Our Brews On Tap
Well, what do you know? A classic unfiltered Bavarian-style wheat beer, our Weissbier has an inviting fruity/ spicy aroma reminiscent of banana, citrus and clove.
1.050 OG 14 IBUs 5.3% abv
Our famous Irish red ale boasts a deep copper color and smooth, toasty caramel malt character, with just a touch of roasted barley in the finish for an exceptionally easy-drinking pint.
1.051 OG 21 IBUs 5.3% abv
Silver Medal Winner – 2014 World Beer Cup®
Bronze Medal Winner – 2012 World Beer Cup®
Mosasaur (aka “Mosey”)
Our Mosasaur IPA makes gratuitous use of lovely Mosaic hops, noted for tropical, citrus and berry fruit notes. Bitterness is mellow, hop flavor is abundant.
1.068 OG 68 IBUs 6.9% abv
One of Top 3 Wisconsin IPAs – 2017 Wisconsin IPA Festival
Our oatmeal stout is a hearty and full-bodied dark beer with rich malt flavors of molasses cocoa, caramel and espresso.
1.065 OG 30 IBUs 6.3% abv
Gold Medal Winner – 2016 World Beer Cup®
Silver Medal Winner – 2016 Best of Craft Beer Awards
Bronze Medal Winner – 2018 Best of Craft Beer Awards
Bronze Medal Winner – 2015 Great American Beer Festival®
In the tradition of the Trappist brewing monks of Belgium, our abbey ‘extra’ Dubbel features aromas of stone fruit, ginger, anise and raisins and a bold, complex depth of malt flavor. Eminently drinkable in a 12 oz chalice.
1.082 OG 18 IBUs 9.2% abv
Gold Medal – 2019 Great American Beer Festival®
Gold Medal Winner – 2016 Best of Craft Beer Awards
Silver Medal Winner – 2018 Best of Craft Beer Awards
Modeled after the famous namesake beer of Cologne, Germany, our light- bodied and refreshing Kölsch features a mild malty flavor and low bitterness. Often mistaken for a light lager, a pleasantly soft fruity aroma gives this golden ale away.
1.045 OG 20 IBUs 4.9% abv
Better Off Red
This hopped up American red ale is brewed with a careful blend of American malts and six types of hops that vie for attention in a high-flying balancing act. Ask any Badger…you’re better off red.
1.064 OG 45 IBUs 6.6% abv
Silver Medal Winner – 2016 Great American Beer Festival®
American-style Brown Ale
Flavorful American-style brown ale with malty notes of toffee, chocolate and hazelnut and mild citrus hop aromas. Named for a beautiful stretch of meandering country road which some of us think of as home.
1.063 OG 35 IBUs 6.4% abv
This rich and decadent true lager is lovingly crafted with imported chocolate malts, Dutch-process cocoa powder and liquefied cocoa nibs for the perfect chocolate ménage à trois.
24 IBUs 7.2% abv
The “big brother” in our Belgian-style Abbey ale family, ‘Trepidation…’ defies easy categorization. Subtle flavors of mandarin, pepper, tropical fruit & vanilla are fused in a gently warming alcohol heat. Sinfully smooth for its towering strength, served in a 12 oz chalice.
1.100 OG 21 IBUs 10.7% abv
Smoked Baltic Porter
This sturdy and potent smoked Baltic porter was forged from a wealth of European specialty malts & brewed to high strength smoky, smooth, dark and dangerous. This special brew was inspired by the legendary Viking-era ‘Ulfberht’ sword and its painstaking recreation by Wisconsinite blacksmith/ historian Ric Furrer.
38 IBUs 7.9% abv
Diamond Star Halo
Crisp & quenching, tart & tangy American sour ale with notes of sourdough and citrus. Serious
1.042 OG 7 IBUs 4.8% abv
English-style ESB (Extra Special Bitter)
Our English-style extra special bitter is a wonderfully balanced, easy drinking amber ale. Brewed with traditional imported malt and hops, Derby Girl has a toasty biscuit-like sweetness with mild
fruity aromas and a modest hoppy bite.
1.057 OG 48 IBUs 6.0% abv
Why the Name? “Derby Girl ESB” was originally named in honor of the hard-skating women of roller derby. Roller derby athletes are regular women with (often) normal lives, families, jobs…but they choose the fast-paced, brawling world of derby for sport and recreation. It’s all about balance- like a great ESB!
Welcome Spring with a crisp, golden Maibock. Crafted from imported Munich and Vienna malts, our take on this classic style showcases locally grown Mount Hood hops for a balanced bitterness and mild floral/spicy character. Good things come in multiples!
28 IBUs 6.7% abv
Who’d have thought a hybrid English/ American oaked IPA would become our flagship and best selling beer? Walking the line between tradition and invention, inviting floral/citrus hop aromas and vanillin-rich French oak notes accent this perfectly balanced, distinctive India pale ale.
1.062 OG 65 IBUs 6.5% abv
Pillowy soft hazy India pale ale with lilting hop aromas of passion fruit, white grape and mandarin. An international hop joyride.
45 IBUs 7.4% abv
Port BA Dedication ‘19
Our gold medal winning abbey Dubbel, aged 11 months in former tawny port wine barrels. A decadent melange of spicy oak, sweet/ tart fruit and gracefully evolved year-old Belgian strong ale. ~10.0% abv
Crafted with Wisconsin-grown 6-row barley and locally grown German-pedigree hops, this crisp & classic true lager honors Old World tradition with local bounty. The American craft pilsner with a German accent!!
1.052 OG 32 IBUs 5.5% abv
Tropical and citrus fruit hop aromas abound in this American-style pale ale bursting with blissful Citra and Centennial hops.
1.058 OG 55 IBUs 6.4% abv
Toy Boat, Toy Boat
Hops take the spotlight in this bold and assertive double IPA, from luscious & enticing aromas through a brisk bitterness that lingers like a daydream.
1.078 OG 95 IBUs 8.3% abv
Why the name? Toy Boat- a tongue twister! Hard to order, easy to love!
Brewed with rye, European specialty malts & Czech Saaz hops, this old-world ‘Roggen Bock’ is a distant cousin to our Weiss bier and features a similarly fresh fruity aroma but with a complex nutty/spicy malt character.
1.0769 OG 22 IBUs 6.9% abv
Cinnamon Roll Stout
Crafted in collaboration with Cercis Brewing Co of Columbus, WI, this English-style milk stout was brewed with Wisconsin dairy lactose (milk sugar), Ceylon cinnamon, vanilla and a touch of maple.
Whether you’re a hopeless romantic, jaded cynic, or somewhere in between, our Cinnamon Roll Stout is sure to sweeten your Febrewary.
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20 IBUs 4.0% abv
As team members at our original brewery are painfully aware, every drop of VBC beer starts with an uphill battle. Crafted in their honor with Wisconsin barley malt, 10 types of hops and a vigorous Nordic yeast strain, this strong ale is purpose built for extended aging.
95 IBUs 10.0% abv
Cask-Conditioned Real Ales
The modern industrial age has brought many improvements to our modern lives, including some that have altered our perception of beer and what it could and should be. Ice-cold refrigeration and unnatural forced carbonation have helped to promote flavorless fizzy (yet indefinitely stable) beers worldwide. But what of the time-honored methods of yesteryear? Unpasteurized, unfiltered and all-natural real ales hearken back to the advent of brewing and civilization itself. Regardless of style, these beers undergo a second fermentation in the cask, resulting in natural carbonation, and are served hand-pulled through “beer engines” at traditional cellar temperature (50-60F). The enhanced aroma and flavor will make a believer out of you, too! Purists will tell you, this is the only way to experience “real ale”…alive and on cask!
From traditional to experimental, we tap a fresh firkin weekly. Please ask about our current selection.