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 “dual personalities” – and really the complexity – of their beers.

octopi-brewing-outsideThe Octopi Tap Room opened in early 2016 in a light industrial park just off Highways 19 & 133 on the east side of Waunakee. They feature a wide variety of 3rd Sign Brewery beers and several other selections from craft brewers across the state. You can sample five or six per order, offered up in 4-oz glasses and served on a holder resembling an octopus, custom crafted by a nearby woodworker. They’ll also can tap beer to go right on the spot, sealing a 32-oz  “crawler” right behind the bar for you. They also offer pizzas, craft nuts, and large soft pretzels. Live entertainment, an outdoor patio, and other activities and amenities are being added.

Octopi Brewing's 3rd Sign Brewery sampler

Our favorites when we tried included the Madagascar Vanilla Mild Ale, the Sumatra Coffee Mild Ale, the Chocolate Cherry Porter, the Grapefruit Jungle IPA, and their Pollux – a witbier infused with soursop. Other varieties include three IPAs, an American, West Coast, and Belgian; a Peach Pollux witbier; and the Mild Chaild Madagascar with Chai Spices.

The Octopi Brewing Tap Room is on Uniek Drive, which is just south of where Highway 113 meets Highway 19 on Waunakee’s eastern edge, about four miles west of I-39/90/94 and six miles north of the end of Highway 30 near Madison’s airport (MSN). Quite close by via Highway 113 and U.S. 51 you can also find Ale Asylum and Karben4; the concentration of breweries in this region of Dane County is really on the rise!

1131 Uniek Drive
Waunakee, WI 53597
(608) 620-4705


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 HELLES Alice? (a straw-blond light Czech lager), H.C. IPA, Nookie Nookie (Chinook Citra Pale Ale), PriBock, Olde Towne Amber, Corkscrew IPA, an Espresso Amber, and the interestingly-locally-named Ach Ya Der Hey-Fe Weizen.

Seasonals and specials include brews like their Wicket Summer Wheat, Blood Orange Wheat, Festive Gourds Pumpkin Ale, a Maple Brown, Weizenbock, their Chocolate Whiskey Stout, some bourbon barrel-aged varieties, and more.

Urban Harvest Brewing Company's tap roomYou’ll find Urban Harvest Brewing’s taproom along 5th Street (Highway 38), just south of Highway 59/National Avenue. I-43/94 soars by within a block, and Highway 32/1st Street is just four blocks to the east. Another fairly new craft brewery, Brenner Brewing, is just a few blocks to the north. Near Urban Harvest Brewing are sights like the Harley-Davidson Museum, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, St. Josephat’s Basilica, and more. Downtown Milwaukee is about one mile north.

Thursday 4-9pm
Friday 2-10pm
Saturday 2-10pm

1024 S. 5th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Rhinelander Brewing Company

Rhinelander Brewing has a long history in the North Woods. Founded in 1882, the Rhinelander brand became well-known for its 7-ounce “shorty”, the stubby bottle that some other brands have imitated. A many local brewers did in the 1960s, the original Rhinelander Brewery facility shut its doors in 1967. The Joseph Huber Brewing Company bought the rights and kept them until Jyoti Auluck purchased the brand back in 2009 and brought back the original malty recipe to their flagship and signature beer: Rhinelander Export Lager. More places around the state are carrying the shorty bottles, and in Rhinelander, it’s even available on tap.

Rhinelander is working to build a brewery back in its hometown; for the time being Rhinelander Export Lager and Rhinelander Light are brewed by Minhas Brewing in Monroe. They’re also adding craft brews, including Chocolate Bunny, Imperial Jack IPA, Mystical Jack Ale, and Thumper IPA – yes, all rabbit-themed.

Their offices are in Rhinelander on Brown Street but there is no brewery back yet. You’ll find their beers in pretty much every bar in town, though!

59 S. Brown Street
Rhinelander, WI 54501
(715) 550-2337