Dream of owning a brewery? Wisconsin brew farm on the market


Beer-loving entrepreneurs, opportunity awaits about 45 minutes from the Twin Cities.

Dave's BrewFarm in Wilson, Wisconsin, near the Minnesota border, is one of the few "authentic farmhouse breweries" in the United States – and it's for sale.

In 2008 Dave Anderson, the Dave in Dave's BrewFarm, and his wife Pam Dixon, started the brew farm, but now they're ready to sell the working brewery, mini-farm and entertainment destination, the Journal Sentinel reports.

"The new adventure has yet to be written," Anderson told the newspaper. "Going out on top is a good thing!"

In the short time they've been brewing, the brew farm has drawn international attention among beer lovers for its unique beers and its sustainability practices – they grow their own hops, water is drawn from the farm's well, and the energy needed to run the brewery is produced from a wind generator and geothermal heating system on the property, according to Growler Magazine.

Wisconsin Beer called Dave's BeerFarm the best brewery in Wisconsin, noting Beer Advocate's high rating of the brew farm, among other assets.

"We're truly looking for a next-generation caretaker of the brew farm," Anderson told the Pioneer Press. "We're being pretty particular about who will take the reins."

In a post on the brew farm's blog, Anderson and Dixon wrote:

"We're looking for a new caretaker for the BrewFarm to carry on what we've built. Not sure if it will sell as a turnkey venture for the next brewer extraordinaire, or to another entrepreneur who will do great things with the facility and property, or perhaps someone who will grow it as a farm business. Possibilities are endless!"

The beer farm is on the market for $500,000. It's situated on 35 acres of rolling hills in the Wisconsin countryside and includes brewery space, a tasting room, walk-in cooler space, office or residential space, wrap-around deck, pole bar, greenhouse and brewing system that includes fermenters, conditioning tanks, pilot batch system and cooperage, according to the ad.

Anderson announced he was putting the beer farm on the market Sunday and he told the Journal Sentinel that he's already heard from several interested customers.

There's good news for fans of the brew farm, though. Anderson and Dixon wrote on their blog:

"AND until a sale transacts, it'll be business as usual for us here at the BrewFarm – cranking out tasty innovative beers, holding open Taproom weekends a couple times a month and spreading better beer throughout WI."

Anderson, a beer judge for the Great American Beer Festival, had dreamed of running a brewery since 1995 and told the Pioneer Press it is sad to leave behind. But he does plan on staying in the brewery business making beers for a different company, and he has considered contract brewing, the Journal Sentinel notes.

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