How exciting is it when new businesses open and you see more local entrepreneurs in your hometown? This past week I visited Racine Brewing Company with my boyfriend [Paul] (the true beer expert between the two of us). We absolutely love hanging out in the downtown Racine, and Racine Brewing Company is going to be a great fit for this area. One of the greatest things, in my humble opinion, is that the goal of this Wisconsin microbrewery to be family friendly. On top of brewing their own beer, they make and serve their own soda! Throughout the year they plan to host family-friendly events.
We absolutely loved the atmosphere of the taproom at Racine Brewing Company. It is a very open, clean space, and a nice lounging area with couches near the window. It’s a great place to bring friends and have a calm, laidback afternoon. We loved the creative touch of a glass of hops as the centerpieces for the tables, too.
Now, I’m not a huge beer lover like Paul, but I’m always willing to try something new. I especially love trying new things right in my hometown of Racine, Wisconsin! Not to mention, I’m making it a personal goal to find at least one beer I like at every brewery I visit. I’m happy to say I was successful to find a craft beer that I WOULD repurchase.
Shown above were our selections when we arrived, and we were happily surprised with not only the variety of beers, but everything was reasonably priced too. You can get a flight of four beers for $6, and a flight of six for $9. I got a flight of four, and my craft beer loving boyfriend, of course, chose six.
From left to right, I chose Lakehouse Cream Ale, Coffee Brown Ale, Afternoon Delight Saison, and the Coconut Porter. My favorite by far was the Afternoon Delight, but I was quite surprised with how much I enjoyed the Coconut Porter. I’m not a huge fan of darker beers (nor darker liquors either!), but the coconut flavor was bold and shone through the beer nicely.
My boyfriend’s flight of six consisted of Lakehouse Cream Ale, Coho Orange Tangerine IPA, Forgotten Porter, Make American Strong Ale Great Again, Afternoon Delight, and the Coconut Porter. I did have a taste of the Strong Ale (and I loved the full name–clever!), which was good, but doesn’t beat the Afternoon Delight for me! Paul absolutely raved about the Orange Tangerine IPA; it was his favorite by far.
Of course, not only did I get a flight of beers, I HAD to try one of their homemade sodas too! $2 for a 16oz glass of soda (no ice…so you get ALL SODA here. No skimping!) They offer rootbeer, orange, raspberry, and ginger sodas. I quickly chose raspberry, and Andy, one of the owners, said it’s one of their more popular flavors.
Overall, we loved our entire experience: an awesome local feel with incredibly friendly owners, great beers and sodas, and a comfortable, laid back atmosphere. Needless to say, we will be back to visit for more craft brews…..with friends!