A homebrewed taste of our enduring beer culture
Located under the Dome.
Local homebrewers Lee Reiherzer and Jody Cleveland provide an overview of the homebrewing process, set against a backdrop of brewing and beer history in Oshkosh. Tastings will include a local Oktoberfest, a recipe from the historic Rahr Brewing Company and a Prohibition-era beer recipe.
Elk's Head Beer
The Rahr Brewing Company produced beer in Oshkosh at its family-owned brewery from 1865 until 1956. For much of that time, the Rahr's flagship beer was a rich, golden lager named Elk's Head. This homebrewed interpretation of Elk's Head is brewed from the Rahr's original recipe.
When Prohibition began, Oshkosh didn't go dry. Homebrewers and wildcat breweries kept the city awash in beer. Oshkosh Wildcat is brewed from a recipe commonly used during that time. An amber beer, it has the "high kick" that was common among the illegal brews that flourished in Oshkosh during the "dry" years of 1920-1933.
Otter St. Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest-style beer has become the traditional fall beer of Oshkosh. The homebrewed Oktoberfest we'll be tasting was made in Oshkosh and comes with a deep, amber color, a medium body, and a malty flavor featuring notes of caramel. The clean, dry finish of this lager is in keeping with its German roots.
There will also be a display of local brewery memorabilia at the event.