Raised Grain Brewing begins distributing beer locally
Bernie’s Tap Room to get first keg Friday

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

Oct. 22, 2015

 Scott Kelley, left, and James Gosset sample glasses of Raised Grain Brewery's Paradocs Red, a beer that will be sold at Bernie's Tap Room in Waukesha in the near future.
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WAUKESHA - Only open for a little more than a month, Raised Grain Brewing Co. is already growing and will distribute its first keg of beer to a downtown Waukesha bar Friday.

Starting later this week, Raised Grain’s signature Paradocs Red Imperial Red IPA will be on tap at fellow Waukesha business Bernie’s Tap Room, 351 W. Main St. Other beers crafted by Raised Grain will eventually be carried at Bernie’s, according to the announcement.

The sale to Bernie’s Tap Room marks Raised Grain Brewing Co.’s entrance into distributed beer. Raised Grain is now self-distributing its beers to local bars and restaurants.

“Bernie’s makes sense - they are a leader in the craft beer market, they are local, and they will do an excellent job of highlighting our beer,” said Nick Reistad, director of sales and marketing, in a statement. “They have been on board since day one, and we’re excited to begin the next phase of our business with a local partner.”

 Scott Kelley, left, and James Gosset transfer Raised Grain Brewery's Paradocs Red into kegs on Wednesday. The beer will be sold at Bernie's Tap Room in Waukesha in the near future.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

Opened at the beginning of September, Raised Grain Brewing Co. brews its beers onsite at 2244 W. Bluemound Road next to Home Depot, where it also has a tap room that is open to the public.  

Nine bold beers are sold at Raised Grain Brewing Co., including its newest, Door Jam Cherry IPA. The craft brewer is owned by Dr. Scott Kelley, Dr. James Gosset, Reistad and Kevin Brandenburg, who share a passion for locally made beer.

That local connection is important to both businesses, according to the announcement. There are plans for a beer dinner at Bernie’s in February featuring Raised Grain beers, as well as future collaborations.

“We are very excited to be the first Waukesha Craft Beer Bar to feature Raised Grain’s Paradocs Red. When we first tasted the beers at their brewery we were impressed by the big flavors and the artistry that went into each beer in their portfolio,” said John Bernhardt, craft beer manager at Bernie’s Tap Room, in a statement. “We look forward to having a great craft brewery located right here in the city of Waukesha.”



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