Ostram with bourbon barrels aging special brews.
Photo by Ryan Billingham
- It is always surprising for the new owner of Sweet
Mullets Brewing Co. to hear people in the community say:
“We have a local brewery?”
is a problem Chad Ostram is trying to correct, as he and
his crew take over Sweet Mullets, N58-W39800 Industrial
Road, a small brewery on the outskirts of town, with an
interior and a slate of innovative beers that might
surprise firsttime visitors.
took over the brewery about three months ago from
previous owner Mark Duchow, who opened the brewery and
ran it for four years. Duchow has since moved to
who was working in IT until recently, began as a home
brewer. Sweet Mullets is what he called “every home
brewer’s dream” — a chance to do what he loves and
hopefully make some money doing it.
think every home brewer’s dream is to own a
microbrewery,” he said. “They’re very passionate
about their hobby.”
Mullets is one of several breweries in Waukesha County
and the surrounding region. Small breweries are
proliferating. However, market share is still dominated
by the large domestic beer brewers.
and Leisure, 1225 Robruck Drive, also features
microbrews, though they are contract brewed by the
Delafield Brewhaus for now. The Brewhaus, Biloba Brewing
in Brookfield, and Raised Grain Brewing in Waukesha are
other small breweries in the county. In nearby Jefferson
County, Lake Mills boasts Tyranena Brewing and Fort
Atkinson is home to Bent Kettle Brewing.
growing demand for microbrews is indicative that the
general public’s beer tastes have become more
sophisticated, Ostram said.
look for new beers,” he said. “People will travel a
long way to experience a new brewery.”
brewery is currently offering an eclectic program of
beers including a more accessible golden ale to a funky
bourbon barrel stout.
offerings reflect Ostram’s plans for the future; he
wants to keep the beers people love and develop new
experiences for both longtime customers and new
recently brought on an assistant brewmaster, Josh
was helping out at the brewery previously for free to
learn more about brewing beer, but when some internal
ownership changes happened he was put on the payroll.
too, started with home brewing. A retired sailor, he
said his mom bought him his first brewkit, and he was
hooked on the activity.
love beer,” he said.
a transplant from northern California via marriage,
hopes to attend a brewing program in California for four
months to attain his certification as a master brewer.
has no plans to move away from Wisconsin after he is
certified, and said he just wants to make great beer.
now, though, he is enjoying creating new recipes and
working with Ostram to make their operation more
efficient and produce quality beers.
said a major focus of the new ownership is to increase
the brand’s reach and get Sweet Mullets beer on tap in
establishments across the area and region.
now, I am getting my
feet underneath me with respect to the business,” he
taproom, a surprisingly large and modern space when
first entered, is open for pizza and beer Mondays,
Wednesdays and Thursdays starting at 4 p.m. On Fridays
the kitchen features a full menu and is open from 4 p.m.
until 11 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays it opens at noon and
features a full menu with bloody Marys on Sundays.
more information about Sweet Mullets visit www.sweetmulletsbrewing.com.