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Capital Brewery, Middleton

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Capital Brewery is a brewery in Middleton, Wisconsin, USA. Founded on March 14, 1984, by Madison, Wisconsin entrepreneur Ed Janus, it is in a former egg processing plant. The company first began production in spring, 1986, and now produces over 20,000 barrels of beer annually. It produces 24 distinct beers, of which nine are annuals, five are seasonals, and ten are limited release. Most are made using the strict Reinheitsgebot guidelines.

The company's brews have won awards at a number of competitions, including the Great American Beer Festival, and The Great Taste of the Midwest. The brewery was awarded the distinction of Madison's Favorite Local/Regional Beer from 1998 to 2004 in The Capital Times/Wisconsin State Journal Reader's Choice Awards. The company has received over 240 major awards in both domestic and international competitions in over 15 categories, and the flagship Wisconsin Amber beer has been available in cans since 1997.

Capital Brewery was named "America's #1 Rated Brewery" by the Beverage Testing Institute's World Beer Championships in 1998. The brewery was also rated #7 in the world at this time.

Capital was named the Grand National Champion in the 2013 US Open Beer Championship, winning six medals.
Capital Brewery’s beers are currently distributed in four Midwestern States: Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota.

Capital Brewery has an indoor Bier Stube as well as a large outdoor Bier Garten (a.k.a. 'Middleton's Backyard') that is host to events throughout the year. One of the more popular is Bockfest, held on the last Saturday in February. Bockfest celebrates and ushers in the annual release of Capital Blonde Doppelbock, Capital's most highly decorated brew. Blonde Doppelbock has been awarded platinum six times in the past ten years at the World Beer Championships.

The Capital Brewery Bike Club was formed in 2009 and currently has over 400 members. The bicycle rides are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from April through October (weather permitting) and originate from the Bier Garten.

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  • The Capital Brewery has live music through the summer months in their Bier Garten. Add carry-in food, their craft beer, friendly people, dogs, and top notch live music - Voila!, a perfect evening.  more »
  • Nice place for a beer taste. The beer tour guide was excellent, however, the tour is pretty lame. Good place to relax and sit with a pint.  more »
  • Loads of things going on here. It seems to be the epicenter of the biking worlds. Great music and food. A wonderful place to go.
  • Tried the Lake House lager, LOVE IT!! 😍 Perfect flavor blend! 👌

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