World's Largest Can of Chili, Beloit

World’s Largest Can of Chili


At the busy interchange where I-39/90, I-43, and Wisconsin Highway 81 meet in Beloit just north of the Wisconsin-Illinois state line, you’ll find the “World’s Largest Can of Chili.”

The “can” is part of the large Hormel plant in Beloit, which cranks out plenty of chili and other meat products here. This is one of the storage tanks, visible from the interstate. How much chili can fit inside that “can”? Estimates are between 1,500 and 2,000 gallons – that amounts to a LOT of beans!




Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum


An impressive art museum in the heart of Wausau – which itself is in the heart of Wisconsin – the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum covers four acres and is housed in a beautiful 1931 Tudor mansion. Their “Birds In Art” exhibition is world-class, filled with contemporary artistic representations of all kinds of birds, from paintings to sculptures. It’s truly a prime destination for nature art lovers – and admission is free!

The Museum also hosts a series of events from art exhibits to concerts and holiday celebrations. Check their website’s event calendar for updated schedules.

The Museum’s hours are:
Tuesday-Friday 9am-4pm, with extended hours until 7:30pm on the first Thursday of each month
Saturday-Sunday noon-5pm
Closed Mondays and major holidays

You can get to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum via Highway 52, with I-39, U.S. 51, and Highway 29 all close by!

Address:
700 N. 12th Street
Wausau, WI 54403
(715) 845-7010
Website

Bull Falls Brewery


Bull Falls Brewery takes its name from the falls along the Wisconsin River as its run through Wausau. They’re known for their craft beers – usually canned – and hosting a series of events and festivals at their brewery, from a Maifest to barbecue events to bands of many genres performing on various nights.

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Bull Falls opened in 2007 with an Oktoberfest Lager that proved popular; today they also brew their Five Star Ale, Holzhacker Lager, Hefeweizen, Bock Lager, Bourbon Barrel Stout, Hop Worthy, Irish Red Ale, Marathon Lager (a salute to the former Marathon City Brewery), Midnight Star Schwarzbier, Nut Brown Ale, and Oatmeal Stout.

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Brewery tours, done by appointment, cost $5 and feature the brew house, the fermenting and aging area, and the packaging section, along with beer samples and a souvenir mini-stein. They’re available Monday-Friday after 4pm and Saturday after 1pm; they’ll set one up for you if you call 715-842-2337.

Bull Falls Brewery is just south of downtown Wausau, south of Highway 52 and just a few blocks east of Business U.S. 51. I-39/U.S. 51 are west across the river, and Highway 29 is west and south of the city.

Address:
901 E. Thomas Street
Wausau, WI 54403
(715) 842-2337
Website

Redeye Brewing

Red Eye Brewing Company


Red Eye brews their beer on-site in downtown Wausau and serves up artisan pizzas along with a full menu to go with them, emphasizing fresh ingredients and sustainability in both their food and their beer. Speaking of sustainability, they actually use a solar thermal hot water system to heat their water – the first brewery in Wisconsin to use this method.

Brews at Red Eye include the Bloom Belgian Wheat; Thrust, an American-style IPA; Scarlet 7, a Belgian Dubbel; Charlatan, an Imperial Stout; Dyna-mighty Wheat; Lemongrass Rye; and Fast Eddy’s Anniversary Ale, a Belgian-style Pale Ale.

They’re open six days a week, closed on Sunday. You’ll find Red Eye in Wausau’s downtown area, along Highway 52/6th Street northbound, which is also northbound Business U.S. 51. I-39/U.S. 51 is just a few miles to the west, as is Highway 29 as it winds around the city.

Address:
612 Washington Street
Wausau, WI 54403
(715) 843-7334
Website

Stevens Point Brewery main entrance along Water Street

Stevens Point Brewery


Stevens Point is home to the 5th oldest continuously operating brewery in the United States. The Stevens Point Brewery started up back in 1857 and supplied beer to Civil War troops, near-beer to people waiting out Prohibition, and Chicago Daily News columnist Mike Royko in 1973, whose choice of Point Special as the best-tasting beer in America launched it to new heights. Today, Point sells their beer in 27 states.

Point has since expanded its line to include a variety of craft-style beer and ales, including several seasonal varieties. Along with flagship Point Special, they feature Point Cascade Pale Ale, Beyond the Pale, Drop Dead Blonde, Nude Beach, Horizon Wheat, Point Smiley Blue Pils, the 2012 Black Ale (which played off the end-of-the-world predictions that year), and a line of gourmet sodas that includes a tasty root beer.

Stevens Point Brewery taps for sale

Among other things, the Gift Shop at Stevens Point Brewery offers a variety of their tap handles.

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The Point Brewery Gift Shop even has clothes for a littlest ones, who of course, ARE home-brewed.

Their hour-long tour takes you through all facets of the brewing process, including a look inside the copper kettles and samples of the resulting products. This really goes bring you through the middle of everything; closed toed shoes are required. Tours are available Monday-Saturday on the hour, usually from 11am-2pm but it can vary by season. Their Gift Shop features plenty of memorabilia to take home, including of their legendary advertising slogans and designs. Definitely one of the most comprehensive brewery tours in the state!

You’ll find Stevens Point Brewery about a mile south of downtown along Water Street. It’s a few blocks west of Business U.S. 51. Highway 66/Historic U.S. 10 is nearby to the north and Highway 54 approaches within several miles to the south. I-39/U.S. 51 is about three miles east.

Stevens Point Brewery Address:

2617 Water Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
(715) 344-9310
Website




Stevens Point Brewery front

Stevens Point Brewery is a little secretive about the origins of their mascot, who may have inspired “The Coneheads” on SNL,.

Wisconsin Korean War Veterans Memorial


Wisconsin’s Korean War Veterans Memorial is in Plover, just south of Stevens Point along I-39/U.S. 51 at the County B exit. It rises on an island in Lake Pacawa is a small park known as Worzella Pines Park.

The Gateway area features an “Isle of Honor” commemorating the 132,000 Wisconsin residents who served in the Armed Forces during Korean War, including 4,286 who were injured and 801 who died. The Main Wall is filled with memorials, statues commemorate soldiers, medical staff, and others who served in the line of fire, and thousands of tiles are posted in memory of individuals.

Address:
Plover, WI 54467
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O’so Brewing Company


Just south of Stevens Point in a shopping center strip in Plover, O’so Brewing Company offers 40 Wisconsin beers in its Tap House. Anywhere from 8 to 14 are brewed by O’so in-house, and tours of the brewery are available on Saturdays at 2, 3, and 4pm.

O’so beers include their flagship “The Big O”, a wheat ale; Hopdinger IPA; Night Train Porter; Rusty Red; Memory Lane Pilsner (5% of the proceeds for this beer are donated to help fight Alzheimer’s Disease); Hop Whoopin’; and Convenient Distraction, an Imperial Porter blended with coffee. Seasonals include colorfully-named beers like Doe in Heat and Lupulin Maximus.

The O’so Tap House is visible from I-39/U.S. 51 at the County B exit, just north of Highway 54 and east of Historic U.S. 51. It’s open every day and night except Sunday. The Wisconsin Korean War Veterans Memorial is only blocks away in Worzella Pines Park and Pacawa Lake.

Address:
3028 Village Park Drive #3034
Plover, WI 54467
(715) 254-2163
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