Brickfield Brewing, Grantsburg, WI
Friday Favorites: February 5, 2021
I’ve always said if I ever win the lottery I’m going to start a brewery/winery in an historic building. Well, Brickfield Brewing is living my dream, and I love everything about this place.
Brickfield Brewing is located in a 1919 creamery building in Grantsburg, WI; the historic creamery is situated at the end of Grantsburg’s main street, across from Memory Lake. From Brickfield’s website, “In the early 1900s there was a large clay deposit located in Memory Lake, which was known as the “Brickyard Pond.” The clay was dug with hand labor from a pit over 70 feet deep. The clay was formed into bricks and sold for building and chimney construction. While we were tearing out all the concrete inside the building we found a lot of bricks from the “brickyard pond” that you’ll find on display in our taproom.”
Ben and Nicki Peterson purchased the brick creamery in 2017 and have done an incredible job bringing new life to this charming building. They put in new plumbing, in-floor heat, new concrete, a new brick wall, bathrooms, new electrical, lighting, new paint, and a large outdoor patio with a firepit overlooking scenic Memory Lake. Check out their website for pictures of the demo and renovation!
“Our vision for Brickfield all along was to keep it industrial, link it to our dairy farm and work with as many local businesses and individuals as possible to get the job done. We absolutely love how our Grain to Glass ‘mural’ turned out as well as all of the finishing touches – all with a little help from A LOT of friends!”– Brickfield Brewing website
Visiting the Brewery
Brickfield Brewing is open seven days a week and offers craft beers on tap, crowlers and growlers, Pep’s Drafthaus pizza, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks. Patrons are allowed to bring in their own food and Brickfield told me they love when the food is from a local restaurant. In the spring and summer they bring in food trucks most weekends, too!
They have signature beers that have been available each time we’ve visited, like the Sunset Harvest Hazy IPA, the Dancing Crane Kolsch and the Old Creamery Milk Stout; many of their beers can be found at local restaurants and liquor stores. They also brew special small batches that rotate in and out, like the Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine, the Triple Threat Pepper Lager and a Strawberry Rhubarb Hard Seltzer.
BONUS! They have a rewards program: earn points by purchasing. When we visited on Wednesday we had 10 points which got us a free growler refill!
The taproom features a bar and high-top and regular tables, all spaced out to account for social distancing. The walls are adorned with historic photographs of the creamery and a stunning chalk mural of the grain-to-glass process. Their merchandise game is on-point; we bought a metal sign for our basement bar a few visits back! There’s a cabinet full of games to play and they host trivia, both in-house and virtual, on 1st & 3rd Thursdays (check their website or Facebook for event details and updates).
When we visited on Wednesday they had a special featuring two pints and a pizza for $20; we ordered the Taproom Double pizza, the Smoked Vanilla Porter, Hazelnut Praline Stout, and a Belgian Tripel. YUM. Plus, it was cribbage night and I loved overhearing a group of men saying, “15-2, 15-4” while Jeremiah and I played our own game of Yahtzee (I haven’t told you yet about my obsession with Yahtzee; that’s a story for another time).