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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #50 on: January 28, 2020, 10:54:16 AM »
I liked GC's Oktoberfest... :scared:

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #51 on: February 18, 2020, 12:41:18 PM »
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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #52 on: August 19, 2021, 11:07:29 AM »
Racine is practically Milwaukee, right? :unsure: Looks like that homebrew store finally opened their brewery, Littleport Brewing. Going to check it out this weekend, maybe i'll bump into Homerbag. :excited: :thumbup: The Runaway brewpub in Burlington opened last summer too.

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #53 on: August 19, 2021, 11:09:36 AM »
Racine is practically Milwaukee, right? :unsure: Looks like that homebrew store finally opened their brewery, Littleport Brewing. Going to check it out this weekend, maybe i'll bump into Homerbag. :excited: :thumbup: The Runaway brewpub in Burlington opened last summer too.
There's one a block from my house if you're in the area. :unsure:
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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #54 on: August 19, 2021, 11:43:49 AM »
Racine is practically Milwaukee, right? :unsure: Looks like that homebrew store finally opened their brewery, Littleport Brewing. Going to check it out this weekend, maybe i'll bump into Homerbag. :excited: :thumbup: The Runaway brewpub in Burlington opened last summer too.

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #55 on: August 19, 2021, 12:15:10 PM »
Racine is practically Milwaukee, right? :unsure: Looks like that homebrew store finally opened their brewery, Littleport Brewing. Going to check it out this weekend, maybe i'll bump into Homerbag. :excited: :thumbup: The Runaway brewpub in Burlington opened last summer too.

Make sure you get some Wells Brothers Pizza when you're up in Racine.

:goodposting: thanks for the tip!

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #56 on: August 23, 2021, 10:29:39 AM »
Racine is practically Milwaukee, right? :unsure: Looks like that homebrew store finally opened their brewery, Littleport Brewing. Going to check it out this weekend, maybe i'll bump into Homerbag. :excited: :thumbup: The Runaway brewpub in Burlington opened last summer too.

Littleport was ok, they had a good Sahti that was very sprucey. 6 house taps and 15 guests. Cozy nautical vibe.

The owner/brewer was an odd guy, maybe just not a people person. I'd tried and failed to have a conversation with him at the homebrew shop a day earlier. I walked in there and it looked abandoned, stuff was dusty and strewn around. After 5 minutes, a lady came out and said good morning after I called out "hello?" a couple times. After browsing the books, I turned around and the guy was silently staring at me from the counter. I asked a him few questions about hops and their new brewery across the street that basically went nowhere.

He was at the brewery the next day, and I recognized him as I tried to say hello, saying "Oh, I met you over at at Hop To It yesterday" and he was just like "Ok" and crept back into the dark brewery like Gollum. Just wanted to talk about his brand new brewery, wild idea I know. :shrug: Got a weird vibe from the guy.

Edit: The rest of my story...
The other brewery in town was closed, Racine Brewing. A handwritten sign said they were closed through the end of the month citing "production issues". The exception was that they were open the night before to show The Greatest Race, for some reason. Seemed odd. Anyway, we had a better time in Burlington at Low Daily (great cucumber lime Gose) and The Runaway (Grätzer and Schwarzbier). On the way out of town we passed by a brewery (1 of Us Brewing) that just soft opened their patio last month while they built out the taproom.
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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #57 on: August 24, 2021, 11:29:31 AM »
Read a new article about 1of Us Brewing, apparently it was started by 10 people that met at another local brewery (a mediocre one from my experience). The head brewer is 22 years old, nothing wrong with that, but doesn't sound super experienced yet. I wonder how a group of 10 can agree and make business decisions, but i'm sure it happens all the time.

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1 of Us Brewing wants you to be one of them | New brewery has ambitious plans between its 10
Diana Panuncial

MOUNT PLEASANT — “One of us, one of us, one of us!”

This chant, little known to have originated in the 1932 horror film “Freaks,” is not only popularly used as a way to welcome a new member to a group, but it’s also the basis of 1 of Us Brewing, a new brewery in Mount Pleasant.

1 of Us Brewing offers original eclectic taps such as Afterglow Shimmer, a mango peach marshmallow concoction, or Squirtin’ and Squeelin’, a tangy citrus brew presented as coming from an extraterrestrial race.

The brewery has 10 owners — with plans to recruit more — with all of them having been friends before taking on the joint project of running 1 of Us.

“Everyone has their own very unique role. It’s a well-oiled working machine here,” said Sara Whiteside, head brewer, marketing specialist and one of the owners. “People hear it and they think, ‘Wow, that’s a lot.’ But it works.”

For more information on 1 of Us Brewing, check out their website at 1ofusbrewing.com. 1 of Us is located at 8100 Washington Avenue in Mount Pleasant. To try some brews from 1 of Us, visit R'Noggin Brewing Company, 6521 120th Avenue in Kenosha.

An invitation for individuality

Walking into the unfinished taproom of 1 of Us Brewing, 8100 Washington Ave., there’s still a lot to see despite the soft opening date of sometime in the spring or early summer.

Cartoon monsters and characters like the “Creature from the Black Lagoon” slither about the white walls in vibrant purple and neon green paint. Mismatched, upcycled furniture scattered about makes the taproom look like a carefree hangout space, perfect for inviting friends over.

There are even lanes for feather bowling, a Belgian sport similar to bowling, where the player throws a wooden ball in attempt to knock down a feather.

Each owner has sprinkled a bit of themselves into elements of the brewery, Whiteside said.

Whiteside herself has contributed a mounted bear head above one of the seating areas: “My grandmother found that in the 1980s. It was lying around in my garage and I had to bring it.”

So far, there are plans to implement a volleyball court, a remote-control car track and a stage for shows, all representing the owners’ different interests.

“We’re calling it ‘flair,’ “ Whiteside said. “Everyone brings something that really represents you.”

The owners’ vision is to make it more than just a brewery; they aim for 1 of Us Brewing to be all-inclusive with things to do for all ages.

“We just want it to be a fun place for everybody,” Whiteside said. “It’s kind of cheesy, but we want everyone to be one of us.”

 A comfy corner
A corner of 1 of Us Brewing, which features mismatched furniture, movie posters and a painting of a green monster, is seen on March 31.

From different backgrounds

A number of the owners met at R’Noggin Brewing Company in Kenosha, then, as the 1 of Us website states, “it didn’t take long for the scheming to begin.”

Each owner comes from a different background and typically works their own day job or takes care of their family, Whiteside said. But the team comes together at least once a week to brainstorm ideas for 1 of Us.

Owner Steve Rosenberg helps out in the sales and human resources department of the company. His interest in helping run a brewery stemmed from his and his wife’s curiosity about home brewing.

When the two heard about the group of friends behind 1 of Us, Rosenberg said he had to get involved.

Whiteside came into business with a passion for brewing despite only being a bartender in the past. Justin Buh, CEO of 1 of Us, thought she would be a good fit as one of the head brewers.

Whiteside, 22, said she sometimes gets questioned for being such a young business owner, but she keeps motivated because she has fallen in love with brewing.

“I never thought this would be a career for me, but it’s the best one I could have chosen,” Whiteside said.

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Sara Whiteside, a head brewer and one of the 10 owners of 1 of Us Brewing, walks through the taproom, under construction at the time, on Washington Avenue on March 31.

Success so far

The brewery held its first event, an outdoor beer festival called Pleasant Winter Wobbler, in early March. More than 10 local breweries participated in the festival, including Kenosha’s R’Noggin.

“We were flabbergasted with the turnout,” Whiteside said, adding they saw about 500 people in attendance.

The beer festival featured more than 50 beers on tap, unlimited beer samples, food trucks and live music.

“We’re very excited to be joining the Mount Pleasant community,” Buh said. “They have been very supportive.”

So far, the company has partnered with the Racine pet adoption center H.O.P.E. Safehouse. The adoption center set up a games tent at the beer festival and were able to show off some of their adoptable pets as well.

“Our goal is to continue to partner with other organizations,” Rosenberg said.

The brewery is expected to have a soft opening in May, with a target for a grand opening “soon after the soft opening,” Whiteside said.

https://journaltimes.com/news/local/watch-now-1-of-us-brewing-wants-you-to-be-one-of-them-new-brewery/article_0dd1885e-ef03-549e-a8ef-f5a6869a762b.html

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #58 on: August 24, 2021, 02:59:26 PM »
Read a new article about 1of Us Brewing, apparently it was started by 10 people that met at another local brewery (a mediocre one from my experience). The head brewer is 22 years old, nothing wrong with that, but doesn't sound super experienced yet. I wonder how a group of 10 can agree and make business decisions, but i'm sure it happens all the time.

Article is behind a paywall, here's the copy/paste:

1 of Us Brewing wants you to be one of them | New brewery has ambitious plans between its 10
Diana Panuncial

MOUNT PLEASANT — “One of us, one of us, one of us!”

This chant, little known to have originated in the 1932 horror film “Freaks,” is not only popularly used as a way to welcome a new member to a group, but it’s also the basis of 1 of Us Brewing, a new brewery in Mount Pleasant.

1 of Us Brewing offers original eclectic taps such as Afterglow Shimmer, a mango peach marshmallow concoction, or Squirtin’ and Squeelin’, a tangy citrus brew presented as coming from an extraterrestrial race.



 :rolleyes:

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #59 on: August 24, 2021, 03:41:54 PM »
Read a new article about 1of Us Brewing, apparently it was started by 10 people that met at another local brewery (a mediocre one from my experience). The head brewer is 22 years old, nothing wrong with that, but doesn't sound super experienced yet. I wonder how a group of 10 can agree and make business decisions, but i'm sure it happens all the time.

Article is behind a paywall, here's the copy/paste:

1 of Us Brewing wants you to be one of them | New brewery has ambitious plans between its 10
Diana Panuncial

MOUNT PLEASANT — “One of us, one of us, one of us!”

This chant, little known to have originated in the 1932 horror film “Freaks,” is not only popularly used as a way to welcome a new member to a group, but it’s also the basis of 1 of Us Brewing, a new brewery in Mount Pleasant.

1 of Us Brewing offers original eclectic taps such as Afterglow Shimmer, a mango peach marshmallow concoction, or Squirtin’ and Squeelin’, a tangy citrus brew presented as coming from an extraterrestrial race.



:rolleyes:

Not a fan of marshmallow beer, or questionably porny beer names? :lol:

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #60 on: August 24, 2021, 04:55:31 PM »
Read a new article about 1of Us Brewing, apparently it was started by 10 people that met at another local brewery (a mediocre one from my experience). The head brewer is 22 years old, nothing wrong with that, but doesn't sound super experienced yet. I wonder how a group of 10 can agree and make business decisions, but i'm sure it happens all the time.

Article is behind a paywall, here's the copy/paste:

1 of Us Brewing wants you to be one of them | New brewery has ambitious plans between its 10
Diana Panuncial

MOUNT PLEASANT — “One of us, one of us, one of us!”

This chant, little known to have originated in the 1932 horror film “Freaks,” is not only popularly used as a way to welcome a new member to a group, but it’s also the basis of 1 of Us Brewing, a new brewery in Mount Pleasant.

1 of Us Brewing offers original eclectic taps such as Afterglow Shimmer, a mango peach marshmallow concoction, or Squirtin’ and Squeelin’, a tangy citrus brew presented as coming from an extraterrestrial race.



:rolleyes:

Not a fan of marshmallow beer, or questionably porny beer names? :lol:

Gen Z may be worse than the Millennials.

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #61 on: August 30, 2021, 11:58:12 AM »

Edit: The rest of my story...
The other brewery in town was closed, Racine Brewing. A handwritten sign said they were closed through the end of the month citing "production issues". The exception was that they were open the night before to show The Greatest Race, for some reason. Seemed odd. Anyway, we had a better time in Burlington at Low Daily (great cucumber lime Gose) and The Runaway (Grätzer and Schwarzbier). On the way out of town we passed by a brewery (1 of Us Brewing) that just soft opened their patio last month while they built out the taproom.

Welp, so long Racine Brewing, hardly knew ye. They were only open 3.5 years. :(
https://journaltimes.com/news/local/racine-brewing-company-to-close-permanently-sept-30/article_993a259a-3426-58cc-bad3-d660fa7df6c6.html

RACINE — The Racine Brewing Co., 303 Main St., announced Wednesday it will be permanently closing shop on Sept. 30.

The owners said their decision came as the result of the long-term “catastrophic” effects COVID-19 has had on the business, and countless other local businesses nationwide.

“We’ve loved observing how RBC took on a life of its own, transforming into a place that people loved not just to enjoy a great beer, but to meet friends, bring their families and hold events,” owners Angie and Andy Molina said in a statement shared on Facebook Wednesday afternoon. “We love that people feel like they are at home here.”

Some estimate that as many as one-third of American small businesses have closed permanently or will close as a direct result of the pandemic; an April study published by the Federal Reserve found that 200,000 more American businesses closed than expected by pre-pandemic estimates predicted.

The 2020 Annual Production Report from the Brewers Association, a nonprofit trade organization for small/independent brewers, found that “The number of operating craft breweries continued to climb in 2020, reaching an all-time high of 8,764, including 1,854 microbreweries, 3,219 brewpubs, 3,471 taproom breweries and 220 regional craft breweries. Throughout the year, there were 716 new brewery openings and 346 closings. While openings decreased approximately 30% compared to 2019, only half of this drop is attributed to COVID.”

A first
The RBC became the first active local brewery in the City of Racine in recent history when it opened in March 2018. It maintained that status until Littleport Brewing Co. joined the scene in April of this year.

This news comes after Racine Brewing Co. opened its own outdoor beer garden at Ten Club Park in Waterford. The final scheduled days for the beer garden are Friday, Aug. 27, and Saturday, Aug. 28.

“Again, like other small businesses, we adapted and changed as much as we were able to bring our product to you,” the Molinas said. “Despite this, as well as expanding to our outdoor beer garden in Waterford, it just isn’t enough to be sustainable and realistic for our family.”

For the month of September, RBC taproom hours will be 4-9 p.m. on Thursdays, 4-10 p.m. on Fridays and noon-10 p.m. on Saturdays.

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #62 on: September 02, 2021, 12:52:49 PM »
Saw another newer brewery from that area "R’Noggin Brewing" at a brewfest last weekend. They had a colorfully named IPA called Cosmic Donkey Spunk.
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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #63 on: September 02, 2021, 01:58:15 PM »
Saw another newer brewery from that area "R’Noggin Brewing" at a brewfest last weekend. They had a colorfully named IPA called Cosmic Donkey Spunk.
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First time I went there they had 4-5 red ales and "red IPA's". Dunno what that was about, but they seem to have since discovered hazies.

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #64 on: September 02, 2021, 02:13:05 PM »
Saw another newer brewery from that area "R’Noggin Brewing" at a brewfest last weekend. They had a colorfully named IPA called Cosmic Donkey Spunk.
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First time I went there they had 4-5 red ales and "red IPA's". Dunno what that was about, but they seem to have since discovered hazies.

Got a discount on a bulk order of food coloring?

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Re: Newish Milwaukee breweries
« Reply #65 on: September 02, 2021, 02:16:59 PM »
Saw another newer brewery from that area "R’Noggin Brewing" at a brewfest last weekend. They had a colorfully named IPA called Cosmic Donkey Spunk.
:blink:

First time I went there they had 4-5 red ales and "red IPA's". Dunno what that was about, but they seem to have since discovered hazies.

Got a discount on a bulk order of food coloring?

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