Get a taste of Jefferson County at one of our local breweries, wineries, or distilleries! Whether you’re looking to try a new craft beer, unique wine pairings, or spirits made with local ingredients, Jefferson County has some of the best must-try spots in the state. Read on to learn more – cheers!
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*Always be sure to contact Jefferson County businesses directly for COVID-19 protocols, hours, or specials before stopping in*
Sip on locally-brewed beers at breweries & taphouses
Mr. Brews Taphouse | 201 N Main St #220, Fort Atkinson, WI
Mr. Brews Taphouse boasts an expansive selection of craft beers from local brewers, regional brewers and international brewers. Many of the ever-changing beers on tap are limited release and one-off specialty brews that you won’t find anywhere else. Mr. Brews rotates beers frequently, which means you’ll need to hurry to try out the new brews on tap this week.
Sunshine Brewing Company | 121 S Main St, Lake Mills, WI
Sunshine Brewing Company pairs Belgian-inspired craft beer with Southern California-style Mexican foods (like sheet pan nachos, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more!) . The patio or open-air brew hall are the perfect places to be on a warm spring day.
Tyranena Brewing Company | 1025 Owen St, Lake Mills, WI
The legend of Tyranena tells the story of an unknown tribe that built mysterious effigy mounds and stone structures on the edge of a lake. Today, the structures are preserved under the deep waters of Rock Lake. These legends are brought to life with local brews from Tyranena Brewing Company, along with a pet-friendly outdoor beer garden, live music, and the occasional food vendor!
Hubbleton Brewery | W10445 Hubbleton Rd, Waterloo, WI
Not only does Hubbleton Brewery have a 1,500 sq. ft. outdoor beer garden with lots of seating and games to enjoy, but also a 1,600 sq. ft. indoor beer garden with a pool table, fooseball, darts, giant Jenga, and lots more! The brewery will also be hosting free outdoor music all summer long.
841 Brewhouse | 841 E Milwaukee St, Whitewater, WI
841 Brewhouse features 12 taps with four designated to their own beers – Wheat, Amber, IPA and a Stout beer all made in-house. The restaurant also offers flights, growler fills, and seasonal beers – pair those with a delicious appetizer like creamy spinach artichoke dip or crispy beer-battered onion tanglers and you have a perfect afternoon!
Second Salem Brewing Company | 111 W Whitewater St, Whitewater, WI
Second Salem offers exciting craft beer produced in their one-barrel nanobrewery, amazing food, a comfortable, inviting lounge, and a warm-weather patio overlooking Cravath Lake. With super cool names like “Witchtower Pale Ale” and “Bone Orchard IPA”, this establishment embraces the spooky and eerie history of the local area.
Try out wine flights made from fruits grown around the county, state, and country
Cambridge Winery | 700 Kenseth Way, Cambridge, WI
From reds to whites and dry to sweet, purchase Wisconsin, California and New York wines by the glass or the bottle at Cambridge Winery. The tasting room and event center boasts a delicious menu that’s always changing. Wine aficionados can also join the wine club for rewards, discounts, and invitations to special tastings and events.
Stable Rock Winery & Distillery | 123 W Milwaukee St, Jefferson, WI
Considering Jefferson’s rich Bavarian history, Stable Rock has several German influences in its wines and food menu to enjoy while relaxing at authentic beer garden tables and benches from Munich, Germany. Wine flights are offered for a variety of different selections in the tasting room, riverside deck, or wine cellar.
Lewis Station Winery | 217 N Main St, Lake Mills, WI
Lewis Station is one of Wisconsin’s most unique wineries (actually located in a vintage gas station)! The winery specializes in small-batch, hand crafted, premium award-winning wines using a low sulfite, natural approach to wine making. Buy a bottle of wine and relax on the patio overlooking the beautiful downtown park.
Learn the unique methods and techniques of distilling
Dancing Goat Distillery | 909 Vineyard Drive, Cambridge, WI
*Temporarily closed – keep an eye on social media and website for updates*
Tucked in the vineyards of Cambridge, Dancing Goat Distillery combines the art and science of distillation from past experience with modern technology. The distillery is continuously exploring new methods and techniques of distilling, so you never know what you will discover upon a visit to The Goat.
Dog and Shrub Distillery | 145 Industrial Dr, Lake Mills, WI
Dog and Shrub Distillery is a family-owned and operated craft distillery focused on producing great tasting spirits and cocktails using local ingredients whenever possible. Visit their tasting room and outdoor patio to try the spirits that are distilled on site. The distillery also offers tours of the facility to provide an inside look on how the spirits are created from start to finish. Carry-in food and friendly dogs are welcome!
Katie Carey is a member of the Jefferson County Area Tourism Council and the Tourism Manager at the Fort Atkinson Chamber of Commerce. She's focused a lot of her efforts on building the JCATC's Instagram page and it shows! The page has grown immensely since she's taken it over. You'll also find a lot of her touches on the group's new wedding initiative as we explore ways of expanding the tourism to Jefferson County.