Category: Beer

The craft brewing scene has grown tremendously on the peninsula in recent years. Door County breweries have popped up in Egg Harbor, Sturgeon Bay, Baileys Harbor, and Ellison Bay, with two more just across the border in Kewaunee County.

Whether you love IPAs, Belgian saisons, ciders, or lagers, one of these Door County breweries will quench your thirst.

Door County Breweries

Door County Brewing Company

2434 Cty F
Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
(920) 839-1515

Founded in 2012, Door County Brewing Company is a family owned craft brewery. Owned and run by the McMahon family, Door County Brewing Company is located in Baileys Harbor and uses as many ingredients for their beer from Door County as possible. Their tap room features Wisconsin cheese boards and curds, live music, and they frequently bring in food trucks.

Island Orchard Cider

12040 Garrett Bay Rd
Ellison Bay, WI 54210
(920) 854-3344

Located on the northern tip of the peninsula, Island Orchard Cider makes its home in Ellison Bay. Island Orchard Cider owns an orchard on Washington Island where they grow the apples for their ciders. Their tasting room and cider pub offer customers an opportunity to see the cider making process.

Shipwrecked Brew Pub

7791 Hwy 42
Egg Harbor, WI 54209
(920) 868-2767

Shipwrecked Brew Pub was the first microbrewery in Door County, opened in 1997. Housed in a historic building in the center of Egg Harbor that dates to 1882, the brewery and restaurant is open year ’round. Brewmaster Rich Zielke is in charge of brewing the hand-crafted Door County beers. Shipwrecked offers an extensive menu in their restaurant and also operates an inn.

Shipwrecked burned in a fire in August of 2017. Its owners hope to rebuild in time for the 2018 summer season.

Starboard Brewing Company

151 N. 3rd Ave
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
(920) 818-1062

Located in downtown Sturgeon Bay, Starboard Brewing Company is Door County’s first nano-brewery. Their tap room offers their in-house brewed craft beers, Wisconsin cheeses, smoked salmon, and more.

Kewaunee County Breweries

Ahnapee Brewery

202 Clark St.
Algoma, WI 54201
(920) 785-0822

Ahnapee Brewing stretches back as far as 1868 and is an integral part of beer-making in Wisconsin. This tap room offers flatbread pizza, snacks, small-batch beers and tasting events.

Thumb Knuckle Brewing Company

E0208 Hwy 54
Luxemburg, WI 54217

Newly opened in 2017, Thumb Knuckle Brewing Company is located in Luxemburg, Wis. The brewery has three beers available with a fourth in the works. The tap room also offers its own soda and growlers.

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