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Old 10-03-2011, 04:41 PM   #1
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Default Visiting Wisconsin - What beers to try?

I'm here in southwestern WI(Dodgeville) for a bit over a week and looking for ideas on what beers to try while here. Coming from PA, the selection and make your own 6pack deals are $&#@* incredible! Things I've purchased so far:

Grumpy Troll Brewery - tried the sampler tray
New Glarus - working through as much of their lineup as I can. Are the 750ml Belgian red and raspberry tart worth shelling the $$ to try? Is it worth going to the brewery for the self guided tour?
tommyknocker - butt head bock
yellowtone valley - black widow oatmeal stout
avery - out of bounds stout
st. croix - maple ale
estes park - porter
estes park - longs peak raspberry wheat
scuttlebutt - hoptopia iipa
scuttlebutt - tripel 7 belgian ale
sand creek - cranberry special ale
tommyknocker - imperial nut brown ale
sand creek - oscar's chocolate oatmeal stout
scuttlebutt brewing company - gale force IPA
mendocino - blue heron pale ale

The biggest thing I haven't been able to find yet is a pumpkin ale, something I've never tasted.

Gorst Valley Hops is nearby, but IDK if there's much point going out if I'm not going to buy anything.

Is there anything major that I'm overlooking?


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Old 10-03-2011, 04:46 PM   #2
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Sprecher has some decent offerings (they also have some terrible beer), but if you are into schwarzbiers, Black Bavarian is one of the best. Tyranena also has some solid offerings.


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Old 10-03-2011, 04:47 PM   #3
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Did you drive or fly? If you drove make sure you stop in Munster IN on your way back.. 3Floyds Brewpub is where its at...

I like Tommy Knocker Pick Axe...

If Leinenkuegle (sp) is near might be a good stop. They make a large amount of beer most are only available at their Leine Lodges... In Chippewa Falls and is close to SW Wisconsin
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Old 10-03-2011, 04:49 PM   #4
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Going to see the brewery at NG is well worth it. The Raspberry tart is interesting, but sweet for my tastes. My girlfriend absolutely loves it though and I drink it occasionally. Also, big +1 to 3Floyds.

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Old 10-03-2011, 04:59 PM   #5
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New Glarus Staghorn
Yes to the Belgian Red
Central Waters Stout
Ale Asylum has some good beer. Hopalicious and the Ambergeddon are decent. Their Satisfaction Jackson double IPA is out now, but I have not tried it yet.
Stay away from Leinenkugels.

Gorst Valley Hops sells their hops to homebrewers at Brew and Grow in Madison.

If you make it into Madison, the Great Dane has decent beer. But don't make a trip to Madison just for this.
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Old 10-03-2011, 05:07 PM   #6
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I also agree with jcdouglas on Great Dane. In that I love the place but it's not worth its own trip. Although if you do come up though there are a few good bars/brewpubs.
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@jcdouglas- Im curious as to why to stay away from Leine? I don't like alot of their "distributed" beers but when I visited their Leine Lodge they had quite a few unique beers on tap that were good and the food was great. I see you live in Wis so maybe you can give me some info I don't know about. The Leine Lodge I went to was about 5-6 years ago in Merriville Indiana.

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I flew out, so anything I might want to take back needs to go in my carry-on bag. That rules out hops and glassware, though I could leave things here at my sister's and eventually have them driven to PA.

Never had a schwarzbier, that's something I'll have to look out for especially.
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I do not enjoy Leine's year round and seasonal beers. They may have good limited release beers, but I have not tried them, nor have I seen them in stores. I've noticed their quality has decreased in the last 10 years, while their prices are on par with other microbrews in the area. This is just my opinion, I have friends who like BMC who also like to drink Leine's.

Maybe they have a limited release beer that's tasty?
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I have friends who like BMC who also like to drink Leine's.
I'm assuming that was meant to be a insult to Leine? I have friends who like BMC but also like to drink 3Floyds...does that mean 3Floyds and Leine are equals?

Regardless...If I had a chance to visit the brewery (ever been there?) I would. Especially if I was in close proximity to it. Good luck and Cheers!


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