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

Hop Haus Brewing Co.
231 S Main St
Verona, WI 53593
(608) 497-3165
Visit date: 03/12/16

Quick Hits:
1) How many different beers?
11 on tap, around 20 total.

2) How long operational?
Opened June 2015.

3) Why? (here, this, etc)
Owner/brewer lives in Verona, part of the community.

4) Distribution?
3-barrel system, distributing to Madison bars.

5) What sets you apart?
“Communal idea”; local music, beer used in local foodtruck recipes. “Complex” beers.

6) How did you get your name?
“We like hop-forward beers.” ‘Haus’ is a nod to owner’s German heritage.

Hop Haus Brewing Company in Verona, WI. All photos by Joe Powell.

Hop Haus Brewing Company in Verona, WI. All photos by Joe Powell.

The main street through small-town Verona swells with activity with each passing year thanks to the growing number of young families moving to the area, in part because of nearby Epic Systems. It’s this vibrant “communal” feeling that in part brought owner Phil, who started homebrewing in Colorado, to this visible spot to start his own brewery.

This photo was taken early on a Saturday afternoon. Shortly after this entire space was full of thirsty patrons.

This photo was taken early on a Saturday afternoon. Shortly after this entire space was full of thirsty patrons.

Phil told me about his tap room at Hop Haus Brewing Company:

“It’s less of a bar, and more of a coffee shop feel.”

That’s absolutely the vibe you get when taking a seat: Hop Haus is a place to hang out with friends and catch up on the local happenings.

You can even pre-buy friends and family a pint for the next time they stop in!

You can even pre-buy friends and family a pint for the next time they stop in!

While talking with Phil and bartender Jamie, we were eager to dive into the 11 samples ($18), most of which were focused on heavy hops and/or Belgian influences.

11 house-taps, a guest cider, and Budweiser tap handle- dispensing only water (it would've been hard to tell the difference, anyway)

11 house-taps, a guest cider, and Budweiser tap handle- dispensing only water (it would’ve been hard to tell the difference, anyway)

Sweet Sunglasses Blonde Ale
Dry, light; almost cider-y.

Spandex Bandit Belgian Grand Cru
Flowery, heavy on the back of your tongue.

Lazy Sunday Belgian Strong Ale
That’s it to a T: a strong Belgian ale.

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Peace Train Pale Ale
Lightly-hopped, easy-drinking.

Plaid Panther Scotch Ale
Bold, boozy, warming.

Jean-Claude Van Dubbel Belgian Dubbel
Earthy, lingering; an attractive musk.

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Wildcat Amber Ale
Standard Amber with notable hops.

Fat Eddie Milk Stout
A creamy mouthfeel with the Stout taste.

Magic Dragon Double IPA
Hop-attack.

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Super Big Time IPA
Approachable; an all-night IPA.

Maneater Belgian Rye IPA
An audible “oh yes” escaped my lips when I drank this. A delicious mix of bold flavors.

In-house barrel-aging.

In-house barrel-aging.

Phil admits their small size limits their distribution, but he credits the “weird, complex” beers he produces to that smallness; the beer flavors are bigger and bolder than the tap room implies.

The tap room crowd as we were leaving.

The tap room crowd as we were leaving.

Besides, Hop Haus Brewing Company “want(s) people here”: enjoying the brews where they originated and adding to the community culture they’re fostering.

One of my favorite clever beer logos.

One of my favorite clever beer logos.