Chris Drosner, Wisonsin State Journal‘s “Beer Baron,” recently wrote a nice profile of Sheboygan’s 3 Sheeps Brewing Co. As he describes,
Last March [former homebrewer Grant] Pauly’s passion project was realized as 3 Sheeps Brewing Co. shipped its first kegs, and last month it took another big step forward, bottling its beer for the first time….
RateBeer recently named 3 Sheeps the best new brewery in Wisconsin in 2012, based on reviews from its members.
Even more people will have a chance to enjoy the beer now that it’s being sold in bottles. Along with the IPA, 3 Sheeps is packaging three other beers, each of them drinkable twists on regular styles.
During a beer run to Woodman’s this past weekend, I picked up their Really Cool Waterslides IPA and Baaad Boy Black Wheat Ale. Both are quite tasty and very much worth seeking out. Check out Drosner’s full piece for his review of the Baaad Boy (which earns 3½ stars out of 4), along with the inspiring story of how the brewery came to be and their IPA got its whimsical name.
Also be sure to check out Robin Shepard’s review of Baaad Boy for Isthmus; he gives it a full 4 out of 4 bottle openers, with praiseworthy comments like “medium-bodied and drinkable — if not seductive. It’s a beer, and a style, that I’m excited about seeing in six-packs.” Shepard also notes that, although Pauly had previously worked in the family concrete business, there are brewers in his family tree as well:
His great-grandfather, grandfather, and two uncles were owners of Kingsbury Breweries in Sheboygan, and his great uncle Felix was brewmaster at the company’s facility in Manitowoc. Starting out with a soda business, the family purchased the Kingsbury brands during Prohibition in 1926, started brewing in 1933, and remained in production until 1962, when G. Heilmann Brewing of La Crosse bought them out.
For a really wonderful video profile of Pauly and 3 Sheeps, check out this piece (embedded below) from MidwestMicroBrews. It’s got a little something for both general beer lovers and hardcore brew geeks. (If you watch the video, take note that, as Drosner points out, Enkel Biter has since been renamed Rebel Kent the First, since folks had a tendency to misread “biter” as “bitter”.)