*This is the sixty-fourth post in an on-going chronicle dubbed the Great Wisconsin Brewery Tour. Follow the journey here.*
1) How many different beers?
5 on tap, 9 total but more coming.
2) How long operational?
3) Why? (here, this, etc)
Home-brewing locals, friendly collaboration with building-owners.
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.”
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.
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.
A nutty cloud lingers on the tongue, leaving with a dry finish.
A unique take; an almost aged-cream nose.
Solid, generalized mixture with hints of amber, wheat and brown ales.
Fruit-forward and sweet.
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.
The building’s a one-stop-shop: fresh beer in one corner, fresh food in the other.
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.