Stevens Point and Milwaukee

Trip Start Sep 23, 2012
Trip End Sep 30, 2012

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

We got up in time to have a great breakfast at Pleasant View B & B.  Mike fixed our breakfast and served it in the dining room which had all windows facing the lake, a very "pleasant view."  We had cinnamon french toast with a banana and strawberry sauce.  Delicious!  There was also two sausage patties, fruit cup, OJ and coffee (for Larry).  After breakfast we packed up and headed for Stevens Point.  We took a back road for some distance and started noticing that the trees were getting more and more colorful.  It took us a couple of hours to get to Stevens Point and the Google Directions took us right to the door of the Stevens Point Brewery which makes Point beer.  We arrived shortly after noon but our tour wasn't until 1:00.  So we looked around the gift shop and walked around the block.  We reminisced about being in Stevens Point years ago when our friends from the Air Force lived there and we visited them.  That was back in the 70s.

The Point Brewery is very much smaller than the other ones we visited and it is still in the old buildings.  The mascot, Nicholas C. Point a totally made up name, is painted on the outside of the building.  We had two tour guides and they were very good and had good strong voices, very needed in the loud parts of the process.  At New Glarus, everything was behind glass.  At Leinenkugel's we had to put on safety glasses.  At Point we walked right through the whole plant, getting spilled beer on our shoes, climbing narrow stairs to catwalks.  This tour was up close and personal.  We actually walked into the room where the beer was being aged.  We were so surprised in the bottling area that they were bottling O'Fallon Pumpkin Ale.  Evidently they contract with O'Fallon to either brew using their recipe or to just bottle for them.  They contract with some other craft breweries as well.  At the end of the tour they took us into the tasting room where Larry and Derek each tried three different beers.  I stuck with their specialty sodas.  I tried their root beer and black cherry sodas.  We sat in what looked like a little bar.  They even provided popcorn to eat with your beer or soda.  When we finished the tour we went to the gift shop.  I got a sampler pack of soda: vanilla cream, root beer, black cherry, and orange crush.  Derek got a t-shirt, sweatshirt, tin sign, magnet, a soda sampler and a beer sampler 12 pack.  Larry got a two t-shirts and a magnet.  Before leaving Stevens Point we stopped at Wendy's for lunch. 

We headed to Milwaukee enjoying the beautiful day and the colorful foliage.  We got to the Hampton Inn and Suites about 5:30, parked in the garage and checked in.  We got a room on the 4th floor with a view on the alley.  They gave us a map and a restaurant guide at the desk so we researched where we wanted to go for supper.  We decided on the Old German Beerhall just three blocks north of the hotel.  We walked along the river walk part of the way there.  When we arrived there were only a few people in the bar.  We went into the back and sat at the table.  They were long tables with benches like the Hofbrau House in Munich.  Larry had a liter of Hofbrau Dunkel and Derek had a half-liter each of Hofbrau Octoberfest and Hofbrau Delikator (double bock).  I had a glass of Riesling.  Larry had a German Bratwurst on a Pretzel Roll with sauerkraut. Derek and I shared the Wurst Platter which had three kinds of sausage, red cabbage, sauerkraut, German potato salad and we added a side of spatzle. All three of us shared a home made apple streudel. It was the perfect ending to a very good meal. We walked back to the hotel, blogged, watched TV, checked email and went to bed.
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