Let’s talk about beer, shall we? When I first met my husband Frank, I drank nothing but Bud Light. My, how times have changed. Over the years I’ve become quite the craft beer connoisseur. It took some time, but after many different craft beers and Frank’s patience, drinking the ones I didn’t like, I made a list of some of my faves. Any chance I get, I choose local brews, and there are some amazing places around Milwaukee to find them. So, I’ve created a very short list of my favorite Wisconsin craft beers…plus some of my favorite places to drink them.
Lakefront Brewery: Growing Power. This makes the top of my list because it combines great things about Milwaukee: a favorite brewery and the great Growing Power. Lakefront and Growing Power have had a partnership where Growing Power uses the brewery’s spent grain for composting. This beer was sprung from that arrangement. It’s an organic Farmhouse Pale Ale and it is delicious. If you don’t know much about Growing Power, I encourage you to do a little research about the great things Will Allen is doing for our community.
Milwaukee Brewing Company: All the beer. I was going to say that I don’t have a favorite from this brewery but, oh gee, that’s a big fat lie. O-Gii is The Bomb. It’s a collaboration between the brewing company and Rishi Tea. Yes, tea and beer—and it’s delicious. I’ve heard that it’s also good mixed with orange juice. I can’t believe I haven’t tried this combo yet…
Capital Brewing: Supper Club. I’m not sure there’s a better name for a beer brewed in Wisconsin. I mean, who doesn’t love a supper club? Brewed just up I-94 in Madison, this is a light lager that I love on a Friday night in the summer. Fine, I love it on a Friday night in the winter too.
Ale Asylum: I’ll take a Hopalicious any day of the week. Brewed and bottled in Madison, it was one of the first Wisconsin beers I fell in love with. It’s sold in bottles and cans which makes it perfect for my favorite can cooler.
Wisconsin Brewing Company: Chocolate Lab Porter. I know, it’s a strange name for a beer, but have you ever read a beer menu? I had this for the first time in 2015 and I can say it’s now a go-to beverage for me. This tasty beer is brewed with chocolate malt instead of black malt like other porters. It has a smooth texture and it’s oh so good. Yes, chocolate beer. Another good one out of Mad-town.
Porters are my favorite but I love a good IPA (Lakefront), Sasquash (MKE Brewing) and definitely an O-Gii. Where, you ask, do you get these beers? Well, one of my favorite places is Blackbird Bar in Bayview. I recommend a tour of Lakefront Brewery for a good taste of their brews (you get FOUR pours with your tour ticket!) and a tour at Milwaukee Brewing Company to round out your experience—but call me first so I can join you!
With so many amazing beers from right in our own backyard to choose from, it’s next to impossible to narrow this list down to only five. So, we’d love to hear from you!