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The path to beverage enlightenment continues to expand in Door County with a new and growing wine, beer, cider, and spirits scene. Read on for a quick overview of each category and then learn fun facts by the numbers below. You can find all of this information and more in our 2019 Door County Visitor Guide, available to order online by clicking here.
Door County has long been known for its excellent fruit wines, but did you know that local wineries also produce a wide variety or reds, whites and ports that stack up with the best wines in the region?
Vinophiles will find days of tasting at the wineries of Door County, with seven now dotting the peninsula and more in the planning stages. The best way to see them all is by following the Door County Wine Trail or taking a trolley winery tour. You can also just drop in and taste at most wineries throughout the year. Bring your palate and be ready to be surprised by what Door County’s winemakers have to offer.
The craft beer scene continues to grow in Door County. Door County Brewing Co. and Music Hall opened in 2013 with a small taproom in Baileys Harbor and now boasts a rollicking music hall, taproom, and beer garden in the center of the town. Try Belgian-inspired farmhouse ales, porters, and IPAs in a friendly atmosphere known for live music and good vibes.
In Egg Harbor, Door County’s original brewpub tragically burned down in 2017, but Shipwrecked Brewery and Restaurant rose from the ashes in 2018 with a new building and a new look on the same great location.
Island Orchard Cider offers tastings at its Ellison Bay tasting room, where they make cider from apples plucked from an orchard on Washington Island.
For those who prefer craft spirits, you can now find a variety produced right here in Door County. Door County Distillery offers handcrafted whiskey, cherry vodka, and gin. Visit the Carlsville facility and view the production area below from the beautiful bridged foyer.
A few minutes up the road in Egg Harbor a new artist is at work crafting spirits. Chris Roedl opened Hatch Distilling Co. in the village in 2018, where he offers cocktails made with organic grains and honey.
The year that Dr. Robert Wahl closed his Chicago brewing school and moved to Door County to practice brewing out of the reach of feds during prohibition
The population of Washington Island, considered to be the largest consumer of angostura bitters in the world
Minimum number of local wines available to sample at the Door County Wine Fest June 22
Number of apple (1,600) and pear (500) trees grown on Washington Island to supply fruit for Island Orchard Cider
Number of different beers available to sample at the Door County Beer Festival June 15
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