Sunshine Brewing Company can at the bar

Sunshine Brewing Company

Sunshine Brewing Company, Lake Mills

Sunshine Brewing logoRight along Main Street (Highway 89) in Lake Mills, you’ll find Sunshine Brewing Company. Sunshine opened in 2018 with a particular eye on Belgian-style beers and are adding consistently to their portfolio.

Flagship Sunshine Brewing beers include their Tripel 8 Belgian Tripel, Diablo Sun Belgian Strong Golden Ale, and the Mayor’s Playground Belgian Stout. Seasonals include the Turn It Up Belgian IPA and the Stonefly Imperial Saison. Sunshine also brews a number of small batch beers, which rotate and include a Belgian Wit, a Kölsch, Amber Lager, a Table Beer called Enkel, a Witbier, a Dubbel, and a few IPAs.

Sunshine Brewing Company’s Taproom has two parts, a small bar and seating area in the front and a larger area in the back with tables and room for games, events, and more within sight and scent of the brewing equipment and processes. Along with the beers they brew, Sunshine offers several guest taps from other craft breweries in Wisconsin and, when the mood may strike, a neighboring state or two. They’ll also let you take some beers to go in their 32-oz. crowlers (and growler in a can.)

Buy a friend a beer (in advance) at Sunshine Brewing in Lake Mills

These fine folks on the wall have pre-bought a beer for friends who will be coming in later. Who’s gonna buy us one??

Buy a Friend a Beer in Advance

You can even buy a friend a beer in advance and they’ll not only get their beer when they arrive, their name will be up for all to see on the taproom board!

You’ll find Sunshine along Highway 89, which runs right through the heart of Lake Mills as Main Street. It’s just south of the center of town and County B, which doubles as the original Highway 30 between Madison and Milwaukee. I-94 is about a mile to the north, while the Glacial Drumlin Trail is less than a mile to the south.

Sunshine Brewing Taproom Hours:

Monday – Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday – Thursday – 5:00pm -10:00pm
Friday – 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Saturday – Noon – 11:00pm
Sunday – Noon – 7:00pm

Sunshine Brewing Company Address:

121 S. Main Street (Highway 89)
Lake Mills, WI 53551


Lewis Station Winery along Highway 89 in Lake Mills

Lewis Station Winery

Lewis Station Winery opened in a former gas station (hence the “station” part of the name) in Lake Mills in 2011.  They offer daily wine tastings and a small bistro menu – with the pizzas being especially good – Wednesday through Saturday. Sundays they offer wine only, but that’s okay – it’s a winery first after all, right?

In 2018, Lewis Station became Wisconsin’s first Certified Craft Winery by the Craft Wine Association. That designation means they make their wines in small lots and the winemaking is entirely overseen by the winemaker, using grapes from an identifiable vineyard. The winery produces around 25 different varieties throughout the year, although they’re best known for big reds, such as their Lodi California Zinfandel (described as having “bold dark-fruit flavors and spiciness”) and its Sangiovese, popular for its red and dark berries. About a third of Lewis Station’s wines are on the sweeter side, featuring a combination of grapes and other fruits. If you’re up for something a little more bold, Lewis Station offers a Cabernet Sauvignon aged in used Jack Daniels oak barrels, creating a more powerful wine with a hint – or perhaps a sizable hit – of bourbon; it’s become one of Lewis Station’s best sellers.

Quite a few wines made here have been Gold and Silver award winners in the World Wine Competition and the Finger Lakes Region Wine competition. Owner and winemaker Rob Lewis will be happy to recount the awards, describe each wine, or give you the background story on everything they create.

Lewis Station Winery from the outside

Lewis Winery is housed in a former gas station on what was once the busiest corner in Lake Mills, at Highway 89 and Historic Highway 30. Pumps out front evoke that heritage.

Most of the wines themselves are made at their production facility in town (580 Enterprise Drive), which can be viewed as part of a scheduled tour or one of their wine classes.

You’ll find Lewis Station Winery right along Highway 89, which is Main Street, in the heart of downtown Lake Mills. The cross street is County Highway B, the actual former Highway 30 – once the main east-west road between Madison and Milwaukee. Across from the winery is the city’s “town square” park – actually a triangle – called Commons Park. In nice weather, you can sit on Lewis Station’s patio, sip, and enjoy the view of the park across the street, the handsome rock-laden design of the nearby library, or just watch the people of Lake Mills stroll by. Downtown Lake Mills is about a mile south of I-94, and the Highway 89 interchange (Exit 259). It’s definitely easy to get to! And, if you want local craft beer, Tyranena Brewing is also nearby.

Lewis Station Winery sampling

A sample of Sangiovese at Lewis Station Winery in Lake Mills.

Lewis Station Winery Hours:

Wednesday – Saturday: Noon – 8 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 3 pm

Lewis Station Winery Address:

217 N. Main Street (Highway 89)
Lake Mills, WI 53551
(920) 648-5481




Aztalan State Park Mounds

Aztalan State Park & Museum

Aztalan State Park Sign“Aztalan” is the name for an original Native American settlement that thrived along the Crawfish River banks in Jefferson County from around 1000-1300 AD. Now a National Historic Landmark, Aztalan State Park sits just east of Lake Mills near I-94 between Highways 26 and 89 just south of County B, which was formerly Historic Highway 30.

The original settlement included ceremonial grounds, farmland, pyramidal mounds, even a stockade – portions of which have been reconstructed. Aztalan is an excellent showcase of Wisconsin’s rich history predating the European settlers. Archeologists have a field day unearthing remnants, which were discovered by European settlers in the 1830s.

The original village grounds today make up the park, which covers 172 acres along the river. The Crawfish River is terrific for fishing and canoeing; the grounds also feature prairie, oak woods, a picnic shelter, walking trails, and bathroom facilities.

Aztalan State Park Mounds

Plenty of mounds and re-creations of wood forts and more illustrate Aztalan’s history.

Aztalan markers and viewYou need a State Park admission sticker to use the park, which is open daily from 6am-11pm. One block north on County Q the Aztalan Museum traces the history of the village, its people, and eventual European settlement. The reconstructed historic Mamre Moravian Church sits on the museum grounds. It was a one-room log church constructed in 1861. The church has been moved twice and given a few alternations during its history, although no move was more than a few miles. It’s been sitting peacefully on its present site since 1996. The church, museum, and several outbuildings welcome explorers and visitors alike.

You’ll find Aztalan State Park along County Q just south of County B, which was once Historic Highway 30. Today, I-94 serves as the main Milwaukee-Madison route, though you can access the park between the Lake Mills/Highway 89 exit and the Johnson Creek/Highway 26 exit.

Aztalan Museum

Aztalan Museum

County Road Q
Jefferson, WI
(920) 648-8774

Tyranena Brewing Company in Lake Mills

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 lives on in the name of this brewery.

lakemills_tyranena03Tyranena began operations in late 1999, quite early on in Wisconsin’s craft beer renaissance. Over time, the brewery has grown to a production capacity of about 45,000 barrels annually in Lake Mills, located just northeast of town, just about one mile east of Highway 89 and within earshot of I-94.

Beers from Tyranena include some colorful names: Bitter Woman IPA, Rocky’s Revenge Brown, Three Beaches Honey Blonde, Headless Man Amber Alt, Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale, Down N’ Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, Chief Blackhawk Porter, and more. A group of beers referred to as “Brewers Gone Wild!” include offerings like Tapping the Sugarbush, an Imperial Maple Porter aged in Bourbon barrels; the Coco Poco, a Coconut Porter aged in rum barrels; the Kisser’s Monday Night Special, a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Double Stout; and the PINK Fruit Tart, a Sour Wheat Ale with cherry and pomegranate. For non-beer drinkers in your group, they also serve hard lemonade, hard seltzer, non-alcoholic brews, root beer, and other sodas.

While available in stores throughout the state, you can best sample the wide variety of their beers in their Lake Mills Tasting Room. Along with a 35-seat dog-friendly bar area with a variety of games and occasional live music, a summertime outdoor patio offers more accommodations. Both the Tasting Room and patio are dog-friendly.

Brewery Tours are also available every Saturday. Yes, they’re free and no reservations are required. Certain Saturdays are designated as “Technical,” with brewers on hand. Which dates offer those? You can find that out here.

Tasting Room Hours:

Monday: 4:30 to 10:00 pm
Tuesday: 4:30 to 10:00 pm
Wednesday: 4:30 to 10:00 pm
Thursday: 4:30 to 10:00 pm
Friday: 3:00 to 11:00 pm
Saturday: 12 Noon to 11:00 pm
Sunday: 12 Noon to 8:00 pm

Tyranena Brewing Company & Tap Room Address:

1025 Owen Street
Lake Mills, WI 53551
(920) 648-8699