On a warm summer day, there’s something especially appealing about quenching one’s thirst with an ice cold beer. That seems to hold doubly true in Wisconsin, where the brewing heritage is second to none.
Wisconsin Dells brewmasters are contributing to that heritage in their own unique ways. Take Jamie Baertsch of Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co. Jamie was the state’s first female brewmaster. She oversees a 15-barrel brewhouse which serves 10 different styles of hand-crafted microbrews. They even started bottling their most popular brews, including Rustic Red, a red ale with aromatic Munich malts; Hazel’s Nut House, a brown ale with a hazelnut twist; Honey Ale, brewed with clover honey; and Kilbourn Hop Ale, honoring the hops boom that appeared in Kilbourn City (now Wisconsin Dells) back in the 1840s. As if that’s not enough, you can also snap up seasonal brews like Milk Stout and Stand Rock Boch. Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co. is located inside Moosejaw Pizza on the 3rd floor. All the brewing and bottling are done right there.
At Port Huron Brewing Company, you’ll find Tanner Brethorst at the helm. Tanner’s degree in Agricultural Business Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison is put to good use in his brewing pursuits. There are 17 barrels here producing kegged and bottled beer. Their bestseller is their Honey Blonde Ale, brewed with pure Wisconsin honey. They also have a Hefeweizen, Amber Ale, Porter, and IPA (brewed with local hops), along with some seasonals. The company’s namesake is a 1917 Port Huron steam-powered tractor that’s been in Tanner’s family since the 1950s. Appropriately the tasting room, with its Bier Hall-style tables, is called the Engine House Tap Room.
Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub of Wisconsin Dells is a great stop too, with their beloved gourmet sodas (try the Root Beer or Orange Dream) and a solid line-up of year round and seasonal brews.