House Brewed Beer

Small scale brewing operation with room to grow.

Our Brewing Operation

When we decided to add a full service restaurant and bar to our tasting room we knew we would want to offer beer to our guests. By state and federal law, distilleries are required to have a brewing permit to sell any beer. Our head distiller Mitchell Parr spent many years brewing beer locally and in Chicago for Lagunitas Brewing Co. before we opened the distillery. With the proper permits and a small 7 bbl brewing system, the tasting room serves our small batch house beers and other Wisconsin craft beer! We are happy to be able to support the small breweries in Wisconsin that we love. Due to spirit production demands, we recently brought brewer Graham Kaczmarek onto our team to focus on our house beer program. Graham had worked in several departments for Odell Brewing in Fort Collins, CO before moving back to Wisconsin. Graham has brought with him some very unique beer recipes including his dill flavored pilsner, which makes for the best Bloody Mary side car.

Mexican Lager | 4.6% ABV | 22 IBU
Predominantly Vienna malt and flaked corn make up the grain bill on this Mexican lager keeping the backbone traditional and clean. Lime and sea salt were introduced late into secondary fermentation along with a heavy dry hopping of Citra allowing these flavors to take point. Salty and citrusy at 4.6% this clean refreshing summer companion pairs well with an onshore breeze and a cooler.

Grapefruit Witbier | 4.6% ABV | 20 IBU
This unfiltered Belgian wheat leads with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel and a hazy orangish gold appearance with a white head. Coriander and orange zest helps to balance the banana and clove feel allowing the grapefruit to steal the show. The delicate floral tartness of the grapefruit is unmistakable in this refreshing summer drink. Pairs well with food, friends, and sunshine.
Portion of proceeds from this beer will be donated to The Center: 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection
– 16oz CANS –

Spicy Pickled Pilsner | 4.9% ABV | 30 IBU
The kitchen team made a specialty house hot sauce by blending several habanero pepper varieties and letting them ferment in emptied whiskey barrels. Not only did this create a great hot sauce but it also presented our head brewer with the opportunity to spice up our already-popular pickled pilsner. When these peppers were removed from the barrel, Graham immediately filled it with Wisco Sidecar and let the bold flavors get to know each other. The result is an aromatic peppery sensation with a depth of spice that warms the soul. This habanero-forward dill-infused pilsner is a limited release so treat your taste buds to this wild ride while you can!

American Pale Ale | 6.4% ABV | 55 IBU
A heavy-handed American pale ale with a deliberate yet delicate malt forward approach. Triple hopped with Ekuanot, Mosaic and Zappa from the American west. This beer is our attempt to capture the spirit of Jerry Jeff Walker in a glass. Living on the edge of APA/IPA featuring hops that are all headliners almost incapable of playing second fiddle. A little out of control to some and just right to others.

“The only way to know how much is enough, is to do too much, and then back up.”
– Jerry Jeff Walker

Woodpecker Barrel Series Vol 4.
Bourbon Maple Stout | 10.4% ABV | 15 IBU
This journey starts out with a bourbon barrel filled with pure maple syrup. Once this syrup was harvested, we wasted no time filling the barrel back up with our twelve month rye whiskey, barrel-aged chocolate stout. The stout then rested an additional six months in the maple bourbon barrel transforming into quite a treat. Clean, complex, woody and warm with hints of caramel, vanilla and dark fruit.

Pickled Pilsner | 4.9% ABV | 30 IBU
Brewed with a Czech Pilsner approach and a pickle attitude, this beer was inspired by sassy little Grandma Gladys and her delicious homemade pickles. We added dill early and often to this creamy lager with dashes of Cayenne pepper, sea salt and some pickling spices along the way. This beer is unfiltered, untamed, and full of dill. Great for breakfast and bowling. A worthy sidekick to your next Bloody Mary

American Lager | 4.7% ABV | 7 IBU
This American lager is a tribute to the old timers who drank beer that tasted like beer. Whether your first sip was from your grandpa’s can when he took an afternoon nap, or from your dad’s stash in the garage fridge, this golden pilsner is a throwback to that classic style. 6 row and flaked corn give off that clean crisp yet sweet taste that is reminiscent of drinking in a cornfield with a group of friends. Cluster hops, one of the original North American grown hops which still grows wild in Milwaukee, paired with Galena hops give it that quintessential classic clean taste. This beer is the perfect break from todays over the top craft beer environment. Sometimes it’s important to remember what something was in order to fully appreciate and understand what it has become.

Official beer of La Crosse’s Winter Roots Festival
Black Lager | 5.1% ABV | 22 IBU
This black lager is a throwback to the Middle Ages – a version of a lost beer style called a Zwert. With a silhouette black as night, this roasted and toasted lager is crisp and clean. European lager yeast fermented at ale temperatures provides balance with a bright smooth finish. Enjoy our version of what your grandpa’s great grandpa’s great grandpa’s great grandpa’s great grandpa might have been toasting back in the day. The “Barbegazi” is a mythological character with Swiss origins, usually described as a good natured gnome that resides in the mountains and uses his large feet for skis and returning to its cave to hibernate for the summer months.
– available in cans –

IPA | 6.4% ABV | 62 IBU
The free-forming improvisational style of Zappa hops are on full display in this experimental IPA. With a wheat forward grain bill and a west coast-style hop schedule, you get a delicate balance that encourages all parties to shine through. Each glass tends to take on a life of its own. Zappa with a supporting cast of Mosaic, and some CTZ hop hash coexist nicely; coming through on their own time in their own way. This experimental IPA is a true exploration towards the edge of what IPAs have become, where they came from, and potentially where they are headed. Like any truly great exploration sometimes it takes three to four pints to ponder your next move!

Märzenbier | 5.1% ABV | 23 IBU
This German lager has a deep copper color with bright clarity and a solid, off-white head. The aroma highlights the malt with rich toasted caramel and honey characteristics that carry over into the flavor profile. The moderate hop bitterness provides balance without overshadowing the malt backbone. Sweet and tropical fruit tones can be noted in the shadows of the background. With a clean finish that one would expect from a lager.

Hard Seltzer | 5% ABV
We went to a few local farms and asked the farmers for their ripest, freshest, tastiest fruit and let those answers and that fruit lead the way. We ended up with a muskmelon, blackberry, blueberry hard seltzer. No tricks, no gimmicks, no extract just as pure of a seltzer we could make with as fresh of fruit as we could find. Unfiltered and raw comes across a little tart as it should. To be enjoyed with a friend or a foe or someone you don’t even know.

IPA | 6.8% ABV | 65 IBU
This hop and wheat-forward IPA comes across quite bold. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated. Wheat malt imparts a light citrusy tangy feel that pairs well with the aggressive west coast style hop schedule. Mosaic and Galaxy hops come together on this one to push forward the tropical, citrusy and piney feel with enough bite to create no doubts you have an IPA in your hand.

Braggot | 6.2% ABV | 23 IBU
A sweet-caramel malty ale with a smooth finish. A hop forward floral and herbal aroma gives this traditional english style winter ale an inviting balance.

Irish Cream Dunkel | 5.6% ABV | 22 IBU
This German-style Dunkel starts out with a rich and nutty aroma and boasts notes of vanilla, chocolate, and hints of toffee. Hazelnuts and sweet almonds come through as you experience the frothy and creamy mouthfeel. A fitting way to toast the Banshee looking over you and if you hear her cry, it’s probably a great time to order another round.

Midwestern IPA | 6.2% ABV | 51 IBU
This beer starts out with a balanced malt character adding depth and complexity keeping drinkability at the forefront. The malt profile provides a solid base yet is delicate enough to allow the hops to shine through. Some residual sweetness helps to marry the flavors and keep it refreshing. Our hop technique was more west coast style as we wanted to get the classic IPA feel. An aggressive cocktail of Strata, El dorado, and Idaho 7 is a sure sign this beer isn’t messing around. The flavors will evolve as your glass starts to warm up if you have that kind of will power. Bottoms up and keep ‘er tuned.

American Sour | 5.1% ABV | 14 IBU
For this installment of Coulee Koolaid we harvested the recovered black currants from our limited edition house series Christmas Gin, blending them with Door County cherries that were then let to rest on our sour base. The result is a pure and original sour that was just too refreshing to let sit any longer. A great escape from these cold harsh winter days.

Woodpecker Barrel Series Vol 3.
Eggnog Stout | 11% ABV | 16 IBU
This barrel aged cream stout enjoyed fourteen months in our spent rye whiskey barrels. The mellow complexity that came from this aging process left us with the perfect canvas to create this holiday delight. With spicy overtones that conjure up laughter from the past and excitement for the future. This tasty treat is a celebration of what has been and what will be. Don’t you go falling in love with it now because this is a limited release.

Woodpecker Barrel Series Vol 2.
Coffee Cream Stout | 10.8% ABV | 14 IBU
We hand selected and blended whiskey barrels of aging chocolate stout to create this deep bodied creamy treat. Toasted almonds and hazelnuts bring out a nutty warm buttery feel. We used fresh locally roasted coffee beans to balance out the lactose sweetness. This barrel-aged delight is sure to evoke your creative side. Sourced from familiar places created by local faces. To be enjoyed any time of day in any kind of way.

Woodpecker Barrel Series Vol 1.
Chocolate Coconut Stout | 10.2% ABV | 21 IBU
This barrel-aged stout leads with a jet-black viscous flow and a warm caramel head. The nose hits you up front with wet whiskey oak mellowing into aromatic sweetness and deep floral vanilla tones. The rich and creamy milk chocolate backbone combined with toasted coconut takes you on a deep nutty journey with hints of light caramel, and dark chocolate to finish. With a velvet mouthfeel and legs for days, this stout is perfect for sharing with friends and family or not sharing at all!

He is a wise man who invented beer.

– Plato


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