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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
Cold storage….yep those are barrels on the back row.
Grain! And packing supplies.
Empty things in the wait.
Overall 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.