*This is the forty-third post in an on-going chronicle dubbed the Great Wisconsin Brewery Tour. Follow the journey here.*
Big Head Brewing Company
6204 W State St
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Visit date: 01/23/16
1) How many different beers?
7 on tap; 3 flagship and 20 rotating.
2) How long operational?
3) Why? (here, this, etc)
It’s a newer residential neighborhood (>1000 units across the street), and owner was semi-retired with time on his hands.
3-barrel system with growlers to go.
5) What sets you apart?
“Friendly space & good beer.”
6) How did you get your name?
Founder had a bigger-than-usual head growing up (the struggle is real).
On the far east end of State Street where Wauwatosa meets Milwaukee, a slowly-burgeoning neighborhood with high-end apartment complexes is rising around an industrial area. Though just a half-mile or so down the street from Miller Brewing, both the young Tosa residents and blue-collar workers need a local watering hole. Big Head Brewing Company fills that niche nicely.
This former warehouse and industrial space functions pretty much like your neighbor’s garage brewing operation. Picnic tables, board games, Bags (or Corn Hole), pinball, shuffle-board, mismatched-kitchen tables; it’s an eclectic mish-mash that somehow works given the setting.
It’s sparse but welcoming, fun but relaxing. It helps that co-owner Pat is liberal with the free popcorn and aux-cable for pumping in your own jams.
The brewing equipment is located in an open corner, though you’re better off headed to the bar for the finished product. We tried all 7 they had on draught.
Delicious, fruity, slightly dry.
Spiced, perfect for a winter walk.
Nosey and earthy; covers the palate.
Intriguing: unfiltered and crisp.
IWA (What’s IWA stand for? “It stands for IWA.”)
Bitter, heavy for a light beer.
Flagship, Amber-esque. Poundable.
Raspberry Cream Ale
Wheat-y with a raspberry tinge.
Big Head Brewing Company is a no-frills neighborhood hangout spot with games and space for summer or winter enjoyment. Grab some friends, some popcorn, and some fresh beer – just don’t let it any of it go to your head.