The unique breweries in Oshkosh offer year-round fun with a variety of tasty brews. Stop by to have a pint or two, or take a brewery tour to taste them all!
Bare Bones Brewery
On May 29th, 2015, Bare Bones Brewery opened its doors bringing the first craft brewery to Oshkosh in nearly 20 years. Founded by Dan and Patti Dringoli, Bare Bones strives to push the envelope with their unique take on American styles crafted by Head Brewer Jody Cleveland. Located in the town of Oshkosh, just off of the Wiouwash State Trail, Bare Bones provides a quality beer drinking experience off the beaten path.
Some of Bare Bone’s brews include an American Amber Ale, Dog Daze (American IPA), Happy Tail Cream Ale and many seasonal beers such as Dirty Snout Summer Stout, Bitch in Heat and Hurricane Dan! Their most recent release is the Oshkosh Lager. Oshkosh Lager is crisp, refreshing, and brewed in the same style as the classic, pale lagers that made Oshkosh famous for its beer. This smooth, easy drinking lager will appeal to anyone who still loves the taste of a real beer. Bare Bones also offers vinyl nights every Tuesday night, and live music frequently.
Fifth Ward Brewing Company
Between 1856 and 1882, the original Oshkosh ‘Fifth Ward Brewery’ stood at the southeast corner of Algoma Boulevard and Vine Avenue. Zach Clark and Ian Wenger had no idea that when they began brewing in the basement of Clark’s college house on the UW-Oshkosh Campus in 2012, they were doing it in the shadow of the original Fifth Ward Brewery which had stood only one block north of them, 130 years earlier.
Fifth Ward Brewery reopened on South Main Street in 2017. Since then, Zack and Ian have been brewing beers that explore the boundaries of style and tradition, as an expression of who they are, where they’re from, past experience and their vision for the future. Some of these brews include Comb & Crocus (Honey Saffron Wheat Ale), Burl Brown (Cinnamon Molasses Brown Ale) and 842 Pale (Dry Hopped American Pale Ale). You’re also going to want to give their seasonal beers a taste.
Fox River Brewery Company
Oshkosh has deep roots in brewing fine beers dating back to the mid-1800s. In 1995, the Supple Restaurant Group, operated by the Supple brothers, joined that tradition by opening up the Fox River Brewing Company along with a waterfront restaurant. Since then, FRBC has been Oshkosh’s most recognizable brewery.
You’ll always find numerous beers on tap beers include 2 Dams (Blonde Ale), Blu Bobber (Blueberry Ale), Red Bobber (Rasberry Ale), Marble Eye (Scottish Ale) and Reel It In (IPA). The Brewery’s most recent release was Red Bobber, a crisp ale, amber in color with a fresh raspberry aroma and a light raspberry finish. Head down to the FRBC Taproom, equipped with a large concrete bar, ample seating, beer flights and a fun ambiance.
HighHolder Brewing Company
HighHolder Brewery, located in O’marro’s Public House, is Oshkosh’s smallest and maybe most unique brewery. The Brewery was named after the HighHolders who migrated to Oshkosh in the late 1800s. The story goes: women would collect hay from south of Oshkosh for their cows and pigs and carry it back to their barns. Passersby would ask where they were going and they would reply in German “hoi-holden”. In the English translation, it was changed to high holder, which is easier to pronounce.
A few HighHolder brews include The Bloody Sixth Irish Ale (also available at The Roxy), The Borderlands Altbier, Treize Tonnes American Grisette and the Up & Down Kolsch, all available at O’Marro’s Public House.
OshkoshBars runs a brewery tour every Saturday! The tours are from 1 to 5 pm, making stops at Fox River Brewery, Bare Bones Brewery, Fifth Ward Brewery, and HighHolder Brewery. It only cost $15 for the tour and you get four free gifts. Can you think of a better way to spend your Saturday? To sign up for a tour click here!
by Paige Owens