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January 14, 2019

The 3 Beers You Must Try at Stevens Point Brewery

The Stevens Point Brewery has been in business for over 160 years. With that much experience under the belt, Point Brewery tours offer a unique look into the history of brewing and how the craft has put Stevens Point on the map.

Pro tip: they are only open for tours, there is no tasting room unless you go on a tour! The tour is $5 and you get 3, 8oz tasters and a souvenir pint glass. There are many opportunities to earn another taster coupon while on the tour so make sure you brush up on your beer/Point brewery facts before you go!

I really had a great time on the tour! Our guide knew a ton about the history of Point which is what makes this brewery so special! This is the original building where they started brewing way back in 1857, so just looking around makes for an incredible trip through time! The tasting bar has a wide range of options from craft sodas to pilot brews that you can only get there and at Point burger bars. If you want to try one of their sodas, I recommend the Diet Root Beer…it was incredible! I won’t spoil the rest of the tour, but it really is a must-do when in Stevens Point!

Let’s break down some of my favorites from the tasting room (in no particular order!)

Snow Pilot- Pistachio Nut Brown 6% ABV

This is the only one that I will talk about here that is widely available. For the rest you’ll have to make your way to Stevens Point or a Point Burger Bar! I’ll admit that I’m partial to pistachio beers, Milkstachio from HopButcher/DryHop is one of my all-time favorite beers. While this beer doesn’t have that milk factor, it packs a nice pistachio flavor. Its fairly light in body which makes it nice to have a couple by a fire with friends.

Peanut Butter Porter- Porter 5.8% ABV

This beer might have been my favorite! It is packed with peanut butter flavor, so you have to be a big fan of peanut butter to enjoy it. I’ve had a lot of beers that just fall flat on the peanut butter so this was a nice change!  I loved that it was full bodied but had a lower ABV. The low ABV was a nice contrast to other peanut butter beers I enjoy such as Ballast Point’s Peanut Butter Victory at Sea. Ballast Point comes in at 10% so I can’t have more than half a glass but the Point version is much more drinkable for me.

Whole Hog Cuppa Espresso Stout- 6.5% ABV

This is a very coffee forward beer, so if you like to drink coffee you will love it! The flavor is strong and roasty with a lighter body. I really liked that a lot of the Stevens Point Brewery beers were lower in ABV and lighter in body. It’s nice to see flavorful beers not be overly heavy or high in alcohol. If coffee isn’t your favorite thing, they have a white stout that I would equate to coffee with creamer and vanilla.

 

 

 

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December 12, 2018

From Chicago to Stevens Point: The Brewery Guide

This past weekend I made a trip up to Stevens Point, Wisconsin. I’ll be honest, before this trip the only time I had heard of Stevens Point was in the Disney Channel show Liv & Maddie…(embarrassing I know!) Needless to say, I’ll never forget about Stevens Point now.

So first off, Stevens Point is about a 4-hour drive from Chicago – less if traffic cooperates! You can either take I-90 through Madison or 43 through Milwaukee. I recommend taking Madison up and Milwaukee back. That allows you to stop at some great breweries on your way up.

When we got to our hotel, we realized O’so Brewing was right across the parking lot from our hotel! It was nice to be able to park the car at the hotel and just walk to the brewery. Many people wrote me and recommended O’sos, so I had to check it out! I had no idea that they had been open for 11 years! Crazy! I got a flight of five 4oz beers and it ended up being $11.50. I kind of wish I had just got a pint because it only would have been $4.50 but, hey, that’s the poor student in me!

Let’s rate some beers!

1. Bring Me the Disco King- Barrel Aged Sour w/ Blueberries & Ginger 5.5% ABV

I really enjoyed this one, the blueberries and ginger came together to make a lightly sweet concoction that wasn’t overly sour. It was nicely balanced and had a good body to it. Would definitely get this one again!

2. Pi- Barrel Aged Belgian Strong w/ Cherries 10% ABV

This one was a bit more on the face pucker sour side. Still not too bad but if you’re “sour sensitive” you may want to stay away from this one. Cherries always taste nice in sours in my opinion but combining with a Belgian sour base really took it to the next level.

3. Convenient Distraction- Imperial Porter w/ Coffee & Vanilla 10% ABV

I am always a big fan of coffee beers, especially when they are accompanied by vanilla. The coffee flavor tended to overtake the vanilla in this one but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. It hid its ABV well, making it especially dangerous if you’re not careful!

4. Night Rain- Oatmeal Porter 6.7% ABV

I always love oatmeal porters for their smooth, creamy taste. Night rain is exactly that. I love the malty backbone with roasty and chocolate flavors in there as well.

5. Midnight Troll- Smoked Imperial Stout w/ Cocoa Nibs 10% ABV

I’ll be honest, I really wasn’t a fan of this one. I wanted to like it because I usually really enjoy smoked stouts, but this one just didn’t hit the mark for me. The body was quite thin and the smoke just wasn’t tasting great.

If you’re in the Chicago area and are interested in visiting Stevens Point, here are some tips:

Where should I stay?!?

Hampton Inn & Suites- Plover

Why?

Great Northern Distilling and O’so Brewing are literally in the parking lot! Yummy free breakfast and a central location between all the great breweries.

But how long is the drive?

4 hours with the typical Friday midday traffic.

What breweries should I stop at if I go through Madison?

Karben 4, Working Draft, Funk Factory Geuzeria

What breweries should I stop at if I go through Milwaukee?

Eagle Park, 1840, Mobcraft, Good City

What places are in the Wisconsin Craft Collective?

Stevens Point Brewery, Central Waters, O’so Brewing, Great Northern Distilling, Sunset Point Winery

This trip has been so much more to me than great craft beer; it was the getaway I didn’t know I needed.  I have been floored by the hospitality of the people of Stevens Point. I was able to have fantastic conversations with many locals which really made the trip, and I can’t wait to visit again soon.

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October 6, 2018

O’so Brewery Tours

Explore the wonderful world of fermentation! O’so Brewing welcomes you to enjoy a pint with us while touring our production facility. Our tour guides will walk you though the brewing process- literally and figuratively! All tour proceeds are donated to local charity causes. Come on down to have a beer, learn something new, and do something good for your community. Cheers!

Tours offered every Saturday through October 6, 2018 at 1pm and 2pm.

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October 6, 2018

O’so Brewery Tours

Explore the wonderful world of fermentation! O’so Brewing welcomes you to enjoy a pint with us while touring our production facility. Our tour guides will walk you though the brewing process- literally and figuratively! All tour proceeds are donated to local charity causes. Come on down to have a beer, learn something new, and do something good for your community. Cheers!

Tours offered every Saturday through October 6, 2018 at 1pm and 2pm.

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October 5, 2018

O’so Brewery Tours

Explore the wonderful world of fermentation! O’so Brewing welcomes you to enjoy a pint with us while touring our production facility. Our tour guides will walk you though the brewing process- literally and figuratively! All tour proceeds are donated to local charity causes. Come on down to have a beer, learn something new, and do something good for your community. Cheers!

Tours offered every Saturday through October 6, 2018 at 1pm and 2pm.

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