Whoever established the “official” calendar for Oktoberfest claims Oktoberfest ended on October 5th. We’re guessing that person isn’t from Wisconsin.
That calendar may apply to the celebration in Germany, but in Wisconsin, especially throughout the Greater Madison area, we celebrate Oktoberfest all month long. After all, we’re known for our beer here in Wisconsin, we wear our lederhosen proudly, and our beer steins get their fair share of use during Oktoberfest.
Good beer is part of our heritage, and there are plenty of seasonal brews and brew pubs in the area where you can get your fill and celebrate the fall season. It would be impossible to list all of them, but here are some of our favorites:
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company, Madison
This pub and brewery has been crafting house-brewed ales and lagers, served alongside made-from-scratch pub fare, for 20 years. In addition to their downtown Madison headquarters, Great Dane has locations in Fitchburg, Hilldale, Eastside and Wausau.
Vintage Brewing Company, Madison
This family owned and operated brew pub is known for its eclectic array of house-made brews and “elevated Americana” cuisine. Capture the essence of the harvest season with Pumpkin Disorderly – Spiced Abbey Ale, brewed with real pumpkin, caramel, roasted malts and a secret blend of spices.
Capital Brewery, Middleton
Founded 30 years ago, Capital Brewery claims its Oktoberfest beer is the mother of all seasonal beers, with a fiery amber hue and rich malty overtones that dominate the flavor. Capital Brewery was named Grand National Champion in U.S. Open Beer Championship for 2013.
One Barrel Brewing Company, Madison
Formerly the neighborhood grocery store, One Barrel is Madison’s only nano-brewery, brewing unique beers one barrel at a time and serving them for a limited time. Their goal is to showcase how approachable making and drinking all types of beer can be.
House of Brews, Madison
This is Madison’s newest and smallest microbrewery, brewing a variety of beer with repurposed dairy equipment. House of Brews is also Wisconsin’s first Community Supported Brewery, following the same model used in agriculture.
Ale Asylum, Madison
Ale Asylum’s seasonal release is Kink, which had only been available on tap in their tasting room but is now being distributed across Wisconsin. Fiery in color and intent, this Belgian Abbey is creamy and smooth with a spicy aroma and strong finish.
Wisconsin Brewing Company, Verona
Instead of pushing flavor extremes, Wisconsin Brewing Company focuses on brewing craft beers that are well-balanced, pleasant and fun to drink. Their newest brew is Ol’ Reliable, a crisp and flavor Munich Helles lager.