Other Wisconsin Breweries
I read: “Give a man a fish and he can eat for a day. Teach a man
how to fish… and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.”
And while I don’t necessarily agree with that philosophy, I certainly
do enjoy a cold brew as much as the next guy. So when I found out
that a brewery was fairly close by, it was a natural thing to want
to visit. Besides, I had received a mailing that offered brewery
tours, wine tasting, cheese factory tours and discounted rates along
with a “Fun Pass” that got me into the Huber tour for free!
Green County in Southwestern Wisconsin, the Joseph Huber Brewing Co.
has been making beer since 1895. In fact, I learned that this particular
brewing company is the second oldest in the country. Located in Monroe,
Wisconsin, the Huber Brewing Company is only about 2½ hours – at the
most – from the suburbs of Chicago. We took the scenic route – Route
20 to Route 26 north, out of Freeport, which later turns into Route
69 in Wisconsin – and it was a joy to not deal with the racecar mentality
of Interstate 90-94. We left at about 7:15 A.M. and we were in the rolling
hills of Monroe by 9:30. Our tour didn’t start until 11:00, so we had
some time to wander around town. It’s a small town of about 11,000 with
a town square built around a really picturesque old courthouse, built
in 1891. There are lots of cool shops to check out along with a number
of bar-type places to eat. My favorite was a place called Baumgartner’s…
It’s been there since 1931… more on that later.
But we were headed for Madison and a night’s rest. In my next article, I’ll share with you the second half of our weekend excursion and our visit to Cave of the Mounds, Little Norway and lunch in Mt. Horeb before heading back through Monroe and a stop to load up on that delicious Wisconsin cheese!
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