What's Brewing: Stevens Point Brewery

By: John DesRivieres Email
By: John DesRivieres Email

At the corner of Beer and Water Streets in Stevens Point, you can find one of the oldest breweries in the U.S.

"We're probably the third or fourth oldest continuously operating brewery in the country."

Recently celebrating one hundred and fifty years, Stevens Point Brewery was founded in 1857, even before there was a Stevens Point.

"We were actually founded a year before our city, Stevens Point was founded in 1858."

Operations director, Art Oksuita has seen a lot in his thirty one years on the job.

"We've added equipment, we've added tanks, a lot of our equipment was just brought up to modern technology."

One thing that hasn't changed is the commitment to quality, every drop of point brew is made right here in Stevens Point. But with only fifteen employees, it's smaller than you may think and while 70,000 barrels per year sounds large.

"What we make in a year, over in Milwaukee or St. Louis, they make in two days."

Despite the small workforce, Point Beer is distributed all over the mid west, on the east coast, and even in some southern markets. and while the facility isn't expanding, the customer base is.

"We have actually a great following, we are expanding slowly, I guess I want to emphasize slowly."

With the competition of big breweries like Miller and Budweiser and new microbreweries popping up everyday. Point Brewery stays at the cutting edge of beer production, they actually helped pioneer the craft brewing industry.

"Part of our success over the years is commitment by ownership, commitment by employees to fulfill what the customers need."

But they continue to stick with what works, point special, being bottled today is their best seller. A recipe that may keep them in business for another 150 years.

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