Monthly Archives: November 2015

Tyranena Brewing Co. in Lake Mills, Wisconsin

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Recently I had the privilege of visiting Tyranena Brewing Co. located in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. That’s about 35 minutes East of Madison, a quick drive outside of the city.

We stopped in the bar area to inquire about the upcoming tour. And to check out their draft list, of course.

IMG_0611 I ordered a Devil Made Me Do It! Imperial Coffee Porter. It is one of my favorite coffee beers and to have it at the brewery where it is made was a delight.

IMG_0625The tour started shortly after led by Ryan, one of the brewers on staff.

Tyranena opened in 1999 with the 30 bbl system you see below and has been in the same building for the get go, they started with growth in mind and they’ve been quite successful.

IMG_0618IMG_0614IMG_0615I was impressed with their hot and cold liquor tanks. They don’t use any glycol on this side of the process.

IMG_0612 IMG_0613 They now have 11 fermenters, all 60 bbl, so they brew double batches to fill each one. You can see in the picture below, hanging on the white wall, are all of their transfer hoses they use to move the different liquids around their building.  IMG_0616 IMG_0617 This is their bottling line, run by two staff members and one volunteer who comes in a builds all the boxes and takes all the bottles off the line in exchange for beer.  IMG_0619 I was also impressed with their keg filling/washing machine, pictured below. It can only wash one keg at a time but it can fill several at once. Very handy.

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Dry storage…yep, that’s 6 pallets high. IMG_0621

Cold storage….yep those are barrels on the back row.

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Grain! And packing supplies.

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Empty things in the wait.

IMG_0624 IMG_0609Overall I was incredibly impressed with their operation, their beers, and their staff. Our tour guide was fantastic – even when dealing with some super obnoxious tour folk – the bartenders were friendly and accommodating, and the regulars bellied up to the bar were filled with great stories.

If you’re ever in Madison and you’re thinking about going to Ale Asylum yet again, go a bit further East and Visit Lake Mills, it’s worth the trip.

My First Trip to Geneseo

 

 

 

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The other day my pals and I ventured out to Geneseo, Illinois, to visit the two new breweries that opened up late this summer. Our first stop with Geneseo Brewing Co.

A beautiful bar and clean brew house, I could see myself visiting here regularly.    IMG_0704

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The beer was delicious. I split a flight and tried everything on the menu. My favorite was the Hefeweizen, however, I was most impressed with the Berliner Weiss. Traditionally the beer is served with a syrup added into it, either raspberry of woodruff (green melon), and both options were available at GBC. It was nice to see, as it isn’t common from what I’ve experience in the Midwest. Both options were quite tasty.

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Our second stop was Lionstone Brewery. We actually drove by it on the way to Geneseo Brewing Co., but we had heard great things about the pizza at Lionstone, so we decided to have dinner there. GBC does has some snacks, as you can see in the picture of the menu up above, and we did split the cheese platter, which was delicious.

IMG_0722Lionstone Brewery was also impressive inside, though with a more lively atmosphere. It would be a great place to grab a pizza and watch a game.

IMG_0720We again all split a flight so we could try every single beer they had available. Much like the different in environments, Lionstone’s beer was also a bit louder. Where GBC was more balanced with a nod to more traditional styles, Lionstone had big, bold flavors.

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The brew system at Lionstone is located back behind the bar, so I didn’t get too close of a look…

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This is the oven that cooked our pizza, which was really good.

IMG_0718  IMG_0721 Overall I enjoyed both breweries very much and look forward to visiting again soon and seeing how things develop for them out in Geneseo.