Complete List of Eau Claire Area Breweries (Ranked)
In Wisconsin, we love our beer, so it’s no surprise that Eau Claire is home to many local breweries. With so many options, it can be hard to choose where to go next. We’re here to help. We’ve listed four of our favorite Eau Claire breweries in town, along with our favorite beers to try. Prost!
1. The Brewing Projekt – Eau Claire
“Work worth doing, beer worth brewing,” is this Eau Claire brewery’s motto. Voted the best brewery in Eau Claire for four straight years, The Brewing Projekt prides itself on crafting great beer and offering a laid back atmosphere. Bring your family, friends, or dogs – as long as they’re all well-behaved, that is. Be sure to check out its rooftop patio, play some kubb on the lawn, and of course, try the wide variety of flavorful brews.
Best Beer To Try: Gunpowder IPA
This bold and bright IPA is completely unique and guaranteed to please. You’ll notice notes of citrus zest and green tea in both the flavor and aroma, giving this beer an herbal complexity and beautiful balance.
The Brewing Projekt Vibe
The Brewing Projekt, housed in a renovated industrial building, boasts an airy, modern space with a relaxed vibe throughout. When you visit the taproom, you’re not just in a bar, you’re in the heart of a brewery, complete with the sights, smells, and sounds that come with it. Meet a friend, grab a game, pick a brew, and settle in.
Brewing Projekt on Social Media
2. Modicum Brewery – Eau Claire
At Modicum, another highly popular Eau Claire brewery, you’ll taste Wisconsin in every sip. All of Modicum’s hops are sourced from Wisconsin, with almost all of their ingredients coming from the state as well. Modicum gets its name from the definition of the word: a modest amount of a highly desirable thing. Modicum is small by design, and believes that a little nuance goes a long way, which you can taste in its refined, balanced, and fresh brews.
Best Beer To Try: The Heavens
The Heavens is a soft, crisp pale lager with a toasty maltiness. This balanced brew is subtly herbal and is crafted with spelt, a more robust and nutritious type of wheat. Try it and the heavens just may open up to you.
Modicum’s atmosphere is warm and inviting with locally-harvested timber. The space is modern and cool, offering plenty of space to gather with friends and family at the 40-foot bar or in the party room.
Modicum on Social Media
3. Lazy Monk Brewing – Eau Claire
Lazy Monk, nestled on the Chippewa River, offers a rustic European charm with a modern feel, and, of course, good beer. Walk inside, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a traditional German or Czech bier hall. Along with a wide variety of beers and 12 on-tap options at this popular Eau Claire brewery, you’ll also find root beer and other sodas, along with a tasty food menu, making it a family-friendly destination.
Best Beer To Try: Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest is a beer rooted in tradition and worthy of a celebration. Despite its warm copper hue, this lager is refreshing and light, with a slightly sweet, caramel flavor. Try this seasonal beer August through November.
If you’re looking for a genuine bier hall atmosphere, look no further; it happens to be right in the heart of Eau Claire. The woodwork, fireplace, and custom-made Czech curtains give the space a warm, welcoming, traditional European vibe with a modern artisan flair that the whole family will enjoy.
Lazy Monk on Social Media
4. K Point Brewery – Eau Claire
Getting its name from a ski jumping term, K Point Brewery is a nanobrewery situated next to the Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire. Its focus is on brewing timeless beers that never go out style. Does someone in your group prefer grapes to grains? This Eau Claire brewery also goes beyond beer, offering wine, cocktails, cigars, and a full menu, so there’s a little something for everyone. Stop by with a few friends for some delectable bites and even better beer.
Best Beer To Try: In House Coffee Stout
This full-bodied brew combines the best of what both K Point and the Coffee Grounds have to offer. The In House Coffee Stout has a rich and hearty flavor and an enticing coffee aroma.This brew is sure to warm even the coldest heart.
K Point Brewery’s Vibe
K Point Brewery, located on the south side of Eau Claire, has an open, modern feel with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. On a beautiful day, order a brew and a burger and check out their large patio.
K Point Brewery on Social Media
Near Eau Claire: Chippewa Falls Breweries
Leinenkugels Brewery – Chippewa Falls
Leinenkugels is the brewery that needs no introduction. This is the oldest business in Chippewa Falls, founded in May 1867 (two years before the town was incorporated), and produces traditional, and highly popular, beers and shandys. Leinengkugels is distributed to all 50 states. Get a front row seat with a brewery tour, then relax with family and friends in the Leinie Lodge.
Brewster Brothers Brewing – Chippewa Falls
Check out the beautiful scenery and Chippewa River through big, bright windows at this Chippewa Falls brewery. At Brewster Brothers Brewing, try their award-winning beers and spirits, and special seasonal offerings. You can also find their popular drinks distributed throughout northern Wisconsin.
Near Eau Claire: Menomonie Breweries
Lucette Brewery – Menomonie
In Wisconsin’s great tradition of brewing, Lucette Brewery creates high-quality craft beers that are sure to please. Named after Paul Bunyan’s sweetheart, this Menomonie brewery seeks to recognize the beer and lumber industries that built our area. Pick a brew and one of their handcrafted Neapolitan-style pizzas and you’re ready for a great afternoon.
Zymurgy Brewery – Menomonie
At its core, Zymurgy Brewery aims to support the local economy through locally-sourced ingredients and partnerships, and create a sustainable operation with earth-conscious practices. Their taproom is large and airy, and hosts brewing classes and other community events. Try Sherlock, the brewery’s flagship ale named after the brewer’s cat.
Brewery Nonic – Menomonie
At the center of Brewery Nonic is the belief that beer can help a community develop, grow, and learn together. Brewery Nonic in Menomonie offers a wide variety of delicious beers in its light and airy taproom. Check out one of the local events held here and grab one of their popular ales.
Other Breweries Near Eau Claire, WI
Ombibulus Brewery – Altoona
This is a relatively new brewery in Altoona, but is already popular with many locals. With a wide variety of craft beers, a laid-back environment with ample seating and a cozy fireplace, and even a shuffleboard, Ombibulus Brewing has a moody, artisan vibe.
Northwoods Brewery – Osseo
Northwoods is the first microbrewery in west central Wisconsin, and is just a short drive down I94 from Eau Claire. Check out their full menu with pub food that makes the perfect pair to the wide craft beer selection. With a woodsy and warm vibe, choose a handcrafted brew, order a burger, and enjoy the lodge-like bar setting with your friends and family.
Visiting Eau Claire Breweries
Eau Claire breweries are full variety both in beverages and atmosphere. No matter your beer preferences, you’re sure to find a brewery you love. Many of Eau Claire’s breweries are located on the rivers or bike trails and make a wonderful outdoor summer activity.
Eau Claire Brewery Tours
Looking for an organized tour of several Eau Claire area breweries? Check out these local options and leave your keys at home.
Bus Bros Tour Company: They offer premier bus tours for those looking to explore the local craft breweries and wineries across western Wisconsin. Bus Bros. features partners in both Eau Claire and La Crosse, WI.
Eau Claire Rolling Tap: This is Eau Claire’s first pedal bar. It makes stops at local breweries and bars in the Downtown Eau Claire area. Visit their website for reservations.