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



Delafield Brewhaus

Delafield Brewhaus

Delafield Brewhaus is perched above I-94 just east of Highway 83 in Delafield, serving up a variety of craft beers including three medal winners in the 2014 World Beer Championships.

In-house brews include the “always on tap” Dockside Ale, Delafield Amber, Pewaukee Porter, Naga-Wicked Pale Ale (named somewhat for nearby Lake Nagawicka), and Sommerzeit Hefe Weizen.  Seasonals include a Strawberry Lager, Golden Promise (featuring a specialty Scottish malt), Green Bullet IPA (with unique hops from New Zealand), Einhorn Bock, a Belgian Quadrupel (10.5 ABV… whoa!), and the Oats and Barley Stout. Additional specialty beers, including some aged in whiskey barrels, are available from time to time.

The bar area and restaurant are adorned with plenty of Brewerania collectibles and old-school signs, and some of the shiny copper kettles used in brewing are smack dab in the middle of the place.

Easy to spot but tricky sometimes to get to, Delafield Brewhaus is along I-94’s frontage road on the south side about one mile west of Highway 83 (Exit 287 off I-94). From Highway 83, turn east on Hillside Road, weave your way past some big-box stores, and it will be on your right just past the big “Hotsy” sign familiar with I-94 drivers. From the east/Milwaukee direction, exit Highway SS (Exit 290) and head west on the north side frontage road before cutting over to the south frontage road via Elmhurst Road or County E/Maple Avenue and heading west.

3832 Hillside Drive
Delafield, WI 53018
(262) 646-7821