2006, in the former Twin Ports Brewing space. The building itself, which opened in 1906 and housed a creamery for many decades, includes several different sections including a restaurant, main bar, and stage area where bands regularly perform. Through the space craft brews made on-site are…

3rd Sign Brewery pint glass

Octopi Brewing and 3rd Sign Brewery

Octopi Brewing first “grew its tentacles” in 2015, setting up as a contract brewer for many other brands but also launching its own brand of beers called 3rd Sign. The slogan for 3rd Sign is “Dually // Brewed,” with the name being taken from Gemini, the third sign of the Zodiac. It hints at the…

Urban Harvest Brewing Company

Urban Harvest Brewing Company opened in Milwaukee’s Walkers Point neighborhood in April 2016. They brew several small batches of lagers and ales per week and offer a taproom Thursday through Saturday for sampling. Beers they craft on a fairly regular basis include their 414 Golden Ale, Black Puppy Pale Ale, their Falls Pilsner, Who the…

District 14 Brewery

District 14 Brewery is in the heart of Milwaukee’s historic Bay View neighborhood. They serve a variety of their own craft beers and offer pizzas and a variety of fare in a pub-like atmosphere that occasionally includes live music. It’s not a huge place, so even a small crowd makes for a lively atmosphere in…

Minocqua Brewing Company

Nestled in a corner of the peninsula containing downtown Minocqua, Minocqua Brewing Company started up in 1997 inside a former Masonic Temple, church, school, and library along Minocqua Lake. They expanded into a pub and restaurant in 2006 and during summer nights and weekends plenty of vacationers pack the place. Live music, lake views, and…

Rowland’s Calumet Brewing Company

Rowland’s Calumet Brewing lies in the heart of Calumet County, in the county seat of Chilton. It debuted in 1990 after a 48-year absence of breweries in Chilton, using what was known as the Roll Inn Tavern for its home base. Still, it was one of the first craft breweries in Wisconsin after the repeal…

Sprecher Brewery

Sprecher started back in 1985 as the first microbrewery in Wisconsin since the repeal of Prohibition. Brewing in Milwaukee’s Walkers Point neighborhood for the first ten years (very close to where the Great Lakes Distillery is now), they moved to a former elevator car factory in Glendale in 1994 along Lexington Avenue, just west of…

Tornado Brewing Company

In March 2000, a tornado hit Cudahy, a south suburb of Milwaukee on a rare 80-degree day. That was the inspiration behind the name of Tornado Brewing, which opened in Cudahy in 2013 but relocated to Menomonee Falls in June, 2015 and then again to Horicon in 2017. Owner Dennis Erb – who grew up…

Tyranena Brewing Company

Tyranena notes itself as “Legendary Wisconsin Beer,” calling back to the mysterious stone structures and effigy mounds that border – and are submerged under – today’s Rock Lake… the original name of which was “Tyranena.” Tyranena began operations in late 1999 and has grown to a production capacity of about 45,000 barrels annually in its…

Raised Grain Brewing Company

Raised Grain opened in 2015, billing itself as “Waukesha’s Craft Brewery.” What began as an argument between a Scottish home brewer and a Belgian home brewer evolved into this place. The brewery sits just west of “Goerkes Corners”, where I-94 and U.S. 18 meet on the north side of Waukesha close to Pewaukee and Brookfield….