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
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
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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