Pitchfork Brewing was started by some local home brewers in Hudson who kept at it for nearly 20 years before opening their brewery in 2013. Originally located in a strip mall area visible from I-94, they hopped across U.S. 12 into a larger facility in a small industrial park a few years later. They have continued to expand ever since and now call their Tap Room a “Smokehouse Brew Pub.” They pride themselves on local ingredients, especially locally-grown hops and special varieties that they combine for some unique takes on traditional styles.
Pitchfork Brewing offers a variety of styles in full pints or smaller glass pours in case you want to make your own flight. As of March 2021, Pitchfork’s beers included:
Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout
- Third Stall Pale Ale
- Chicken Dog Red Lager
- Schwarzbier, a Dark Lager
- Smash IPA, single malt and single hopped IPA
- American Gothic IPA
- Outwitted, a unique “wit” style considered of their signature beers
- French Toast Ale, which includes maple syrup and a glass lined with cinnamon and sugar
- English Porter
- Scottish Ale
- Dry Hopped Pilsner
- North of 8 Pilsner (one of our faves because of the U.S. 8 reference
- Pitchfork Hard Lemonade
- Loon Juice – Honeycrisp, made with apples
- Pitchfork also offers a variety of wines, ciders, and even some good bourbon selections!
Oh, why “Smokehouse” Brew Pub? Because Pitchfork smokes their own meats, which you can enjoy in their tap room or to-go. The smoked meats adorn sandwiches, pizzas, and nachos. Their pizza crusts are made using spent grains from the brewing process. You can also opt for a big German pretzel to share – or hoard yourself!
Pitchfork is closed Mondays. They’re open 2pm – 8pm Tuesday through Thursday, 2pm – 9pm Friday and Saturday, and Noon – 8pm on Sunday.
You’ll find Pitchfork just off I-94’s Exit 4 and U.S. 12 on the eastern edge of Hudson. Ryan Drive is just off U.S. 12 north of the freeway. You can spot the building with their logo displayed on it on the east side of the highway. Highway 35 is just a mile to the west, so if you’re heading up 35 it’s easy access via I-94, too.
Pitchfork Brewing Address:
745 Ryan Drive
Hudson, WI 54016