Raised Grain rising
Local brewery has become a regional powerhouse

By Darryl Enriquez - Special to Conley Media

Aug. 29, 2019

 Three of the main players in the daily production of the craft beer Raised Grain talk about their product while standing in front of nearly ceiling-high stacks of empty beer cans. They are (from left) Justin Buschke, lead shift brewer; Nick Reistad, a brewery owner, and Dan Pauly, a brewer.
Darryl Enriquez/Special to Conley Media

WAUKESHA — Raised Grain Brewing Co., the craft beer brewery and tap room, is on track to produce 5,000 barrels by the end of 2019, which is double its 2018 production, according to an owner and spokesman, Nick Reistad.

“I remember making (beer) deliveries in a van we bought for $1,000,” Nick Reistad said during an interview at his spacious business.

Now, the business with 14 fulltime employees and 30 part-timers has three delivery vans that take Raised Grain products to destinations throughout southeast Wisconsin and Madison.

Launched on the Labor Day holiday four years ago, the journey for Reistad and staff has been amazing, he said. On Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Raised Grain will celebrate its anniversary with special beer releases, food, live music and an outdoor beer tent.

The Wisconsin versus Michigan college football game will be on the big screens. The game begins at 11 a.m.

The event also will mark the first anniversary of Raised Grain’s tap room at 1725 Dolphin Drive. The business previously was located off of Bluemound Road, west of the Home Depot store.

Reistad, 36, was raised in Brookfield and currently lives in Pewaukee. Before entering the brewing field, Reistad was a professional bicycle rider, competing throughout the world, and later worked in marketing. He earned a marketing degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating in 2006. His three partners in Raised Grain also are UW grads, he said.

“The goal of Raised Grain is to entrench ourselves in Waukesha,” Reistad said. “We want customers to check out our beer, and hopefully they ll check out downtown and the great park system. That’s our focus for now.”

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