Sky-to-Pint Beer: Badger State Brewing Co. goes 100-percent wind powered

Photos courtesy of Badger State Brewing The term “wind-powered brewery” conjures an image of old-timey windmills attached to giant steel tanks—Don Quixote meets 2015. Of course, that’s nowhere near how such conservation-minded breweries actually operate (although it’s fun to picture). Two places claim to be the first wind-powered brewery in the United States: New Belgium, … [ Read more]

Following the Crowd Leads to MobCraft’s Success and Expansion

Photos courtesy of MobCraft Beer Inc. It takes a bold brewer to craft a beer with a fruit that chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain once said will leave your breath smelling “as if you’d been French-kissing your dead grandmother,” but MobCraft Beer Inc. has done it. It wasn’t that the Madison-based brewery was aiming … [ Read more]

Door County Brewing brings northern Wisconsin to Minnesota

Every summer, people from across the Midwest flock to Door County, Wisc., the finger-like peninsula extending north of Green Bay, to escape the city and take in beautiful views of Lake Michigan. Starting this April, Minnesotans can get a taste of the iconic tourist destination in the form of kegs and six-packs of craft beer. On March … [ Read more]

Destination Potosi

A drive through southwestern Wisconsin takes travelers over bluffs, past farms, and into villages that have maintained much of their character from the pre-bypass era. Even Highway 61 goes right through Lancaster, Boscobel, and Fennimore. The region was at the center of the lead rush of the 1820s and 1830s. But as the ore played … [ Read more]

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Brewing Beyond Borders: Barley John’s New Brewery Takes Shape

With “craft beer” becoming a household phrase, it’s not just start-ups enjoying the increased awareness. Summit recently upgraded their facilities, Surly opened their regarded destination brewery, and Lift Bridge continues to expand. Joining in that club of veterans taking their beers to a new level is Barley John’s—albeit in a different fashion. With capacity maximized … [ Read more]

Chasing the Beer Scene in Eastern Wisconsin

Eastern Wisconsin is a land of opportunity for the beer traveler. Exploring this region can make for a memorable long weekend or even inspire multiple return visits to experience the seasonal brews throughout the year. There are incredible vistas, winding ‘coastal’ roads, historic towns, and some of the most distinctive local cuisine including unforgettable Wisconsin … [ Read more]

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Chasing the Beer Scene in Western Wisconsin, Part Two

By Emily Weiss In the last issue of The Growler we explored Western Wisconsin, pairing beers from its well-established craft brewery scene with some of the area’s most worthwhile outdoor excursions. In this issue we’re continuing this tour of our neighbors to the east, looking to the charming smaller towns and vibrant larger cities of … [ Read more]