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  • Ahnapee Brewing first opened its doors in 1868 in the city of Ahnapee, now named Algoma as a premier producer of Wisconsin craft beers. Bohemian immigrants brought skilled craftsmen to erect Kewaunee County’s first sizable building.

    Beers were produced under the supervision of the head brewmaster, Henry Schmiling (the great- great-great-great uncle of the current owners). The Civil War veteran sold barrels of Wisconsin craft beers by horse and sleigh, rail and the schooner, “Whisky Pete.” Schmiling’s Ahnapee Lager was known far and wide for its Wisconsin-made quality. Hops blight put the original brewery out of business in 1886.

    A new chapter in the brewery’s history begins in summer of 2013. Fueled by the dreams of our General Manager and Head Brewer, Nick Calaway, we’re picking up where Henry left off. This time Wisconsin craft beers are produced in small batches and feature full-flavored beer with aging potential to be served in a tap room two doors down from von Stiehl winery at 105 Navarino Street.

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