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

K Point Brewing Company (@ The Coffee Grounds)
4212 Southtowne Dr
Eau Claire, WI 54701
(715) 834-1733
Visit date: 06/25/16

Quick Hits:
1) How many different beers?
5 on tap, 9 total but more coming.

2) How long operational?
April 2016.

3) Why? (here, this, etc)
Home-brewing locals, friendly collaboration with building-owners.

4) Distribution?
All in-house distribution.

5) What sets you apart?
Classic styles only available on premises.

6) How did you get your name?
A ski-jumping reference, “The Point of Perfection.”

K Point Brewing Company at The Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire, WI. All photos by Joe Powell.

K Point Brewing Company at The Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire, WI. All photos by Joe Powell.

On the outskirts of Eau Claire, hidden in the back of a large specialty coffee shop, and accessible through a sun-drenched patio, a small brewery is climbing the craft-brewing mountain. Named for the steepest spot on a ski-jumping hill, K Point Brewing Company is the brainchild of two local home brewers who met while on a trip abroad.

The high ceilings give the small taproom an airy feel.

The high ceilings give the small taproom an airy feel.

Though not a stand-alone facility, the taproom has been well-furnished to give that Wisconsin-craft-beer feel of worn barn meets local coffee shop. Also, beer.

In particular, beer from here.

In particular, beer from here.

Pale Ale
A nutty cloud lingers on the tongue, leaving with a dry finish.

Cream Ale
A unique take; an almost aged-cream nose.

Pub Ale
Solid, generalized mixture with hints of amber, wheat and brown ales.

Porter
Fruit-forward and sweet.

Good to see the Eau Claire chamber of Commerce supporting local businesses!

Good to see the Eau Claire chamber of Commerce supporting local businesses!

Its location in the back room of the 25-year-strong The Coffee Grounds immediately gives K Point credibility, and a steady stream of potential patrons. As our bartender told us, it’s a friendly collaboration.

It's a foodie chef's dream.

It’s a foodie chef’s dream.

The building’s a one-stop-shop: fresh beer in one corner, fresh food in the other.

Or a cigar for the patio.

Or a cigar for the patio.

I respect a brewery for trying to stick to traditional, classic, no-frills beer styles in an age of gingerbread-kumquat shandies (there’s got to be one), but K Point deserves my and your patronage because they’re making those beers worth drinking, too.

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