CEDARBURG — With
a strong local fan base now in place since opening in 2016,
Cedarburg’s Fermentorium announced plans this week to open a second
location in Wauwatosa, at 6933 W. North Ave. as part of the East
“When we first
opened, it was always part of the plan to have a second facility
that would allow us to make sour beers,” said Fermentorium owner
plans actually filled a practical need if the Fermentorium was to
ever pursue sour beer production.
produced by fermentation and using yeast,” he explained. “Sour beers
incorporate bacteria into that process, and you really don’t want to
do both in the same location because you will have cross
contamination in your brewing. The second location will enable us to
produce sour beers without having that concern.”
He noted that
the Wauwatosa location will have a similar feel and front operation
much like the location at 7481 Highway 60 in the town of Cedarburg.
The 3,000-square foot space will occupy part of what used to be a
former Bartz Party Store.
they will not serve food at their new location.
“There are quite
a few restaurants in that area and we hope that we’ll be able to
work with them,” he said.
He noted that
the emphasis at the second location will be that of a tasting room
and not as a production facility.
“You won’t be
able to look in and see the stainless steel through the windows,” he
said of his Wauwatosa production facility. “Sour beers age for an
extended period of time in oak barrels and in fouders, which are
large wood barrels. These vessels allow the bacteria to thrive.”
he’s quite excited at the prospect of moving into the east Wauwatosa
neighborhood, an area that seen quite a resurgence in the past few
eying a second place to do sour beers and we’ve looked at a number
of locations,” he said. “I was approached by the developer of the
East Tosa Centre with the possibility of it becoming a second
the business environment and the neighborhood itself, he thought it
was a good fit.
“There’s a lot
of business collaboration and business activity down there; it
reminds me a lot of what happens in downtown Cedarburg,” he said.
“There’s a strong population density that’s into craft beer, and
there are not a lot of craft beer outlets in that particular
neighborhood, which has a great feel to it and is one we want to be
a part of going forward.”
He expects the
Fermentorium’s Wauwatosa location to open in June.