Best Local Brewery
1st Place: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.
2nd Place: Lazy Monk Brewing
3rd Place: Lucette Brewing Co.
For the second straight year, libation-lovers look to Leinie’s, Lazy Monk, and Lucette for their local lagers (and ales). The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. takes the top spot with its ever-expanding line of popular shandies and other craft brews, brewing nearly one million barrels of beer each year between their home brewery in Chippewa Falls and a second brewery in Milwaukee. Eau Claire’s Lazy Monk Brewing returns to the second spot on the list, thanks in part to its excellent taproom, in which Bohemian-style and seasonal beers are served. Lucette Brewing Co., based in Menomonie, rounds out the top three with its mix of core beers, a Belgian-style series, and a handful of small-batch specialties. –Paul Brandt