Boldly brewing beers
Raised Grain Brewing Company opens in Waukesha

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

Sept. 23, 2015

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.
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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 special occasion.

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.

Black Walnut Belgian Imperial Stout is poured at Raised Grain Brewing Company in Waukesha.
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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 dont 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 thats spilled over to beer as well and people are looking for better experiences, Reistad said, adding that its 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 Waukesha.  
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Reistad said craft beer is a way for millennials to stand out and to feel connected to a brand.

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 Stout.

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 Os 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. Sunday.

Customers watch a Badgers game at Raised Grain Brewing in Waukesha.
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In the future, Reistad said, theyd 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

What: 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.