It’s been fun to see my hometown brewery, Ahnapee Brewery, evolve since they opened in 2013, growing from a very modest but well-executed lineup of traditional styles to some of their more creative, ambitious beers they’ve been putting out using limited space and equipment. One of those beers being an Imperial Raspberry Ale, aged in wine barrels and the other a Baltic barrel-aged Porter called “The Crooked Hobo.” I had picked these up as a last pit stop before returning to Chicago after spending the weekend back visiting family in February. Recently, I found the perfect opportunity to crack them open while working at a friend’s apartment on a Friday afternoon.
A town of nearly 3,200 people, Algoma, Wisconsin lacks even a single stop light. Ahnapee itself is small in size, with a taproom that seats about 30 in what used to be a garage with an off-premise facility where they brew a few miles away. Head brewer Nick Calaway opened Ahnapee with the help of the neighboring winery, Von Steihl, in June 2013 after leaving Titletown Brewing about 30 minutes away in Green Bay. Just recently, Nick purchased the brewery outright from the winery, allowing more freedom to fully run Ahnapee to his heart’s content…. Read More