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Courthouse Pub
Bar/Tasting RoomRestaurant
1001 South Eighth Street
Manitowoc WI 54220
Telephone: +1 920-686-1166
Hours: Summer: Monday-Friday 10:30am, Saturday 3:00pm; Winter: Monday-Thursday 11:00am-9:00pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00am-9:30pm
Brewer: Brent Boeldt
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Notes

Visited: November 21, 2003

Opened: 2001

Manitowoc's Courthouse Pub is located at the corner of 8th and Washington, across the street from the courthouse, and in the shadow of the Anheuser-Busch malt works. There's been a restaurant of one kind or another on that site for more than 140 years, starting with F. Willinger's Beer Hall in 1860. For some reason, I had expected to find a "neighborhood bar" kind of place, along the lines of Rowland's Calumet Brewery. Instead, Courthouse Pub is an impressive upscale-yet-comfortable kind of place, with lots of dark wood trim, three dining rooms separate from the bar, and waitstaff decked out in pressed white shirts and ties. There's a full bar with an impressive array of top-notch Scotches, Whiskies, and Cognacs, and the only guest beer appears to be Guinness, with which they're happy to pour you a Black and Tan. The brewhouse is a four-barrel extract system with two fermenters. They had just run out of their Oktoberfest beer before my 2002 visit, and they had not yet tapped their Porter. The lunch menu consists of some fine appetizers - including a wonderful helping of smoked salmon - for $3-$12, salads ($6-$9), and sandwiches etc ($6-8).

Updated: January 23, 2008

Beer List

    • Date: October 23, 2002 (#4466)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 14½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Bright pale golden, thick head. Grainy sweet malt aroma. Light body. Sweet grainy malt flavor and finish. Very low carbonation.

    • Date: October 23, 2002 (#4468)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Deep red-brown, thick head. Toasty caramelly spicy aroma. Light body. Huge caramel flavor with spicy hops. Very mild bitterness. Some oaky and raisiny notes.

  • European-Style Dark/Münchner Dunkel
    • Date: November 21, 2003 (#5144)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Bright red-brown. Nice dense head. Toasty, sweet, malty aroma. Medium body, reasonably fizzy. Lots of sweet maltiness, with hints of toast. The slightest touch of noble hop flavor in the middle, and a growing bitterness toward the end.

  • Münchner-Style Helles
    • Date: October 23, 2002 (#4465)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 12½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Bright copper color, thick head. Mild toasty malt aroma. Light body. Toasty malt flavor with quite a bit of diacetyl.

  • South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier