*This is the thirty-fifth post in an on-going chronicle dubbed the Great Wisconsin Brewery Tour. Follow the journey here.*
1) How many different beers?
8 on tap all year, plus 1 “special brew”
2) How long operational?
Restaurant since 1999, Brewing Company since 2010.
3) Why? (here, this, etc)
Brewing is in owner’s German heritage, restaurateur family.
On tap throughout Fox Cities, bottling currently going through re-branding.
5) What sets you apart?
Restaurant/brewpub/nightclub. Traditional German recipes.
6) How did you get your name?
Owner moved to US from Bavaria, Germany.
We started on this Great Wisconsin Brewery Tour journey with the hopes of finding good beer in unique venues throughout Wisconsin, yet even with that mentality we’re still finding ourselves surprised by what we encounter. Old Bavarian Brewing Company is featured at their “Brew Pub”, OB’s Brau Haus. Prominently located on the main drag in downtown Appleton, OB’s is much more than simply a brewpub. As owner Frank Schadt explained to us, OB’s starts the day as a traditional German restaurant and bar but transitions to a popular local nightclub after dark.
While we did not partake in either the German fare or stay for clubbing, we gladly sampled all 9 of their brews ($11).
Slightly-sour, floral head.
Light, dry; would be good with fried food.
Like a grainy-red.
Very easy to drink; classic lager.
Smooth, amber-y, traditional.
Slight nose, well-balanced hop/malt.
Strong roasted and dark fruit notes.
Sweet, caramel, solid.
4-Year Barley Wine
Strong, warming; perfect for fireside cuddling.
The most apt description for every one of the beers we tried is “traditional.” Frank tells us that’s intentional: all beer recipes come straight from Germany and abide strictly by the Reinheitsgebot purity law. They’ve had the same German brewmaster since the beginning, who does his own work with the brewing equipment from nearby Fox River Brewing Company. In addition to their own Braus Haus, Old Bavarian beer is on tap at 20-some local establishments and in a limited supply of bottled bombers.
While the setting at OB’s Brau Haus is decidedly modern, Old Bavarian Brewing Company’s beer is impressive in its dedication to and execution of old-world styles. If you’re looking to explore quality, true-to-style German beer (without the distracting additions us Americans are so fond of) this is the place to come.