Milwaukee alone has a great beer heritage, not only with Miller, Pabst, and Schlitz, but keen beer aficionados are aware that the city was on the ground floor of the craft beer explosion with the likes of Sprecher and Lakefront in the mid 1980s. Milwaukee has done just fine when it comes to beer, and so has the rest of the state. While New Glarus brews could occupy all 26 spots on this beer bucket list, we decided to spread the love among Badger State brews.
Black wheat ale, 5.5%
Baaad Boy is the black sheep of wheat beers. It combines easy-drinking wheat with rich and flavorful roasted malts. Fool your friends with this cleverly disguised wheat beer, which goes down smooth enough to make you want another.
Belgian IPA, 7.4%
Citra hops and Belgian yeast are a fine pair. Big, fruity, and delicious, Bedlam! has won over plenty of fans of the Madison brewery. It's tasty enough to satisfy beer snobs and is a nice citrus-tinged introduction to craft beer for those who are trying to break free from plain domestics.
Imperial IPA, 8.6%
A taste of the Northwoods, literally. Not because it’s made way up north in the tiny town of Pembine, but because a main ingredient is spruce tips. No kidding. This is a big and bitter IPA that isn’t for softies. It’s as rugged as the wooded area it hails from.
Umm, no this isn’t made with bacon, but it sure tastes like it. Malts smoked with German beechwood and Wisconsin cherrywood give the beer a distinct, but not overpowering, smoky flavor. This is a brew that has to be tasted to appreciate the balance. You may think you don’t like smoked beers -- until you try this one.
A doppelbock that isn’t for the timid. Capital Brewery brings the fire with this potent brew that overpowers the palate with rich malt flavor. The Green Bay Packers and uber beers like this one help Wisconsin look forward to the cooler months of the year. They’re all we’ve got.