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Beer Road Trip!

Not everyone will drive 72 miles for a beer.

I am not everyone. And neither is my boyfriend, Mike. This weekend we took a little road trip to Milwaukee and discovered a couple new brewpubs.

We've been going to Water Street Brewery for years, and have also visited Milwaukee Ale House and some others.  But this time we ventured to the suburb of St. Francis, where we made a pilgrimage to the St. Francis Brewpub. It was a nice place, with kind of a church motif. We enjoyed that the list of beers was on a board shaped like the hymn number list that you find at the front of some churches. I can't remember the beers I tried, but both of them were tasty!

The atmosphere on a late Sunday afternoon was pretty mellow, but the bartender was knowledgeable about the beer and super friendly.

Then we meandered down Kinnikinnick a few miles to the Horny Goat Hideaway. This place was not quiet or mellow, even on a Sunday evening. This place definitely had a party vibe..and was not your ordinary bar. In addition to the bar area, there was an upstairs, and a giant tent outside with another full bar, and another tent with heated sand volleyball. And they had an outdoor firepit..which was more like a fire trench. The gas fueled fire was warm and toasty..and even though there were folks smoking around it, the smoke wasn't too annoying. We met the owner who was out having a smoke. He was asking patrons what they thought of the place..and told us his intention was to create a place that was unlike anything else in Milwaukee. I'd say he succeeded! (Oh, and the beer was good too!)

If you like going on beer road trips, I highly recommend a book by my friend Kevin Revolinski, called "Wisconsin's Best Beer Guide." It includes directions to all the the brewpubs in the state..the scoop on the establishments..even info on other things to do in the neighborhood.




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02/21/2012 9:59AM
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02/21/2012 4:35PM
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Man. I wish I had read this about two weeks ago. I was hoping for a nice day of hanging out in Milwaukee and I couldn't find any good beer. I will have to check these out next time. Thanks for posting! I just went 200 miles to check out MinocquaBrewing Company this weekend!
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