Spring City Saison Wins Gold!

Spring City Saison Wins Gold!

This past weekend, our Spring City Saison won a Gold Medal at the US Open Beer Championship in Ohio. This is our second medal in two years at the US Open (a bronze for the Paradocs Red IIPA in 2016), and our fourth medal in the past two years.

Spring City Saison is a Belgian-style farmhouse ale brewed with local honey. Traditionally brewed for local farmhands using local ingredients, Raised Grain brewed this beer for the people of Waukesha, named for the great city Raised Grain calls home. Waukesha was made famous in the 19th century by its natural springs.

Dr. Jimmy, one of the brewers and owners, has roots in Belgium. He would travel back to Belgium as a child to visit his family that still lives there. On a recent trip back, Jimmy and Dr. Scott Kelley, brewmaster and owner, took inspiration and brewed a beer similar to what Jimmy enjoyed while visiting his family.

Come to the taproom to get some Spring City on draft, or come check out our Pop-Up Beer Gardens--the Spring City Saison has been a huge hit on hot days in the park!

Naked Threesome 2017

Naked Threesome 2017

Join us Thursday, July 13th, for the release of this year's Naked Threesome. A hazy IPA brewed with Citra, Crystal and Mosaic hops, we've combined the best attributes of all three single-hopped beers from the Naked Hop series into one amazing beer.

Citrus, grapefruit, tangerine and more bright flavors burst from this beer. We encourage you to drink this beer fresh. Take it home, pop it in the fridge, and enjoy as soon as you can.

We'll have this beer on draft and in bottles. Bottles will go quickly!

Open Letter Regarding Budget Bill Amendment

Open Letter Regarding Budget Bill Amendment

Friends & Fans,

We did not start Raised Grain with the intent of getting involved in politics. However, we feel that our hand is being forced by the threat of a last minute amendment to this year's State Budget Bill that would jeopardize the very existence of our brewery. Please read below and reach out to your State Representative and urge them to support the craft brewing business in Wisconsin.

The proposed language would "more strictly define" the three-tier system, which consists of manufacturers (breweries big and small), wholesalers/distributors, and retailers (bars/restaurants/liquor stores). If this were to unfold, we could lose our right to self-distribute and our right to have a taproom. Without these avenues, we are unable to build our brand as we choose to. 

More importantly, we wouldn't be able to afford the sizable investments we have made in a new building, a shiny new brewhouse, new fermenters, a new canning line and all the other brewery equipment we will be purchasing. We'd close in under a month without taproom revenue. 

Raised Grain would be gone. It's that simple.

We are not unique in this situation. There are many other small start-up breweries in Wisconsin that would face the same fate. Probably some mid-to-large craft breweries, too.

The outlook for Wisconsin would be bleak. The trend for craft beer is "local, local, local." If Wisconsin were to lose many of its 140 craft breweries, this would affect so many industries, including tourism (which is partially driven by craft breweries), as well as bars and restaurants that would not have any local beer options to serve. 

As we near two years of operations, we have developed strong relationships with nearly 100 bars, restaurants and liquor stores (and counting). We support their growth by supplying them with exciting (fresh) beer choices that help their businesses grow and attract new customers.

We donated over $6,000 worth of goods and services to local charities in our first year of operation. We are on track to double that this year. Again, we are not unique in this regard. Craft breweries play very active roles within their local communities.

Please take the time to voice your opposition to any last-minute amendments to this year's Budget Bill that would so negatively impact Raised Grain, other craft breweries, you as craft beer fans, and the great State of Wisconsin. You can find your State Senator and Representative information on the State of Wisconsin website.

Thank you,

- Raised Grain Brewing Co.

UPDATE, 6/26/17 4:30pm: We've received a tremendous amount of support from you, our fans and supporters. Many of you have requested a form letter that you can share with your State Representatives. Below is a draft that you can use:

Dear Senator/Representative___,
I urge you to oppose any last minute amendments to this year’s Budget Bill that would change Chapter 125 of the Wisconsin State Code.
Any changes, if they make it into the Budget Bill, were drafted without consulting key stakeholders, including craft breweries, craft distilleries and craft wineries. 
The changes as they are proposed could have dramatic and negative impacts on many of these small businesses, and may in fact put some of these small businesses out of business altogether.
Craft beverage makers in Wisconsin provide many positive benefits: jobs, innovation, tourism dollars, to name a few. They also work closely with their local retailers and partner with wholesalers to bring their product to market.
Instead, we encourage you to invite all parties to the table--manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers--to make meaningful corrections to Chapter 125 that are equitable to and agreed upon by all parties, in a process that is done in open and public debate.
Sincerely,
Your Name

Bigger... but Still the Same Old Raised Grain

Bigger... but Still the Same Old Raised Grain

Word is out… we’ve got some ambitious growth plans in the works. We’ve been super busy keeping up with demand these past few months, so it felt like the right time for us to move along with what our plans have been all along... We will be building out a production facility here in Waukesha capable of handling more distribution.

Food Truck Open on Wednesdays

Food Truck Open on Wednesdays

Our food truck is now open Wednesday-Sunday every week. Come join us for a beer and a gourmet pizza!

March Madness at Raised Grain

March Madness at Raised Grain

Join us this weekend for the first round of March Madness... this may be the best spot for your afternoon meetings!

Three Docs, One Belgian Quad

Three Docs, One Belgian Quad

Three doctors (our two and one other, a Doctor Vintner) collaborated to brew our latest beer, a Belgian Quad aged on oak for six months. Check back soon to find out about the limited release of Les Trois Docteurs.

Key Promotions and Staff Additions

Key Promotions and Staff Additions

Raised Grain Brewing Co. has promoted two key staff members and has hired additional staff to support growing demand for its beer.

2016: A Year of Firsts

2016: A Year of Firsts

As our first calendar year comes to a close, we paused amid the chaos of growth to look back at all the “firsts” we accomplished in the 16 months we’ve been open. It’s been a wild ride, and as we sit here writing this--with beers in hand--the taproom is bustling with energy, pint glasses and growlers are getting filled and the brewery is humming along in the background.

In no particular order, a few of the “firsts” we’re most proud about:

  • We hired our first employee, Andy, a Waukesha native. Shortly after joining us as a beertender he joined the team full-time as an apprentice brewer. We have since grown our team to 19 people.
  • We sold a keg of beer to our first account, Bernie’s Taproom, in Downtown Waukesha. After the first keg rolled out of the brewery, we’ve added over 50 accounts and our beer can be found throughout Waukesha and Milwaukee.
  • We brewed our first 100 barrels of beer in early January, followed shortly thereafter by our second, third, fourth and fifth hundred barrels of beer and counting. So far, we’ve brewed 99 batches of beer. Our 100th brew will be on January 2nd, and you can expect something extraordinary!
  • We completed our first brewery expansion in May, adding two more fermenters and a brite tank. This 30% expansion was necessary to help us keep up with demand for our beers both in our taproom and the accounts we have in the Waukesha and Milwaukee areas.
  • We won our first award, a Gold Medal for our Paradocs Red IIPA at the North American Beer Awards, then our second and third medals. The year was capped off by a Gold Medal at the prestigious Great American Beer Festival®, again for our Paradocs Red.
  • We celebrated our first anniversary, joined by over 1,500 of our very closest friends that helped us kick 21 half barrels in a single day.
  • We served our first pizza out of our very own food truck. Food was highly requested, and with no room to put a kitchen, we built out a food truck (really, an amazing kitchen) parked out semi-permanently behind the brewery.
  • Our first bottles rolled off the line and will be seen on retailers shelves in the area. We ran out sooner than we expected and are scurrying to get more Paradocs Red ready to bottle.

2017 will be another year of dizzying growth. We will continue to expand our distribution footprint, so you’ll be able to order your favorite Raised Grain beer at a growing number of bars and restaurants. You’ll be able to grab bottles at any number of liquor stores as we continue to spin up our bottling program.

And you’ll be able to count on an amazing variety of Boldly Brewed Beers whenever you join us at our taproom and brewery. We have 13 beers on tap, and we’re always rotating new beers on. Grab a brewery-exclusive bottle of something new we whip up or take a growler with you of any of the beers we have on tap.

Santé!

-Nick, Scott, Jimmy and Kevin

 

New Year, New Beer: Threesome In The Dark

New Year, New Beer: Threesome In The Dark

Ever since we opened way back in September of ‘15, our beloved craft beer enthusiasts have been sidling up to bar, loving our brews, but also asking us on a perennial basis,  “So, when are you guys gonna brew a black IPA?” It's been a bit busy here, but we worked one into the brew schedule and are blown away with what we've got!

When our Naked Hop Series concluded back in July with the Naked Threesome APA, tastebuds of Waukesha and beyond got to party together Galena, Amarillo, and Chinook hops. So, what happens when we turn off the lights on that party?  A Threesome in the Dark, our new Imperial Black IPA. Things are always more fun in the dark, and in this case, you’ll discover some new tastes from the old familiar Naked Threesome: the Amarillo’s earthy bite, the Galena’s passion-fruity smoothness, and the pine-tingling of the Chinook are all still here, now paired with a dark rich maltiness that takes this party to a whole new level.

We pride ourselves on Boldly Brewed Beer, and you can’t get much bolder than this. Join us on New Year's Eve to ring in the new year with a Threesome in the Dark.

PARADOCS RED IIPA BOTTLE RELEASE

PARADOCS RED IIPA BOTTLE RELEASE

We are incredibly excited to announce that we will begin bottling our beer, starting with our GABF Gold Medal winner, Paradocs Red! We will be doing a taproom exclusive release for our first run, the details are below:

Paradocs Red IIPA Bottle Release

  • Taproom exclusive release
  • Friday, December 23
  • Release starts at 3pm and will go until we run out
  • 22oz bomber bottles of Paradocs Red available for sale

BARREL ONE TAPPING

BARREL ONE TAPPING

We will be tapping Barrel One, our first barrel aged beer at 12pm on Sunday, December 4. Barrel One is our Spring City Saison aged in a Great Northern Distilling Vanguard Whiskey barrel for over five months. The honey and orange peel of the Saison combine with the sweet smokiness of the whiskey to create a truly unique beer that's unlike any other.

For $13, we will be giving a 10oz pour. The first 50 people get a commemorative 10oz Barrel One glass. There is only one 1/6 barrel, so this beer will not last long!

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Growlers and Santa's Sack!

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Growlers and Santa's Sack!

With the terrific and unusually warm weather patterns we’ve been experiencing these past few weeks, it’s hard to believe that we’re in the homestretch of November.  Before you know it, we’ll be inundated in a sea of red and green and Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time!”  However, we here at Raised Grain still have a lot on tap (literally) for the latter days of November.

The biggest news for Thanksgiving week is the highly anticipated return of Santa’s Sack Christmas Ale. St. Nick will be dropping off the four-spice ale on Black Friday, just in time for the 2016 holiday season. In fact, not only will the 2016 edition of Santa’s Sack be launched on Black Friday, but on that same day at noon, we’ll be tapping something very special: the 2015 edition of Santa’s Sack, which has been aging for over a full year! For fans of this special ale, it will be a must have and it’s likely not to last very long!  

We have special Thanksgiving hours so you can spend time with visiting friends and family:

Tuesday 11/22: 4pm - 9pm

Wednesday 11/23: 3pm - 11pm (Food Truck 4-9)

Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) 11/24: CLOSED

Friday 11/25:  Noon - 12am (Food Truck 12-9)

Saturday 11/26: Noon - 12am (Food Truck 2-9)

Sunday 11/27: 11:30am - 6:30pm (Food Truck 12-5)

Chef Mark will be slinging the best pizza in Waukesha County from our brand new food truck. So, in addition to filling your growlers on Wednesday, be sure to stick around and celebrate Thanksgiving a little early with your favorite Raised Grain beers and some seriously delicious food. And, if you’re not too full from the previous day’s feast, be sure to grab a meal while you try Santa’s Sack on Black Friday. Food will be served from 4-9 on Wednesday, 12-9 on Friday, 2-9 on Saturday, and 12-5 on Sunday.

Milwaukee Craft Brewery League Comes to Raised Grain!

Milwaukee Craft Brewery League Comes to Raised Grain!

An exciting opportunity will be awaiting beer lovers in our tap room and brewery this Wednesday, 11/16. The Milwaukee Craft Brewery League (MCBL) is joining us for a tap takeover, beginning at 6pm. Check out 11 different Milwaukee-made craft beers on tap, plus a couple Raised Grain favorites. On Wednesday, these beers will be served by a special group of beertenders - the very brewers that make them, along with other brewery representatives.

All are welcome to come and drink the best of what Milwaukee-area breweries have to offer, while rubbing shoulders with the local craft beer industry’s giants. Plus, there will be Q&A panel discussion starting at 7:30, where everybody will get to ask questions and get answers from the brewers and brewery owners of the MCBL. This is a great opportunity for homebrewers to learn the tricks of the trade.

MCBL holds tap takeovers in different taprooms on a monthly basis, however, the elevated level of interaction being offered to our devoted local craft beer lovers and the representatives eleven local breweries will make this event a unique experience. This is definitely a can’t miss event and, perhaps best of all, there is no cover charge! So come out to the tap room this Wednesday night (November 16th) and join us for a night that you won’t forget!

Tap List

St. Francis Brewery - Bean Me Up Scotchy, a Scotch strong ale with coffee

MobCraft Beer - Hop Cobbler, a cinnamon apple weizen

Third Space Brewing - Happy Place, a hoppy pale ale

Lakefront Brewery - Eastside Dark, a Bavarian dark lager

Milwaukee Brewing - 2016 Louie's Resurrection, a brandy barrel aged amber ale

The Fermentorium - Underwater Panther, a double IPA

Sprecher Brewery - WIPL, a Wisconsin Pale Lager with Fresh Wisconsin Cascade Hops

Enlightened Brewing Company - The Human Condition, a single-hopped French Saison made with Simcoe.

Brenner Brewing Co - Chocolate Stout

Good City Brewing - Reward DIPA, brewed with Citra, Amarillo and Eureka hops

District 14 - Nu Kung Fu 4 Yu

This Year's Door Jam Cherry IPA Release

This Year's Door Jam Cherry IPA Release

Back by popular demand, we will be releasing our fall harvest ale, Door Jam Cheery IPA, in the taproom today. With 100lbs of fresh-picked Door County tart cherries and Tenacious Badger Hops from Wisconsin Rapids, this beer is truly farm-to-glass. 

Tenacious Badger Hops is a new hop farm that supplied us with last year's hops, Wisconsin-grown Mt. Hood and Cascade hops. The hop growers hand-delivered this year's hops just days after they were harvested and processed. Our brewer's wife picked up the tart cherries on a trip up to Door County the same week they were harvested. Super fresh hops and cherries jam this beer with intense flavor giving you a unique IPA experience that you can't find anywhere else. 

Like our Doktoberfest, we don't expect this beer to last more than a few weeks...

Raised Grain Wins Gold at Great American Beer Festival

Last weekend, we won a Gold Medal with our Paradocs Red Imperial IPA, and we were the only brewery in Wisconsin to bring home a gold medal at this year’s GABF®. This is the fourth medal we've picked up and it's only our first year of operation.

The Great American Beer Festival is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. Paradocs Red Imperial IPA was awarded a coveted gold medal. There were 96 categories and more than 7,200 commercial beer submissions from some of the top breweries in the US.

“This is a very prestigious award and we’re extremely proud to bring home a gold medal to Wisconsin,” said Dr. Scott Kelley, brewmaster at Raised Grain. “Our success at the GABF mirrors the success we’re having in our first year. We’ve already expanded our facility to keep up with demand and we have a number of exciting growth plans in the works.”

Our Paradocs Red IIPA, named for the two #DoctorBrewers that brew all our beer, is a brightly hopped beer with Citra and Amarillo hops balanced by a caramelly malt base.

View all GABF winners on their website.