Tyranena – Lake Mills, WI

A recent brewery visit was one of the most memorable visits I have had.  It may correlate to the fact that I ended up revealing my identity as someone who would be posting about the brewery on a blog (which lead to some added perks might I add).  I was asked questions that made me think about why I enjoy going to breweries and the questions provided direction on what I like to write about following my visits.

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I chose to go to Tyranena brewery mainly based on the fact that it was convenient to my agenda for the day but also because I had tried one of their brews, The Devil Made Me Do It! (Imperial Oatmeal Porter brewed with coffee beans), while attending the University of Wisconsin.  The taste left a yearning to go and try more of Tyranena’s brews.

Upon arriving at the brewery, I decided to go for the specialty beer flight – a sample size of 7 of the brewery’s harder to find brews on the market.  The bartender was kind enough to carry my flight outside while I carried the pretzels/mustard basket (pallet cleanser but also a tasty snack).

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I sat and enjoyed the brewery’s patio with impromptu live music while soaking up one of the first nice spring days.  After getting through two samples of beer, a couple guys from a nearby table (who were returning from a trip to get a refill of beer) asked if I would like to join them.  I graciously accepted their invitation.  Little did I know I was about to sit at a table with two beer distributors and Tyranena’s Sales Beer Ambassador for all of Wisconsin.  (Mark was his name.)  Little did they know they were going to be sitting next to someone who planned to post on a blog about Tyranena brewery.

Small talk exposed our identities and progressed to discussing different aspects of the brewing industry.  Eventually it was noticed by one of the distributors I wasn’t taking notes.  He was curious as to what I might possibly be planning on blogging about.  My first instinct was to answer, “Why beer of course.”  I found this answer to be way too obvious.  I thought for a second and then answered, “The experience.”

Let me clarify what I mean when I say experience.  It’s not just the brewery experience itself, it’s the travels and activities that bring me to certain areas.  (And a brewery’s reputation.)  This is what allures me into a particular brewery.  This day’s experience consisted of; shopping at an outlet mall, eating at Water House Foods Bistro where I had the monster club sandwich with ingredients used form the Bistro’s marketplace, stopping next door at the Ephraim Pottery Studio Gallery (where I met the potter himself) to admire all of the marvelous pottery, and a visit to Tyranena brewery.

After wrapping up our conversation on the brewery’s patio, Mark offered to give me a tour of the brewery.  Needless to say, I immediately accepted.  He showed me around the brewery which uses 6-vessel, 30 barrel brew house with a production capacity of 45,000 barrels and 10 60-barrel fermenters.

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Overall, I had an incredible day.  A big part of this was due to the hospitality of Tyranena brewery.  If ever you are in the area of Lake Mills, Wisconsin, I highly recommend stopping by Tyranena brewery and enjoying a pint or flight of beer of your preference.

Cheers to Tyranena!

Alexandra

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