Pictured are the new owners of the former Silver Creek
Brewery, from left, Dale Georgeff, Peter Olds and Rod
Otto. They will rename it Rebellion Brewery.
Photo by Art Dahlke
CEDARBURG — With their longstanding friendship and love
of beer, the opportunity to take over the Silver Creek
Brewery space along Cedar Creek was too much to pass up
for Dale Georgeff, Rod Otto and Peter Olds.
had gotten to talking with Steve Roensch, one of the
Silver Creek owners, and he mentioned that they were
basically ready to retire and we got to talking,” said
Georgeff, a homebrewer along with Otto.
for Olds, he’s the owner of Martini Pete’s in Grafton
and a partner in Cedarburg’s North 48. The chance for a
third establishment with a focus on beer intrigued him.
“We’re definitely going to some beer-based cocktails,
which we really don’t offer at the other two places,”
three partners took ownership of the bar and its beer
recipes (as well as Silver Creek’s root beer) at the end
of last month, and on a recent quiet weekday, they were
busy turning the former Silver Creek Brewery into
“Join the rebellion,” Olds joked.
Meanwhile, Otto was busy cleaning out the tanks and
getting a general feel for the lay of the brewery
operations. From under a tank, he threw his two cents
“Everyone’s welcome,” he said.
space itself, housed in the basement of the oldest
operating business in Cedarburg – the grist mill along
Cedar Creek – was incorporated as Silver Creek Brewing
Co. in 2002 and started brewing its own beer in 2004.
Though known for its beer, the establishment does have a
full liquor license.
addition to its historic interior in the 1858 Cedarburg
Grist Mill, the former Silver Creek Brewery has a
popular patio overlooking Cedar Creek.
Photo by Mark Justesen
addition to the name change, the new owners plan to do
some remodeling and reorganizing within the space.
is actually designed as a pack-and-ship brewery, so we
definitely plan to not only have our own beer on tap,
but also sell and distribute it,” said Olds.
plan to use the existing Silver Creek recipes as well as
incorporate their own favorites, including Rod’s Spicy
Banana, one of Otto’s personal favorites.
new owners don’t plan to change a lot of what made the
space so successful for many years. There are no
immediate plans to add food service – BYO food will
still be welcome – but an additional bathroom is in the
there may just be a little entertainment on the schedule
once Rebellion opens in a month or so as Otto owns 401K
Karaoke, making the space a natural fit for those who
like to exercise their pipes as well as their taste in