*This is the twenty-fifth post in an on-going chronicle dubbed the Great Wisconsin Brewery Tour. Follow the journey here.*
735 E Center St
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Visit date: 09/19/15
1) How many different beers?
8 on tap, 12 total made
2) How long operational?
3) Why? (here, this, etc)
Existing brewing equipment allowed for easy transition.
Growlers to go, on tap at a few local restaurants.
5) What sets you apart?
Every beer is high quality. The owner/brewmaster has a “great sense of taste.”
6) How did you get your name?
Is in reference to “having people over for company.”
Once the home of a different brewery and music venue, Company Brewing took over this historic Riverwest corner building and completely redid the space. What before was a rough, worn warehouse that happened to house a bar is now a comfortable and inviting restaurant. The welcoming feeling is obviously what Company is aiming for, as their name was chosen to signify their desire to invite strangers and friends over for a bite and a beer.
The interior flows almost like somebody’s home might: there’s a curvy bar; high-top, desk-like seating; a lounge-y seating area; and an open kitchen concept with its own breakfast-style bar seating. Each portion of the space has its own textures and colors and decorations, giving every seat a new feeling.
We posted up at the traditional bar, above which hung two TVs with sports that were turned off as the night stretched and conversations deepened. While Company does not offer traditional flights, they do feature “Cuppers” which are 8oz pours for between $2-$3 each. We ordered 5 of the 8 of their own they had that night.
Bounce House Session Wheater
Light wheat beer with a tasty hook.
Very unique, tart caramel taste.
Classic, like something you’d drink with your grandpa in his basement.
Poor Farm Pils
Crisp Pilsner, needs to be served ice cold.
An interesting floral note to start with a fruity and dry finish.
Company Brewing’s beer is true to style, which fits well with the communal feel – I’m sure it pairs well with any of the delicious-smelling dishes we saw come out. In a neighborhood with a true sense of identity like Riverwest, Company Brewing is bound to succeed with their social focus.