By Derrick Zimmerman
It’s no secret that Wisconsin takes great pride in beer. With more than 100 breweries across the state ranging from local brewpubs to worldwide favorites, there’s plenty to choose from. We’ve hand-picked five Wisconsin brews that not only taste great, but have an interesting story behind their names!
Riverwest Stein is a brilliant amber lager with a bit of a sweet caramel taste and just the right amount of bitterness after each drink. Named for the hardworking residential neighborhood in which Lakefront was founded, Riverwest Stein is one of this Milwaukee brewery’s most popular beers.
Head over to this Travel Green Wisconsin-certified business for a drink in the beer hall or an incredibly entertaining brewery tour.
This sweet, malty red ale gets its name from the Algonquian word for the Wisconsin River as it was first recorded by French explorer Jacques Marquette.
Central Waters Brewing began making beer in 1996 near the river in Junction City. They moved to their current location in Amherst in 2007, where they have an open tap room and offer free tours on Fridays and Saturdays.
Rock Lake in Lake Mills is well known for its local lore of underwater pyramids believed to have been built by Native Americans when water levels were much lower. These natives called the lake Tyranena, and an old legend claims that a giant serpent protects the sacred stone pyramids.
This beast is known today as Rocky, and Rocky’s Revenge is Tyranena Brewing’s tasty offering to this legend. It’s a bourbon-aged American brown ale with a creamy nutty taste. Drop in and sample their offering to Rocky with their tasting room, beer garden and free brewery tour.
When you’re watching the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, you’ll hear Aaron Rodgers bark out a pre-snap cadence of “Green 19, Green 19 Hut!” It’s fitting that one of Titletown Brewing’s most popular beers is named after the team that turned Green Bay into Titletown. This hoppy American IPA has a smooth blend of citrus and sweet malt with a bitter finish. Stop on by Titletown’s tap room and channel your inner Aaron Rodgers as you order one for yourself.
Second Salem Brewing gets its name from Whitewater’s reputation for witch gatherings in the early 20th century, and it has embraced the bizarre phenomena surrounding south central Wisconsin as inspiration for naming its brews.
Just outside Whitewater near the small town of Elkhorn lives the legend of a bear-like werewolf that has fascinated and terrified locals for years. This spicy, malty amber ale, which won a bronze medal in the 2016 World Beer Cup, boasts a beastly 6.66% ABV. Muster up your bravery and reach for your very own at Second Salem.
Do you have a favorite brew with a unique story behind its name? We’d love to hear it! Share it with us in the comments below!