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Re: Back-roads breweries (In Wisconsin)
« Reply #150 on: May 12, 2020, 06:59:09 PM »
Is anybody in WI doing more experimental stuff like Scratch Brewing?
Some of the recent Hacienda i've had came close. Just curious... :ale:

Oliphant is the first one that comes to mind. They always have a bunch of new and/or different stuff coming out.
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Re: Back-roads breweries (In Wisconsin)
« Reply #151 on: May 12, 2020, 08:19:51 PM »
Is anybody in WI doing more experimental stuff like Scratch Brewing?
Some of the recent Hacienda i've had came close. Just curious... :ale:

Oliphant is the first one that comes to mind. They always have a bunch of new and/or different stuff coming out.
Good call :thumbup:
Do they do any wild or mixed fermentation stuff?

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Re: Back-roads breweries (In Wisconsin)
« Reply #152 on: May 12, 2020, 11:05:29 PM »
Is anybody in WI doing more experimental stuff like Scratch Brewing?
Some of the recent Hacienda i've had came close. Just curious... :ale:

Oliphant is the first one that comes to mind. They always have a bunch of new and/or different stuff coming out.
Good call :thumbup:
Do they do any wild or mixed fermentation stuff?

Pretty sure its all kettle soured. Could be wrong though.
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Re: Back-roads breweries (In Wisconsin)
« Reply #153 on: May 13, 2020, 06:25:43 AM »
Is anybody in WI doing more experimental stuff like Scratch Brewing?
Some of the recent Hacienda i've had came close. Just curious... :ale:

Oliphant is the first one that comes to mind. They always have a bunch of new and/or different stuff coming out.
Good call :thumbup:
Do they do any wild or mixed fermentation stuff?

Pretty sure its all kettle soured. Could be wrong though.
Good to know! :cheers: Is anyone else doing wild ales like New Glarus or Hacienda?

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Re: Back-roads breweries (In Wisconsin)
« Reply #154 on: May 13, 2020, 03:11:28 PM »
Is anybody in WI doing more experimental stuff like Scratch Brewing?
Some of the recent Hacienda i've had came close. Just curious... :ale:

Oliphant is the first one that comes to mind. They always have a bunch of new and/or different stuff coming out.
Good call :thumbup:
Do they do any wild or mixed fermentation stuff?

Pretty sure its all kettle soured. Could be wrong though.
Good to know! :cheers: Is anyone else doing wild ales like New Glarus or Hacienda?

Only two I can think of off hand are O’so and Funk Factory. Brewing Projekt does a bunch of stuff too but pretty sure they only kettle sour as well.
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Re: Back-roads breweries (In Wisconsin)
« Reply #155 on: May 13, 2020, 03:34:37 PM »
Is anybody in WI doing more experimental stuff like Scratch Brewing?
Some of the recent Hacienda i've had came close. Just curious... :ale:

Oliphant is the first one that comes to mind. They always have a bunch of new and/or different stuff coming out.
Good call :thumbup:
Do they do any wild or mixed fermentation stuff?

Pretty sure its all kettle soured. Could be wrong though.
Good to know! :cheers: Is anyone else doing wild ales like New Glarus or Hacienda?

Only two I can think of off hand are O’so and Funk Factory. Brewing Projekt does a bunch of stuff too but pretty sure they only kettle sour as well.
Cool, I forgot about those guys. Really liked the Faro from FF, it was nice. Haven't had any sour BP stuff yet.

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Re: Back-roads breweries (In Wisconsin)
« Reply #156 on: July 16, 2020, 10:54:42 PM »
Feeling the call of the open road something fierce... what’s a good remote destination?

I’ve been wanting to head through WI to Elkader, IA, for Schera’s and Deb’s.

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Re: Back-roads breweries (In Wisconsin)
« Reply #157 on: July 17, 2020, 11:02:29 AM »
Feeling the call of the open road something fierce... what’s a good remote destination?

I’ve been wanting to head through WI to Elkader, IA, for Schera’s and Deb’s.

Don't go to Northern MN unless you want the Covid.  Not a soul up there wearing a mask.

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Re: Back-roads breweries (In Wisconsin)
« Reply #158 on: July 17, 2020, 11:10:02 AM »
Feeling the call of the open road something fierce... what’s a good remote destination?

I’ve been wanting to head through WI to Elkader, IA, for Schera’s and Deb’s.

Don't go to Northern MN unless you want the Covid.  Not a soul up there wearing a mask.

I never make it that far, or even the northwoods of WI for that matter.
Seems like one could road trip and keep pretty isolated.

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Re: Back-roads breweries (In Wisconsin)
« Reply #159 on: August 17, 2020, 10:29:08 AM »


Wishful Acres Farm Brewery, Lena, IL

Just turned 4 years old apparently. Close enough to the WI border, they look to be Star Wars fans, judging from their walk-in cooler... :lol:



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Re: Back-roads breweries (In Wisconsin)
« Reply #160 on: August 17, 2020, 11:08:53 AM »
Walk in cooler?  Looks like it's just a room with an A/C unit plugged into it. :lol:

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Re: Back-roads breweries (In Wisconsin)
« Reply #161 on: August 17, 2020, 11:37:17 AM »
Walk in cooler?  Looks like it's just a room with an A/C unit plugged into it. :lol:

Pretty much. :D I have no idea if that's their actual cold storage... idk that an a/c unit would even keep it cold enough. :unsure:

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Re: Back-roads breweries (In Wisconsin)
« Reply #162 on: August 17, 2020, 02:14:21 PM »
Walk in cooler?  Looks like it's just a room with an A/C unit plugged into it. :lol:
Yup. But they do have a beer line running out of the wall which it nice. I'd rather have it on the inside where my desk is.
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Re: Back-roads breweries (In Wisconsin)
« Reply #163 on: September 14, 2020, 10:56:48 AM »
Can we get this thread amended to "Back-roads Breweries"?
I'll keep posting IL breweries in here, sorry not sorry ... :mellow:

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Stopped here after a picnic with the inlaws. Somewhere in the cornfields between Bloomington and Chicago. Cool place, the brewery is in a former dairy barn. Great patio out back with a fire pit and picnic tables in a small hop field. The IPA's were great, i'm still working on the rest of the beer I picked up there. Missed the one draft they didn't crowler, a jalapeño lime kölsch. Solid little place with potential, i'll stop back again and hopefully hang out for a bit longer next time.

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Re: Back-roads breweries
« Reply #164 on: September 14, 2020, 11:12:53 AM »
well the main subject line in the forum has been changed, but the responses still say "In Wisconsin"
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Re: Back-roads breweries (In Wisconsin)
« Reply #165 on: September 14, 2020, 12:10:07 PM »
Can we get this thread amended to "Back-roads Breweries"?
I'll keep posting IL breweries in here, sorry not sorry ... :mellow:

Emancipation Brewing Co., Fairbury, IL









Stopped here after a picnic with the inlaws. Somewhere in the cornfields between Bloomington and Chicago. Cool place, the brewery is in a former dairy barn. Great patio out back with a fire pit and picnic tables in a small hop field. The IPA's were great, i'm still working on the rest of the beer I picked up there. Missed the one draft they didn't crowler, a jalapeño lime kölsch. Solid little place with potential, i'll stop back again and hopefully hang out for a bit longer next time.

I *love* places like that.  :thumbup:   There is one in rural northern Virginia, Vanish, basically off Rte 50 down a dirt road.  Brewery and hop farm.
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Re: Back-roads breweries
« Reply #166 on: September 14, 2020, 12:15:17 PM »
well the main subject line in the forum has been changed, but the responses still say "In Wisconsin"

Huh, that's odd. Much appreciated :cheers:

I *love* places like that.  :thumbup:   There is one in rural northern Virginia, Vanish, basically off Rte 50 down a dirt road.  Brewery and hop farm.

Nice! :cheers: I'd figure these would become more common, with the explosion of new breweries, existing land ownership, and the DIY nature of homebrewing farmers. By my count there are only 7 in Illinois that I know of, but i'm sure there's a few more that i've never heard of.
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Re: Back-roads breweries (Illinois)
« Reply #167 on: October 07, 2020, 09:32:07 AM »
Speaking of backroad farm breweries, this one is pretty rustic. They also have an open air "treehouse bar" for warmer weather.
Take a Hike to Big Thorn Brewery (Georgetown, IL)



Wonder how covid-friendly that greenhouse bar is, guess they can open the windows.

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Wish it wasn't 3 hours away... :(

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Listening to that podcast, they have a 3BBL system and produce 400 barrels annually. They're scaling back their distribution to Champaign & Vermilion counties, sounded like no more Binnys or Friar Tuck, which is where I bought their beer. Sadly idk when i'll make it down to where I can actually get their beer again. What i've had i've enjoyed.
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Re: Back-roads breweries
« Reply #168 on: October 17, 2020, 10:32:50 AM »
Harry Stuff - Wawaka, IN.  Pretty back-road IMO, as you'll see some Amish buggies in the area. Really good beers and excellent (if limited menu) food.



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« Reply #169 on: October 17, 2020, 03:28:28 PM »
Cool, the beers sound interesting and the pizzas look good too :thumbup:


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« Reply #170 on: October 18, 2020, 12:10:19 PM »
Cool, the beers sound interesting and the pizzas look good too :thumbup:
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Re: Back-roads breweries
« Reply #171 on: October 19, 2020, 11:49:53 AM »
Seeing all these remote farm breweries, I can't help but wonder if Hill Farmstead was an inspiration in some way. They achieved cult status in part due to their inaccessibility i'd say, but that's true for most in-demand breweries that don't distribute.

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« Reply #172 on: December 04, 2020, 05:11:55 PM »
Seeing all these remote farm breweries, I can't help but wonder if Hill Farmstead was an inspiration in some way. They achieved cult status in part due to their inaccessibility i'd say, but that's true for most in-demand breweries that don't distribute.

They may have been.  Certainly they proved that the business model can be very viable if you brew good beer and the word gets out to the beer community.  But in some of cases, it could be that some people just want to brew and like being in the boonies.  :shrug:
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« Reply #173 on: December 04, 2020, 05:28:51 PM »
Seeing all these remote farm breweries, I can't help but wonder if Hill Farmstead was an inspiration in some way. They achieved cult status in part due to their inaccessibility i'd say, but that's true for most in-demand breweries that don't distribute.

They may have been.  Certainly they proved that the business model can be very viable if you brew good beer and the word gets out to the beer community.  But in some of cases, it could be that some people just want to brew and like being in the boonies.  :shrug:

Yeah, I think this is more the case. Some maybe haven't even heard of HF... the few in IL i'm thinking of were existing family farms that a brewery was added to.