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Ahnapee Little Soldier Bottled Beer

April 14, 2016 by vonstiehl

Bottled Beer - Little SoldierLittle Soldier Bottled Beer

We held out for as long as we could before offering bottled beer. Ahnapee beer has been put on tap in over 125 restaurants and bars in our five-county area, and for that we are grateful! Draft beer almost always tastes better, but sometimes bottles better fit the occasion. We moved into that category on April 14, with the initial bottling of Little Soldier, the American amber ale named for Henry Schmiling, the brewmaster and eventual owner of Ahnapee Brewery in the 1880s.

Henry was a Civil War veteran, serving in the infantry until the war’s end. After returning to his home town of Ahnapee, now named Algoma, Henry found the foaming beverage to be of great interest. The war was over, and there was cause to celebrate — and what better way to celebrate than with beer? We’re still happy that that war is over, and we offer homage to Henry for his service — and for his brewing skills. As we, the current Ahnapee Brewery owners, can attest, height is not a Schmiling gene. Henry topped out at at 5′ 6″. Now, as Paul Harvey might say, you know the rest of the story.

How would Henry have made an amber ale? Ale wasn’t as much his specialty as lager, so we imagine it would be a crowd-pleasing, easy-to-drink, copper-colored ale with a balanced dose of Wisconsin hops. We’ll never know exactly how Henry’s beers tasted, but are confident that he would enjoy popping a crown cap off of a fresh bottle of Little Soldier.

Bottles are available now in the Tap Room. After a standard hold on the fresh bottling, we should be releasing the first 300 cases to Triangle Distributing on Monday, May 16. Watch for it on store shelves in our six-county area(ish) the following week. Those counties are Kewaunee, Door, Brown, Oconto, Marinette, and Manitowoc.

BrewVino Roast

March 22, 2016 by vonstiehl

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BrewVino Roast – an Event With a Different Flavor!

You may have enjoyed our inaugural steer roast last June when it was called Meet the Makers. We found that the most exciting part of the event was not the makers, but the steer roast. This year, we’ll be focusing more on the steer in the renamed BrewVino Roast event, but will also offer a unique batch of wine and beer to complement the steer.

You’ll have the chance to taste the most popular varieties of von Stiehl wines and Ahnapee brews during the event, and enjoy the opportunity to buy an exclusive batch of beer made just for the occasion. What’s unique about the BrewVino Steer roast? This steer was raised on Ahnapee Brewery spent grains on the Bryersquart Family Farm in Forestville. Prior to the roast the whole steer is bathed in a von Stiehl cherry wine marinade. This is not an amateur production, either — for starters, the steer is processed by Ottos Meats in Luxemburg, after which Chef Chris from Skaliwags and von Stiehl winemaker Aric Schmiling will prepare the special  cherry wine marinade. Then the full carcass is marinated for 24 hours before it’s laid over a hot fire at 2 am on the day of the event, with a serving time somewhere between noon and 2 pm, or when our experts deem it ready. This is a true farm-to-table experience!

All profits from the steer roast are donated to the Ribbon of Hope fund. Their mission is to be a financial, informational and emotional resource for individuals with breast cancer in Northeastern Wisconsin. Ribbon of Hope assists breast cancer patients regardless of age, gender, race or religion. This is a great organization where 97¢ of every $1 goes to grant recipients!

If tickets sell out online, they will not be available on the day of the event.

Saturday, June 18, 2016 | 11am – 6pm

Buy Tickets for $5

Steer roast, specialty beer and wine, a shopping expo, and great music.

Music: Bob Balsley  11am-2pm, Conscious Pilot  2-6pm.

Steer Plate: $10  To benefit Ribbon of Hope

Wine or Beer: $5

Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Awards Algoma Brewery

October 1, 2015 by vonstiehl

Great American Beer Festival Photgraph

Photograph of Nick Calaway, Head Brewer of Ahnapee Brewery (left) and Charlie Papazian, founder of the Association of Brewers and the Great American Beer Festival (right).
Photo © 2015 Jason E. Kaplan

 

Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Honors Algoma Brewery

Ahnapee Brewery was first put on the map in 1868 when sales of the foaming beveragewere in high demand by Civil War veterans. The newly-revived brewery was put on the map last weekend for a second time on a national level by the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). The GABF only awarded 274 medals to over 6,600 beer entries.

Ahnapees Munich Helles, named Long Goodbye, was awarded a Silver Medal. It rated above 53 other breweries in its category. Head Brewer Nick Calaway says, Its great to get a bit of validity for our young brewery in a light (colored) beer category. Lighter beers show all the flaws a brewer may or may not have made; there is no hiding them. I feel the Great American Beer Festival awards represent the highest standard in the craft beer world.

Long Goodbye is well described as a Munich Helles that is light in body, color, and hops. Subtle grainy sweet flavor with a smooth, lingering finish.

The next batch of Long Goodbye will be introduced this fall in the brewerys twostall garage-turnedtap room. Ahnapee brewery, located at 105 Navarino Street in Algoma two blocks from Lake Michigan on the Ahnapee River, is open Wednesdays through Sundays, and is only two doors down from the von Stiehl Winery. To see the entire list of beer offerings, visit www.AhnapeeBrewery.com, or call (920) 785-0822.

 

Tap Room & Wine

July 23, 2015 by Brad Schmiling

Tap Room & Wine
What’s the first thing on your mind when you walk into a tap room? Not everyone would say beer; especially you — after all, you’re reading a winery blog post. The city of Algoma discovered an unused liquor license a few months ago and we were the first ones to ask for it. As of July 1, we are able to serve wine in the Ahnapee Brewery tap room.

Remember it’s a two stall garage, so tap room space is limited. The more we bring in, the less seats there are at the bar. So we’ve selected five von Stiehl favorites to pour: Riesling, Oktoberfest, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stony Creek Rosé, and Crimson Royale. They’ll be available by the bottle only. If you can’t finish the bottle in the tap room you are allowed to cork it and drive it home. If you do finish the bottle, you probably shouldn’t be driving and we’ll call the cab for you. Yes, Algoma has one taxi cab available. Though we do have many other cabs in the winery: Cab Franc, Cab Sauv., Gamba Barrel-Aged Cab Sauv – you get the idea. If you’re drinking and can’t walk home or to your hotel, we’ll call Angel Taxi for you.

Like most things that we do, there’s a level of complication in getting wine to the tap room and that’s why we charge $3 more per bottle in the tap room over the winery. The Tavern League along with big liquor distributors in Wisconsin were successful in forcing wineries to sell through the three tier system to retailers, which requires us to sell our wine to a distributor in Milwaukee, who then sells and delivers it to the Tap Room. Traveling isn’t free, so to make it all work out we have to ask for a few bucks extra per bottle. Our distributor thanks you!

Summer Cuisine Concert Series

June 25, 2015 by vonstiehl

Cuisine Concerts

Cuisine Concerts

Cuisine Concerts

Legend has it that there was a Green Bay summertime billboard in the 1980s that displayed the air temperature of Algoma. There would be such a thing because in July and August when it is sweltering inland, Algoma typically enjoys a 70-something degree breeze off of Lake Michigan. Two blocks in from the beach you’ll find Skaliwags, a little dive bar that serves five star cuisine. Skaliwags birthed the Skaliwagon food truck, which shows up in front of our tap room and winery during the Saturday Cuisine Concerts.

Let’s do the math…

1 Cool Breeze + 1 Winery + 1 Brewery + 1 Food Truck + 1 Band =

5 Star Summer Bliss!

With a seating capacity of around 200, there’s plenty of room to take in the best parts of summer right in our back yard. Admission is free, so come take in all that Algoma has to offer with this band lineup:

 

Cuisine Concert Series Calendar

12:30 – 4 pm*

7/11 Annie Rose Band (Classic Rock)

7/18 Sly Joe Trio (Earthy Soul With a Funky Stroll)

7/25 Clipper City Cats (Blues and Old School Rock)

8/1 Dr. Bombay (Great Guitar from Buffet to Santana)

8/8 Beaker Street (Rock and Blues)

8/15 The Hits (Covers of 60s-90s hits) 1:30-5 pm due to parade

 

*Bands may be subject to change. Sorry, no carry-ins allowed, but beer, food, water & soda pop will be available for purchase.

Free Sandwich Mondays

January 5, 2015 by Brad Schmiling

Visit our tap room from noon to 2 pm on Mondays in July and August for a free sandwich with the purchase of a growler fill. Free sandwiches may vary, but we are planning to offer beef brisket on a regular basis.

How does that work? Here are the details. Growler jars can be purchased for $5. Once you have a jar, just bring it in as often as you like for a refill. The fill of a growler (½ gallon of beer) will cost $15, unless it is a specialty beer.

Are you planning to drink some beer at home this weekend or take it to a party? So are we! Bring it in for a fill on Thursdays during your lunch hour for $15, and we’ll give you a free sandwich (value $6.50). If you want to buy lunch at the tap room, but don’t believe in the value of a whole growler of beer in your fridge, you can do that. We offer a sandwich plate for $10. That includes a sandwich, chips, and soda or water. You can substitute in a beer and pay the difference.

Can you get a free sandwich to go? Sure, just buy a growler to go too. Can you get 10 free sandwiches to go for everyone at work? Sure, just buy 10 growlers to go along with it. But fair warning, very little work will get done on Thursday afternoon.

All of that being said, it’s while supplies last because we have no idea how well the free sandwich promotion will go over. There might be exclusions if there are loopholes that we didn’t think of.

Ahnapee Brewery Tap Room Now Open!

July 22, 2013 by Brad Schmiling

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Ahnapee Brewery first opened its doors in 1868 in the city of Ahnapee, now named Algoma. Bohemian immigrants brought skilled craftsmen to erect Kewaunee County’s first sizable building. Beers were produced under the supervision of the head brewmaster, Henry Schmiling (the great- great-great-great uncle of the current owners). The Civil War veteran sold barrels of beer by horse and sleigh, rail and the schooner, “Whisky Pete.” Schmiling’s Ahnapee Lager was known far and wide for its Wisconsin-made quality. Hops blight put the original brewery out of business in 1886. A new chapter in the brewery’s history began in July. Fueled by the dreams of our General Manager and Head Brewer, Nick Calaway, we’re picking up where Henry left off. This time small craft batches of full-flavored beers with aging potential will be served for limited hours.

Right now, we’re open from 2 pm. to 8 pm on Fridays and noon to 8 pm on Saturdays. Beer on tap: Ahnapee Lager, Little Soldier Amber, Bavarian Dunkel, German Style IPA. On deck: Chocolate Milk Stout, Bavarian Helles.
While the brewery is located five miles out of Algoma and not open to the public, the tap room is located at 105 Navarino Street just two doors east of the winery.

www.ahnapeebrewery.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ahnapee-Brewery/457131664358366?fref=ts

Please come visit us soon!

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