Hubbleton Brewing Company sign

Hubbleton Brewing Company

Hubbleton Brewing Company sign along Hubbleton Road

Hubbleton Brewing Company sign along Hubbleton Road.

Between Waterloo and Watertown in the Town of Portland, at the end of a long driveway, you’ll find Hubbleton Brewing Company. Trust me, few just happen to stumble across it as they wander!

Hubbleton Brewing, like many of Wisconsin’s more recent craft breweries, arose out of successful home brewing. Dan Schey co-founded the brewery with his son, Michael. It’s definitely a family business, but the extended family is drawing in a growing legion of folks who drive the rural roads off Highway 19 to get there. Tucked away in the midst of farmland, trees, and an active hop garden they use for their beers, Hubbleton Brewing Company has a sign out front about Hubbleton Road. That’s the only indication from the street, because the Tap Room and brewery requires a drive of about 400 yards up what at times feels like a long residential driveway. Indeed, the Schey’s house is to the right as you pull in – which makes for a nice commute. But the Tap Room itself is right at the end, and there’s room for parking and often a friendly greeting from their dog Murphy awaits.

Hubbleton Brewing's Tap Room and Brewery, early 2019

Hubbleton Brewing’s brewery and tap room in 2018. They’re working on a new tap room literally within a stone’s throw; construction begins in 2019.

The property, which is the Schey family farm and residence, also includes a three-acre hop farm. The hops are used in their beers and are also sold through a collective called Arrowhead Hops; founder and master brewer Dan Schey was also founder and first president of the Wisconsin Hop Exchange, which manages the hops of more than 65 growers in southern and central Wisconsin.

The brewery itself is behind the tasting area. Hubbleton Brewing uses a 3-barrel system and plans to expand to 10, especially as they break ground on their new, larger space later this year. Tours, which don’t take long, are available on Saturdays and upon request, as Dan will proudly show you their layout. His son Michael handles a lot of sales and marketing and is a big part of the reason you can start finding Hubbleton’s beers in 12-oz. bottles in bars and some liquor stores around Waterloo, Watertown, and more areas around Milwaukee and Madison. They hope for additional expansion as their popularity grows.

Hubbleton Brewing taps

Hubbleton Brewing Company beers include their Crawfish River Porter, names for the river winding around nearby; the “Crooked Judge” IPA, named for one of Wisconsin’s first judges who was – as its name implies – crooked. He was impeached in 1848. They also offer their Cattail Pale Ale, two IPAs including one called Fred the Moose, and an Imperial stout called Huntsman’s Breakfast. And of course there are more, especially as Hubbleton keeps coming up with more.

You’ll find Hubbleton Brewing Company just north of Highway 19 in Dodge County between Waterloo and Watertown; just follow County BB north and then head east on Hubbleton Road. The sign for the brewery will become visible shortly; just head up the driveway past the hop farm. When you reach the end, you’ll see the Schey house to the right, and the brewery and tap room straight ahead. Just park and get ready to enjoy!

Hubbleton Brewing Company bottles and merch

Hubbleton Brewing Company Address:

W10445 Hubbleton Road
Waterloo, WI 53594
(920) 253-7141
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A growler at Hubbleton Brewing Company

Mobcraft Brewery from 5th Street in Milwaukee

Mobcraft Brewery

Mobcraft Brewery began as the “World’s First Crowdsourced Brewery.” Their model works like this: people submit their recipes or recipe ideas; others would vote on which creative recipes seemed the most appealing and would follow their votes up with commitments to buy a certain amount of beer once it’s brewed; then Mobcraft would brew it. Mobcraft still creates and brews recipes based on this novel idea but now have flagship creations of their own; they also contract brew for others as needed.

Flagship beers include the Oddball Kölsch, their Bat$hit Crazy Coffee Brown Ale, Rhubarb IPA, Low Phunk Sour Ale, Vanilla Wafer Porter (chocolate-y but also vanilla-y), Hoppy Hoppy Pants Pants (a “dank, juicy” double IPA), Sour Support fruited Sour Ale, and the Laughing Clown Imperial Milk Stout.

Creative, crowd-sourced varieties they’ve tried or currently have available? That runs the gamut. Examples include:

Supper Clubbin’ Grasshopper Milk Stout

Peanuttin’ Butter Than This Chocolate Porter (yes, a chocolate porter brewed with peanuts)

Post Treestand Jukebox Juicy IPA

Mahalo Mallow (a Bourbon barrel-aged ris with coconut, Kona blend coffee, and cinnamon)

You can keep up with their latest creations and offerings on their BLOG here. Their most popular varieties can be found all over Wisconsin in bars and liquor stores, as well as various locations in northern Illinois, eastern Iowa, and parts of western Michigan and the U.P.

Mobcraft began in Milwaukee in 2013, moved to Madison for a few years as they looked to grow, and in 2016 relocated back to Milwaukee in Walkers Point. You can find their brewery and taproom, which offers sidewalk seating in summer, at 5th Street & Virginia Avenue, just off the roundabout where the 6th Street Viaduct heads for the Harley-Davidson Museum and downtown Milwaukee. Highway 38 ends just a few blocks to the south at Highway 59/National Avenue, while Highway 145 ends at U.S. 18 along 6th Street about half a mile to the north. Highway 32/1st Street is four blocks to the east; I-43/94 both offer quick access to Mobcraft and the Walkers Point area as well, look for the Iron Horse Hotel nearby!

Mobcraft Tap Room Hours:

Mon-Thur 3:00pm-10:00pm
Friday 3:00pm-Midnight
Saturday Noon-Midnight
Sunday Noon-10:00pm

Mobcraft Brewery Address:

505 S. 5th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 488-2019
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Thumb Knuckle Brewing Company

Thumb Knuckle Brewing Company

Thumb Knuckle Brewing signThumb Knuckle Brewing Company opened in Luxemburg (the town in Wisconsin, not the country) in March, 2017. They’re named for their geographic position in Wisconsin: in Kewaunee County, right where the Door Peninsula – the “Thumb” – of Wisconsin begins. But since it’s the “bottom” of the thumb, “Thumb Knuckle” became the inspiration. You can see it in the logo, too; a Wisconsin-shaped hand wrapping around a pint glass of craft beer. It definitely catches your eye as you drive by on Highway 54 just east of the Brown-Kewaunee County line.

Thumb Knuckle brews up a number of beers and sodas. Beers include:

  • Heyder Helles, a Bavarian Helles style lager
  • Belgian Beauty Wit, a Belgian-style Wit beer with plenty of citrus
  • Gunmetal Porter, a rich and smoky, roasty-flavored porter
  • Boat Load IPA, a Cascade aroma hoppy IPA using hops grown in nearby Algoma, just down Highway 54
  • Red Beard Festbier, a traditional Märzen-style beer, great for Oktoberfest beer fans
  • Solea Amber Ale, a lighter crisper beer named after the Walloon-Belgian word for “sun.”

The Tap Room offers pints and samplers of their beers and sodas, as well as a glimpse into their brewing facility on the premises. Samplers are offered in a cool cutout of Wisconsin. You can also imbibe in freshly cooked pizzas and snacks. Thumb Knuckle occasionally hosts small events and live music.

Thumb Knuckle Brewing Tap RoomThumb Knuckle Brewing Taproom Hours:

Monday-Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 4-8 pm
Thursday: 4-8 pm
Friday: 4-10 pm
Saturday: 12-10 pm
Sunday: 12-6 pm

You’ll find the Thumb Knuckle Brewery and its Tap Room right along Highway 54 just into Kewaunee County and just west of the village of Luxemburg. Nearby, you’ll find Luxemburg Speedway and Ron’s Wisconsin Cheese (a State Trunk Tour favorite.) To the east down Highway 54, Algoma offers shopping, Ahnapee Brewery, Von Steihl Winery, and a beautiful lakefront. To the west along Highway 54, Green Bay with all its amenities isn’t a very long drive, either!

Thumb Knuckle Brewing Company Address:

E0208 Wisconsin Highway 54
Luxemburg, WI 54217
Website

Thumb Knuckle Brewing sampler

A four-beer sampler at Thumb Knuckle Brewing. This one ranges from reds to ambers, a porter and a weiss bier.




Thumb Knuckle Brewing pint

A good pint at Thumb Knuckle Brewing Company, along Highway 54 just west of Luxemburg.

Inventors Brewpub

Inventors Brewpub

Inventors Brewpub, Port Washington

Inventors Brewpub brought active brewing back to Port Washington – a beautiful harbor town with a brewing history dating back to 1847 – when they opened in June of 2017. Located inside the American Legion Post 82 right across from Lake Michigan, Inventors strives to be a family-friendly restaurant and watering hole with a nano-brewery located behind the bar and kitchen.

Inventors Brewpub Tap Room

Some of the flagship beers at Inventors Brewpub include their  7 Hills Pale Ale, Edison IPA, Ozaukee Wheat, PW Golden Ale, Archimedes Amber, Witbier von Braun, Tesla’s Coil Double IPA, Reverend Reaper Scottish Ale, SS Porter, Beach Rock Extra Special Bitter, and Flughosen – a Berlinerweiss-style sour ale. They also feature a series of rotating beers to discover on each visit, primarily seasonal selections. Check out their unique Wright Flight sampling tray, too!

Inventors Brewpub flight

The “Wright Flight” sampler at Inventors Brewpub. A pretty cool invention, right?

The location is great, right in downtown Port Washington by their fantastic and historic harbor, just off Highway 32/Franklin Street. The iconic steeple of St. Mary’s Church is a top the hill, and the Port Washington Lighthouse is to the other side. The views of the lake out front are picturesque, and coupled with the activities available (board games, outside bean-bag toss, and events like “wheels,” where anyone can come and hang out bringing their bike, motorcycle, or car.

Inventors Brewpub beer at the barInventors Brewpub Hours:

Monday – Tuesday, 4pm – Close
Wednesday – Thursday, 11am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday, 11am – 11pm
Sunday, 11am – 7pm

Brewery Tours are available Fridays at 5pm and 7pm, or by appointment by calling (262) 284-4690.

Inventors Brewpub Address:

435 N. Lake Street
Port Washington, WI 53074
(262) 284-4690
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You’ll find Inventors Brewpub on Lake Street by Lake Michigan, just east of Highway 32 and less than a mile from the eastern terminus of Highway 33 in downtown Port Washington. I-43 and Highway 57 also come close and access Port via Highway 32. While there, check out a bevy of downtown shops, bars and restaurants, Coal Dock Park, their beautiful harbor, and more!

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Lone Girl Brewing, Waunakee,, Wisconsin along Highways 19 and 113

Lone Girl Brewing Company

In the heart of downtown Waunakee, the Lone Girl Brewing Company opened in a renovated building in 2015 along Highways 19 & 113 at the railroad crossing. The historic railroad depot lies literally across the tracks. They have a good restaurant and bar inside their large Tap Room, and even a rooftop deck so you can enjoy your brew above the fray on nice days. Evenings, too – they sometimes have live music or show movies or games up there.

Lone Girl Brewing sampler

Lone Girl’s craft brews include:

  • SpeaKEEasy Light Light Ale, a pale straw-colored ale with an aroma eliciting a sweetcorn. It’s a good choice for a lighter, crisp- and clean-drinking beer.
  • Summer Lovin’ Wheat/Fruit beer, a mango-infused wheat ale;
  • Oktoberish Ale, a Märzen style Oktoberfest beer;
  • Yes Please! East Coast Ale, a hazy golden beer with citrus flavors. Do they say “please” a lot on the east coast??;
  • Nut Punch Peanut Butter Porter, not as painful as it sounds. And yes, it’s a porter infused with peanut butter;
  • Surprise Threesome Belgian Trippel, a stronger beer (9.5% ABV) brewed as a trippel;
  • Baby Got BAQ, a barrel-aged Quad at 10.5% ABV;
  • Ham the Astrochimp, an Imperial IPA named after the first chimpanzee in space. It even includes Galaxy hops and a Mazomanie, Wisconsin-grown hop named Skyrocket;
  • Sip & Slide, an herb and fruit beer;
  • Double Trubbel, a Belgian Dubbel with pumpkin spice;
  • Towhead, a Belgian Blonde ale with a honey-like presence, going from sweet to a dry finish;
  • Off the Rails IPA, a golden beer with a creamy head, blending citrus hops and a malty sweetness. Hey, you’re right to the rails at Lone Girl!

Other brews rotate in and out, some are seasonal. Check their latest lineup on the Lone Girl Brewing website’s Brewery page.

The food menu is extensive, with numerous appetizers (carbo-load with their “KRĀZĒ Bread”, or try their beer-battered pickle spears, another fave of ours), burgers, sandwiches and soups, and some specialty entree and dessert selections.

Lone Girl Brewing barLone Girl Brewing Hours:
Monday: 5pm – midnight
Tuesday & Wednesday: 11am – midnight
Thursday – Sunday: 11am – 2am
Kitchen hours:
Sunday – Wednesday until 9pm
Thursday – Saturday until 11pm

Lone Girl Brewing Company Address:

114 E. Main Street (Highways 19/113)
Waunakee, WI 53597
(608) 850-7175
Website




Hillsboro Brewing sign

Hillsboro Brewing Company


A glass at Hillsboro Brewing Pub in Hillsboro, WisconsinHillsboro, Wisconsin had its own brewery in the 1800s. And like many smaller Wisconsin towns, it has its own brewery once again. Hillsboro Brewing traces its roots to the early 2010s, when the Verbsky family began working on the idea. Joe Verbsky was developing recipes with family members and noted on October 15, 2012 for one particular recipe, “well, I think this is it, I think I got it!” Two days later, he tragically died in car accident. Shocked as they were, his family pressed on. Led by Joe’s son, Snapper (it says that on his birth certificate) and his wife Kim, Hillsboro Brewing opened shortly thereafter in a former shoe store at Hillsboro’s prime corner downtown, where it last for six years before outgrowing its space and moving to its current location in August of 2019.

Joe Beer, the brew recipe that Joe loved so much shortly before his passing, is one of their flagship brews – a classic porter. Another flagship is their Leaping Lemur Cream Ale, which is brewed with Madagascar vanilla and is a State Trunk Tour favorite. Leaping Lemur Cream Ale is quickly becoming available in locales around the state – but only within the state. Hillsboro Brewing has the same license and distribution restrictions as New Glarus Brewing does with Spotted Cow: it can’t be sold in bars or liquor stores outside Wisconsin. Their other flagship beer is the Snappy IPA, named for brewery owner (and Joe’s son) Snappy. These beers are also available in cans. Get their current beer menu here.

Other staple brews, on tap only, include their Hillsboro Pale Ale, a lighter session ale; Big Jim Bourbon Brown, which (as its name implies) offers hints of bourbon, as well as heavier malts and vanilla; Irish As Feck, a traditional Irish Red; Bohemian Club, their Czech pilsner in salute of the local ethnic history; and Kickapoo Oil, a dark, malty black lager.

Highways 33, 80, and 82 all come together by the Hillsboro Brewing Company, now in its new space at 206 E. Madison Street in Hillsboro. In the new space, you can enjoy fresh beers, take a tour, enjoy specialty sandwiches, lunches, and pizzas, and more. Check out their menu here.

Hillsboro Brewing Company Tap Room, for now

Hillsboro Brewing Pub and Tap Room

Hillsboro Brewing Company Hours of Operation:

Summer Hours: April to November / Open Tuesday to Sunday
Winter Hours: December to March / Open Tuesday to Saturday
Bar Hours:
Tuesday to Saturday open from 11am-2am
Sunday open from 11am-8pm
Kitchen Hours:
Tuesday to Saturday open from 11am-10pm
Sunday open from 11am-10pm

Hillsboro Brewing Company Pub Address:

206 E. Madison Street
Hillsboro, WI 54634
(608) 489-7486
Website




Hillsboro Brewing at the corner of Highways 33, 80, and 82

Hillsboro Brewing’s original Tap Room at the corner of Highways 33, 80, and 82.

HIllsboro Brewing tap handles

Some tap handles at Hillsboro Brewing, including a likeness of Joe, the brewery patriarch for whom “Joe’s Beer” is named in memoriam.

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Starboard Brewing logo

Starboard Brewing Company

Sturgeon Bay’s Starboard Brewing Company opened in October 2014 and in its short history has already created over 300 different brews. Their brewery is on-site downtown and they have a Tap Room open five days a week for sampling, hanging out, and whatnot.

Primary beers at Starboard include:

  • Admiral Klutz, an English-style IPA;
  • Bradford Brown, a Northern English Brown Ale;
  • Autumn Dusk, a Berliner Weisse fermented on tart cherries in a wine barrel;
  • Winter Layup, a Dunkel Weizen with extra wheat;
  • Spindrift, an Imperial Red IPA with High Alpha Hops
  • Many, many others are available throughout the year, check here for the latest.

Guest brews from other (primarily) Wisconsin craft brewers also make the tap list, including a gluten-free option and Sprecher soda. Their Tap Room is open from 3 – 9 pm Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon – 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and noon – 6 pm on Sundays. As you might guess from this, they’re closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

You can pair the available beers with a variety of select Wisconsin cheeses, smoked salmon, and other tasty foods.

You’ll find Starboard Brewing right along 3rd Avenue, Historic Highways 42 & 57 through downtown, in Sturgeon Bay. The traditional Steel Bridge (Michigan) or newer bridge (Oregon) both provide easy access across the actual bay.

Starboard Brewing Company Address:

151 N. 3rd Avenue (Business Highways 42/57)
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
(920) 818-1062
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Thirsty Pagan Brewing front view

Thirsty Pagan Brewing Company

Thirsty Pagan Brewing logoThe Thirsty Pagan Brewing Company opened in Superior in 2006, in the former Twin Ports Brewing space. In June 2019, it moved to a new space in another classic old building. We’ll get to all that – but first, the beers!

Thirsty Pagan makes a variety of craft beers, including bourbon barrel-aged varieties and a growing line of sours. When we visited, we really loved the Reinhold Berlin(er) Weisse with rhubarb, a summer sour seasonal. They have several sours named after women’s names from way back. They include the Tilly and the Evelyn, both mixed fermentation sour ambers. Another is Mosie, a blend from a few barrels pitched with Brettanomyces bruxellensis, which creates earthy and mango characteristics with a dry finish. House specialties include the North Coast Amber, Derailed Ale (lots of railroads lead to Superior), an India Pagan Ale, Burntwood Black, the Trouble Maker Triple, Velo Saison, a light lager called Lawn Chair, and more. Some ciders and additional brews are available at times, including a Cracked Pepper Pilsner, American Stout NITRO, and a curious Peanut Butter Oatmeal Stout, which is piquing our curiosity for the return trip.

Thirsty Pagan main bar, Superior

The main bar at the original location of the Thirsty Pagan Brewing Company.

The Thirsty Pagan brews everything in-house and sells everything on the premises. They offer tours every Saturday at 2pm, which takes about an hour and covers the whole building. It’s best to reserve your spot, as they go in groups of 12 and get filled up quickly. The place originally opened in 2006 in the former Twin Ports Brewing Company. which is where all our pictures are from.

Thirsty Pagan, band sign

Certain songs are off-limits when bands play The Thirsty Pagan.

As of June 8, 2019, you’ll find the Thirsty Pagan on Winter Street, one block east of Highway 35/Tower Avenue along of U.S. 2/Belknap Street. I-535, U.S. 53, and Highway 13 are also close by. This building is the Soo Line Freight Depot, which was built in 1908 and served the railroad until 1989. It made an appearance in the 1993 Disney movie Iron Will. We’re ready to visit the Thirsty Pagan again in its new location!

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday, 11am – 10pm
Thursday – Sunday, 11am – 11pm

Thirsty Pagan Address:

1615 Winter Street
Superior, WI 54880
(715) 394-2500
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