Thursday Doors: Beerscursion

I’ve been absent from Thursday Doors for about five months and have missed it greatly. A few issues kept me from joining in on a weekly basis:

  • Work
  • Life outside of work
  • A serious lack of time

Today, however, I’m joining in for a few good reasons:

  • I’ve had door photos waiting in the wings since last fall
  • I wanted to honor Norm’s return after a well-deserved hiatus
  • Beer

I bet that last bullet point got your attention, right?

Beer is served well behind the garage doors.

In early November, the brother and girlfriend came for a long weekend to visit with me and mom. As per the main rule of their visit, we must always find a new microbrewery within driving distance to check quality control of the product. We have driven to historic Green Bay, the capital city of Madison, the podunk town of Amherst and to various parts of the Appleton area. With the recent visit, we headed to the Michigan lakeshore and the bergs of Manitowoc, Algoma and Luxembourg.

Stop #1: Courthouse Pub in Manitowoc

The door and bar photo is not mine. I’ve been at Courthouse Pub so many times for great beer and excellent food that I blanked on taking a door photo. I do remember being hungry, so was more interested in the eats than the door. I hope Norm doesn’t deduct points for this omission.

The Courthouse Pub is directly across from the Manitowoc County courthouse. What a surprise! I only had their homemade root beer on this occasion because we had two more places to go on our journey and I wanted to savor something new. The brother and girlfriend had a sampler and enjoyed most of it. Something that happens with beerscursions is this: We don’t always like everything we taste. Brother loves hoppy beer while the girlfriend and I can’t stand the smell of it. I love chocolate ales and porters, while brother checks out a sour. Sometimes, as in the case of a brewery in Oshkosh, a beer will disgust me with the taste of an ashtray or surprise me with the flavors or strawberry and jalapeno.

Stop #2: Ahnapee Brewery in Algoma

This was a fun place. Check out the photos:

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Yes, this small taproom is housed in a former two-stall garage on the banks of the Ahnapee River. The brewery itself is located in an old dairy northwest of town. During the summer of 2016, my neighbor and I rode the Ahnapee State Trail on our bikes from Sturgeon Bay to Algoma. We didn’t know the taproom existed at the time, but that may have been a good thing since we had a 15 mile return trip to the car.

The Ahnapee taproom added a small sun porch on the back of the garage, which allows for views of the backyard and river. It appears that in the summer, they have outside seating and a grill for a cookout. Although the inside bar area is very cool and cozy, it was hard to take photos. The place was packed with people on a cold and blustery November day. I believe it was overflow from the winery that is two doors down. This was a cool place.

And we really liked their beer.

Stop #3: Thumb Knuckle Brewery, Luxembourg

Although the outside was very humdrum (brother asked me why I was taking a photo of the nondescript door), the inside was exceedingly cool in many ways. We loved the aluminum siding and wood details of this place.

If you are asking yourself why they called this Thumb Knuckle Brewery, we shall demonstrate: Hold up your left hand, palm facing forward. Now, put your four fingers together and stick out your thumb. You are now looking at the shape of the State of Wisconsin. Note where your thumb knuckle resides. That’s the location of Luxembourg, WI, and the brewery. Their flights of beer amusingly reflect the name as well.

We were not the greatest fans of their brews, although I only tried one or two. My favorite of the two was called MASH and it was a combination of beer and orange soda. It was like drinking an orange Dreamsicle with a buzz. Sounds gross, but it was very palatable.

We didn’t stay here long as it had been snowing on and off all day and it was time to head home.

Thank you, Norm, for the opportunity to share via Thursday Doors and begin the New Year with beer and the rest of the door peeps. Cheers!

If you are wondering what Thursday Doors is all about, click HERE to walk with Norm’s group of happy door stalkers. Door people travel all over the world (or just down the street) to find the biggest, best, prettiest and most enchanting doors imaginable. Make sure you peruse Norm’s weekly offering and click on the blue froggie thing at the bottom of the post. That will take you to the heart of the door people and their fabulous doors!

26 responses to Thursday Doors: Beerscursion

  1. Dan Antion says:

    You had me at beer. There’s nothing like a beerscursion and that hanging door was worth all the beer you had to drink. As for your descriptions, “taste of an ashtray” caught my attention – you don’t read that often in beer reviews.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I loved the hanging door and the design materials inside the bar. As for the ashtray beer, that’s what it tasted like to me. I don’t remember the type of beer, only that it was nasty, nasty, nasty.

      • Dan Antion says:

        Yuck. My daughter ordered a beer when we were in Pittsburgh, and it was awful. She said “it’s OK, I’ll drink it.” I tasted it and vetoed her decision. No one should drink a crummy beer.

  2. Joanne Sisco says:

    WP isn’t liking me lately, and your blog is one of the few where I’m still able to leave a *like* 🙂

    I’m not much of a beer drinker (sorry, can we still be friends?), but I do enjoy samplers. Like you, there is always at least one that leaves me unimpressed, while a couple of them are winners. My taste leans heavily to the very light beers. Combine it with food, and that’s a great outing with a good friend 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      We’ll always be friends, Joanne! Beer, wine or other!

      I’ve had issues with WP on my phone, but it’s been okay on the laptop. WP must have let out few Gremlins out and they headed right over to your blog.

  3. Doors that lead to good craft beer rate an A+ in my book. 🙂 The horizontal door with the hooks made me smile because we have a door similar to that at home that we use in an entry way to hang coats.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Using a door to hang coats is a very cool idea. I really like how the taproom fancied it up and added knickknacks. I don’t know if I would go back to that one, but I did love The Tap Room in Algoma. I will have to take my biking buddy there this summer.

  4. You and I are kindred beer spirits! Forget hoppy–give me dark and smooth. Not sure about the Dreamsicle thing, though. I appreciate your dedication to quality control and urge you to forge on, no matter the cost!! 🙂


    • bikerchick57 says:

      My favorite brewpub beer to date has been Atwater Decadent dark chocolate ale. Delicious and very smooth. I shall forge on, Janet, with sudsy determination and willing taste buds!

      • I like Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout from England. A bit pricey, though, but maybe my favorite. I’ll have to look for Atwater. Sounds delish!

  5. marianallen says:

    You had me at beer, too! My favorite beer (sorry, Dan, not Yuengling) is Dragon’s Milk bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. Don’t like hoppy beer. Do like milk stout. Do like porter. On the other end of the spectrum, I love Blue Moon, which always comes with an orange slice. –Oh, uh, yeah, nice doors.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Any beer that comes from a bourbon barrel is worth a try!

      I suppose we should talk about the doors. At least my attention span was long enough to take a few photos.

  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    Beerscursion eh? I think it’s so benevolent of you to help all of these small local businesses out by pitching in on the quality control for them 😀
    They’re lucky to have you 😉
    Either way, glad to see you back. This is a nice collection and most have a very useful purpose: offering access to liquid refreshments.
    All the best for 2018 – cheers!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Cheers to you too, Norm! It’s a hard life to be immersed in beer quality control, but someone has to do it! I think there may be a few more beercursions this year, so stay tuned!

  7. Donnalee says:

    Well, ‘beer’ and ‘door’ have the same pattern of letters in them, so I can see that it works even if the doors are on the plain side and mainly an excuse to get to the good stuff!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I like the way you think! Since beer and door are so similar, I should probably keep them together as often as possible 😉

  8. joey says:

    That’s a delightful tale of beer and doors and good times 🙂 That bar has a clever name, indeed.
    I really like the part about what y’all prefer. I like just about anything, but I do have a fondness for my lambic fromboise for the pure pleasure of drinking it, pale ale to eat just about anything spicy, but Guinness for sammiches, always. The Mister only likes stouts and porters. I drink cocktails unless there’s a great stout or porter, then, I’m the driver 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I don’t believe I’ve had lambic fromboise, but I’ll try anything once. I don’t care for Guinness much, but that is individual taste buds that tell me “no”. You can have it with your sammiches and I’ll stick with an ale or porter or stout. K? 😀

      • joey says:

        Yep! There’s certainly enough of a variety around 🙂
        You must try the lambic framboise. It’s a party in your mouth. Well, if you like raspberries. If you don’t like raspberries, it may be vile. 🙂

  9. When I come to visit you in Wisconsin (I don’t know when but this is something that must happen), I will definitely expect a beerscursion.
    Yes, I held up my hand and made the shape of Wisconsin. I’m not sure if I should be embarrassed about that.
    Beer and Fanta? I’ll take your word for it because I’m not taking a pint.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I used to love and go in search of Fanta red cream soda. Not sure they make that flavor anymore since I rarely drink soda these days, but…

      When you come to Wisconsin, bring your beer mug and a bike. Beerscursions after a nice long bike ride makes for a wonderful day! 🙂

      • Somewhere we travelled once had multiple flavours of Fanta which was a novelty because at the time it only came in orange here. Even now, we only have grape and raspberry as additions.

        Bike and Beer. Lock it in, Eddie! (FYI That’s a Who Wants to be a Millionaire Australian edition reference.)

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