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 plenty of craft beer consumption takes place at Minocqua Brewing Company, which is just off U.S. 51 on the north end of Minocqua’s main street district. Highways 47 and 70 intersect just to the north in Woodruff.

Beers include the Road Kill Red Ale, Pudgy Possum Porter, Wild Rice Lager, and an M.P.A. – Minocqua Pale Ale.

238 Lakeshore Drive (off U.S. 51)
Minocqua, WI 54548
(715) 356-2600

World's Largest Corkscrew along U.S. 2 in Hurley, Wisconsin

World’s Largest Corkscrew

Some places in Vienna, Austria and Bangkok, Thailand may beg to differ, but Hurley, Wisconsin lays claim to the World’s Largest Corkscrew. It’s located along U.S. Highway 2 just west of the Wisconsin-Michigan border by about one mile on the northern side of Hurley. It’s also just west of national northern terminus of U.S. 51 and the eastern end of Highway 77.

It’s right in front of – fittingly enough – a liquor store. The owner is apparently a corkscrew collector, with none larger than the one out front.

Corkscrew Liquor Store along U.S. 2 in Hurley, home to the World's Largest Corkscrew

World’s Largest Corkscrew (and Corkscrew Liquor Store) Address:

5619 W. U.S. Highway 2
Hurley, WI 54534
(715) 561-5645
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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.


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.


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.

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

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.

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

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.

Stevens Point Brewery gift shop

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

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,.

One Barrel Brewing exterior, Madison

One Barrel Brewing Company

One Barrel Brewing Company anchors the heart of this historic Madison neighborhood called Schenk’s Corners along Atwood Avenue on the near east side. A “nano-brewery” located in a former neighborhood grocery, One Barrel’s tap room is like a cozy pub that offers a look at the entire brewing process, from the one-barrel brewing system (hence the name), and 11 fermentation tanks. From these, seven beers are regularly brewed: their Commuter Kolsch, Penguin Pale Ale, No. 2 Strong Ale, Bilbo Baggins Black IPA, Hopticity Jones, Breakfast Beer-Oatmeal Stout, and Emperor Penguin. Others brewed at times can include the Ale-o’saurus (an aged brew), Behemoth Imperial IPA, Bridezilla Brown (made by the brewmaster for his wedding…hmm…), Care Bear Blood Imperial Coffee Stout, and Chai-town Brown, a spiced brown ale.

One Barrel also launched a line of gluten-free ciders and offers wine and light snacks for those who want to explore the place but aren’t for a beer right then.

One Barrel Brewing taps, Madison

The beer menu at One Barrel changes daily, and the menu notes you can purchase a bar stool for $4,500… which we imagine must be something like a personal seat license at a stadium. We’ll find out more about that!

One Barrel Brewing sampler

One Barrel is west of U.S. 51/Stoughton Road and south of U.S. 151/East Washington Avenue east of the state capitol in the historic and very cool Schenk’s Corners neighborhood. Highway 113‘s southern end is just blocks away (at 1st & East Washington) and Highway 30 is just northeast from there. Within a fairly short distance you can also check out Next Door Brewing, Working Draft Brewing, Bos Meadery, Karben4 Brewing, and Ale Asylum – and those are just the ones within a few minutes of driving (or riding with someone responsible)!

Their second location is opening in Egg Harbor, along Highway 42 in Door County, in May, 2019. Contact info is below!

Tap Room Hours:

Monday: 4pm-11pm
Tuesday: 4pm-11pm
Wednesday: 4pm-11pm
Thursday: 4pm-1am
Friday: 2pm-1am
Saturday: 12pm-1am
Sunday: 12pm-9pm

One Barrel Brewing Company storefront, Madison

One Barrel Brewing along Atwood Avenue in Madison.

One Barrel Brewing Company Addresses:

2001 Atwood Avenue
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 630-9286

(Opens May 16, 2019, Grand Opening May 23)
4633 Market Street (Highway 42)
Egg Harbor, WI 54209

One Barrel Brewing chalkboard

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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.

Plover, WI 54467

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.

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

Next Door Brewing Company

Next Door Brewing Company is a restaurant and brew pub on the east side of Madison, just off “Willy Street” along Atwood. Their beers include the Bascom Blonde American Blonde Ale, Luminous IPA, Eastside American Pale Ale, Rockets Red Ale, Hammerhead IPA, and Sevex, a unique stock ale. Seasonals include Sunshine Wheat, a Bam Ba Lam Black Ale, Iron Brigade Stout, a Batch 100 Barley Wine, and more.

2439 Atwood Avenue
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 729-3683

Ale Asylum logo

Ale Asylum Brewery

Ale Asylum started in Madison in 2006 and has expanded nicely; they now have a beautiful restaurant and tap room along Highway 113 on the road to Madison’s Dane County Airport, literally seconds north of where Highway 30 ends (close to U.S. 51 and U.S. 151, too!) The bar and dining room are open for lunch and dinner, and for late drinks and eats. Tours of the brewery inside the building are available Sundays, noon-5pm beginning on the hour.

Hopalicious is Ale Asylum’s most well-known beer; Ambergeddon, Bedla! IPA, Madtown Nutbrown, Demento Session Pale Ale, and Unshadowed Hefeweizen are their brands consistently available; seasonals include Velveteen Habit, the Diablo Belga Belgian-style ale, a Belgian Abbey called Kink, the Gold Digger Blonde Ale, and plenty more.

Ale Asylum is not only near the airport, but also near the Karben4 Brewery (which operates in Ale Asylum’s original location), the ALT Brewery (which specializes in gluten-free beers) and the Octopi/3rd Sign Brewery, which is right up Highway 113 in Waunakee.

In 2015, they expanded into downtown Milwaukee with a tap room just off Old World Third Street, complete with views of the Milwaukee River.

Ale Asylum Brewery, Madison Ale Asylum River House, Milwaukee
2002 Pankratz Street
Madison, WI 53704
(608) 663-3926
1110 North Old World Third Street
Milwaukee, WI 53203
(414) 269-8700