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In this fourth installment of Wisconsin Craft Beer 101, we will be looking at what exactly micro-breweries are, and where you can find them in Wisconsin.

First of all, what is craft beer?

Craft beer is a generic term that is used to describe beer that is produced in micro-breweries. For a type of beer to be considered craft beer, it has to meet certain requirements… several of which are linked to the micro-brewery from which the craft beer comes from.

According to US regulations, for a micro-brewery to label itself a micro-brewery they cannot brew more than 15,000 barrels of beer a year. This comes as no surprise as the term “micro-brewery” contains the word “micro”, which leads people to believe that they are smaller than larger, commercial breweries.

With that said, don’t go on to believe that micro-breweries are simply smaller versions of larger, commercial breweries, because it’s not the case at all. Micro-brewers believe in quality rather than quantity. They keep the tradition of brewing beer by hand alive, and ultimately it is their sheer passion for their craft that differentiates them from commercial breweries.

Oh and of course, we’re not talking about how heavenly craft beer tastes.

So where can you find a micro-brewery near you if you live in Wisconsin?

Here’s a little known fact: Chances are that you live within close proximity of one without you realizing it. Micro-breweries are content to remain in the shadows of larger breweries, catering to true beer enthusiasts who enjoy supporting their local micro-brewery.

If supporting your local brewery sounds like something you’d like to do, then a quick Google search will go a long way.

Until then happy and safe drinking from the Minhas Craft Brewery!