*This is the eighteenth post in an on-going chronicle dubbed the Great Wisconsin Brewery Tour. Follow the journey here.*
Second Salem Brewing Company
111 W Whitewater St
Whitewater, WI 53190
Visit date: 07/31/15
1) How many different beers?
7 standards and 4 seasonals
2) How long operational?
Opened brewery and pub December 2014
3) Why? (here, this, etc)
The space was a different pub. The owner was spit-balling with friends on a business venture and decided to start a brewery too.
1-barrel system, currently available in-house; working on getting labels approved by government for bottling.
5) What sets you apart?
“Every beer has a story behind it.”
Whitewater is a quaint town, with small storefronts and bars on the main street and beautiful creek and lake views. The city also is home to UW-Whitewater, a state school nationally known for its D3 football program. It’s quiet, charming, and friendly: the perfect place for witches and devil worship. Second Salem Brewing Company serves up beer with a side of paranormal history.
This brewpub overlooking Cravath Lake is full of spooky artwork, comfortable bar and lounge areas, and an outdoor patio. The front features a full bar with a pub feel: they have pool and TVs, and proudly display large poster-versions of each beer’s label artwork.
The back is a larger event space and bar leading to a gorgeous outdoor patio, which is where we took our beers.
For $12 we got a taste of each of the 6 haunted house brews they had that night. Each of the beers are linked below to a description of their namesakes!
Old Main Golden Ale
Slightly malty, slightly spOoOoky light ale.
The Reaper Pale Wheat Ale
Very clove-forward, great with the lemon in your nose to keep the smell of fast-approaching death away.
The Beast of Bray Road Amber Ale
Malt-forward with hop aftertaste. Perfect during a full moon.
Second Salem Porter
Light body, heavy taste.
Wildman of LaGrange Hefeweizen
Hard to pin down, just like the wildling namesake; definite malty mouthfeel and definitely good.
Second Salem Brewing Company is a comfortable respite from the hustle and bustle of the big city. It provides an interesting, and sometimes unsettling, trip down a dark local history. It was only suiting that we watched the blue moon rise over the lake while drinking Second Salem’s spooky suds.