We are born & bred Wisconsinites, and the love of beer runs through our veins. Not only do we love to drink this sweet nectar of the gods, but we also love to visit breweries and learn more about craft beer while we are traveling. Of course, living in Wisconsin, we are spoilt for choice – our hometown of Madison has over 10 breweries (and counting)! But we also make time to seek out fabulous craft breweries and beer bars in Europe. Below is a list of breweries we have visited on our travels.
Nestled in the charming Northeast neighborhood of Minneapolis is the tiny and vibrant Dangerous Man Brewing Company.
Despite the name and the ferociously bearded logo, Dangerous Man is first and foremost a neighborhood tap house that aims to bring fresh, delicious beer to its patrons while fostering a sense of community that harkens back to the neighborhood pubs of yore.… Continue Reading →
Minnesota is known for its variable weather. The summers are hotter, the winters are colder; spring erupts in a fury of green, while fall flames out in a spectacular display. The west wind from the plains whips across the state and tangles with cold air direct from Canada.… Continue Reading →
Did you know that Pre-Prohibition New York once accounted for 10% of the beer production in the country? From its earliest days, New York’s Dutch and German immigrants brewed beer in the city and it took the passage of the 18th amendment to disrupt this long standing tradition. … Continue Reading →
Something big is happening in Paris. After years of simply sipping Kronenbourg in their shandies, Parisians are rediscovering craft beer. A hundred years ago, every neighborhood had their own local brasserie. (Brasserie means brewery, after all.) But just like in the states, the big players crowded out the little guy, and one by one, the local beers died and macro beers reigned supreme.… Continue Reading →
Emily from Invisible Glamour shares her brewery experience from the top of the world
As we made a broad loop around the island of Tromsø, Norway I looked eagerly out the airplane window and realized for the first time in my life I was north of the Arctic Circle. I wanted, more than anything, to remember that view forever – even if, from above, our approach to Tromsø was oddly similar to a late night landing in Des Moines.… Continue Reading →
I still remember my first sip of Fat Tire. I was at work, (relax I worked at a
liquor store wine market) and the beer buyer who was in charge of my beerducation had me try it. A burst of sunlight broke through the clouds, an angelic choir sang, yadda yadda, it was magical.… Continue Reading →
While Odell may not have the nationwide name recognition of Fort Collins’ behemoth craft brewery, New Belgium, it is certainly no slouch when it comes to making beer. Founded in 1989 by Doug & Wynne Odell and his sister Corkie, Odell brewery is world-renowned for the depth and breadth of its range of beers.… Continue Reading →
One Barrel Brewery is located in the heart of Madison’s east side at the intersection of Atwood & Winnebago streets. It’s a perfect fit for the neighborhood, which is the epicenter of all things local and handcrafted in Madison.
One Barrel brews each of their beers one barrel at a time.… Continue Reading →
Just like bigfoot, Great Divide beer is rare and elusive in Wisconsin (the nearest place to get is…Illinois-gasp!). That means, whenever we’re in Denver, we head directly to the brewery to bag a flight of their exceptional beer. Their flagship brew is the Yeti Imperial Stout, which we think is quite possibly the most perfect example of this style of beer.… Continue Reading →
Every summer, our dear friend (and L&A contributer!) Al invites us to stay at his family’s camp in Michigan’s upper peninsula. It’s a truly magical place, but frankly so much swimming, sauna-ing and relaxing can make you really thirsty for beer. Luckily the U.P.’s craft beer scene has been growing steadily.… Continue Reading →
And by “it” we mean amazing beer. Take a peek…
Delicious looking amirite? Well, it tastes even better. We tried all of their available beers, and their offerings were uniformly excellent. It was hard to play favorites, but Ryan loved their SamuRyePA. It’s spicy yet maltaliciously sweet and superbly balanced.… Continue Reading →
So you thought there was nothing that would interest you in Amsterdam’s Red Light District? Think again. Yes, the oldest part of the city is famously home to the oldest profession, but it is also home to De Prael Brewery. Located in a former auction house and wheelwright shop on the Prinsengracht Canal, De Prael turns out craft beer that is available throughout Amsterdam and the Netherlands and also in their tasting room.… Continue Reading →
Looking for a great beer in Amsterdam? Then look underneath the windmill. Brouwerij t’Ij is located east of the canal ring and Centraal station near the docks. The brewery was originally located on the Ij River, but in 1985 it moved to a former public bathhouse adjacent to a giant wooden windmill.… Continue Reading →
For the craft beer lover, a visit to Portland means tasting plenty of delicious, locally brewed beer. Full Sail, Rogue, Widmer Brothers, Bridgeport and Deschutes all call Oregon home. While you may be tempted to say that you do not have enough time to try all of Oregon’s best brews, we say you have not budgeted your time properly.… Continue Reading →
Rogue Ales is renowned for their delicious craft beer, but did you know they own and operate several “meeting halls” in Oregon, one in Eugene, Washington and one in San Francisco? Should you find yourself near one, stop in for a pint.… Continue Reading →
We are born & bred Wisconsinites, and the love of beer runs through our veins. Not only do we love to drink this sweet nectar of the gods, but we also love to visit breweries and learn more about craft beer while we are traveling. Of course, living in Wisconsin, we are spoilt for choice – our hometown of Madison has over 10 breweries (and counting)!… Continue Reading →
Our friend Luke works at a brewery in Portland. And not just any brewery either, but a brewery that is an awesome meld of beer and food and sustainability wrapped up in a bicycle-friendly wrapper. I know this sounds like it could describe most of Portland, but we are talking about Hopworks Urban Brewery.… Continue Reading →
When the Temperance Movement convinced enough people in enough states that prohibiting alcohol would be a good idea, America got the 18th Amendment. With its passage, breweries, wineries, distilleries, saloons, pubs, bars, lounges, clubs and taverns shuttered their doors and turned their employees into the unemployed.… Continue Reading →
The Tyranena Brewing Company can be found a mile from the Lake Mills exit along Wisconsin’s busiest highway: the stretch of Interstate 94 between Madison and Milwaukee. On the other side of this city of 5000 is the the Glacial Drumlin State Trail, a recreational “rail to trail” that is popular among cyclists.… Continue Reading →
On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted ending the Temperance Movement’s 14-year reign of terror. Following the passage of the 18th Amendment banning alcohol in 1919, the movement predicted that ridding society of alcohol would rid society of the ill effects caused by alcohol.… Continue Reading →
The Lower Downtown neighborhood is the original birthplace of the city of Denver and home to the magnificent Union Station (built 1914). It was once filled with bustling warehouses storing goods to fuel the expansion westward, but by the 1960s, it had fallen on hard times.… Continue Reading →
You know how much we love to drink beer here at L&A headquarters, but once in a while we like to mix it up – so after a great dinner at the Avenue Bar, we headed over to the Old Sugar Distillery to try some spirits created right here in Madison.… Continue Reading →
We went to a party and a brewery tour broke out. Well, not exactly, but that is what it felt like. The Milwaukee Brewing Company is located south of downtown in Walker’s Point. The brewery started as the Milwaukee Ale House brewpub, but demand grew so much, they had to move the brewing to a dedicated facility.… Continue Reading →
We talk a lot about beer and breweries here at L&A. It could be our German ancestry or Wisconsin residency, but it is probably because beer tastes good. Heineken is no exception. Now, I know there are some haters out there who call Heineken (and any other green bottle brew) skunky, but hear me out.… Continue Reading →
An American brewer falls in love with a Norwegian woman, and the result is Ægir Brewery – one of most beautiful bars in one of the most beautiful towns on earth. However, the brewery is more than a just pretty face in a pretty place: the beer here is damn good.… Continue Reading →
Capital Brewery is famous for it’s German style beers, and rocking beer garden. Located just outside Madison, it was founded in 1986, at the beginning of America’s craft brewery movement. Twenty-five years on it’s still at the forefront, winning award after award and brewing quality beer right in our backyard
The tour begins with a little bit of history, but then becomes really hands on, you’re encouraged and allowed to touch, prod, poke and peer into the equipment – you can even stick your head inside the beautiful copper kettles – a no-no at most other breweries.… Continue Reading →
Milwaukee’s beers are better than ever, thanks to Milwaukee Brewing Company, Sprecher Brewery and Lakefront Brewery. When we visited Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, we had a little company – Kindra’s parents, her brother and his girlfriend came along with us.… Continue Reading →
This isn’t the first time we’ve biked to a brewery, as a matter of fact biking and visiting breweries are two of our favorite things – so on our second trip to Texel, we made it a priority to bike to Oudeschilde and visit the Texel Brewery.… Continue Reading →
Milwaukee’s legacy as the beer capital of the world may be tarnished with the Closing of Pabst, Blatz and Schlitz and the sale of Miller to an international concern, but small breweries like Milwaukee Brewing Company, Lakefront Brewery and Sprecher Brewery are working hard to bring beer back to Milwaukee.… Continue Reading →
Central Waters Brewing Company is just off of US 10 in the small town of Amherst, WI. They are known for their quality beer and to commitment to sustainability (They’re Wisconsin’s first green powered brewery).
We arrived at 4pm on a Friday afternoon and the tap room was packed.… Continue Reading →
Before embarking on a six hour journey from the top of Wisconsin to the bottom, we stopped at South Shore Brewery in Ashland to meet up with old friends and have a pint. The brewery is located in an old building in downtown, just one blog from Lake Superior’s south shore.… Continue Reading →
Here at L&A headquarters, we drink a lot of beer, and since we live in Wisconsin, we drink a lot of excellent craft beers. Point Special Lager is a favorite, since it’s a quality brew at a value price.* We also like their craft beers, especially their 2012 Black Ale and Cascade Pale Ale.