Central Waters Brewing Company

Central Waters Brewing Company

351 Allen Street
Amherst, WI, 54406
United States


Year Established: 1998


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In 1996, two friends, Mike McElwain and Jerome Ebel, bought an old brick building on Highway 10 in Junction City, Wisconsin. The building, built around 1920, was originally a Model-A Ford dealership. Subsequently, the building housed a barbershop, followed by a liquidator of second-hand goods, before being vacated in 1988. Mike and Jerome purchased the building in 1996, and spent the next two years thoroughly cleaning and restoring it. When the facility was ready for its first beer production, the friends put together the funds to purchase some used dairy equipment. This equipment was retrofitted to ultimately become the brewery's first brew house. Months later, Central Waters Brewery came to be. Mike and Jerome began production using their own home brewing recipes. The initial brews were offered in growlers, 12 and 24 ounce bottles, and kegs. The original lineup included: Ouisconsing Red Ale, Happy Heron Pale Ale, and Mudpuppy Porter. The pair also made an award winning barley wine; in 2000, Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale captured a bronze medal at that year's World Beer Cup. Within a few months of the first beer production, Paul Graham was hired to help Jerome and Mike so that they could maintain their full-time jobs. The partners' start up was part of a national trend toward producing bigger and better beers at the small, local level. The exact opposite of what most Americans had seen since the emergence of modern refrigeration and big, national brands, these microbreweries revisited pre-prohibition recipes, and further developed them to include most varieties brewed around the world. After three years under the original ownership, the brewery went up for sale. Brewer Paul Graham teamed up with avid home-brewer and literal "beer fanatic," Clint Schultz, to purchase the building, equipment, and recipes. This move secured the place of craft brewing in Central Wisconsin. While the original beer list was good, Clint and Paul had ideas of their own. They expanded on the original lineup by turning seasonal favorites, Lac Du Bay India Pale Ale (IPA) and Satin Solstice Imperial Stout, into regular brews. In addition, they also wanted to offer bottles in six packs. In order to achieve this, the duo acquired an automated bottling machine. Shortly after the acquisition of the bottling machine, the original brew house fired for the last time. Not being designed for the stress it was enduring, the main brew kettle cracked beyond repair. On its five-year anniversary, Central Waters purchased a 15-barrel brew house, and two 30-barrel fermenters to support the larger batches produced by the new brew house. In early 2006, Clint Schultz left the brewery to pursue other interests. The brewery is now owned and operated by Paul Graham and Anello Mollica, who bring over 24 years of brewing experience into the company. Currently, Central Waters Brewing Company services over 200 retail locations in Central Wisconsin, and has expanded its product line to include 18 beer styles. Moving from Junction City to a new facility in Amherst, Wisconsin in January of 2007, Central Waters can better support the growing demand. CWBC continues to build on the solid reputation of producing the finest quality beers in Central Wisconsin.

ID: 2214 Last updated 2 days ago Added to database 20 years ago


Beer | Style | ABV Score
Central Waters / Local Option Bourbon Barrel La Petite Mort
Belgian Strong Ale| 9 %
3.440 (2)
Central Waters / Local Option De Kleine Dood
Belgian Strong Ale| 9.1 %
3.225 (1)
Central Waters Anniversary Edition XXIV Coconut Macaroon
Imperial Stout| 14.3 %
3.125 (1)
Central Waters Belgian Blonde Ale
Belgian Ale| 8.5 %
3.220 (2)
Central Waters Brewer''s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
American Barleywine| 14.3 %
3.947 (14)
Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cassian Sunset
Imperial Stout| 10 %
Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout
Fruit Stout| -
3.731 (10)
Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Pecan Kringle Stout
Imperial Stout| 12.3 %
3.225 (1)
Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale
Scottish Ale| -
3.688 (5)
Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout
Imperial Stout| 9.5 %
4.017 (27)
Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Octoberfest
Marzen / Oktoberfest| 5.5 %
3.127 (8)
Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve 7 Layer Stout
Imperial Stout| 12 %
3.250 (1)
Central Waters Brewhouse Coffee Stout
Coffee Stout| -
3.758 (9)
Central Waters Elder Weiss
Hefeweizen| -
Central Waters Farmhouse Coffee Porter
Porter| -
Central Waters Glacial Trail IPA
IPA| 5.5 %
3.210 (7)
Central Waters Happy Heron Pale Ale
American Pale Ale| -
3.300 (11)
Central Waters Headless Heron
Spiced Beer| 8.5 %
3.300 (1)
Central Waters Honey Blonde
Blonde Ale| -
3.120 (2)
Central Waters Hop Harvest
American Pale Ale| -
3.413 (5)
Central Waters Hop Rise Session Ale
IPA| -
3.240 (2)
Central Waters Illumination Double IPA
Imperial IPA| 9 %
3.630 (7)
Central Waters Irish Dry Stout
Dry Stout| -
3.275 (1)
Central Waters Irish Red Ale
Irish Ale| -
3.250 (1)
Central Waters Irish Union
Amber Ale| -
Central Waters Junc Town Brown Ale
Brown Ale| -
Central Waters Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale
American Barleywine| 10 %
3.772 (11)
Central Waters Lac du Bay IPA
IPA| 7.2 %
3.317 (3)
Central Waters Mango Milkshake
IPA| 7.6 %
3.100 (1)
Central Waters Mud Puppy Porter
Porter| 5.5 %
3.523 (19)
Central Waters Ocotoberfest Lager
Marzen / Oktoberfest| 5.5 %
3.175 (1)
Central Waters Ouisconsing Red Ale
Amber Ale| 5 %
3.400 (4)
Central Waters Peruvian Morning Imperial Stout
Imperial Stout| 8 %
3.908 (10)
Central Waters Renewable Red
Irish Ale| -
Central Waters Rye Barrel Chocolate Porter
Imperial Porter| 9.5 %
Central Waters Salty Dog
Gose| 6 %
3.075 (1)
Central Waters Satin Solstice Imperial Stout
Imperial Stout| 7.5 %
3.621 (21)
Central Waters Shine On
Irish Ale| -
3.225 (5)
Central Waters Slainte Scottish Style Ale
Scottish Ale| 5.2 %
3.286 (4)
Central Waters Space Ghost
Imperial Stout| -
3.175 (1)
Central Waters Whitewater Weizen
Hefeweizen| -
3.140 (2)

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