A Toast to Menomonie’s Breweries: 3 Beer Makers You Won’t Want to Miss
Lucette Brewing Company, Brewery Nønic, and Zymurgy Brewing offers something for everyone
Suds up! One unique part of Menomonie life and culture is the city’s three (!) independent breweries. One began out of respect for area manufacturing, another was inspired by adventures through Europe, and the third grew out of a desire to make a local hotspot for people to gather. And what do these three unique joints have in common? They decided to call Menomonie home.
1. Zymurgy Brewing Company
Zymurgy prides itself on sourcing everything locally – whether it’s artists they host for their music and comedy nights, or ingredients from local farmers used to brew their beers. They also support the local community through fundraising and charity efforts. Zymurgy built themselves in a 100-year-old service station – formerly known as Dennis’ Standard – after owner Jonathan Christiansen traversed Europe, falling in love with their brewing styles. The pride and joy of Zymurgy Brewing is its hefeweizens – particularly the Fluffhead Honey and Ramblin’ Rose Cranberry. For those not in the mood for – or able to have – a brew, Zymurgy also offers a craft ginger ale. They are also pup-friendly, making treats out of the spent grain.
2. Brewery Nønic
Brewery Nønic was created in an old depot building that owner Ryan Verdon remembered as an eyesore of the area. He wanted to create a place that was community-driven, and a brewery was a natural fit. Brewery Nønic’s main goal is to engage many different kinds of people through thrilling events. Their signature brew is their Strangeways British Bitter, which is served on cask rather than tap. This dates back to the beginnings of brewing, when casks were stored at room temperature and beer was naturally carbonated. This gives the beer a creamy and smooth finish. Brewery Nønic has a few collaborations going on: One is with Zymurgy, which created Zeitgeist, a German-style pilsner. The other is with Lucette Brewing Company and the Landmark Conservancy, offering a hazy IPA called Devil’s Punchbowl as part of a fundraising effort to bring awareness to conservation efforts for the Punchbowl, a local geologic wonder.
3. Lucette Brewing Co.
Lucette has a unique backstory. They started by selling kegs around western Wisconsin, then decided to settle down and sell pints in Menomonie due to the history of craftsmanship and manufacturing in the town’s logging history. The full-service restaurant and brewery offers woodfire pizzas and an array of drafts, including their signature Farmer’s Daughter Blond Ale, the Shining Dawn Belgian Golden Ale, and the Slow Hand Robust American Stout. They are also proud of their collaboration on the Devil’s Punchbowl Hazy IPA.