Campus Craft Brewery

Celebrating the Wisconsin IDEA

In the spring of 2014, Wisconsin Brewing Company’s Brewmaster Kirby Nelson had just finished speaking at the University of Wisconsin’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), when he ran into some students fresh out of fermentation class. They had created a milk stout and offered Kirby a sample of their brew.

“It was very good,” recalls Kirby. “I told them to come out to the brewery and we’d put it in the ‘big’ tanks.”

That offhand remark turned into an idea that became Campus Craft Brewery– a groundbreaking public-private partnership between Wisconsin Brewing Company and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Students from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and School of Journalism & Mass Communication work with Wisconsin Brewing Company to formulate, product, brand and market a new beer each year.

THE FOLLOWING BRANDS HAVE ALL BEEN CRAFTED IN FRIENDSHIP BY WISCONSIN BREWING COMPANY AND CAMPUS CRAFT BREWERY:

RE: FRESH Radler, A LIght and juicy, thirst quenching blend of real grapefruit soda and a classic lager beer, was Released in 2018.

Red Arrow American Pale Ale, brewed in honor of the 32nd infantry division of wisconsin and michigan, was Released in 2017.

S'Wheat Caroline American Wheat Ale, INSPIRED BY THE PROMISE OF WARM SUMMER DAYS ON THE MEMORIAL UNION TERRACE, was Released in 2016.

inaugural Red Lager, a classic red lager and the first beer crafted by campus craft brewery, was Released in 2015.