Menomonie Brewery Wins Statewide Award For Innovative Remodeling

Zymurgy Brewing Co. honored by Wisconsin Main Street

Tom Giffey, photos by Timothy Mather

Zymurgy owner and brewer Jon Christiansen outside the brewery, a former auto body shop, in Menomonie.
Zymurgy owner and brewer Jon Christiansen outside the brewery, a former auto body shop, in Menomonie.

Since opening in 2018, Menomonie’s Zymurgy Brewing Co. has attracted tastebuds with a creative lineup of beers ranging from English ales to Russian imperial stouts. Now, it has also attracted statewide attention for its creativity remodeled space.

This summer, Zymurgy won the Best Adaptive Reuse Project Award from the Wisconsin Main Street Awards, which are given out annually by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to recognize the state’s best downtown revitalization projects.

Zymurgy’s building, 624 Main St. East, is more than a century old and most recently housed an auto body shop. Zymurgy owner and brewer Jon Christiansen said the remodeling entailed replacing greasy concrete, adding coolers, installing brewing equipment in what had been a car wash, insulating the building, adding handicapped-accessible restrooms, and (naturally) building a bar.

Most recently, an outdoor patio was completed this summer, allowing patrons to enjoy the latest microbrews in a relaxed outdoor setting. Because of the coronavirus, no Wisconsin Main Street Awards ceremony was held this year, so Zymurgy received its award in person recently from Downtown Menomonie Executive Director Dustyn Dubuque and Board of Directors President Jeff Frawley.


Learn more about Zymurgy at zymurgybrew.com.