WAUKESHA — Dr. Scott Kelley, Nick
Reistad and Kevin Brandenburg hope they can serve you a cold one
this summer, and the Plan Commission is on board.
Wednesday night, the commission unanimously approved a conditional
use permit for Raised Grain Brewing Company, planned for 2244 W.
The men plan to open a 2,480-square-foot craft brewery featuring
unique styles and tastes, and they have an eye toward regional
According to their business plan, they believe Waukesha is a great
market for a craft brewery and it’s completely unrepresented in the
craft beer craze.
They told the commission Wednesday night that they all have ties to
Waukesha, and hope to be open by summer 2015 so they can contribute
to the local community.
Kelley has some background in the brewing industry, as his father
was CFO for La Crosse-based G. Heileman Brewing Company. Reistad, a
marketing professional, and Brandenburg, who has experience in
starting new businesses, round out the team for a brewery whose
mission statement is “Boldly Brewed Beers.”
The brewery will have a tasting room featuring “exciting evolutions
not constrained by traditional beer styles,” like an IPA that
becomes a “veritable taste bud trip through hops east to west,”
according to the men’s business plan.
However, the commission is holding off on a decision to add
brewing-related language to the city’s zoning code until hearing
recommendations about how much of a part size should play in a
Mayor Shawn Reilly facetiously mentioned something the size of
Miller planning a brewery in Waukesha, and said he believes the city
needs a long-term plan.