Best Local Beer (Specific Brew)

1st Place: Leinekugel’s Summer Shandy
2nd Place: Brewing Projekt Gunpowder IPA
3rd Place: Lazy Monk Oktoberfest

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Wisconsinites love their suds. And who better to roll out the barrel than that local legend, the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.? Half beer, half lemonade, and 100 percent tasty summer beverage, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy has quickly become the company’s best selling product nationally, but it remains a local favorite as well. But it’s not all big companies on this year’s top three. Two relatively new local craft breweries — the Brewing Projekt and Lazy Monk — are earning their place on tap. Take a walk on the hoppy side with The Brewing Projekt’s Gunpowder IPA or indulge your inner German with Lazy Monk’s Oktoberfest. Whether you’re saying “prost,” “salud,” or “cheers,” finding a quality cold one in the Chippewa Valley has gotten a lot easier over the years. Local brewers, this one’s for you! — Garrett Denney