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Just an FYI, but saw on Twitter 4 of the 6 places had tickets available at 1130 yesterday. Weather was perfect too. Maybe I can start getting there at a reasonable time.

You would think in this ticker beer culture the fest would be more popular.
 
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Just an FYI, but saw on Twitter 4 of the 6 places had tickets available at 1130 yesterday. Weather was perfect too. Maybe I can start getting there at a reasonable time.

You would think in this ticker beer culture the fest would be more popular.
Did you camp out? I got up to Vintage at 7AM: #186/250. After that I'll be hard pressed to want to sleep in a parking lot for tickets again.
 
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Did you camp out? I got up to Vintage at 7AM: #186/250. After that I'll be hard pressed to want to sleep in a parking lot for tickets again.
Sort of. At ale asylum at 2:15. Slept maybe an hour or so in a chair. We were 156 of 300. Last person to get tickets rolled in at 12:30 pm or so.

If anyone is curious about the GTMW tweets about the medical emergency at Ale Asylum, some kid passed out in line. Bloody nose, didn't look broken. Medics called and ended up going back in line I think. Walked by him in line. He was probably 40ish spots in front of where I was.
 
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Any Appleton folks on here? Looking for a good beer-centric place for lunch on Saturday. Been pretty underwhelmed with Stone Arch and Fox River brewing in the past, but haven't been to either one in years.
 
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Any Appleton folks on here? Looking for a good beer-centric place for lunch on Saturday. Been pretty underwhelmed with Stone Arch and Fox River brewing in the past, but haven't been to either one in years.
Is the Appleton Beer Factory not a place anymore? I remember thinking it was decent several years ago when I was there.
 
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One Barrel opening a tap room and beer garden in Egg Harbor this week


https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/door-co/entertainment/2019/05/17/one-barrel-brewing-opens-craft-beer-tap-room-egg-harbor/3710072002/

EGG HARBOR - The craft beers Peter Gentry and his team produce at One Barrel Brewing Co. seem like they'll fit with Door County's easy-going nature. Same goes for the new tap room and beer garden, opening in the village this week.

Gentry founded One Barrel Brewing Co. in Madison in 2012 by brewing his beer recipes one barrel at a time — hence the name. It became so popular that Gentry started thinking about opening a second location somewhere in Wisconsin.

That "somewhere," it turns out, is Door County. A grand opening for the new tap room on Market Street will run from Thursday through Memorial Day, with 12 One Barrel craft beers and ciders on tap, alongside pizzas, appetizers and salads from county-based Wild Tomato Pizza.

Gentry was initially considering Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Dells and Milwaukee, among others, but a visit to Egg Harbor a couple years ago turned his attention north.

"My wife is from Green Bay, and we decided we wanted to make a lifestyle change," Gentry said. "We've always like coming up here (to Door County). ... We came up for Egg Harbor AleFest two years ago and decided we would come up here (with the new brewery)."

Gentry and his wife relocated to Door County in September.

One Barrel joins a growing craft beer and cider brewing industry on the peninsula that started with Shipwrecked Brew Pub & Restaurant, which opened in 1997 and resides about a block away. Gentry said the tap beer at One Barrel is what distinguishes his brewery from the rest, matching the relaxed atmosphere of Door County.

"We pride ourselves on beers that are easy to drink," he said. "So, for people who are just getting interested in craft beer, this can provide a gateway to try it."

That doesn't mean the beers are basic. They include:

The flagship Penguin Pale Ale, which is deeper in color and a bit more malty than a typical American pale ale;
Two refreshing takes on German kolsch style — the Commuter, which Gentry said is One Barrel's top seller, and the cherry-based Forward;
Breakfast Beer, a coffee/milk stout that the tap room serves in a coffee cup;
Banjo Cat, a hopped-up porter that Gentry calls an India black ale; and
Hypercolor, a New England-style IPA that Gentry said is juicier and less bitter than the usual IPA and might be the best beer he's made.

"We really try to run the whole gamut," Gentry said.

The building housing the tap room is meant to be relaxed and comfortable as well, with tables and sofas seating about 100 people inside and a beer garden outside. Board games will be available, and a mini-playground will be built for customers' children.

"Our hope is to still convey the friendly, neighborhood feel we have down in (the Madison location)," Gentry said, "and to share it with as many people as possible."

From Madison to Egg Harbor
Gentry was a home brewer before opening the original One Barrel nanobrewery — a brewhouse using one to three barrels — in a Madison neighborhood in 2012.

"We started brewing one barrel at a time," Gentry said. "I had $700 in the bank at the time. Luckily, the line to get in was out the door. The demand was so high, we started to sell to other bars."

The Madison location brews 150 barrels a year, and about the same is expected in Egg Harbor, Gentry said. Because of the demand, other breweries brew up about 5,000 barrels a year under contract for One Barrel.

The Egg Harbor tap room is going into a building built in 2004 and formerly housed galleries and shops. Gentry said he was able to buy the property "at a reasonable price," and the village worked with him to obtain a Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. grant to build the brewhouse.

"That was the thing that pushed us over the edge (to open in Egg Harbor)," Gentry said.

He said the location is "virtually a new building" compared to its previous incarnation, with a terraced deck leading from the street to the doors and an airy vibe inside. The bar in front of the taps was built by Gentry and his 72-year-old father.

Wild Tomato has its wood-fired oven inside, to serve a full pizza menu and appetizers in a partnership with One Barrel.

"(Wild Tomato) sells my beer at its other locations (in Fish Creek and Sister Bay)," Gentry said. "I just texted (owner Britt Unkefer) about getting involved, and he said he'd love it. ... It's counter service only; I think of it as a food cart moved inside."

As of now, Gentry isn't planning to have live music, although he's aiming for one special event a month.

For those who want to bring the taste of One Barrel home, cans are available. Gentry plans to offer beer flights and growlers sometime after Memorial Day.

About the penguins ...
Expect penguins. Lots of them. The arctic bird not only is the namesake of One Barrel's pale ale, it's also featured on company taps, caps, T-shirts and more. The penguin seems to be almost a One Barrel mascot.

"I was working on names and things (before opening the original brewery), and the penguin was the only thing I could draw," Gentry said. "I know of over a dozen people who have it tattooed on them, so it must speak to people."

The opening weekend doesn't have an out-of-the-ordinary event planned but instead will be about "just sharing what we have with the world," Gentry said. "It's Memorial Day, we're a new thing, so I figure we'll be pretty busy anyway."

Gentry said he expects the Egg Harbor location to double the revenue of the Madison one while maintaining the ideas that made the original tap room successful.

"We've got a great staff of friendly people that we hope will keep people coming back," Gentry said. "We want to be a place where people will hang out. My hope is to share this with as many people as possible."

FYI

One Barrel Brewing Co. holds a grand opening for its new taproom at 4633 Market St., Egg Harbor, from Thursday, May 23 to Monday, May 27.

It will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit onebarrelbrewing.com.
 
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