Our three-year journey as a brewery and a taproom has been one wild ride. Sometimes, it feels like we’re strapped to a rocket. Our beers are selling very well, and our taproom is always bustling with energy, great beer and amazing food.
About a year and a half in to our project, we came to the realization that we needed a bigger space. We were running out of beer and there weren't enough seats at the bar. Fortunately, we were able to find a larger building in Waukesha that fit our needs.
The first phase of our project was building a larger capacity brewery, along with packaging capabilities. Our new brewery has been operational since January of 2018, and we’ll have brewed about 2.5x the beer by the end of the year as we did in 2017.
The second phase, currently underway, is moving our taproom over to be with the new brewery. Our taproom will be more spacious, have have additional seating at both tables and the bar, and will have a cool event space that we look forward to using. Chef Mark is excited because we will be moving the food truck inside—not literally—and he’ll have a full kitchen where he doesn’t need to worry about cold weather in winter!
Most importantly, the vibe will be the same. You’ll see the same smiling beertenders. You’ll see Scott, Jimmy, Nick and the rest of the brewing and sales teams more often (we hope this is a good thing!). And you’ll still have the same great beer you have come to know at Raised Grain.
We don’t have a definitive date set yet, but we are targeting late November or early December. Once we open the new taproom, we’ll close the old taproom. We’ll keep the brewery there for pilot batches and fun experimentation.
In the meantime, we look forward to sharing a few “farewell to the old taproom” pints.