By Tim Rodgers
We are now beginning to see why Brett Favre was run out of Green Bay for the budding superstud-upstart, Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers of no immediate relation (except in awesomeness) won’t ask a young physical therapist intern for a happy ending like his predecessor might, but he may finally give the folks of the Green Bay/Milwaukee area a very happy ending to the 2010-2011 NFL season! Milwaukee Wisconsin has a long tradition of brewing beers and named an entire Major League Baseball franchise after the trade. In the “upper peninsula” the winters tend to be longer and colder than many of us are used to. Therefore, a couple more beers and perhaps an extra bratwurst or two may be necessary in order to get over that cabin fever. Let’s put Miller and Milwaukee’s Beast aside and looks at some other great breweries this cheese face state has to offer.
Brewery Type: Micro with an annual capacity of 3000 barrels.
Brewmaster: Dirk Konings
Beer Line Barley Wine
Regional Champion, 2004-2005 U.S. Beer Tasting Championship
Big Easy Lager, a German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock
Bronze Medal, 2004 World Beer Cup
Bock Beer, a Traditional German Style Bock
Second Place, 1994 Chicago Beer
Leinenkugel’s OriginalPale lager
Leinenkugel’s LightLight beer
Leinenkugel’s Honey WeissPale lager
Leinenkugel’s Red LagerVienna lager
Leinenkugel’s Creamy DarkDark Lager or Dunkel
Leinenkugel’s Berry WeissFruit beer
Leinenkugel’s Sunset WheatWheat beer
Leinenkugel’s Classic AmberLager
Sprecher Brewing Co
What’s interesting about these guys is that they are probably more famous for their home grown ginger ale made with real ginger root than the beer. Whether you need some craft beer or some cream soda, they’ve got beverages for the whole family.
Over the years, the Capital Brewery has gained national and worldwide attention by having won several platinum, gold, silver, and bronze awards at many beer competitions. Some of these contests have been the Great American Beer Festival, Chicago Beer Society Tastings, and the Great Taste of the Midwest. The most prominent award was at the Beverage Testing Institute’s World Beer Championships. It was here that the Blonde Doppelbock was awarded platinum not once, but three times in the past 8 years and, in 1998, the brewery was rated #1 in the U.S. and #7 in the world.
New Glarus Brewing Company
New Glarus, WI
The New Glarus Brewing Company produces six beers that are available year round and a few seasonals’ to complement the holidays and a selection of surprises to keep it interesting. New Glarus is also critically acclaimed by Whiskey Goldmine’s P. Smith.