There is beer in the works for Old World Wisconsin. Permanently.
In 2016, the living history site opened a Sudhaus (brewing center) for the summer. Now the site is planning bigger things including a full-time operating brewery front and center on the grounds where brewers produce historic beers that can be sold, said Daniel Freas, director of Old World Wisconsin.
The $1.65 million brewery project "reimagines the guest entry experience," Freas said. It will include a ticket booth, museum store and a windmill, which is part of a STEM learning program that explores the past. New restrooms and picnic areas are expected.
Old World Wisconsin in Eagle has partnered with the Museum of Beer and Brewing for brewing exhibits and to raise funds for the brewery and biergarten. Old World Wisconsin hopes to have the full-time brewery in place by 2018 and the complex complete by 2020, Freas said.
The brewery will be a chance to "more tightly embrace the beer brewing heritage of this part of the country," he added.
For now, Old World Wisconsin will host historical brewing events twice a month between May and October. The first event is May 20.