In 1847, William Rahr brought his passion for beer from Rhineland, Germany—where his ancestors had been stirring hops for years—to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, where he opened his own brewery and, later, a malt house. William's passion passed through the generations, eventually inspiring his great-great-grandson Fritz Rahr to open his own brewery with his wife, Erin, in 2004.
Today Rahr & Sons Brewing Company—whose Iron Thistle brew was named a National Grand Champion at the United States Beer Tasting Championships in 2009—pours more than 5,000 barrels each year. Encompassing amber lagers, bocks, IPAs, and more, Rahr's lineup of year-round and seasonal brews take their names from weather systems, homely dogs, buffalo hindquarters, and the storm clouds William saw on his voyage to America. The 20,000-square-foot facility welcomes visitors on popular Saturday and Wednesday tours, where fans can watch grain swirl and bob before it ships off to local farms and bakeries as a special treat for cattle and unique ingredient in artisanal bread.
Featuring an extensive menu of creative American food—including The Reuben 1976, born on the restaurant and brewery's opening day—Humperdink's has served the mertroplex area for 36 years. Humperdink's boasts menu items such as barbecue ribs, sustainable seafood, steaks, gourmet burgers, and original buffalo hot wings, along with a number of award-winning microbrews crafted on the premises and served on tap.
During a trip to Munich's Oktoberfest in 2009, lifelong Texans Brad Perkinson and Michael Vieth developed a thirst for delicious craft beer. When they returned home, they set loose that passion on beer brewed in their home state. After getting laid off from his day job, Perkinson decided to turn his passion for brewing into a business, and founded the FireWheel Brewing Co. Today, droves of loyal customers eagerly sip and sample bottles of brews such as the rich, hoppy Texas Pale Ale, or the creamy, intense Midnight Ninja American Black Ale. During weekly tours, visitors watch the chemistry-magic of the brewing process first-hand. Guests end their tour with complementary FireWheel beers served in a pint glass, rustic mason jar, or even more rustic upturned ten-gallon hat.