What’s a Hinterland?
What’s a Hinterland? Well, to Wiki and the educated world “Hinterland” means: the land beyond the known port city, the unexplored rural country or a person’s vast knowledge that is unlimited by parochialism and short sightedness.
To us it means: Stop wasting your life drinking the same corporately-diluted beer and challenge your palate to a brew that has a rich heritage, a bold passion and a story that will make you way more exciting to others. The same philosophy lives in our kitchen where we push ourselves to experiment with interesting combinations of perfectly paired flavors– each one designed to inspire our guests.
My wife Michelle and I started Hinterland in an old cheese factory just outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin (my home town) with nothing more than our own limited funds, sweat, passion and insanity. It was 1995, and we were 24 year old college grads grinding out corporate jobs and dreaming of doing something that people actually appreciated. While trying to discover the meaning of life, I poured most of my effort into music and tried to land a record deal while playing with the band Lucky in San Francisco. Our coast to coast travels in my VW Bus, twists and turns landed me a gig as editor for Beer, The Magazine where I just got hooked into the beer-making world. It was this explorative journey to find our own Hinterland that gave the brewery its name and its mission.
In 1995, after I nearly burned down the brewery (not kidding), we decided to expand and renovate a turn-of-the-century Green Bay meat-packing warehouse into a production house—and a restaurant featuring farm-to-table culinary experiences.
Now 20 years later, Michelle and I remain the sole operators and owners. Along the way, we’ve launched three restaurants because we believe in great ingredients and great tasting experiences. At the end of the day, we really enjoy hanging out with friends talking about killer beers and exceptional food.
We invite you to try our Hinterland beer at the restaurant attached to the brewery in Green Bay, as well as Hinterland Erie Street Gastropub in Milwaukee’s Third Ward District and at the affiliated restaurant The Whistling Swan Inn and Restaurant in Fish Creek, WI.
In Spring 2017 we will open a whole new Hinterland experience in the Titletown District across from Lambeau Field. Man. The crazy journey continues and we want you to know that you’re more than welcome to come along for the ride.
Owner, Brewer, Food-Fanatic, Drummer and Extreme Sport Enthusiast
Tours are available on Saturdays at noon, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Tours include a souvenir glass and a beer.
Brewery Tours are reserved on a first come first serve basis.