The Great Dane Pub and Brewing Company, Wausau, WI

Where else would you stop for a Habanero Pork Chop and Scotch Ale?  The Great Dane Pub and Brewing Company in Wausau, Wisconsin, of course!  The server described this special and said it had a kick to it.  My mouth was feeling that kick all the way to Minneapolis!  I loved it because I like spicy, flavorful foods.  The Stone of Scone Scotch Ale was a great complement in that its mildness counteracted the strong spice of the food.  I enjoyed its malty smoothness before my dinner arrived.  After that it was a tug of war in my mouth.  Spicy – Smooth.  Great food and great beer.

Red Eye Brewing Company, Wausau, WI

I stopped in at Red Eye Brewing Company in Wausau, Wisconsin for dinner and a beer.  The food is all farm to table and they are very proud of their local ingredient partners.  I enjoyed an amazing Cobb Salad.  The bartender helped me with a beer selection.  I enjoyed the Trail Candy – Golden APA.  The beer has a complex hop character with many hop varieties.  It is crisp, flavorful, and allows the drinker to taste a variety of hops.  It is a complex beer.

Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, WI

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I stopped in at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a quick beer.  First, the brewery is a really great place.  I wish I had the chance to take the tour but time did not permit.  They serve traditional beer hall food at the brewery which pairs so well with the beer.  The brew I tried was the New Grist Ginger Style Ale.  I love ginger and this beer did not disappoint.  Spicy and delicious.  I’m glad I stopped in!

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Hinterland, Milwaukee, WI

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I stopped in at Hinterland Erie Street Gastropub in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for dinner and a beer.  The group I was with turned the appetizer menu into a sampler and enjoyed so many menu items – they were all delicious!  I think we tried them all.  I enjoyed the Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock.  What a rich beer.  This is something to sip and enjoy just like a fine bourbon, whiskey or scotch.  Very complex.  Malty and sweet.  But with a deep rich flavor,  Outstanding evening of food and drink.

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Milwaukee Ale House, Milwaukee, WI

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I stopped in at the Milwaukee Ale House in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for dinner and a beer.  I had the pretzels and Hawaiian pizza.  The pretzels and beer cheese were delicious.  They came out hot!  The Milwaukee Ale House take on Hawaiian pizza includes pepperoni and jalapeno peppers – a delicious twist from the norm.  I also enjoyed the Polish Moon milk stout.  Most folks probably wouldn’t have paired that but when I saw the label I had to try it and it was rich and delicious.

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Horny Goat Brewing Company, Milwaukee, WI

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I stopped in at Horny Goat Brewing Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for lunch and a beer.  The fried pickles and the tacos (chicken and brisket) were outstanding.  I tried a sampler of their beers which showed great range in brewing and all were solid.  Although not a big wheat beer drinker, the Hometown Wheat was very tasty.  It had a lot more flavor than most wheat beers.  I’m a fan.  But I’m no Horny Goat.

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New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, WI

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I stopped in at New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus, Wisconsin. Getting there is quite a trip from most major cities, but worth every minute of the drive.  I enjoyed a sample of the Spotted Cow, which New Glarus is famous for.  This is a delicious farmhouse ale which everyone should try.  Very drinkable.  This would be a go to beer for me if available back home.  I also tried the Sour Raspberry which was delicious!  The self guided brewery tour is also worth the trip.  Stop in if you have a chance.

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