Vintage Brewing opens $7 million facility in Sauk City, announces plans for another Madison bar and restaurant
Excerpted from Wisconsin State Journal
By Barry Adams
The newest addition to the state’s growing craft beer scene offers panoramic views of the Wisconsin River, an outdoor beer garden, 40 tap lines in the main bar and a stylish 250-seat wedding and banquet facility.
The 26,000-square-foot, $7 million Vintage Brewing Co. facility that opened Monday could help pave the way for a hotel, bring more business to the village’s downtown and draw customers from Madison, Wisconsin Dells and nearby Devil’s Lake State Park, which drew nearly 3 million visitors last year.
But the heart of the operation is a 30-barrel brewhouse in the basement that will ultimately be used to pump out 8,000 barrels of beer a year, on top of the 2,000 barrels being produced at the Vintage on Whitney Way in Madison.
The way this family-owned company is growing, the Sauk City brewery, scheduled to begin production next month, is going to be a busy place. By next fall, Vintage, which also has a bar and restaurant at the corner of University Avenue and Francis Street, will have four locations. The company not only opened the doors of its newest venture on Monday but announced that it will also have a restaurant and bar in the eight-story Gebhardt Building in the 800 block of East Washington Avenue in Madison.
“There are no lack of opportunities,” said Trent Kraemer, one of six owners of Vintage. “Craft beer is hot.”