St. Francis Brewery
3825 Kinnickinnic Avenue
St. Francis, WI 53235
There is one thing everyone should know about me.
I love micro-breweries.
I believe they are one of the finest examples of the American spirit.
They are local, independent, and unique.
I once participated in a tour of micro-breweries for a friend’s bachelor party that took us to at least five micro-breweries in southwest Michigan.
It impresses me how five different breweries can produce such a large variety of beers. At one brewery I got a nice Scotch Ale, while a few breweries later, I got to try an ale on the wild side—it was brewed with Jamaican jerk spices.
So naturally, during my first visit to Milwaukee (arguably the beer capital of America), I found it appropriate to visit a brewery. And I must say, I was not disappointed.
St. Francis Brewery and Restaurant is located in St. Francis, Wisconsin, just a few miles from the Milwaukee airport. Their beer menu included the basics: a light beer, a wheat beer, an amber beer, and a rotating stock of dark beers.
The first beer I tried was a wheat beer, KK Weisse. I enjoyed it as I looked at their impressive food menu. Being a fan of BBQ, I ordered the baby back ribs, which come dressed in their house-made oatmeal stout BBQ sauce, and served with garlic mashed potatoes and coleslaw on the side.
While I waited for my food, I took a look around the place. According to the bartender, St. Francis has only been open a few years. It’s spacious and offers a good view into their brewing facility. They also have outdoor seating, but with temperatures peaking over 100 degrees, there was no way I was sitting outdoors.
When my food came, I decided to try their seasonal beer, which was appropriately named Summer Night Saison. It tasted like candy, was absolutely delicious, and paired wonderfully with my ribs.
And the ribs? They were amazing. They had a great flavor that was enhanced—not drowned out—by the oatmeal stout BBQ sauce. The coleslaw and garlic mashed potatoes were terrific as well.
I also tried a sample of their dark beer of the month—a Porter aptly named Smokey the Beer. This beer was very dark and full of flavor.
One thing I did find rather upsetting was that the bar serves Miller Lite. With so many great beers freshly brewed on tap, who in the heck comes to an establishment like this and asks for a Miller Lite?!
I told the bartender it seemed almost criminal!
And at first, he said the politically correct thing—how everyone has their own taste and such. But later, he quietly assured me that he thought it was garbage as well.
Rating: Bought The Shirt!