The Best Breweries in and Around Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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The Oshkosh area has a brewing history that dates back to 1849, predating the city itself. Prohibition hit the city’s beer business hard, but the age of craft beer is ushering in a new dawn for local breweries. Check out these seven breweries in Oshkosh and around Wisconsin’s Fox Valley.

1. Fox River Brewing Company


Fox River Brewing Company | © Fox River Brewing Company
© Fox River Brewing Company

The Fox River Brewing Company has breweries in both Oshkosh and Appleton. Located on Oshkosh’s waterfront, its original location is an ideal spot to enjoy some summer sun alongside a cold handcrafted brew. Their second location in the Fox River Mall makes it easy to grab a relaxing pint after a stressful day of shopping. What’s on tap is always changing at each location, so you’ll be sure to find yourself coming back to try more of their delicious handcrafted creations.

2. Fifth Ward Brewing Company


Oshkosh’s original Fifth Ward Brewery brought traditional lagers to the area in the mid to late 1800s. Inspired by their namesake, Fifth Ward Brewing Company is on a mission to continue brewing exceptional beer for the Oshkosh area. Stop by their taproom to sample some of their creations as well as their rotating selection of some of Wisconsin’s finest brews.

3. Bare Bones Brewery


Opening its doors in 2015, Bare Bones Brewery became Oshkosh’s first craft brewery in 20 years. Located in the town of Oshkosh rather than the city, it’s a bit off the beaten path, but worth the trek. From traditional ales to creative creations, the draught selection is always changing, so you’ll have to keep coming back to try what’s new on tap.

5. HighHolder Brewing Company


HighHolder Brewing Company takes its name from Oshkosh’s Bavarian and Bohemian immigrants, who settled in the city’s south side “bloody sixth ward” in the late 1800s and helped establish the area’s beer culture. Their handcrafted, small-batch brews can be found on tap at O’Marros Public House and The Roxy Supper Club.

6. Stone Arch Brewpub


Stone Arch Brewpub is the oldest, continuously running brewpub in the state of Wisconsin, and prides itself on sustainability. Visitors can enjoy English-inspired pub grub and one of their tasty beers on tap with a clear conscience knowing that they’re not only supporting one local company but also the other local, sustainable companies the beer and food ingredients were sourced from.
Fox River Brewing Company

7. Lion’s Tail Brewing Co.


Lion’s Tail Brewing Co. is based in Neenah and prides itself on using all locally sourced ingredients from Wisconsin and the Chicago area. Some of the ingredients even come straight from Neenah itself. Check out their taproom to try one of the 12 regional beers on tap, many from their own brewery.

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