*This is the seventeenth post in an on-going chronicle dubbed the Great Wisconsin Brewery Tour. Follow the journey here.*

841 Brewhouse. All photos by Joe Powell.

841 Brewhouse. All photos by Joe Powell.

841 Brewhouse
841 E Milwaukee Street
Whitewater, WI 53190
(262) 473-8000
Visit date: 07/31/15

Quick Hits:
1) How many different beers?
5 total, all on tap

2) How long operational?
New owner turned Randy’s Fun Hunters into the current 841 in February 2015.

3) Why? (here, this, etc)
Owner comes from a restaurateur family, and kept the existing brewing equipment going.

4) Distribution?
Only served on-site

5) What sets you apart?
Customer service and their house beers are big local draws.

6) How did you get your name?
841 is the address of the building.

The sports-pub area, with dining room in far back behind the bar.

The sports-pub area, with dining room in far back behind the bar.

841 Brewhouse, though new in name and ownership, has been a local Whitewater gathering place for some time (then known as Randy’s Fun Hunter’s, a decidedly-creepier name). Earlier this year an enterprising new owner took over and revamped the experience, but decided to keep brewing. Arriving around dinner time, you’d be forgiven if you didn’t know that this sports bar and restaurant also brews beer. The place is spacious, with a large bar and games-of-chance area, outdoor patio, banquet hall, and formal seating. In a corner of the bar sits the brewing area, enclosed by glass.

The brewing equipment is sort of hidden in a back area, though visible behind glass. Didn't seem to be a focal point.

The brewing equipment is somewhat hidden in a back area, though visible behind glass.

Though they may not draw attention to the brewing kettles, 841 keeps their brews front and center behind the bar.

Their five brews on the board and on tap.

Their five brews on the board and on tap.

As we sat down for dinner, we ordered a flight of their five house brews (naturally). All five beers were notably “drinkable” and smooth.

Oatmeal Stout
Fantastic; perfect balance of Stout taste and drink-ability.

Warhawk Wheat
Very light, lacked the banana and clove I expected.

Named after the local UW-Whitewater 6x DIII National Title holders, naturally.

Named after the local UW-Whitewater 6x DIII National Title holders, naturally.

841 Amber
Any-day, all-day Amber. I really could knock back a few of these in a row.

Carnival Rye
An intriguing brew, with just a hint of rye in an otherwise Kolsch-type beer.

841 IPA
Medium hops-taste, but lingering hops-bite.

Starting left to right. Gotta respect the samplers that come with fruit still.

Starting left to right. I always respect a sampler that comes garnished with fruit.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t note that the food was delicious and the restaurant was appropriately packed for a Friday night; but I was happy to see (and taste) that they’re obviously still putting the effort into their beers, all five of which were tasty and well-brewed. 841 Brewhouse: Come for the Beer, Stay for the Food (and more beer).

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