A gathering place
At Beer Shop, our mission is to provide a place for the community to gather and connect while supporting regional producers of all kinds.
In our tasting room, you'll find beers, ciders, sodas and more all produced in the Midwest. Play a board game or card game, put together a puzzle, and listen to baseball on the radio. Well-behaved pets are welcome on our outdoor patio.
All the beer behind the bar is available to go. Fill a growler or build a mixed four or six pack. Our retail shop features even more beverages as well as regionally produced hand crafted items from soaps to syrup. We partner with local businesses whenever possible and strive to be responsible members of the community.
We love it here!
Beau Burlingame and his wife Jeanette have lived in the Midwest all their lives. Beau was born and raised in Milwaukee County and had two grandfathers who worked in breweries while Jeanette grew up on a 40 acre hobby farm outside of Westby. When they first met, Jeanette thought beer was gross and Beau thought he'd never live further than 20 minutes from the Brewers stadium.
Ten years later, Beau and Jeanette had happily moved their family to a 38 acre hobby farm in rural Monroe County and were dreaming of opening a craft beer bar together.
Beau would look at old buildings while driving and fantasize about how cool they would be as a craft beer bar. Beau's musings kept returning to one building in particular
(and it was actually for sale - a detail that grabbed Jeanette's attention).
The building that now houses Beer Shop started its life in 1939 as a gas station and auto repair shop. Beau, the dreamer, would go on and on about the potential of "a building like that", describing in detail how he'd set up a tasting room and what kinds of beers he'd stock. Jeanette, without much patience for make-believe, lovingly told her husband to "Make it happen or shut up about it, already - I'm getting thirsty!"
And so, much like their three children (with lots of love and a fair amount of yelling), Beer Shop was born.