Celebrating the construction of Raised Grain Brewing
Company, from left, Kevin Brandenburg, owner, Greg
Reistad, Nick Reistad, owner, Scott Kelley, owner,
and James Gosset, owner, raise a glass. Greg Reistad
made the business's bar out of reclaimed lumber.
WAUKESHA - As millennials continue to
seek out originality, craft beers are going to remain
popular, said Nick Reistad, who recently opened Raised
Grain Brewing Company with several business partners.
Located at 2244 W. Bluemound Road, Raised
Grain Brewing Company offers eight crafted beers and
plans to offer four more in the coming months. Customers
can sit in the 1,800-square-foot tap room and have a
glass or flight of beer or take a growler to go. The
4,000-square-foot space is flexible, including the
2,200-square-foot brewing area, so people can rent the
space for a business event, wedding reception or other
Raised Grain quietly opened a couple of
weeks ago, but owners Dr. Scott Kelley, Dr. James Gosset,
Reistad and Kevin Brandenburg are ready to hold a grand
opening celebration starting Wednesday. The owners all
live in the Brookfield area, Reistad said, so the
location next to Home Depot made sense. Also, its
location allowed Raised Grain to easily tap into the
Waukesha and Brookfield markets, he said.
Walnut Belgian Imperial Stout is poured at Raised
Grain Brewing Company in Waukesha.
The business was initially started when
homebrewers and successful doctors Kelley and Gosset
began an argument about beer and whether Scotland or
Belgium made better beer. That argument spurred them to
create a beer that combined the best of both types,
resulting in the creation of the Paradocs Red.
One year ago, the four owners met and
began to form the business.
“We have boldly brewed beers; we have big
flavors. We don’t feel like we are constrained by
traditional styles,” Reistad said of what sets beers
brewed by Raised Grain separate from other micro brews.
The two brewers, Kelley and Gosset, use
their scientific background to understand beer making at
the molecular level, which also results in better beer,
Reistad said. No corners are cut in the brewing area and
the focus is on quality, he said.
“I think people have gotten exposure to
the resurgence in food and wine and that’s spilled over
to beer as well and people are looking for better
experiences,” Reistad said, adding that it’s especially
millennials who are looking for an experience in
addition to simply consuming food and beverages.
A beer rests in the
brewing area of Raised Grain Brewing Company in
Reistad said craft beer is a way for
millennials to stand out and to feel connected to a
The eight beers on tap at Raised Grain
are Paradocs Red IIPA, Birdseye Belgian Tripel, Kilted
Kolsch, Spring City Amber, Six Stone Scotch Ale, Ah Ha
IPA, Roggenaut Rye IPA and Black Walnut Belgian Imperial
A grand opening celebration is schedule
to launch Wednesday with brewery tours from 7 p.m. to 9
p.m. On Thursday there will be a Barbecue and Brews
event from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Smokey O’s food
truck, which will set up outside the brewery on
Thursdays until the weather gets too cold. Friday, there
will be a beanbag tournament from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and
Yoga in the Brewery from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Saturday (advanced registration required). The Badger
football game will be shown 7 p.m. Saturday and there
will be an extended happy hour from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Customers watch a Badgers game at Raised Grain
Brewing in Waukesha.
In the future, Reistad said, they’d like
to bring in more food trucks. While food is not served
in Raised Grain, customers are welcomed to bring
take-out food or whatever snacks they want from home.
At a glance
Raised Grain Brewing Company
Where: 2244 W. Bluemound Road, Unit E, Waukesha,
next to Home Depot
When: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays,
4 p.m. to midnight
Fridays, noon to midnight Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays. A grand opening celebration will be held
Wednesday through Sunday of this week.