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