Hangout: Public Craft Brewing Co. in Kenosha, Wisconsin

| July 17, 2013 More

A look inside the small craft brewery downtown Kenosha, which started as a home-based operation

Wisconsin has a rich beer-making tradition, dating back to the mid-1800’s. There are both large-scale producers (e.g. Miller) and a number of smaller breweries. During my trip to Kenosha in the southeastern part of the state, I got to visit Public Craft Brewing Co.

When the microbrewery opened in 2012, its founder had a simple mission: to provide “beer for the people.” Downtown Kenosha had been experiencing revitalization and Matt felt that his community-focused taproom would be a good fit for the neighborhood.

 Public Craft Brewing Kenosha

Public’s concept is simple: provide beer for the people in a casual atmosphere


With 13 years of home-brewing experience, Matt decided to join the beer business once he grew tired of his previous job. After finding the right space, he had it rebuilt: the back is the brewing area, and the front features a bar, shuffleboard table, chess, and a small public library stacked with books about beer.

When you enter the room, you will immediately see a large company logo painted on an exposed-brick wall between the bar and library. Matt designed it himself, making use of his graphic design background (see below).


When I visited, I toured the brewing area and enjoyed a beer flight at the bar, talking to locals next to me. The taproom had a comfortable, laid back atmosphere, the kind you might find in neighborhood bars.

 Public Craft Brewing Kenosha

Brews are sold on tap and in growlers

 Public Craft Brewing Kenosha

If you can’t decide what to try, flights are available

If you go:

  • Public Craft produces several brews, including an IPA and Porter. Check their website for the latest selection.
    Jetting Around’s pick: WIT (stronger-than-usual wheat beer)
    Mr. JA’s pick: Bone Dry Stout (named after a bone found during renovation)
  • Beer is sold on tap and in growlers. It’s also distributed around Kenosha and nearby Racine.
  • The taproom is open Thursday-Sunday. Sit at the bar and you might meet the owner.
  • Brewing workshops and weekend tours are available.
 Public Craft Brewing Kenosha

With Public Craft Brewing owner Matt in front of company logo (which he designed)

 Public Craft Brewing Kenosha

Getting a souvenir growler of K-Town Brown

Getting There and Links

Public Craft Brewing Co.
716 58th St, Kenosha, WI 53140
Phone: (262) 652-2739
Website | Facebook

Thank you to Kenosha Area CVB and its associates for hosting me in the city. All opinions, as always, are mine.

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About the Author (Author Profile)

Pola Henderson is a travel writer, city explorer, expat, and event host. Traveling has been a part of her life since she was three. Pola grew up in Krakow, lived in Chicago for many years and is currently based in Paris, where she teaches Business English.

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  1. avatar Anita Mac says:

    I am a fan of tasting flights – keeps it interesting!

  2. I like to do beer flights too except with pint size glasses :)

  3. You had me at brewery, but then you also had me at flights! I am going to have to make my way here for certain.

  4. avatar lola dimarco says:

    In Boston we have the Harpoon Brewery and of course Sam Adams Brewery! Always fun! Love how craft beer is in nowadays!

  5. I have been reading a lot about Kenosha and if I head there some day, this would seem a good place to hang out with locals and try good, “home”-made beer!

  6. job well done, pola: you’ve TOTALLY convinced us that kenosha is worth a visit. this is right up our alley!

  7. Beer flight is lip-smacking for me. Miss drinking this since Im currently in Phils to attend my sister’s wedding. I will be flying back to Kenosha and will definitely taste this.