Manitowoc was known for its large malting plant with Budweiser slogans on it, now craft brewing with a tap room is back in town. PetSkull Brewery (weird name, we know) is located in the downtown area of the city between northbound and southbound U.S. 10, just blocks north of where U.S. 151 ends. Business Highway 42 also flanks PetSkull, running north on 8th Street and south on 10th Street just like U.S. 10. Following the main roads brings you within a stone’s throw of the skull, no matter what.
PetSkull is fairly small, making for a cozy bar and tap room area, complete with board games and other things to encourage group conversing. Their craft beers, brewed just feet away in the back of the building, are only served via tap inside their building, in samples, pints, or growlers to go. You can bring outside food in (in fact, it’s encouraged) but there is pretzel and popcorn sustenance for palate-cleansing available there. While brewing takes place most of the week at PetSkull, the Tap Room itself is only open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at this time.
UPDATE: In January 2021, PetSkull announced they will soon be relocating into a newer, larger space in Manitowoc’s new River Point District area. The new facility, which once housed Junk Fur and Hides and the Manitowoc Iron and Metal Company, will allow them to expand to a 10-barrel brewery while accommodating over 200 guests in the tap room and an additional 100 on a 1,750 square foot outdoor patio, which will also host games area and live music space. It will be located at 1015 Buffalo Street, just blocks from their current location. Renovation work begins in February and they hope to open mid- to late summer 2021. We’ll visit it as soon as it’s ready!
Beers rotate, but our last visit found:
- The Coolest Coast Kölsch
- Freaky 220 Double IPA
- The Schnitzky, a German Hefeweizen
- Soulless Scotsman Scottish Ale
- Angst Ridden IPA
- The 51 Red Ale
- To The Atlas! Pale Ale
- Skull’s Oatmeal Stout
- Huisdier Schedel, a Belgian Dubbel; and
- Good Morning, Manitowoc!, an Imperial/Double Pastry
They’ve also has a few themed beers seemingly trading on the city’s annual Windigo Fest, like the Living Dead India Pale Ale and Windigo Red IPA. As they grow, might they brew some beers saluting Sputnikfest? We’re preparing for that day – just like they are, with their expansion coming up.
PetSkull samplers come in 4-oz glasses. The glasses themselves are labeled with the number of the beer, rather than the indication being on the sampler board or written on somewhere. That’s a lot of glasses to keep track of!
PetSkill Tap Room Hours:
Thursday 4pm – 9pm
Friday 4pm – 9pm
Saturday 3pm – 9pm
PetSkull Brewing Company Address:
220 N. 9th Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
PetSkull is just blocks away from Manitowoc’s 8th Street main street, within blocks of the classic Beerntsen’s Confections, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and the U.S.S. Cobia, the Capitol Theatre, the Rahr-West Art Museum, and more.