WISCONSIN — No need to leave your best pal at home! You can hit the pub with your pup on this self-guided tour of seven breweries in the Lake Geneva, Milwaukee and Madison areas.
Unless otherwise noted, these places allow pooches on their patios. Be sure to call ahead and confirm your plans before you visit.
Barrique Wine & Brew Bar – Lake Geneva
If you’re a wine lover or can’t indulge in gluten-laced libations, start out here in luxurious Lake Geneva.
This non-brewery still has about 50 sudsy beverages for the beer-loving crowd, but the even-longer wine list and build-your-own flights are in the spotlight here. The menu offers small plates, flatbread pizzas, wraps, soups and salads.
Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome on the patio to enjoy the Geneva Lake views with their humans. Staff will even provide a personal water dish upon request!
St. Francis Brewing Company – St. Francis
This brewery’s specialty may be the seven deadly sins, with beers ranging from a Wrath Amber Ale to an Envy IPA, but it’s no transgression to bring your dog along for the merriment. The company’s Humboldt Beer Garden, a couple miles north of the brewery in a Milwaukee park, welcomes Fido and families alike!
Opening for the season every May, this authentic German Beer garden hosts live polka music, pig roasts and trivia nights. You’re welcome to bring a picnic basket to enjoy along with St. Francis’ handcrafted sodas, beers and guest taps from other Wisconsin breweries, though you might rather save room for the menu supplied by local eateries.
Rock Bottom Brewery – Milwaukee
Take a stroll with your pet through the heart of the city on the two-mile downtown RiverWalk, and be sure to let the “Bronze Fonz,” a statue of Fonzie from “Happy Days,” hold the leash for a photo op.
When you’re ready for some refreshment, settle onto Rock Bottom’s patio overlooking the Milwaukee River. In addition to beers brewed on-site, you can order food ranging from pub fare to ale dough pizzas to steaks.
Tyranena Brewing Company – Lake Mills
Looking to get off the patio and inside? Call ahead about a half-hour before you arrive and ask the bartender if it’s a good time for a doggie visit. If there are no ongoing events or large crowds, your leashed pooch is welcome, provided he’s people-friendly and willing to hang out with Tyranena’s on-site brewery dogs.
There’s no food menu here, which is why it’s possible to bring furry family members inside, but you’ll love the brews here and local stories behind them. Ask about Rocky’s Revenge or the Chief Black Hawk Porter.
Capital Brewery – Middleton
This Madison-area brewery loves tail-waggers so much, every fall they host Dogtoberfest, a fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society. Year-round, you’re welcome to hang out with your dog on the patio, but check beforehand to make sure there are no special events scheduled during your visit.
There’s no food menu, but Capital makes up for it by offering right around 20 brews at any given time. Try the Supper Club, a classic lager honoring one of Wisconsin’s finest food traditions, or Island Wheat, made with grain from Washington Island.
Wisconsin Brewing Company – Verona
The brewers at WBC love their dogs so much, there’s a Chocolate Lab porter on the menu inspired by their four-legged friends. Instead of a traditionally bitter black malt, you’ll taste creamy, smooth chocolate and caramel notes with just a bit of bite.
The sprawling backyard at WBC overlooks a pond and is the perfect spot for you and your dog. Kick back in an Adirondack chair shaped like Wisconsin with your best friend at your feet.
New Glarus Brewing Co. – New Glarus
One of Wisconsin’s most iconic craft brewers welcomes humans and dogs alike in its courtyard! Just bring a leash, and be sure to pick up after them.
Try the corn-sweetened Spotted Cow ale, the brew that put New Glarus on the map, or the similarly award-winning Wisconsin Belgian Red, which boasts more than a pound of Door County cherries in each bottle.