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Best Local Brewery

1st Place: The Brewing Projekt
2nd Place: Lazy Monk Brewing
3rd Place: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.

In a battle of beers every beer is a winner, especially if it’s local to the Chippewa Valley. This year however, a few breweries climbed the ranks and stole our hearts. Rising from third last year to steal first is The Brewing Projekt (2000 N. Oxford Ave., Eau Claire). The dream behind the Brewing Projekt succeeded despite red tape, and since opening they’ve created dozens of unique and experimental brews. Coming in second is their neighbor, Lazy Monk Brewing (97 W. Madison St., Eau Claire) specializing in Bohemian-style brews and a quality Bier Hall atmosphere. The pride of the Chippewa Valley, the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. (124 E. Elm St., Chippewa Falls) remained a fan favorite in third place this year. — Anne Sandell