24 Dane County breweries to enjoy this summer
Crack open a cold one from any of these breweries.
Ale enthusiasts and lovers of lager are spoiled here on the Isthmus, with 25 craft breweries in or near Madison. Crack open a cold one from any of these breweries.
Gluten-free friends, worry no more! You too can enjoy a quality craft beer from the team at ALT Brew. The flagship brew is a farmhouse ale called Rustic Badger, which uses Belgian yeast and two different types of hops. 1808 Wright St.
Delta Beer Lab
The team behind Delta Beer Lab prioritize variety in their brewing, which is evident with a quick read-through of Delta’s offerings. A collab with neighbors Kin-Kin Coffee resulted in a coffee-infused brown ale, with plenty of citrusy and spiced options. Coming soon is Blueberry Açaí Gose, a tart German wheat beer. 167 E. Badger Road
Funk Factory Geuzeria
The blueberry meerts — which uses wild yeast and is reminiscent of Lambic beer — is back at Funk Factory, alongside the rest of its eccentric brews. If you aren’t in a very berry mood, try Fleurs d’Abondance, which is infused with apple blossom honey and literally translates to “flowers of abundance.” 1602 Gilson St.
Giant Jones Brewing Co.
If you want to support a women-owned brewery, head over to Giant Jones Brewing Co. between 4-6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays to pick up some bottles. Their year-round specialty is a dry-hopped, fruity double IPA. Summer sips include bready Pale Weizenbock, herbal Grand Porter and a pear-inspired Grand Tripel. 931 E. Main St.
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.
No woofs about it, Great Dane is a deserving staple in the Madison-area beer scene. Pub grub plus traditional brews equals a paw-some time when you order from the four nearby locations. 123 E. Doty St., 876 Jupiter Drive, 357 Price Place, 2980 Cahill Main, Fitchburg
Karben4 put down roots on Madison’s east side back in 2012, and have been perfecting their hopped up craft ever since. Bright labels are a staple across all of Karben4’s ales, IPAs, stouts and porters. Karben4 also has its own hard seltzer brand. 3698 Kinsman Blvd.
Lucky’s 1313 Brew Pub
This Game Day mainstay bar has nine beers on tap, with brewmaster Keith Symonds at the head of the operation. Fish fry, pizza, loaded burgers and — you got it — cheese curds are on standby and ready for snacking. 1313 Regent St.
One Barrel Brewing Co.
The Madison taproom is currently closed for renovation, but its beers can still be found around Madison. The taproom is hoping to reopen this summer. 2001 Atwood Ave.
O’so Brewing Co., Madhouse
If you want to try a new type of brew, head to the Madhouse for a milkshake or smoothie style IPAs. Combining milk sugar and fruit results in a funky fermentation process that we can’t possibly explain, but you can trust us when we say it is a unique experience. O’so, which is based in Plover, also has porters, sour ales, lagers and IPAs. 1817 E. Washington Ave.
Parched Eagle Brewpub
The namesake beer at Parched Eagle is, what they call the “perfect lawn mowing beer,” and there isn’t much else you can ask for. The Parched Eagle Golden Ale is brewed in the Kölsch style, which originated in Cologne, Germany. This hoppy delight is airy and sweet, so you can whip out those grass-stained sneakers with a pep in your step. 1444 E. Washington Ave.
Starkweather Brewing Co.
What started as a friendship quickly brewed into a business partnership between Peter Schroder, Michael Chronister, Tom Gosse and Thomas McVary. Starkweather Brewing Co., which occupies the former Next Door Brewing Co. space, offers a wide selection of beers on 17 tap lines. Try any of the stouts, ales, lagers and rye beers brewed by brewmaster, Schroder. 2439 Atwood Ave.
Union Corners Brewery
The patio is open at Union Corners Brewery with a new menu and tap list just for the summer. Snatch up a double smash burger with onion rings and finish it off with farmhouse ale, “Weizen Not.” 2438 Winnebago St.
Vintage Brewing Co.
This family-owned brewing company has been keeping it real since the first location opened in 2002 — trying new seasonal flavors year after year. Good for the summer is the pineapple-packed, coconutty IPA, Whaddya Say Bro? 674 S. Whitney Way, 803 E. Washington Ave., 600 Water St., Sauk City
Working Draft Beer Co.
No edits are necessary when it comes to Working Draft Beer Co. You can order ahead and pick up their brews in packs and singles from their Madison taproom and Saturday pop-up location in Middleton. Try the Justif-I-ed PA, a partner project between the brewery and the Justified Anger initiative based out of the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development. A portion of the proceeds go directly to the group and the label’s artist, Lilada Gee. 1129 E. Wilson St.
Young Blood Beer Co.
The pals behind Young Blood are yet again pulling out all the stops to create innovative and delicious beers. Try Bitcoin Thousandaire, a lemongrass and basil-inspired double IPA, or NASA’s 7th Best Scientist, a Belgian-style Saison with peach blossom and tangerine. 112 King St.
Check out these other craft breweries right outside Madison city limits.
Capital Brewery: 7734 Terrace Ave., Middleton
Full Mile Beer Co. & Kitchen: 132 Market St., Sun Prairie
Grumpy Troll Brewpub: 105 S. 2nd St., Mount Horeb
Hop Haus Brewing Co.: 231 S. Main St., Verona, 2975 Sub-Zero Parkway, Fitchburg
The Lone Girl Brewing Co.: 114 E. Main St., Waunakee
New Glarus Brewing Co.: 2400 State Highway 69, New Glarus
Octopi Brewing: 1131 Uniek Drive, Waunakee
Right Bauer Brewing: 239 E. Main St., Sun Prairie
Viking Brew Pub: 211 E. Main St., Stoughton
Wisconsin Brewing Co.: 1079 American Way, Verona
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