*This is the eighty-sixth post in an on-going chronicle dubbed the Great Wisconsin Brewery Tour. Follow the journey here.*
1) How many different beers?
16 on tap, including the Special Pilot Series.
2) How long operational?
3) Why? (here, this, etc)
Two cousins and a friend began home-brewing together.
Regionally, tall boys & kegs in bars. Growlers & crowlers to go at the Brewery.
5) What sets you apart?
“Our beer is as local and organic as possible. It’s clean. You can taste the difference.”
6) How did you get your name?
Wisconsin, duh. Owners wanted to highlight the local flavor.
We Wisconsinites take pride in our state’s heritage and work ethic, and it should’ve been obvious that a brewery next to the shrine of Lambeau Field would share that sentiment: enter Badgers State Brewing Company.
We started our tailgate before a December Packer game cozied up to the large U-shaped bar at BSBC, though some intrepid (read: crazy and probably intoxicated) fans braved the large, snow-covered beer garden instead.
Between the gift shop, bar area, small party room, and extended hall next to the brewery floor, there’s a lot of space to fill up with thirsty Cheeseheads. Every inch was taken, and every beer enjoyed.
Badger 3 Triple IPA
A juicy start; smoother than expected. VERY HOPPY.
Gold Ranger Belgian Blonde
Honey, a little tart, a pinch of woodiness.
Badger 2 Wheat Wine
The thought that comes to mind is “gooey”. A burly wine.
Chile Gordo Jalepeño Porter
Spicy tongue, but the Porter cools it off.
Green Chop Session IPA
An all-day IPA: very light drinking, with a slight hop tinge.
Devious Kelpie Scotch Light Ale
A Session-Scotch: I’d never had a Scotch Ale I could tailgate with.
Buzzy Badger Coffee Brown
True to name.
Dubious Ruffian Chocolate Stout
Rich, dark, lasting chocolate notes.
On Wisconsin! Red Ale
Malty; a satisfying rustiness.
Bunyan Badger Brown Ale
Floral for a Brown.
Waloon Witbier Belgian Wheat
It’s a flagship for a reason: easy to drink, easy to love.
Peninsula Pils Lager
A kick-back-and-drink beer.
As big as the bar and brewery are at BSBC, half of their building has recently been converted into a giant event space called The Barrel Haus.
This cavernous but warm room is large enough for anything from concerts to weddings.
You can mingle with aging beers as well as other guests.
A stocked bar made of reclaimed barrel wood gets its beer straight from the brewery across the hall.
Whether lit by the glow of chandeliers in The Barrel Haus or from behind the front bar, the beers at Badger State Brewing Company are the main attraction. At least until the Green and Gold kicks off.