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The 5 Best Breweries of the Chippewa Valley

Walter Rhein

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The Chippewa Valley is home to a wealth of great breweries that make for ideal travel destinations. Whether you are looking for a day out with the boys, or a romantic getaway, sitting back to sample a variety of terrific beers is always a great choice.

Many breweries offer food or other interesting amenities. All of the breweries included on this list feature a wonderful sitting area with the kind of positive ambiance suitable for making great memories.

Visiting local breweries is a great way to discover new flavors and to help the local economy. The next time you’re looking for a new adventure, try out one of the destinations on this list.

5. Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel’s offers a lot more than just their famous Summer Shandy flavor. The Leinenkugel lodge is a wonderful attraction which offers fascinating tours of the working brewery. Tours take about an hour and it sort of feels like Disneyland for adults.

The lodge features an outdoor seating area with a huge variety of flavors. Even if you’ve had Leinenkugel’s all your life, you haven’t really experienced their beers until you have been served directly from the source.

Address: 124 E Elm St, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

4. Lazy Monk Brewing LLC

Lazy Monk is a European style brewery right in the heat of Eau Claire. This is one of the few local breweries that feature beers with such robust flavors that they could almost be called a meal in themselves.

The Lazy Monk takes its beer seriously, and it has the kind of ambiance that makes you want to simply sit down and soak in the spirit of the place. This is a fine brewery that’s perfect for everything from family reunions to poetry readings.

Address: 97 W Madison St, Eau Claire, WI 54702

3. Moonridge Brew Pub

The Moonridge Brew Pub is a small brewery located in the center of Cornell, Wisconsin. It’s a brewery that sits at the end of the Old Abe recreational trail, and makes for an ideal destination via bicycle.

In addition to excellent beer, Moonridge also offers fantastic specialty pizzas. This is a brewery to keep in mind if you are looking for the perfect refreshment oasis in the middle of a 50 mile bicycle ride.

Address: 501 Bridge St, Cornell, WI 54732

2. Chippewa River Distillery

The Chippewa River Distillery sits in a beautiful building that features floor to ceiling windows which overlook the Chippewa River. In addition to a huge variety of specialty beers, they also feature a fine collection of gin, rum, whiskey and schnapps.

With both indoor and outdoor seating, the Chippewa River Distillery makes for a perfect destination on a spectacular summer day.

Address: 402 W River St, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

1. Lucette Brewing Company

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The Lucette Brewing Company is well known throughout the Chippewa Valley for beers such as The Farmer’s Daughter and the Big Hoppa. The pizzas they offer to accompany their beverages are hands down the best in the Chippewa Valley.

Lucette sits right next to the Red Cedar bicycle trail, so it’s a perfect destination for a short walk or bike ride followed by a beer and a pizza. Their seasonal flavors somehow always manage to complement the weather. It doesn’t matter if it’s sunny, windy, raining, or snowing, Lucette will have the perfect beer to help you seize the day.

Address: 910 Hudson Rd, Menomonie, WI 54751

Drink responsibly

The local breweries in Wisconsin are some of the best in the world. If you’re looking for a new weekend activity, try making one of these breweries your afternoon destination. If you're lukcy, you might discover your new favorite beverage. Always remember to enjoy your beers with friends responsibly.

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Walter Rhein is an author with Perseid Press. He also does a weekly column for The Writing Cooperative on Medium.

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