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Brewing in the Badger State

by Jan Schroder

The tradition of beer in Wisconsin has been brewing for nearly two centuries.

In 1845, the Monroe Brewing Company was born with little save for a brew kettle that churned out a few hundred barrels each winter. By 1905, the shingle hanging outside Monroe’s bustling downtown brewery – that would successfully survive prohibition – read Blumer Brewing Company. 

For the ensuing century, beer brewing kept pace with the influx of German immigrants whose deep knowledge and insatiable thirst spurred a burgeoning industry.

Today, Minhas Craft Brewery (dubbed so in 2006) remains the oldest in the state – and second-oldest in the nation. Prost! 

– Hannah Van Sickle, The 100 Companies

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