Long before Wisconsin became known as “America’s Dairyland,” our state could have been called “America’s Beer Keg.” During the 19th century, nearly every town in Wisconsin had a brewery. That’s why this national museum has so many exhibits that focus on Wisconsin brands. Today, the big brewers have consolidated but the micro breweries with their craft beers are making a comeback – much to the relief of those of us who believe that life is too short to drink bad beer!
|Bloomer is in northwest Wisconsin - not too far from where I grew up.|
|Due to its large number of German immigrants, Milwaukee had many breweries.|
|Hillsboro has a large Czech community. My mother's ancestors|
came from Czechoslovakia but I mostly remember my grandfather
drinking a glass of wine rather than beer on the holidays.
|I remember Kingsbury as a brand my dad drank.|
|Lithia signs can also be seen at Milwaukee's Lakefront Brewery.|
|This brewery in Theresa (with the 'th' pronounced like the 'th' in 'with' and the|
rest rhymes with 'dress-a') probably used water from the Rock River
in its beer recipe.
If you like a beer with great hops flavor, I recommend Potosi Brewery’s Snake Hollow IPA. It’s a sturdy ale with character and carries the original name of the Potosi Hollow.
And, if you go to check out the Museum and Restaurant, be sure to observe the speed limit in this town that has one street about three miles long. Rick got a ticket on the north edge of town!