Wisconsin Journals

The Wisconsin Series - Beer, Cheese & Brats

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An October 2012 trip to Wisconsin by MilwVon

Widmers Cheese Cellars Photo, Theresa, Wisconsin More Photos
Quote: There is nothing that says "Wisconsin" like beer, cheese and brats! OK, maybe the Green Bay Packers so I'll throw in an article on them too! This journal is largely a compilation of tours and places to buy beer, cheese and bratwurst around the state.

Lakefront Brewery

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Attraction | "Brewery Tour That is Educational AND Fun!"

Lakefront Brewery Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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I've heard a lot about Milwaukee's Lakefront Brewery, from locals as well as others who have visited our city. I was glad that I finally made the time to take the tour to see what all the buzz was about. I had high expectations given that to get in on many/most Saturdays, you need to make advanced online reservations. A couple of weeks ago, I was looking on a Tuesday for that coming Saturday and they were sold out for many of the most desirable time slots. Now that I've taken the tour . . . I know why!Lakefront Brewery is a family owned business, founded in 1987 by brothers Jim & Russ Klisch. Their grandfather had worked for Schlitz Brewery, often bringing home beer to his son (th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2012

Lakefront Brewery
1872 North Commerce Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212
(414) 372-8800

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Attraction | "Great "Leg Stretch" Stop Along the Way"

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company Photo, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
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The drive from Milwaukee to Rice Lake is about five hours, with Chippewa Falls being about an hour from my final destination. Taking the 20 minute detour from Hwy 53N brought me to the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company. It worked out well, that I arrived there at about 3:45pm just in time for a 4:00pm tour.Leinenkugel's "Leinie Lodge" is just outside of the downtown area and adjacent to their 140+ year old brewery. The lodge serves as not only a large gift shop selling just about everything imaginable with the locally famous Leinie's logo, but also as the starting point for their hour long walking tour and ending point at the sampling bar.It was a drizzly cool afternoon, but...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 21, 2010

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
124 E Elm St.
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 54729
(888) 534-6437

MillerCoors/Miller Brewery Tour

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Attraction | "Great Beer Heritage in a City Known for Beer"

MillerCoors/Miller Brewery Tour Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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The very first tourist attraction I visited when I came to Milwaukee nearly 20 years ago was the Miller Brewing Company's tour of their historic facility. I remember thinking how impressive and rich Milwaukee's history was. Today, as a proud resident, I remain impressed in all that surrounds us here in this city.With some free time after an appointment, I thought I would stop by the MillerCoors facility which has changed quite a bit over the past several years. First, their name . . . Miller Brewing Company and Coors merged in 2008 to form this international conglomerate. Well technically, Miller Brewing Company had been purchased by South African Breweries in 2002 and THEY merged with...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2012

MillerCoors/Miller Brewery Tour
4251 West State Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
(414) 931-2337

New Glarus Brewery

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Attraction | "Nice Small Local Brewery"

New Glarus Brewery Photo, New Glarus, Wisconsin
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As a resident of Wisconsin, I've heard of their Spotted Cow ale, which is very popular throughout the state. Since I was going to be in the general area, I thought carving out some time to visit their brewery would be well worth the time and effort. I was not disappointed.They are open to the general public for free self guided, walking tours daily 10:00am to 4:00pm, which are also the hours for their on-site gift shop and sampling lounge. It was nice to arrive and take a leisurely stroll through their production facility, which I believe is relatively new having moved from downtown to an outlying area to the south on Hwy 69. The view from their new location atop the rolling hills is l...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2012

New Glarus Brewery
2400 State Hwy 69
New Glarus 53574
(608) 527-5850

Sprecher Brewing Company Inc.

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Attraction | "Milwaukee's First Microbrewery"

Sprecher Brewing Company Inc. Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Randy Sprecher brought his love for German beers home to Milwaukee and in 1985 started Sprecher Brewing Company. To be honest, they are better known in these parts for their nationally acclaimed root beer but they also have a great line up of adult beverages and other sodas.The brewery is a small and very unassuming building located in the middle of a middle class neighborhood on the north side of the city in the Village of Glendale. The brick building is gorgeous, with parking on either side as well as street parking. You enter through their large gift shop area where you can buy tee-shirts, hoodies, caps and other apparel as well as beverages by the singles, 4 pack or case (24 bottles...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 4, 2010

Sprecher Brewing Company Inc.
701 W Glendale Ave.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53209
(414) 964-7837

National Historic Cheesemaking Center

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Attraction | "A Wonderful Museum of Cheesemaking Artifacts"

National Historic Cheesemaking Center Photo, Monroe, Wisconsin
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I was happy that I was able to make it to Monroe this month before the National Historic Cheesemaking Center closes for the winter. With tourism dropping off November through March, the Monroe Welcome Depot Center and this historical museum go on hiatus until spring thaw. When in season, they are open Monday through Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm and Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm.The historic train depot was built in 1888 and moved to this new location in 1993 thanks to the commitment and financial support from members of the community. While a majority of the building houses the National Historic Cheesemaking Center, It is so home of the Green County Visitor Center and the Milk House Gift Shop....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2012

National Historic Cheesemaking Center
2108 6th Avenue
Monroe, Wisconsin
(608) 325-4636

Widmer's Cheese Cellars

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Attraction | "Third Generation Cheese Factory"

Widmer's Cheese Cellars Photo, Theresa, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin is not only the largest cheese producing state in the United States, it is where two varieties were invented back in the 1870's . . . Wisconsin Brick and Colby. Since 1922, Widmer's Cheese Cellars has been producing award winning, handcrafted cheese, including brick, cheddar and colby. John Widmer emigrated from Switzerland to America in 1905. After serving as a cheesemaker's apprentice for several years, he settled in Theresa, Wisconsin in 1922 and founded Widmer's Cheese Cellars. Today Joe Widmer is the owner and master cheesemaker at the same location found by his grandfather.From the street Widmer's looks like any neighborhood house with an adjoining tavern or corner mark...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2012

Widmer's Cheese Cellars
214 W. Henni Street
Theresa, Wisconsin
920-488-2503

Klement's Sausage Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Brats is the short for "bratwurst" . . . the German sausage that literally translates from "brat" that means "finely chopped meat" and "wurst" which is sausage. Brats is what locally everyone in Wisconsin calls this grilled mainstay at picnics and tailgate parties throughout the state. You will find them in every pub or corner bar in every town, as well as many diners and family restaurants.Wisconsin has the largest number of people who can trace their heritage back to Germany and their immigration to America back in the mid 1800's. It is little wonder that it was here that bratwurst factories flourished as they fine-tuned recipes over the past two centuries.Sheboygan is cre...Read More

Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame

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Attraction | "Wonderful Historical Overview of the Packers' Legacy"

Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Photo, Green Bay, Wisconsin
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My friend Alice got tickets for us to attend the Green Bay Packers' home game against the Denver Broncos this month. I was very excited to be going to the game with her . . . and almost as excited to finally get to go see the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, located inside the Atrium of Lambeau Field. I had bought the tickets back in March when my soccer organization held some meetings there, but never found the time to actually go see the Hall of Fame. This was the perfect opportunity to do so.We arrived at the field as the parking lots opened at 11:15a (it was a 3:15p game time). We parked and opted for lunch first at Curly's Pub. Afterwards we returned to the first floor to take in t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 22, 2011

Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
Lambeau Field
Green Bay, Wisconsin
920-965-6984