Beer culture in Wisconsin is a world on its own! There are so many breweries to choose from!
With over two hundred breweries in Wisconsin, choosing 15 is not easy – I will explain why each brewery that made the list is worth a visit and how to find it.
In this post, you will see many options to choose from across the state of Wisconsin and you will be able to visit a brewery that best suits your interest. Many offer the possibility to hop on a Wisconsin brewery tour.
After reading this article you will be able to put together a great holiday in Wisconsin and an excellent beer road trip across the state.
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Key Facts: Best Breweries in Wisconsin
- Minhas Craft Brewery
- Octopi Brewing
- Lakefront Brewery Incorporated
- Capital Brewery Co. Inc.
- 3 Sheeps Brewing Co.
1. Badger State Brewing Company
Where: 990 Tony Canadeo Run, Green Bay
Kickstarting our Wisconsin breweries list is the Badger State Brewing Company.
With humble beginnings, this brewery began as a homebrew operation in 2013 and rapidly grew into a destination brewery offering locals the opportunity to visit the tap room, beer garden, and even an industrial event hall all located in the Stadium District of Green Bay.
The simple yet charming origins of the brewery remain to this day with their philosophy being to brew quality beer that ‘brings people together’.
Dedicated to crafting beers that celebrate all that the state of Wisconsin has to offer, Badger State Brewing Company also produces ciders and hard seltzers for those who want to sample something other than beer.
Using the finest, locally sourced ingredients, the brewery offers site visits for those intrigued to learn more about the brewing process that goes on behind closed doors here.
Their dedication to honing their craft is second to none and they proudly supply their beverages to both restaurants and bars in the thriving Wisconsin area. The buzz around the brewery’s beer is definitely evident!
2. Lazy Monk Brewing LLC
Where: 97 W Madison St, Eau Claire
Lazy Monk Brewing LLC is one of the best craft breweries in Wisconsin and it’s easy to see why!
Honoring traditional brewing techniques yet adding a unique twist, Lazy Monk Brewing has become a European brewer in their own right.
With a focus on boho and German lagers, Lazy Monk also produces ales, IPAs, and stouts too.
The brewery is renowned for its use of fine ingredients with a big emphasis on sourcing many of them locally.
This brewery is certainly no ordinary brewery, in fact, it even has it’s very own Bier Garden and hall! For beer lovers, the Lazy Monk Brewery is definitely a brewery that deserves your attention.
Despite how many breweries in Wisconsin there are, you won’t find a brewery quite like it in the state with its warm atmosphere that naturally brings like-minded people together to enjoy a good drink!
Add this one to your Wisconsin breweries map!
A beer tasting here is definitely one of the top things to do in Eau Claire, WI!
If you’re just passing through, there are plenty of great hotels in Eau Claire, WI you can stay at while you sleep off the buzz.
3. MobCraft Brewery and Taproom
Where: 505 S 5th St, Milwaukee
Crowdsourced MobCraft Brewery and Taproom dare to be different and that it certainly is.
Located in Walker’s Point, Milwaukee, and founded in 2011, the brewery is one-of-a-kind having built its ideas from fans of beer.
Listening to the crowd, MobCraft has grown to be one of the most loved breweries in Wisconsin with its beers gracing the shelves of local retailers and beyond.
For those that want to enjoy one of the brewery’s beers with friends, MobCraft’s taproom locations are the perfect place to do just that.
MobCraft is unique in the sense that beer fans can submit ideas to the brewery – and there’s every chance that the beer will be crafted. Known as one of the best craft breweries in Wisconsin, MobCraft is proving that it pays to be open-minded.
Once an idea has been submitted for a new beer, voters take to social media to choose the recipe that most appeals to them with the winning beer being brewed the following month.
Talk about impressive! After the brewing period (usually spanning 4-6 weeks), the beer is then released to be enjoyed by the crowd who voted for it.
Offering both seasonal beers and year-round favorites, MobCraft takes ‘pleasing the crowd’ to a whole new level! Be sure to visit MobCraft Brewery and Taproom if you fancy yourself as an aspiring bee brewer.
4. Wisconsin Brewing Co., Verona
Where: 1079 American Way, Verona
Next, up on our Wisconsin breweries list is Wisconsin Brewing Co. located in Verona.
Two brothers founded this successful brewery with hopes of mastering the brewing craft, and they’ve certainly done just that!
Bringing together their passion for the Badger State and its friendly culture, the brothers, Carl and Mark Nolen used their home state to inspire exceptional homebrewed beer.
With a Taproom open to the public throughout the week and a huge backyard bar set up to bring Verona’s beer lovers together, Wisconsin Brewing Co. deserves a place on any best breweries list.
In addition to providing great craft beers to its visitors, Wisconsin Brewing Co. also offers free events to the local community and prides itself on being family-friendly, and the best part of all, you can even bring your dog along for the fun too.
5. Lake Louie Brewing
Where: 7556 Pine Rd, Arena
Lake Louie Brewing is one of the largest breweries in Wisconsin and has recently merged with Wisconsin Brewing Co.
Located on the picturesque lakefront of Lake Louie, the brewery prides itself on its commitment to brewing excellent, unique beers.
Using fine ingredients found in the state, Lake Louie has quickly grown to be one of the most popular breweries in the area since opening back in 2013.
Proudly brewing a range of craft beers such as the Badger Club Amber, Lake Louie beers can be enjoyed in the Taproom locations, picked up from the brewery directly, or found in local retailers.
Lake Louie Brewing runs a number of events year-round, including family-friendly day events too.
Whether you fancy enjoying a quality crafted beer and testing your general knowledge at the brewery’s quiz, or you could benefit from a night of relaxing live music, this brewery is not just about brewing but intentionally bringing people together for a real, good time!
6. O’So Brewing Company
Where: 1800 Plover Rd, Plover
Founded in 2007, O’So Brewing Company in Plover sees brewing exceptional beer as an art, and this is very evident when you sample some of their wonderful recipes!
Couple Marc and Katina always shared a love for beer, with Marc being an enthusiastic home-brewer before establishing his own company.
O’So quickly grew to be one of the largest breweries in Wisconsin and was declared the 2nd fastest growing brewery in the entire state back in 2013.
Since then, the brewery has continued to ace production and has won multiple awards over the years for the quality of its beers, with its own year-round, The Big O, winning gold.
The brewery currently offers 30 different variations of craft beer on tap which can be enjoyed in its Taproom.
However, it is the deviation to using Wisconsin-sourced ingredients and supporting other local businesses that set this brewery apart.
From the grain to the bottles for the beer, all are made right in the heart of Wisconsin.
7. Hacienda Beer Co.
Where: 8099 WI-57, Baileys Harbor
Whilst there are lots of famous breweries in Wisconsin, no brewery in the state is quite as innovative as Hacienda Beer Co.
Located in Bailey’s Harbor, Hacienda Beer Co. expertly crafts each of its beers in a 15-barrel brewhouse.
Both modern and experimental, the brewery’s approach to crafting excellent beer focuses on taking inspiration from its surroundings in Door County which has grown to be an infamous scene for craft beers.
Brewing all of their beers in-house with the use of mixed fermentation facilities in Baileys Harbor, this brewery is completely dedicated to making quality beer that stands out.
Influenced by their roots, Hacienda Beer Co. uses lively graphics and unique recipes to stand out in the craft beer brewing industry.
You can enjoy the brewery’s beers at the Door County Brewing Co. Music Hall or the North Ave. Taproom, although you’ll no doubt find many of the local retailers offering Hacienda’s delicious beers too!
8. Good City Brewing
Where: 333 W Juneau Ave, Milwaukee
If you’re looking to seek the good when it comes to beer, Good City Brewing has your back.
Located on Milwaukee’s East Side and known as one of the best breweries in the Milwaukee area, this brewery is modern and distinct, offering beer lovers in the state a range of quality craft recipes to try in their communal Taproom.
Good City Brewing takes the word ‘good’ and gives it a whole new definition. Both celebrating the good in the city of Milwaukee and the concept of good brewing, this brewery is doing things right.
Locals know that they can rely on the brewery for a beautiful, home-crafted beer and local retailers are also proud to stock Good City Brewings products.
9. Tyranena Brewing Company
Where: 1025 Owen St, Lake Mills
Proudly brewing ‘legendary’ beer, Tyranena Brewing Company is situated between Milwaukee and Madison and is one of the most infamous old Wisconsin breweries.
Pronounced Tie Rah Nee Nah, this brewery is named after the historical legend that tells of a foreign tribe that built stone structures on the edge of the Rock Lake, known as Tyranena.
Tyranena Brewing Company was established in 2009 and rapidly grew to be a reputable brewhouse with modern facilities boasting innovative facilities for crafting their original beers.
With a tasting room and beer garden, the brewery even has live events to bring locals together.
So, if you fancy a bit of Blues music with access to amazing beer on tap, we encourage you to add this brewery to your Wisconsin brewery road trip!
10. One Barrel Brewing Company
Where: 2001 Atwood Ave, Madison
Though One Barrel Brewing Company is certainly a more compact brewery, this doesn’t diminish the excellent quality of the beers the brewery produces.
With two Taprooms, one in Door County and another in Madison where dogs and children are welcome, beer fans can come together to enjoy a uniquely brewed craft beer.
Priding themselves on crafting beer in small batches with love, One Barrel opened in 2012 and has many loyal Wisconsin fans!
Using top-quality grains, hops, and yeast, the brewery’s unique recipes and local ingredients are the perfect recipes for delicious beers.
One Barrel Brewing Company really values its customer base, which is why its customers love this brewery!
11. New Glarus Brewing Company
Where: 2400 State Highway 69, New Glarus, WI 53574 (telephone 608-527-5850).
The first brewery to visit that will no doubt lead you to discover some of the best beer in Wisconsin is going to be the New Glarus Brewing Company.
If you are looking for brewery tours in Wisconsin, consider starting here.
Here you can try brands such as Spotted Cow, Moon Man, Two Women, Wisconsin Belgian Red, Totally Naked, and Raspberry Tart.
Whether you prefer a good draft craft beer, a bottle, or a can, you will be sure to find a new special favorite at the New Glarus Brewing Company.
Compared to other brewery tours, the tour on offer at New Glarus should be considered extensive.
While tours run seven days a week between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., each tour runs for 3 hours and costs $30. This includes a private cheese and beer pairing afterward.
You can visit either the gift shop or the tasting rooms any day of the week between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Over the course of this brewery tour, you will certainly find out more than you ever thought was involved with beer brewing and walk away with great beer and solid information on the craft brewing process.
12. Minhas Craft Brewery
Where: 1208 14th Ave Monroe, WI 53566
Coming in as the second largest brewery in Wisconsin in terms of the volume of beer produced, the Minhas Craft Brewery has been on the list of best Wisconsin breweries since it opened in 1845.
Serving beers like Lazy Mutt “Farmhouse” Ale, Huber Bock, 1845 Pilsner or Boxer, there is a nice range of options.
You will be allowed to take home a four-pack of beer and a soda from taking the tour, which makes the ticket price of $12 a great deal.
Tours run every Monday at 11:00 a.m., and every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 1:00 p.m., with more frequent tours at the weekend.
On Friday you can choose to tour at 1:00 p.m. or at 3:00 p.m. or pick from three tours on Saturdays at either 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
With prices like that, inclusive of beer to drink, what is there to complain about?
Stop by Minhas Craft Brewery for a true Wisconsin brewery experience.
Winter in Wisconsin can be quite long so why not look for cool things to do in Northern Wisconsin or in the Wisconsin Dells and find some brewery tours in Wisconsin?
13. Stevens Point Brewery
Where: 2617 Water St., Stevens Point, WI 54481 (telephone 715-344-9310).
At the top of the list for Wisconsin road trips, creating a great date idea at any time of the year and certainly, a fun thing to do in the wintertime in Wisconsin is to visit the Stevens Point Brewery.
Information on this great option for things to do in Wisconsin can be found on any of the company’s three websites; pointbeer.com; wholehogbeer.com; ciderboys.com.
Brewing since 1857, you can find options like Point Special Lager, Point Amber Lager, Whole Hog, Pumpkin Ale, Ciderboys, and Hard Ciders.
Regular tours of their facilities are on offer, and it is best to call in advance if you want to be sure to arrive at the right time. Otherwise, head on over to the taprooms any time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Talk about fun things to do in Wisconsin Dells.
14. Octopi Brewing
Where: 1131 Uniek Dr., Waunakee, WI 53597
Brewing some of the reputable best beer in Wisconsin is a fairly new brewery operating since 2014, a range of options including Untitled Art varieties and Hop Rocket IPA, Belgian Chocolate Toffee Vanilla Stout. Stout – Imperial / Double, S’mores Stout.
Stout, Double Maple Imperial Morning. Stout – Imperial / Double Milk, Barrel-Aged Belgian Chocolate Toffee Vanilla Stout, Plum Berliner Weisse, or Nebula DDH can be enjoyed.
Delicious blends and flavors like this deserve all the time and attention you have to spend!
Taprooms are open in the brewery from Wednesday to Friday from 3-10 pm, on Saturdays from 12-10 pm, and every Sunday between 11 a.m. and 4 pm. Tables are first come, first served, and there are no reservations, so get there early!
15. Lakefront Brewery Incorporated
Where: 1872 N. Commerce St., Milwaukee, WI 53212 (telephone 414-372-8800)
If you are looking for things to do in Milwaukee, look no further than Lakefront Brewery Inc.
Considered one of the best breweries in Milwaukee, it offers beer such as Riverwest Stein, Juicify, Hazy Rabbit IPA, Wisconsinite, and a great gluten-free option called New Grist.
As part of the tour cost of $11, you will get four beers and a pint glass to take home.
The tour ends in the restaurant, where some great local food is on offer. Tours run every hour on the hour from 12 pm to 7 p.m. during the week and every half hour from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the weekends. Located at 1872 N Commerce St., Milwaukee, WI 53212.
Date ideas in Milwaukee should definitely include this tour. Things to do in winter in Milwaukee can be difficult, so this is also a great wintertime activity.
16. Third Space Brewing
Where: 1505 W St Paul Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233 (telephone 414-909-2337)
Another great option for touring microbreweries in Wisconsin is to stop by the Milwaukee-based Third Space Brewing.
Home to Happy Place, Heavenly Haze, Nice Day, Frog Weiss, Upward Spiral, Unite the Clans, Light it Up, It Was All A Dream, and Unbridled Enthusiasm, there is no limit to your choice of best Wisconsin beer at this brewery.
Stop by the taprooms when they are open – on Wednesdays between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., on Thursdays 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., Fridays between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m., Saturdays between 12 p.m. and 10 p.m., or Sundays between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.
17. Wisconsin Dells Brewing Company
Where: 110 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy S., Wisconsin Dells
If you are looking for a brewery in the Wisconsin Dells area, don’t miss the Wisconsin Dells Brewing Company.
Locally owned, the brewery can seat over 600 customers across 3 spacious levels.
Whether you prefer draft, can or bottle, there are 64 great options to choose from, including 12 microbrewery options on tap.
This brewery sells local favorites such as Lemon Ale, Destroyer, Pumpkin Ale, Relaxin’ Raspberry, Pale Wheat, Apple Ale, and quite considerately, some classic soda options on tap for the drivers to choose from!
18. Capital Brewery Co. Inc.
Where: 7734 Terrace Ave, Middleton, WI 53562
Operating since 1984, you can find options such as Wisconsin Amber, Munich Dark, Special Pilsner, Mutiny IPA, Blonde Doppelbock, Maibock, Winter Skal, Awe Summer Ale, Seabreeze Seltzer, Oktoberfest, and Yakima IPA.
A variety of events take place at the brewery, and private venue hire is also possible.
The hours are quite sporadic at the brewery from one day to the next, so it is best to call on the day to find out what time you can get in.
19. 3 Sheeps Brewing Co.
Where: 1837 North Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53083
If you find yourself looking for Wisconsin craft breweries, look no further than 3 Sheeps Brewing Co.
Opened in 2012, you will find Chaos Pattern, Fresh Coast, and the flagship Rebel Kent 2012 here.
The tour of the brewery will cost $10 per person and includes four beers while on the tour, drinking while walking, and also includes a drink at the end at a local partner bar. Tours are offered on Fridays at 6 p.m. and on Saturdays at 3 p.m.
At such a low cost and a high number of beers per tour, this is bound to be on your shortlist of the best Wisconsin brewery tours.
20. Central Waters Brewing Co. Inc.
Where: 351 Allen St, Amherst, WI 54406
If you are looking in the central region for a brewery in Wisconsin, don’t forget to include the Central Waters Brewing Co. Inc.
Home to craft beer like Mudpuppy Porter, Bourbon Barrel Stout, Honey Blond Ale, Rift IPA, Satin Solitude, and Imperial Stout, you will not be disappointed.
Tours are free and start each Friday at 5 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
What could be better than a free tour and the possibility of trying some of Wisconsin’s finest craft beers?
Surrounded by everything central Wisconsin has to offer, this is sure to end up as one memorable day trip.
21. Angry Minnow Restaurant and Brewery
Where: 10440 Florida Ave, Hayward, WI 54843
If you are looking for a great brewery in Northern Wisconsin, take a minute to consider the Angry Minnow Restaurant and Brewery in Hayward.
Here you will find a specialty of microbrew options and will find choices like River Pig Pale Ale, McStuckie’s Scotch Ale, Angry Minnow Brewing Co., Bourbon Barrel Double McStuckie, Angry Minnow Brewing Co., or Oaky’s Oatmeal Stout.
With a range like that, you are sure to find something to satisfy. Set in a rustic 19th-century building, this would be a great day out for couples or families.
22. Pearl Street Brewery
Where: 1401 St Andrew St., La Crosse, WI 54603,
Pearl Street Brewery offers a great opportunity to enjoy a popular and fun tasting room.
Tours are $8 and run every Friday at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. and hourly starting at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
Contact them by telephone at 608-784-4832 or check out their website at pearl-street-brewery.myshopify.com.
Lots of interesting beers to choose from at Pearl Street Brewery include:
- Agave Papi Lager
- Vienna, Lord Stanley Scotch Ale
- Wizards Vs. Vampires IPA
- New England, Dunkelweizen Wheat Beer
- Salted Caramel Porter –
- American, Trainwreck Altbier
- Lake Effect Pale Ale
- Sabre’s Edge IPA – Imperial
With so many options you might just have to bring a few homes as well.
If that isn’t enough to choose from, they also have Downtown Brown, Linalool IPA, Java Lava, Me, Myself & IPA, and Pearl Street Pale.
There are also seasonal and limited edition offers such as Raspberry Tambois, Rumpshaker IPA, and Smokin’ Hemp Porter.
Visiting this brewery and others is one of the best things to do in La Crosse, WI.
23. Sand Creek Brewing Company
Where: 320 Pierce St., Black River Falls, WI 54615
Sand Creek Brewing Company is a great place to spend a Friday, on a free tour that starts at 3:30 p.m.
With a great selection of beers such as Sand Creek Hard Lemonade, Oscar’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, and Single-Track Pale Ale.
It is also worth noting that the Sand Creek Brewmaster has won the gold three times at the World Beer Cup!
Free brewery tours are offered every Friday at 3:30 p.m. within their historic 1856 brewery building.
The tap room is also open after Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Beer and merchandise can be purchased Monday through Thursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Friday until 10:00 pm.
24. Potosi Brewery
Where: 209 S Main St, Potosi, WI
If you are looking for a great brewery tour in Southwest Wisconsin, a great brewery tour can be found at the Potosi Brewery.
Going ‘all out’ with their brewing, a delightful range can be found here, including Inner Sanctum – Brandy Barrel Aged Belgian Quad; Slugger – Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Stout; Grandamber – Brandy Barrel-Aged Barleywine.
Potosi is a great experience simply due to being a re-founded company whose history extends back to 1852 and which closed from 1972 to 2008 when it was started up again brewing only small craft beer options.
Located close to the Mississippi River, the experience is worth a day out. Brewery tours operate on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. sharp.
25. Black Husky Brewing
Where: 909 E Locust St, Milwaukee, WI
The final Wisconsin brewery to make the list is Black Husky Brewing and it should be high on your list of great breweries in Northern Wisconsin and the best brewery in Door County to visit.
You will not be disappointed at this brewery, with great craft beer like The Original Black Husky Pale Ale.
Pale Ale with Simcoe Hops, Deck Dog (the Black Husky version of a German Pilsner), Dogfather Pale Ale with Mosaic hops, Sprouse. (a double IPA brewed with spruce) and citrusy Vain Pale Ale, or maple syrup-based Big Buck Brown.
What’s not to like? If honey is more your thing, try Harvel the Marvel, and if you are going during Oktoberfest have a look for the Jodlerkonig.
In 2021 Black Husky Brewing collaborated with the city of Milwaukee to brew their 9.9% Double IPA using up spruce tips from the city’s Christmas tree.
The proceeds from the venture were donated to the Milwaukee Urban Forestry Fund. No wonder it’s often considered one of the best breweries in Wisconsin.
Why Should I Tour a Brewery in Wisconsin?
Breweries make a great day out for families and couples alike; many brewery tours end in a restaurant experience, and most have non-alcoholic kid-friendly drink options on tap.
Taking a brewery tour in Wisconsin can be a family fun day out and leave everyone happy. Wisconsin is known for beer, so it makes sense to find the best breweries in Wisconsin to tour and find the best craft beer.
Ranging from free to inexpensive, the experience often includes free beer! Many of them also offer the legendary Wisconsin beer cheese soup on their menus!
ClosingThere are many amazing beer options in Wisconsin that are not the most popular Pabst, Schlitz, and Miller (which are great, but sure if you find yourself in Wisconsin, try as many beers as possible!).
FAQ: Best Breweries in Wisconsin
What are some of the best breweries in Wisconsin?
There are many great local breweries in Wisconsin, but some of the best breweries in Wisconsin are New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus; Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee; Central Waters Brewing Company in Amherst; Founders Brewing Co. in Milwaukee and 3 Sheeps Brewing in Sheboygan.
What are the best breweries in Wisconsin that offer tours?
Some of the best breweries in Wisconsin that offer tours are Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, Central Waters Brewing Company in Amherst, New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus, Founders Brewing Co. in Milwaukee, and Hinterland Brewery in Green Bay.
What breweries in Wisconsin specialize in craft beer?
Many breweries in Wisconsin that specialize in craft beer, some of the popular ones are New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus, Central Waters Brewing Company in Amherst, 3 Sheeps Brewing in Sheboygan, Tyranena Brewing Company in Lake Mills, O’so Brewing Company in Plover, Hinterland Brewery in Green Bay and City Lights Brewing Company in Milwaukee.
What breweries in Wisconsin have outdoor seating or beer gardens?
Many breweries in Wisconsin have outdoor seating or beer gardens, some of the popular ones are Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus, Central Waters Brewing Company in Amherst, Founders Brewing Co. in Milwaukee, Karben4 Brewing in Madison, O’so Brewing Company in Plover and Hinterland Brewery in Green Bay.
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Friday 20th of January 2023
You need to visit a lot more breweries as there are a lot of breweries in Wisconsin who offer a lot more than the Breweries on your list. Eg. Eagle Park, Raised Grain, O'so, Untitled Art, Brewing Projekt, etc.