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Beer lovers, rejoice! More and more craft breweries are popping up along the Door County peninsula and we are here for it. We love the atmosphere as much as we love the brews. Whether you are a casual beer drinker, or a connoisseur, we think you’ll find something to love at one or all of these craft breweries.

Door County Brewing Co., Baileys Harbor, WI

Some offer seasonal brews, or tasting flights, or six packs to go. Or all of the above! And for those in your group who don’t enjoy beer as much as you, many of the breweries do offer alternative beverages.

A backyard beer garden in Baileys Harbor

Bring a date. Bring the whole family. The atmosphere at Door County Brewing Co. is friendly and laid back. We see kids and grandparents and everyone in between. Even the dogs in your life are welcome.

Our last visit to Baileys Harbor was on a rainy day. Even thought it was too wet to enjoy the beer garden, the inside was cozy and lively. Can you have both? Yes. With so many beers to choose from and a fire roaring in the fireplace and games of cribbage and dominos being played.. it was both cozy and lively! On a clear day, in summer and fall, it is hopping inside and out. As for the beer, we enjoyed the seasonal Idle Days citrus ale, and League Night, a light and refreshing lager.

Hungry? The brewery turned a building next door into a small kitchen. DCBC Eats is open daily. And if you crave live music, check out the Music Hall’s summer music series here. Cold beer and live music!

Peach Barn Farmhouse and Brewery in Sister Bay

On a hunt for another good Door County craft beer, we discovered Peach Barn Farmhouse and Brewery What a great find! Here’s another place you can visit on a rainy day. The inside is lovely and comfy and they have a wall of games to choose from. (We often travel with our own cribbage board and cards.) Peach Barn is a family run place that’s super cute and super friendly. And of course there’s the beer!

They have a line up of craft beers and also hard seltzers, like the brightly colored Gypsy Mermaid Mango Margarita and Chubby Unicorn Melon. Try one. Or a flight. Grab an ice cream bar or smoothie for the kids. And while the inside is great, we really love the outside with it’s pergolas, fire pit, and play area. And check here for what seems like live music at the barn every night this summer.

Countless options at One Barrel in Egg Harbor

Drive by One Barrel Brewing Co. on a summer day and you’ll see that the word is out about this beer destination! According to one of our friends, and a fan of One Barrel’s craft brews, “it’s your first stop on your way up.” We recommend their “year-round pounders.” Try the Commuter Kolsch, the Ninja Dust Hazy IPA, or the easy drinking Up North Wisconsin Lager. (A good one to have stocked at your Northern Door vacation getaway!) We also like the Breakfast Beer stout and their hard ciders.

We like our beer cold and our pizzas wood fired. Lucky for us, they are serving up that combo here all year long with Pizza Bros. located inside the taproom. The pizza names are as fun as the beer names. Try the Funky Hawaiian, Mother Cluckin’ BBQ, or Threat Level Midnight. Lots of good salads and starters, too.

Speaking of beer and pizza..

Pairing pints and pizza in Sturgeon Bay

During a recent visit to Sonny’s Pizzeria in Sturgeon Bay, we washed down our thin crusts with some craft brews from Bridge Up Brewing. We love how the owner came up with the name! We get it. You will too if you ever get stuck behind a line of cars when the steel bridge goes up. If you’re on the west side of the bridge, don’t cross it. Just head into the parking lot and grab an outdoor seat to watch the ships come in, the sailboats go out, and the bridge go up!

As for the beers, check out their craft beer menu here. We think the “Flip Flops and Bikini Tops” Hazy IPA and the “U-Pick Door County Cherry Ale” are perfect picks for a summer day in Sturgeon Bay

Sway

If you’re going to talk about Door County craft beer, you can’t not mention Sway Beer! It’s the essence of the craft. They brew and blend and experiment and describe themselves as striving to make beers that are “simple, easy drinking and balanced.” We love the location in quaint and quiet Baileys Harbor. Cute and tucked away, we think it’s a hidden gem. And if you’re hungry, or it’s raining, or both, the kitchen, bakery and taproom, located above the fermentation cellar and beer garden, opened in May of 2023. (That part of Sway is on our list for 2024!)

Any breweries we’ve missed? We’ll go explore some more. Twist our drinking arm. Cheers! And if you’re looking for a place to stay while you are doing the exploring of Door County breweries, check out the amazing rentals at Northern Door Vacations.

Rae