Sahale Ale Works (with “Sahale” pronounced “Sa-HA-la”, rhyming with “koala”) opened in the redeveloping area of downtown Grafton in 2019. Named after a mountain peak in Washington State climbed by owner and brewer Matthew Hofmann, in means “falcon” or “a high place.” The brewery, on the ground floor of a mixed-use building fronted by a nice plaza, offers indoor and outdoor seating. They brew about 8-10 beers in their facility and have snacks for sale. If you want something bigger, John’s Pizzaria is a stone’s throw away in the plaza. The indoor are outdoor areas are dog-friendly for well-behaved dogs. Cats are welcome too, but they tend to not want to come.
The beers at Sahale vary like most craft breweries, but four brews tend to be their staples: the Voyager Golden Ale, Paramount Stout (named for Paramount Records, a historic and legendary record label that recorded mere blocks away a century ago), 1896 Amber Ale, and their Sky Breaker Hazy IPA.
Sahale does pride itself on experimenting; some brews offered when we checked it out included Apricot For Destruction (yes, there should be a Guns ‘N Roses song in your head now); One Point Twenty One GigaWITs, a Back To The Future-inspired Wit Bier; How Now Brown Cow American Brown Ale (we’re guessing it was named for Ron Burgandy’s warmup lines in Anchorman); and their Luftkuss Oktoberfest. The most unique one we spotted was the Albino Graped Crusader, a wine-esque brew made with Chardonnay grapes; they claim it’s “technically a beer,” but that they packed in the legal limit of grapes to please wine lovers. And it just might be a good beer for your wine snob friends.
Their current beer menu is here.
You’ll find Sahale Ale Works in the heart of downtown Grafton along Washington Avenue, which is Historic Highway 57. Highway 60 crosses east-west about four blocks to the north. I-43, which also carries Highway 32 and today’s Highway 57, is about three miles to the east; Highway 181 is about two miles to the west.
Sahale Ale Works Tap Room Hours:
Thursday: 4 pm – 10 pm
Friday: 3 pm – 10 pm
Saturday: noon – 10 pm
Sunday: Noon – 7 pm
Sahale Ale Works Address:
1505 Wisconsin Avenue (Historic Highway 57), Unit 170
Grafton, WI 53024