*This is the seventy-ninth post in an on-going chronicle dubbed the Great Wisconsin Brewery Tour. Follow the journey here.*
O’so Brewing Company
3028 Village Park Dr
Plover, WI 54467
Visit date: 10/22/16
1) How many different beers?
23 of their own on tap, 50+ made.
2) How long operational?
3) Why? (here, this, etc)
Homebrewing for 20 years, started a brewer’s supply store first.
All of Wisconsin, some European countries.
5) What sets you apart?
“We like sours.”
6) How did you get your name?
“It’s oh-so good.”
“Young, star-crossed lovers from small-town Wisconsin start a family, start a brewing supply store, and start the 2nd-fastest growing brewery in the state.” I’d watch that movie. It’s doubtful Wollywood (Wisconsin’s Hollywood, trademark pending) will take an interest in my half-brained film ideas, but at least I experienced the fruits of that real-world story at O’so Brewing Company in Plover.
Brewing since 2007, the O’so taproom is well-stocked with 40+ beers, 23 of which were their own creations the day we visited. That’s just an astounding output.
“We like sours.”
With no hesitation, our bartender explained how sour beers have become a large part of their rotation. Still somewhat of a rarity in production breweries, it’s a testament to how clean of an operation they must be running (sour yeast is a notorious little bugger).
The Big O Wheat Ale
Very light, touch of honey.
Winds of Change Sour Pale Ale
Eye-opening; a tart, lingering fruit.
Hopdinger Pale Ale
A definite flagship IPA.
Juicy, clean, satisfying.
Prickly Pear Sour Ale
Sour & pear, no doubt. Pucker up.
Project LO Sour Blonde
Sour standards. Like a sour juice.
Nitro Hop Whoopin’ IPA
Smooth with heavy hop taste but zero bite.
Malty, nutty, lingering woody tinges.
Nitro Rusty Red
Settle into a wonderful, warm night in your favorite chair with this beer.
Sweet Lady Porter
Just a smooth-drinking porter.
The diversity in beers took us on quite a ride through our samplers. Recommended you bring a friend (or 3) to try as many as possible.
We also loved that O’so will supply you with a free postcard to send beer-soaked greetings to your loved ones, because that’s just the kind of family-focused Wisconsin thing you’d expect from this place.
Small town, big growth, and oh-so-bold flavors are hallmarks of O’so Brewing Company. And that sour taste in your mouth is a good thing.