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City Brewery
Not open to the public (as far as I know)
925 South Third Street
La Crosse WI 54601
Telephone: +1 608-785-4200
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Opened: 1999

Annual Production: 5,000,000 bbl

Contributors: Bryan Hubert, Ryan Weber, Scott Baldwin

Formerly the G.Heileman brewery, City Brewery bought the plant after Heileman closed due to Stroh's sale to Miller and Pabst in 1999. City Brewery closed shortly after opening, due to some financial problems of its own, but it looks like they're back in business again.

When they're not brewing beer, City manufactures almost all the Smirnoff Ice and Triple Black in the country, along with Mike's Hard Lemonade.

Updated: September 1, 2019


Beer List

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    12.00% abv.
    • Date: January 6, 2011 (#8409)
      Package: canned
      Place: Hy-Vee Stony Brook, Omaha NE
      Score: 12 points
      Appearance (3)
      Deep bright amber. Thick head.
      Aroma (2)
      Toasty, alcoholic, solventy.
      Mouthfeel (6)
      Thick, sweet, fizzy. Cidery. Acetone. Fruity. Alcoholic, but not 12-percent-alcoholic.
      Overall Impression (1)

    • Date: November 29, 2009 (#8040)
      Package: canned
      Place: from the brewery
      Score: 13½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright golden. Dense head.
      Aroma (2½)
      Grainy malt.
      Mouthfeel (7)
      Light-medium body. Grainy, biscuity malt. Sweet all the way through. No hop character at all. Sweet biscuity finish.
      Overall Impression (1)

  • American-Style Ice Lager

  • American-Style Light Lager

  • American-Style Lager
    5.00% abv.
    • Date: April 1, 2000 (#3415)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Northeast Wisconsin Beer Festival, Appleton WI
      Score: 10½ points
      Overall Impression (2)
      Yellow, moderate carbonation, thin head. Smells like corn. Light body, DMS flavor. The new Old Style.

  • American-Style Lager
    5.50% abv.
    • Date: May 2, 2003 (#4848)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Beer Club International
      Score: 13 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      April 2003 selection. Bright amber, low carbonation. Thick short-lived head. Fruity, hoppy, estery aroma. Medium body, fizzy. Nice hop bitterness and caramel malt flavor is overtaken by an American Lager stickiness and a blast of DMS. Nice start, lousy finish.

  • American-Style Lager

  • American-Style Pale Ale

  • Robust Porter