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Newish Milwaukee breweries
« on: December 21, 2016, 12:24:53 PM »
Going to have a couple of days in Milwaukee next week, and thought I should check out some of the newer breweries there.  Anyone know which ones are good, and which to avoid? 


Google turns up:
Mobcraft
Good City
Company Brewing
Urban Harvest
Third Space
Brenner

Never even heard of most of these, but I am hoping to hit up 2 or 3 spots on a Friday afternoon.

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2016, 12:30:32 PM »
i think Dave has endorsed Good City

been curious about Brenner and Company so let me know how those are WHEN YOU GO BECAUSE YOU WANT TO FILL ME IN
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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2016, 12:37:11 PM »
I've sampled a few of the Brenner beers and they were really quite good.

The Milwaukee Barons Pilsner was a favorite, and the Bacon Bomb Rauchbier was good too.

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2016, 02:28:23 PM »
Black Husky has a taproom there right?

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2016, 02:33:48 PM »
Black Husky has a taproom there right?

There you go.

Yes they do.

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2016, 02:53:08 PM »
Never had a good beer from Mobcraft. Didn't know they had a taproom.

Also, this made it on their website through crowd voting...which they deleted after public outrage. :facepalm:
Not sure why they wouldn't screen names they put online...

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2016, 03:02:26 PM »
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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2016, 04:47:37 PM »
Looks like Black Husky, Good City, and Company are all relatively close.  That could make a nice afternoon crawl.

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2016, 08:23:11 PM »
Black Husky has a taproom there right?

oh, good call. i could make a day of it there.
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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2016, 09:02:06 PM »
Good City, Black Husky, Company Brewing and The Fermentorium in Cedarberg are the ones I have been meaning to try.
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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2016, 10:12:50 PM »
Good City, Black Husky, Company Brewing and The Fermentorium in Cedarberg are the ones I have been meaning to try.

Big fan of Silver Creek in Cedarburg also. Very underrated place imo.

Edit- Guess that's not very newish, however.  :bag:
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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2016, 11:44:32 PM »
Made it to Good City, and it was decent(ish).

Also, didn't realize that Ale Asylum has a place (Riverhouse) in MKE, right on Old World Third Street.  Just noticed the sign, and stopped in for some happy hour drinks and food.  If Ale Asylum doesn't actually own the place, but is just licensing their name or something, they should revoke the deal, because the service, food, and even the beer was awful.   :thumbdown:  Ordered an Ambergeddon and the pint glass looked like it was full of chunky diarrhea.  Took it back to the bar and told the bartender, so she poured another one and it was the same.  Ordered a different beer instead.  Instead of changing the keg, or trying to figure out what was wrong with it, I watched them keep pouring and serving it to other customers.   The Madtown Nut Brown I got instead tasted like old cardboard. 

Had much better beer, and a nice cheese plate at the Uber Tap Room (connected to Wisconsin Cheese Mart), right next door. 

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2017, 10:13:02 PM »
Cheese Mart had a solid bar is it a separate place now!
Go cheeseheads! :cheese:

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2017, 07:49:38 AM »
Cheese Mart had a solid bar is it a separate place now!
Go cheeseheads! :cheese:

It's not separate, as far as I could tell, but they call the bar the Uber Tap Room.   :shrug:

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2017, 10:59:12 AM »
Cheese Mart had a solid bar is it a separate place now!
Go cheeseheads! :cheese:

It's not separate, as far as I could tell, but they call the bar the Uber Tap Room.   :shrug:

Was drunk watching the Packers, and apparently overusing exlamation points. :bag:
Is it still all WI beers?

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2017, 03:29:10 PM »
Cheese Mart had a solid bar is it a separate place now!
Go cheeseheads! :cheese:

It's not separate, as far as I could tell, but they call the bar the Uber Tap Room.   :shrug:

Was drunk watching the Packers, and apparently overusing exlamation points. :bag:
Is it still all WI beers?

Hmmm ... all the beers on tap, IIRC, did seem to be from WI.

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2017, 11:46:41 AM »

Ordered an Ambergeddon and the pint glass looked like it was full of chunky diarrhea.  Took it back to the bar and told the bartender, so she poured another one and it was the same.  Ordered a different beer instead.  Instead of changing the keg, or trying to figure out what was wrong with it, I watched them keep pouring and serving it to other customers.   


Had this experience at SO many Milwaukee brewpubs that I just gave up on them completely.

The Landmark will replace my beer if a fruit fly lands in it.

Mmmmmm......chunky diarrhea......yummy.

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« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2017, 12:13:23 PM »

Ordered an Ambergeddon and the pint glass looked like it was full of chunky diarrhea.  Took it back to the bar and told the bartender, so she poured another one and it was the same.  Ordered a different beer instead.  Instead of changing the keg, or trying to figure out what was wrong with it, I watched them keep pouring and serving it to other customers.   


Had this experience at SO many Milwaukee brewpubs that I just gave up on them completely.

The Landmark will replace my beer if a fruit fly lands in it.

Mmmmmm......chunky diarrhea......yummy.

I don't know if it was because of the holidays, or just bad luck, but we had terrible service every place we went in MKE.  The only exception was breakfast at El Rey the morning we left. 

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #18 on: January 03, 2017, 12:18:50 PM »

Ordered an Ambergeddon and the pint glass looked like it was full of chunky diarrhea.  Took it back to the bar and told the bartender, so she poured another one and it was the same.  Ordered a different beer instead.  Instead of changing the keg, or trying to figure out what was wrong with it, I watched them keep pouring and serving it to other customers.   


Had this experience at SO many Milwaukee brewpubs that I just gave up on them completely.

The Landmark will replace my beer if a fruit fly lands in it.

Mmmmmm......chunky diarrhea......yummy.

I don't know if it was because of the holidays, or just bad luck, but we had terrible service every place we went in MKE.  The only exception was breakfast at El Rey the morning we left.

Yeah, I'm not going to defend Milwaukee, even if it is my hometown. It's sure not the place I grew up in, for many reasons.

I have my one tavern, my one Mexican restaurant, my one Vietnamese restaurant, my one Chinese restaurant, and that's it.

Other than that, I go to work and then go home to my place in Cudahy.

Friday night, I'm back up in Crooked Lake (where I belong).

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #19 on: January 03, 2017, 12:43:31 PM »

Ordered an Ambergeddon and the pint glass looked like it was full of chunky diarrhea.  Took it back to the bar and told the bartender, so she poured another one and it was the same.  Ordered a different beer instead.  Instead of changing the keg, or trying to figure out what was wrong with it, I watched them keep pouring and serving it to other customers.   


Had this experience at SO many Milwaukee brewpubs that I just gave up on them completely.

The Landmark will replace my beer if a fruit fly lands in it.

Mmmmmm......chunky diarrhea......yummy.

I don't know if it was because of the holidays, or just bad luck, but we had terrible service every place we went in MKE.  The only exception was breakfast at El Rey the morning we left.

Yeah, I'm not going to defend Milwaukee, even if it is my hometown. It's sure not the place I grew up in, for many reasons.

I have my one tavern, my one Mexican restaurant, my one Vietnamese restaurant, my one Chinese restaurant, and that's it.

Other than that, I go to work and then go home to my place in Cudahy.

Friday night, I'm back up in Crooked Lake (where I belong).

I blame the Millennials

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #20 on: January 03, 2017, 12:56:04 PM »

Ordered an Ambergeddon and the pint glass looked like it was full of chunky diarrhea.  Took it back to the bar and told the bartender, so she poured another one and it was the same.  Ordered a different beer instead.  Instead of changing the keg, or trying to figure out what was wrong with it, I watched them keep pouring and serving it to other customers.   


Had this experience at SO many Milwaukee brewpubs that I just gave up on them completely.

The Landmark will replace my beer if a fruit fly lands in it.

Mmmmmm......chunky diarrhea......yummy.

I don't know if it was because of the holidays, or just bad luck, but we had terrible service every place we went in MKE.  The only exception was breakfast at El Rey the morning we left.

Yeah, I'm not going to defend Milwaukee, even if it is my hometown. It's sure not the place I grew up in, for many reasons.

I have my one tavern, my one Mexican restaurant, my one Vietnamese restaurant, my one Chinese restaurant, and that's it.

Other than that, I go to work and then go home to my place in Cudahy.

Friday night, I'm back up in Crooked Lake (where I belong).

I blame the Millennials

*snort*

Could be.

Sure don't see many millennials in Crooked Lake.  :bakes:

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #21 on: November 21, 2017, 03:25:32 PM »
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« Reply #22 on: November 21, 2017, 04:54:37 PM »
Huh. Ever since I saw a beer from them called Butterfly Farts, it was a permanent hard pass. :shrug:

Coincidentally I was just looking up places in MKE, thinking how i'm overdue for a trip up there.

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« Reply #23 on: November 21, 2017, 04:56:38 PM »
ditto. been a while for me. especially a long time since i just went and hung out with no obligations.
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« Reply #24 on: November 21, 2017, 04:57:17 PM »
ditto. been a while for me. especially a long time since i just went and hung out with no obligations.

Those days are long gone, fella.

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« Reply #25 on: November 21, 2017, 05:08:09 PM »
ditto. been a while for me. especially a long time since i just went and hung out with no obligations.

Those days are long gone, fella.

what i'm finding is that it's possible to just ignore them.. and then blame someone else for it.
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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #26 on: November 22, 2017, 07:39:59 PM »
Are any of the newer MKE breweries actually good?

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #27 on: April 26, 2018, 10:16:50 AM »
Sweet Mullets rebranding as Brewfinity

Same owners, wonder what will change exactly.

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« Reply #28 on: April 26, 2018, 10:54:24 AM »
Sweet Mullets rebranding as Brewfinity

Same owners, wonder what will change exactly.

Branding, duh.

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« Reply #29 on: April 26, 2018, 11:25:06 AM »
Both dumb names, imo.

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« Reply #30 on: April 26, 2018, 12:45:37 PM »
Sweet Mullets rebranding as Brewfinity

Same owners, wonder what will change exactly.

Branding, duh.

Lol, yeah. But they don't distribute... seems weird to focus on the branding. Maybe they were tired of explaining the odd name to people.

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« Reply #31 on: April 26, 2018, 12:56:21 PM »
Sweet Mullets rebranding as Brewfinity

Same owners, wonder what will change exactly.

Branding, duh.

Lol, yeah. But they don't distribute... seems weird to focus on the branding. Maybe they were tired of explaining the odd name to people.

That or they sobered up long enough to realize the name was dumb.

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #32 on: April 09, 2019, 11:31:14 AM »
Seems like Hacienda is getting a fair amount of buzz, I really like the stuff they had at Far & Away, and what Bob shared at the TBS cornhole before the GT last year.

what's this then?

Bailey's Harbor?

as soon as the oxen are properly fed and my trusty sled dog is hale enough for the journey north, i'll have to mush up there and check it out.

So this is the parent company of Door County Brewing?  Haven't seen or heard about anything labeled as "Hacienda" here.

An offshoot of Door County Brewing making the hype bro styles is the way I understand it while Door County makes the more traditional stuff.

No wonder I never heard of them.
It’s the on-site 15BBL brewery at the taproom they opened last year. Door Co. stuff gets contracted at Octopi for wide distro. Sounds like they are looking to open a 2nd taproom in Milwaukee already. :$:
Update: Looking to open by Memorial Day weekend. This might be the thing that gets me back up there for a weekend...
They already have some spotty distro outside MKE but not in the city. (closest to IL is Wind Lake)

Edit: that article was posted 30 min ago...I was just looking up when they were opening, weird coincidence. Must have felt a disturbance in the beer journalism force... :ninja:
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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #33 on: April 09, 2019, 09:14:51 PM »
1840 and Eagle Park are getting a bit of hype.
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« Reply #34 on: April 09, 2019, 10:51:47 PM »
1840 and Eagle Park are getting a bit of hype.
Tried some Eagle Park stuff at Far & Away that was very solid.

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« Reply #35 on: April 09, 2019, 11:03:04 PM »
1840 and Eagle Park are getting a bit of hype.
Tried some Eagle Park stuff at Far & Away that was very solid.

Really wish I had gone to that fest. I have had some good to ok stuff from them. I have heard they can be a bit inconsistent though and they just had an issue with some contaminated cans that they were quick to refund/replace. But good on them for quickly making it right.
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« Reply #36 on: April 10, 2019, 04:24:15 PM »
1840 and Eagle Park are getting a bit of hype.
Tried some Eagle Park stuff at Far & Away that was very solid.

Really wish I had gone to that fest. I have had some good to ok stuff from them. I have heard they can be a bit inconsistent though and they just had an issue with some contaminated cans that they were quick to refund/replace. But good on them for quickly making it right.
They're doing it again next year, might be a good option for a midwest TBS gathering...

 Booze For Breakfast, From A Land Down Under, Demon Haze, Goon Juice, Espresso Stout, and Pink Houses Berliner were the ones I tried. Not a bad one in the bunch, but that was all draft. Hope they get their packaging issues sorted out.

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« Reply #37 on: July 08, 2019, 01:29:58 PM »
Eagle Park Brewing Co. to use new Muskego location to expand 'creative limits'

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Eagle Park Brewing Co. is adding a new location in Muskego that will include a brewery, restaurant, distillery and winery.
Rendering by Dan Beyer Architects

Craft brewery Eagle Park Brewing Co. announced in late June it would expand its operation with a new location in Muskego.

The company revealed its plans for the venue at S64 W15680 Commerce Center Parkway about 15 months after it moved into a new home at 823 E. Hamilton St. in Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee Business Journal learned more about the expansion from Eagle Park Brewing Co. co-founder Jake Schinker. Responses were provided by email.

Why did you want to add a new location?

“We knew when we moved into our lower east side location that it would not meet our production needs as we grew, the building is simply too small. In the past year, we have managed to optimize this location to produce roughly 1,800 barrels of beer annually, but we simply can’t fit any additional tanks in our space to make more than that.

“Currently, this volume of beer only supplies our taproom and a small handful of bars in the area. In addition to production needs, we need a better way to host private events. The new location will offer a 100-person event room with the option of also renting our mezzanine to double that capacity. ...

“Our unique business model of frequent beer releases has now grown to the point that our current taproom struggles to accommodate the number of people we see on weekends.

“Oh yeah, we will also finally have a real office so we don't have to set up our makeshift desks on the bar every day.”

What timeline do you anticipate for opening the new location?

"We are aiming to have the facility fully open by late December or early January. We are working with an extremely tight timeline, so that is still subject to change at this point, but it remains attainable at the moment.”

Why did you pick Muskego for the new taproom?

“Finding a building suitable for what we wanted to do was a long process that started nearly a year ago. The unique combination of a building that, first and foremost, is suitable for manufacturing, but at the same time is in a location that will work well as a taproom and have ample parking, proved to be like finding a unicorn.

“Once we found buildings that met these requirements, it was just a matter of finding a community that would be the best fit for us. Max, Jackson, and I all grew up just a mile and a half from our new Muskego location, and we know the area and our prospective clientele extremely well.”

What can customers expect from the restaurant?

“Our customers can look forward to a casual and family-friendly dining experience featuring an approachable menu that uses the freshest, locally sourced ingredients. …

“We will include some of our favorite menu items from our current location, such as the duck confit pierogis and hop-smoked wings, but the menu as a whole will be developed independently to help provide a unique experience at each location. We want to give people reasons to visit both taprooms, and a combination of small differences like this will help with that goal.”

Why do you want to incorporate a distillery and winery into your business?

"Adding spirits and cider to our offerings was a decision we made in order to expand our creative limits as a company while simultaneously enhancing our customer experience by offering beverages that appeal to a broader demographic.”

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Drinking beer and asking questions about IPAs and lactose at Hacienda Beer Co.

Hacienda Beer Co., sells India Pale Ales that taste juicy , not bitter like traditional versions of the beer. (Photo: Kathy Flanigan)

Hacienda Beer Co., 2018 E. North Ave., is marked by the letters HBC in large scale at the arch of the front door. Inside the decor is light and airy with sleek booths and windows that open to the bustling sidewalk outside.

In other words, it doesn’t scream brewery. But then, technically it’s not a brewery. It’s a taproom selling beer made in Bailey’s Harbor. Technically, part two, Hacienda is a side project of Door County Brewing.

Hacienda Beer serves food from bar snacks to shareable plates and desserts. Patrons also can buy Hacienda’s mixed fermentation brews in bottles and tap favorites in cans at the taproom, which opens at 11 a.m. daily.

Belly up to the bar. We have more questions and we posed them to bartender Alyssa Nihart.

But first we ordered a beer — Hot Tracks, a New England Style Pale Ale. It originally came in a pint glass, but we asked the bartender to switch it up for the photo. The beer in the glass is as hazy as they come for a pale ale. It almost looks like orange juice but drinks like a puzzle. The sips are dry to the taste, but the flavor is juicy.

Question: Not all India Pale Ales are the same. Some are bitter. Some are juicy. What determines that?

Nihart: It depends on the different blend of hops. A lot of ours here have funky things about them (and taste) like peaches or star anise. There are lots of different kinds of hops, but ours are so different than others. They’re juicy and flavorful.

Q:There are a couple beers on the menu, from stouts to IPAs, that include lactose. What’s lactose?

Nihart: That’s the No. 1 question we get. Lactose is sugar (a milk sugar.) It doesn’t break down as much as traditional cane sugar, and it brings a sweetness without raising the ABV (alcohol by volume).

Q: Hacienda makes some dark beers like Luxe and Reduxe, a milk stout with coffee and maple syrup. It’s summer. Aren’t those beers kind of heavy for the season?

Nihart: People think of dark beer as really heavy. They tell me ’I don’t want to get full.’ It’s mostly in your head. The mouthfeel (how it tastes against your tongue) is heavy. The beer isn’t.

Q:I spy two kinds of glasses up there. One is that simple round pint glass and the other looks like a wine glass with Hacienda written across the front. Is that just about presentation?

Nihart: The glassware is more about presentation and the vibe of what we’re trying to portray here. We want it to be a little edgier. People like to take pictures of the one.

For the record, the fancier glasses hold 12 ounces of beer and are typically used for the beers that have a higher ABV. The pint glass holds 16 ounces.

Q: What other questions do you get from customers?

Nihart: You don’t have wine? You don’t have liquor? No. We don’t make wine. We make beer.