Brewery: Vintage Brewing Co.
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Production: 1050 BBLs for 2012, projecting 1300 BBLs for 2013
Year Founded: 2010
Brewmaster: Scott Manning
Brewmaster’s Favorite Beer: “A predictably tough question. I go through phases in the styles and individual beers I’m enjoying, so I’ll give you a couple fave brews ‘of the moment’: From us? I seem to have recently rekindled my love for the simple beauty of American pale ale, aromatically hoppy yet balanced, drinkability for days…we’re about to open a new satellite pub in Sauk City Wisconsin, with their own lineup of house beers (brewed by us), and “Sauk Hop” is the APA, made with all locally-grown hops, specifically Cascade, Nugget and Mount Hood hops. So fresh and crisp…and quaffable! I’m really digging it.
From others? Anybody who visits our pubs more than once will notice a few of our Wisconsin craft-brewing comrades grace our guest taps with high frequency. Sweet Mullets Brewing Company makes awesome beer, and I’m really enjoying their Belgo Imperial Red Ale (aka “BIRA”), which is also currently on tap.”
Innovation / Awards: “Innovation and a sense of adventure are definitely a part of the brewing philosophy here at Vintage, but experimentation is meaningless unless it’s grounded in good solid fundamental brewing knowledge and respect for history and tradition. We’re known for crafting some exotic flavor combinations (“Hickory Chicory Bock”; “Jinja Ninja” ginger spelt double witbier; “Curious Gourd” lacto-soured Pumpkin abbey ale, “Koo Koo Cashew” German Dunkelweizen made with toasted cashews…), but for the most part our staples are riffs off well-known and beloved world styles (Bavarian Weiss, Kolsch, ESB, oatmeal stout, dunkles bock). Wisconsin, and Madison in particular, is a great place to be a craft brewer. Beer and brewing are ingrained in our culture, our commerce and agriculture…our very souls as Wiscionsinites! Beer fans here are knowledgeable and passionate about what we craft brewers do, and I’m proud to brew for the good people of my home state! Beyond local recognition, we’re honored to have had our beer recognized at judgings large and small. Our biggest honors to date have been a silver medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival for “Wee Heavy” (Scotch ale category), a bronze medal for “McLovin” at the 2012 World Beer Cup (Irish Red category), and a silver for “Rhine Heights” at the same 2012 WBC ceremony (Dusseldorf-style Altbier).”
Availability: “Just within the state of Wisconsin for the foreseeable future. We function primarily as a brewpub, with the vast majority of our beer sold on premises, and self-distribute any excess capacity to our friends and colleagues who run the better craft beer bars in the Madison and Milwaukee areas (draft only). If we’re not on tap at your favorite Wisconsin tavern…as them to give us a call!”
About: “We are frequently asked ‘How did you decide to open a brewpub?’ and ‘How were you able to do it?’, and quite honestly, the answer is simple; Family & Friends! Oh, pardon me. I shouldn’t forget to mention, as most fine Wisconsin folk do, we enjoy good food and beer, and you bet that has something to do with it. But, if you really want to know a little bit more please feel free to read on.
So, in 2002, Brittany, Trent & Mark Kraemer opened Vintage Spirits & Grill (VSG) on the corner of University & Frances near the UW-Madison campus. In the following years, opening a brewpub was a popular topic during many a family get together when experience brewer Scott Manning made his way back home from California for the holidays. In 2009, it appeared the family was going to make good on their comments to Scott about “bringing him home”. An opportunity arose in a vacant former brewpub location. Mark, Trent, Brittany, and Scott, along with long time VSG employees Mike Bridges and Bryan Manning, quickly put their wide variety of talents to work, secured the current location for our brewpub, and got busy. A creative culinary team was brought in, including Andrew Hurst, and our crew set about creating a restaurant and brewery that features both excellent made-from-scratch food and outstanding hand crafted beers. With the help of numerous family members and great friends, Vintage Brewing Co. opened in January of 2010, and we served our first house brewed beer in February of 2010.
It is now 2013 and closing in on 2014, and we are already working on our new project- Woodshed Ale House! We are super excited to be opening this little craft beer bar in a historic building in downtown Sauk City. Woodshed Ale House will be serving select beers brewed specially here at Vintage just for Woodshed, and of course, using local ingredients when possible. Although we won’t have space for a full kitchen at Woodshed, you can bet we will still have something tasty to eat! You’ll be able to enjoy VBC Signature Pizzas, pre-made by hand here at Vintage, served piping hot from the oven. If you have ever visited us late at night and enjoyed one of our hand-made pizzas off of our Late Night Menu, you know you wont be disappointed. We hope to see you there sometime soon, and if you would like to keep up to date with our opening progress, provide input for what type of brews you’d like to see served, or just ask a general question, feel free to visit/message us on our Woodshed Ale House Facebook page.
Thanks for supporting us through the years – Cheers! The Vintage Family”
30 Point Bock
Better Off Red
Sister Golden Ale
Trompe Le Monde
Rhine Heights ALT
Sun D’Appled Orchard Ale
Brett Saison #1
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Max
Crooked Grain, Crooked Grain
Full Steem Ahead
Hickory Chicory Bock
High Horse Mild
Honeycrisp Brandy Dedication
Hop, Skip, & A Jump
Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Dedication
Toil & Trouble