Want to grab a “hinder” without getting in trouble? Then the H.H. Hinder Brewing Company should be your destination.
Hinder Brewing (pronounced like “hind end,” not like “hindrance”) opened in Waupaca in 2017, filled with great brewing ideas and buttocks-related double entendres. Really, we wouldn’t be shocked if Sir Mix-A-Lot was involved in this place; but it was the brainchild of Mike Stroik, who named Hinder as , in a sense, the opposite of “Hooters” (went to the back end, you might say.) The H. and H. refer to Mike’s father and father-in-law, Howard and Herald.
Hinder Brewing is located in a beautiful building on Churchill Street, refurbished on the inside and out with reclaimed wood and other materials from buildings all over the state, including Algoma, Slinger, and even some brick from Chicago buildings – most date back to original 19th century construction.
Speaking of construction, Hinder’s beer samplers come in a Sprocket, a heavy and impressive custom-made piece of iron that solidly nestles the 5-oz. glasses and you spin your way through them. They really get you in gear for all the brews they craft! (Yes, bad pun, but we do that here.)
The beers at Hinder are brewed on-site with their seven barrel system; at this time, you can’t get their beers elsewhere, so get them here. Beers available when we last visited (August 2020) – complete with names that go with the “Hinder” theme – include their Cafe Keister Coffee Stout; Big Bockside Doppelbock; Craggy 2.0 NEIPA; Butt Lite Light Lager; the 715 Blonde; I Pledge My Assets IPA; Red Tail Amber Ale; El Extremo Mexican Lager; Foundry H2.0, a Helles; GladAss Porter; Schweddy Stout; Pluhm-erz KraK, a Smash Ale; B.A. WeisseAss, a Berliner Weisse; Rumpenheim Altbier; the Hinderweizen Hefeweizen; ze Saison Mure de La Fesse, a Blackberry Saison with probably their fanciest name; and the Special Hinder, a Bitter. For those who prefer wine or mixed beverages, they’ll cover your butts, too.
Food-wise, they offer pizzas and some good shareable apps including Fried Spicy Green Beans and Sausage Ravioli; as a unique twist you don’t see at craft breweries often, Hinder also serves up Lumpia, which are Filipino egg rolls with some really unique varieties from Korean Beef to Philly Cheese, Veggie, and even Caramel Apple.
You can enjoy beers in their Tap Room filled with tables, bar seating, and couches in the back complete with board games available and a view of the brewing equipment in the back; you can also sit on their front porch or enjoy the side patio, which occasionally hosts live music, bags tournaments, and events in conjunction with their space next door.
Hinder is a little southeast of downtown Waupaca, but it’s also easily accessed from the U.S. 10 freeway via the direct Churchill Street exit. Highways 22, 49, and 54 also do end-arounds on the Waupaca Bypass, but come into town and grab a Hinder… why not?
Hinder Brewing Company Hours:
Wednesday-Thursday 3pm – 10pm
Friday – Saturday Noon – 10pm
Sunday Noon – 8pm
Hinder Brewing Company Address:
804 Churchill Street
Waupaca, WI 54981