Three to See: Middleton

National Mustard Museum, Middleton, WIYou’ve made the decision to hit the open road and visit one (or all) of our dozen unique destinations.

So what are you going to do once you get there? Here are three local highlights to help you plan your trip.

1. National Mustard Museum. It makes sense that an assistant attorney general would quit his job and open a museum dedicated to his favorite condiment, right? No? Well, stop by Barry Levenson’s labor of love anyway and see more than 5,300 varieties of mustard from all 50 states and more than 60 countries. You can also visit the Mustard Piece Theatre, sing the “Poupon U Fight Song” and browse the museum store’s shelves for more than 400 types of mustard. 7477 Hubbard Ave., Middleton; www.mustardmuseum.com; (608) 831-2222

2. Capital Brewery. Beer aficionados worldwide have taken notice of Capital Brewery, including the Beverage Tasting Institute, which named Capital the top brewery in the United States in its 1998 rankings. The accolades have continued to roll in during the last decade, and the brewery’s annual Bockfest (now in its 15th year) is a big draw. The brewery produces up to 16 different beers per year, including annual releases, seasonals and limited releases. Capital Brewery offers tours at 3:30 p.m. Friday and 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday. For $5, you get a tour, tasting and a 3-ounce sample mug to take home. 7734 Terrace Avenue, Middleton; www.capital-brewery.com; (608) 836-7100

3. Middleton Train Depot. The Middleton Train Depot was built in 1856 as part of a new railroad line from Madison to Prairie du Chien on the Mississippi River, but the depot burned to the ground in 1895. The current Victorian-style structure was built on the site by the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad shortly after the fire, and the depot served passengers until 1960, operating as a freight depot until 1975. The building, which now houses the Middleton Tourism Commission as well as a collection of historic artifacts, is on the National Register of Historic Places. 1811 Parmenter Street, Middleton; (608) 831-6350

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