WISCONSIN

The 3oth state.
Capital: Madison
Motto: Forward
Flower: Common blue violet
Bird: American robin

BREWERIES

Better when you get it from the source

Lake Mills

Our smoke-free Tasting Room comfortably seats 35 people. You can test your skill playing board games and puzzles or gather some friends and play cribbage. Enjoy live music every Saturday evening, either in the Tasting Room during winter months or in the Beer Garden during the summer. (We add live music performances on Friday evenings as well during the summer!)

New Glarus

Welcome to our quaint little brewery nestled on the outskirts of New Glarus, Wisconsin. The brewery is run by an enthusiastic couple, Daniel & Deb Carey, who have successfully combined business management and brewing professionalism. Our philosophy is based on individuality, cooperation and the employment of 100% natural ingredients to produce world-class, handcrafted beers for our friends in Wisconsin. Cheers!

Atlas Medstaff reviews "Wisconsin Belgian Red" HERE

Madison

Our vision has always involved becoming a full scale production brewery but we felt that it was necessary to start small and assume organic growth producing all of the beer ourselves, out of our own facility, in an effort to bring consumers an authentic and original product.
We opened with a 15 barrel brewhouse and just a couple of fermenting tanks – at that point our production area was a large seemingly open space, but to us it represented future opportunity.  We chose to start our company in this facility as it allowed us a lot of room for growth.  We could continue to add fermenting tanks and fill out the brewery at our own pace, aligning our production with consumer demand.  And fill the space we did…

Sheboygan

We have an aversion to doing things the way they’ve always been done. We prefer to set our sights on something once thought impossible, and bury ourselves in scientific process until we achieve it. We're equal parts creativity and scientific process. Experimentation and balance. Heart & Science. 
We're equal parts heart and science. We let our hearts inform our creativity and ask big questions like, “Can we brew a beer with ghost peppers?” or “How do we make an IPA that hasn’t been done before?” Then we use meticulous research and scientific process to figure out how to make our ideas work. We like to make beers that nobody else is brewing, in ways that nobody else is brewing them, but in a way that’s so balanced, you wouldn’t have noticed if we didn’t tell you. Because we believe the best beer you can drink is one you enjoy... and that it’s even better if you didn’t see it coming.

 

NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

Enjoy Nature

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Horicon

Visitors have a unique opportunity to travel through time as they explore some of the exciting new features on display at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center in Horicon, WI. Long before Horicon Marsh achieved international status as an important bird and wildlife area and a destination for outdoor recreation, glaciers carved a basin where a wetland would one day form. Today, guests of Horicon Marsh’s Explorium can get a glimpse of life at Horicon Marsh thousands of years before European settlement and witness how the current wetland came to be.

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Bayfield

Visiting the caves in winter requires at least a 2 mile hike (round trip) on the ice of Lake Superior. Travel on Lake Superior can be dangerous any time of the year. Traveling across the ice demands extra attention to personal safety. Lake ice is unpredictable, so traveling across it is never completely safe. Before heading out, visitors must understand all of the risks involved, and the physical demands required for hiking out to the caves.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore staff checks the ice and monitors the weather to determine when the Mainland Caves are accessible. NPS is not, however, able to check every day. Cold temperatures can form thick ice, but wind and waves can break up that ice in a matter of hours, and make it unstable. Low Risk ice conditions allow the area to be deemed accessible to visitors.

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Sheboygan

Kohler-Andrae State Park in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is the home of majestic sand dunes, miles of golden beach, Locationshimmering blue Lake Michigan water, whispering pines, an abundance of wildlife and recreational activities for everyone. Kohler-Andrae State Park is one of the last natural preserves along the Lake Michigan shore and is open for everyone to explore and enjoy.

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Port Angeles

Ancient lava flows, deep gorges and spectacular waterfalls make Copper Falls one of Wisconsin's most scenic parks. Log buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s add to the park's charm. There is plenty to do; hiking, bicycling, picnicking, fishing and swimming. The North Country National Scenic Trail passes through Copper Falls State Park.

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Blue Mounds

Guided tours of this geologic wonder depart regularly every day of the year. Tours pass a stunning array of colorful crystal formations on paved lighted walkways. Cave of the Mounds is the premier cave in the upper Midwest and the jewel box of America’s major show caves.
Visitors also enjoy our Gemstone Mine, Fossil Dig, Butterfly Gardens, Amazing Rock/Gift Shops, Hiking/Biking Trails, Snack Bar and Picnic Area. Birthday Party Packages, Camps, Events, School and Scout Programs are also available. Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark is located in southwest Wisconsin just 20 minutes west of Madison, off U.S. Highways 18/151.

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Pattison State Park, Douglas County

Big Manitou Falls and Gorge contains a unique river gorge carved out of both sandstone and basalt and includes the 165' high roaring, cascading falls of the Black River. In the few thousand years since the last glacier retreated, the river slowly eroded through the layers of soft sandstone and clay and gradually formed the steep sided gorge. However, underlying much of the area is basalt, a strong and resistant product of deep volcanic action that occurred over a billion years ago. While the river forged a relatively easy pathway through the sandstone, upon meeting the resistant lava rock, the river could not erode as rapidly, and the water's power was expended downwards, creating Big Manitou Falls. The fourth highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains, its name comes Native Americans who said they heard the voice of the Great Spirit in the roaring of the falls - calling it "Gitchee Manitou". Two rare species have been found within the rocky gorge. Big Manitou Falls and Gorge is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2003.

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Coulee City

Founded in 1911, Devil's Lake is the third oldest state park in Wisconsin, the largest and the most visited. Devil's Lake offers magnificent views from 500-foot quartzite bluffs overlooking a 360-acre lake. Enjoy lakeshore picnic areas, sandy swimming beaches, 29 miles of hiking trails or ease into the backcountry solitude. Devil's Lake is a beautiful year-round park with an intriguing natural history along the 1,000-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

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Waupaca

Waupaca is located in central Wisconsin offering 22 connected spring fed lakes for fun and enjoyment throughout all of the seasons. Activities include boating, kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking, sightseeing, snowmobiling, shopping and much much more!
We extend our invitation to you come for a visit, stay for a lifetime. We're glad your here!

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Within High Cliff State Park, Calumet County

High Cliff Escarpment features both shaded and exposed cliff habitats along the Niagara escarpment, talus slopes supporting wet-mesic forest, more than a mile of Lake Winnebago shoreline, and outstanding examples of conical and effigy mounds in the level woodland above the escarpment. High Cliff gets its name from the limestone cliff of the Niagara Escarpment, which parallels the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago. This ledge extends northeasterly to the Door County peninsula and on to Niagara Falls, New York. At the escarpment summit are vertical cliffs up to 25 feet high that contain fragile fern, bulblet fern, leaf cup, cliff stickseed, and long-beaked sedge. The talus slope below the cliff is composed chiefly of small, flat rocks, although some areas of large limestone boulders occur, and many seepages emanate from the rocks. The undisturbed forest on the slope is composed of sugar maple, basswood, white ash, green ash, elm, hackberry, and butternut. Closer to the lake, willows and cottonwood gradually appear. A rich herbaceous layer includes wild ginger, great water-leaf, false rue anemone, squirrel-corn, toothwort, and Canada violet

 

River Falls

Swinging Bridge Brewing Company is a community supported micro-brewery offering quality craft beer to the community of River Falls. we strive to deliver high-quality beer made from locally sourced ingredients in a comfortable and interesting setting. Our goal to be a community-driven business is accomplished through our Community Supported Brewery (CSB) and Mug Club membership programs.

Atlas Medstaff reviews Cherry Limeade Berliner Weisse HERE

Chippewa Falls

For close to 150 years we’ve stayed true to Jacob Leinenkugel’s vision for combining the German brewing traditions of his homeland with the innovative spirit of his new home in Wisconsin. Today you’ll find that spirit alive and well inside our wide range of German-inspired beers. From shandy to IPLs, to Weiss beers, to doppelbocks, we’ve got a beer for every reason and season.

Atlas Medstaff Reviews Leinenkugel Oktoberfest HERE

Stevens Point

Visit the third-oldest continuously operating, privately owned brewery in the United States. Be our guest at the Stevens Point Brewery and get up close and personal with those dancing cans and bottles while we show you first hand how we have brewed exceptional beer for over 160 years.  Led by our beer experts, the walking tour includes a history of the brewery, a trip around the brewing, aging, packaging, and warehouse facilities, and a sampling of our award-winning products! The entire tour lasts just over an hour and requires a reservation.

Madison

At ALE ASYLUM, we brew beers in the tradition of our friend Crusty Oldbrewer who sent us on this path: brew honest, brew like you mean it. Thus, our beer is brewed and bottled with our own hands on Madison’s North Side. ALE ASYLUM is unfiltered and all natural. We use no additives, preservatives, fruit, horse hooves, fish guts, or extracts. Our ingredient list: water, malt, hops, and yeast. This is what we mean when we say our beer is FERMENTED IN SANITY. You know who makes it, you know what it’s made with. You know after having one you’ll want another.
We brew traditional, bold beers for those who demand quality and consistency. To those people we say: raise a pint, because you believe how we believe.

Plover

O'so Brewing Company was founded in 2007 in Plover, Wisconsin, by Marc and Katina Buttera. Marc was an avid home-brewer and opened O'so after opening a home-brew supply shop known as Point Brew Supply. In 2013, O'so was declared the 2nd fastest growing brewery in the state. In the Fall of 2015, O'so won its first Great American Beer Festival Award Gold Medal for its year-round beer, The Big O.
O'so is a firm believer in supporting Wisconsin craft beer as a brand, going so far as to have once had 40 Wisconsin craft beers, with 30 currently on tap in our taproom, and using almost entirely Wisconsin products in our beer and to make our beer. The grain, the bottle sleeves, the case boxes, the labels, and the bottles, are all Wisconsin-made products.

Amherst

Central Waters Brewing Company sprang forth amidst the migratory marshes and natural wonders of Central Wisconsin from a thirst for fine-crated ales. Here we toil in the ethical spirit of Leopold, create with the beauty and flair of Wright, barrel-age with the poetic patience of Niedecker, and pay homage with the profound sense of Muir. For beer and virtue are their own rewards.

WINERIES

Enjoy there or take a bottle (or two) home with you.

 

Barneveld

Vine-to-bottle has been a fundamental part of our winemaking philosophy for more than 25 years, long before it was hip to be farm-to-table, or in our case, grape-to-glass. We know that Wisconsin’s best wine begins in the vineyard and that in Wisconsin, great wine can only be made from the grapes that grow well in our climate. We are an original vine-to-bottle Wisconsin winery  and one of only a handful with estate vineyards producing authentic Wisconsin wine.

Kewaunee

In the 1960s Elmer Swenson and the University of Minnesota began developing new, better quality grapes by grafting with Vitas Riparia. Many new varietals have been introduced especially in the past twenty years. Now we have grapes thriving in Wisconsin. 

European ancestors came to Wisconsin to find Vitas Riparia "Frost Grape" as their grapevine to make wine and jam. It's the only vine able to withstand our harsh winter and shorter growing season. It still grows wild today on rural fencelines.

Wesby

This charming estate winery produces award-winning wine from their extensive vineyard of cold-climate grapes. Our portfolio includes  cold climate wines are produced from 10 varieties of grapes, plus other local fruits.  Wines  range from dry, oaked reds and crisp whites to luscious, sweet, table and dessert wines. We also produce wine from grapes sourced from domestic and international vineyards.

Viroqua

Experience local wine with a view at Vernon Vineyards. Located atop an ancient ridge in the heart of the Driftless, all wines at Vernon Vineyards are grown on the rolling hills of the estate.
We make all of our wines with estate-grown and local Wisconsin grapes. From the Eagle Eye blush wine and the North Fork white wine to our famous Juliet wine crafted with local cranberries and grapes, we'll help you find your new favorite wine. Visit Vernon Vineyards' tasting room for a free wine tasting and let our friendly, knowledgeable staff find you a wine that pairs perfectly with our beautiful views.

The white pine that’s featured on our label has been on the property about twice as long as our family. The vineyard site was homesteaded in the 1850’s, and the Elmaro tree is estimated at being 300 years old. The lone white pine towers over the surroundings as a symbol of stability and determination. It’s also a representation of our family. We are a family that is fortunate enough to work together and produce something great. Come visit our vineyard and be our guest as you enjoy great wines with friends or family.
We are proud to be a family owned and run start up operation. Planting our first vines in the spring of 2006, we set out to not only grow the best quality grapes and produce award winning wines, but also to share our experience and love of grapes with all that visit. Wine makers and wine lovers alike can come and enjoy our picturesque vineyard and winery.

Prairie du Sac

Wollersheim Winery sits on a scenic hillside across the Wisconsin River from Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. In the 1840s, the Hungarian nobleman Agoston Haraszthy discovered the sloped land where the winery sits today, and planted it with grapevines. During his short time in Wisconsin, Haraszthy also incorporated the state’s first town, Sauk City. In December of 1849, he followed the gold rush to California, where he also had a hand in developing the state’s wine industry.

New Lisbon

The winery's first grapes were planted in 1997. Vines have been added yearly since and most recently 4 acres of NEW vineyards.
Building construction began July 15, 2003 with planning and design starting in 2000. I really like the architecture in Germany, so when we started thinking about this building, I wanted it to be a European looking building. I also wanted it to be made out of stone and wood. Almost immediately revisions were necessary in order to incorporate an amazing auction find...several stained glass windows from a church that was built in 1882. Probably one of the most spectacular windows we have is one that was given to that church by the Civil War Veterans that were part of that church. It is dedicated to the Grand Army of the Republic. We also have another window that actually has grapes on it, which is our centerpiece window.

Carlsville

For 45 years, Door Peninsula Winery has been a mainstay of the Door County economy, producing the finest and largest selection of wines in Wisconsin.
The winery was founded in 1974 by Mark Fehls and Tom Alberts in a former two-room schoolhouse. Built in 1868, the school served Carlsville residents for nearly a century, closing its doors in 1963. The building was chosen by the winemakers because of its thick basement walls (which made it perfect for storing wine), as well as the visual appeal of its Victorian-era architecture and bell-tower.
Since Door County’s climate was too cold to grow conventional grapes, the winery’s initial products were made from locally grown fruit. Since the early 1900s, the county had been famous for its cherries, so cherry wine was a natural starting point, with apple, strawberry and plum wines following shortly thereafter. Although it has since expanded its range of offerings, Door Peninsula Winery still offers a variety of products made with these original four fruits – and flavors like Plum Loco and the apple-and-cherry-based Sunset Splash remain some of the more popular wines it produces each year.

Algoma

WELCOME TO OUR ALGOMA, WISCONSIN WINERY
…Wisconsin’s oldest licensed winery… founded in 1967!

The main building, with our tasting room and underground tunnels, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The winery also features a 10,000 sf production facility and a spacious outdoor terrace with Lake Michigan views. Take a tour, have a taste, and learn how we make our award-winning wines!

YEAR-ROUND EVENTS, at the winery are favorites of locals and visitors alike. With grape-stomping competitions, live music, great food and fun folks, there’s never a dull moment at a von Stiehl event!

Cedarburg

Cedar Creek Winery is a family-run winery crafting an array of award-winning wines, we are located in the historic Cedar Creek Settlement situated in downtown Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Our winery offers a unique experience with tastings and tours daily.
Our location, both the town and building, has a rich history. Constructed in 1864, the Cedar Creek Settlement was originally a working woolen mill until 1969 when it went out of business due to the introduction of synthetic fabrics. The building sat empty until a local home winemaker, Jim Pape, purchased the building in 1972. Jim and his wife Sandy converted the building into what became known as the Newberry and later the Stone Mill Winery. In the ‘70s, the winery was famous for its cherry wines and the unique clay bottles in which they were bottled. Traditional, extremely large casks were used for about ten years, and then replaced with stainless steel tanks and smaller barrels.

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