This year’s Great Brew Tour is looking awesome. We’ll be in Wisconsin from Tuesday, July 30th until Friday, August 2nd. Here are the stops we’ll be making. If we are in your area or you spot us on the road, find us, flag us down and have a cold one with us!
Tuesday- We’ll be in LaCrosse. In the morning, we are meeting with the legendary brewmaster, Randy Hughes. We’ll get to see one of the largest
breweries in Wisconsin in operation. In the afternoon, we’ll be meeting with Joe Katchever and his staff over at Pearl Street Brewery. We haven’t met Joe before, but we have seen his awesome brewery and tasted the fantastic brews they are making over there. In the evening, we’ll be stumbling around downtown and visiting some of our favorite bars.
Wednesday- In the morning we’ll pack up the Brewtourmobile, head over to Fayze’s for a kick-ass breakfast of Bloodys, BFRs and gravy, and begin our drive east. Our 1st brewery stop of the day will be at Lake Louie in Arena. We’re excited to see what Tom Porter has been up to since we saw him last summer. He makes some of the best beers I’ve ever had in his backwoods brewery. Next we’re off to the Madison area where we’ll be visiting House of Brews, Wisconsin Brewing Company, and Capital Brewery. Madison is one of our favorite places to visit. Where are so many great people and great breweries to visit, we can’t even fit them all in. We could conceivably do our entire tour week just in Madison if there weren’t so many other great places in Wisconsin to visit. After our brewery stops, we’ll be heading down to State Street for more fun and merriment.
Thursday- On Thursday, we head north. We’ll start the day at the historic Stevens Point Brewery. They have an awesome tour. This is the only stop on our tours that we have never missed in 13 years of touring. We love the fantastic tour, fantastic people, and fantastic beer that are always waiting for us when we arrive in Stevens Point. From there, we’ll be going to Amherst and visiting the Central Waters Brewing Company. We haven’t visited there in 10 years. The last time we visited Central Waters they were a tiny startup in and old building in Junction City. The beer is still great, they just make more of it now. We are super pumped to have the opportunity to visit there this year. Our final brewery stop of the day will be to O’so Brewing in Plover. In the past couple years we have fallen in love with this place. The owners, Marc and Katina, are always gracious hosts and make us feel like hometown boys. Their beer is fantastic and their taproom is epic! After our brewery stops we’ll be hitting the town in Stevens Point. We’ll be visiting some of our favorite stops like The Elbow Room Bar and Donna’s Showboat.
Friday- On Friday, we’ll begin the long trip back to Minnesota. We usually don’t have any stops on our final day of Brew Tour, but this year we are lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit Dave’s Brewfarm. None of us have ever been there, but we are all really excited to have the chance to meed Dave and see the unique place he has created.
From my estimation, this years Great Brew Tour has the potential to be one of the best. The week is always a very fluid thing with lots of surprises, but the stops we have planned look truly awesome!
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Hope to some of you in our travels in Wisconsin.