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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Weekend Watering Hole: Fox River Brewing, Oshkosh, Wisc.

As a regular weekend feature, Lyke2Drink will visit some of the world's great watering holes. This week we find ourselves in Wisconsin at a riverside brewpub.

Fox River Brewing Co.
1501 Arboretum Drive
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 232-2337

During a recent visit to Wisconsin, I was hosted for dinner at the Fox River Brewing Co. by Darv Koneman and his sons, Jake and Adam. The spot is part of the Fratellos restaurant chain and sits along the Fox River in Oshkosh.

The main reason we went to this spot was that the Konemans knew I'd like to try the local beer, but Fox River was also serving fresh perch. It had been a number of years since I had enjoyed any fresh water perch from cold northern waters, so this was an extra treat.

Fox River has both indoor and outdoor bars, plus plenty of restaurant seating. The location is perfect for enjoying the end of a day while watching fishermen and pleasure boaters on the river. The service was not crisp, but the location and the beer made up for it.

We all started with a sampler that included six of Fox River's draughts: Winnebago Wheat (Bavarian style), Fox Light (a German Kolsch), Buzzin' Honey Ale, Caber Tossing Scottish Ale, Fox River Blu (blueberry flavored) and Slam Dunkel.

I thought the Fox Light was a clean beer perfect for a hot summer evening. The Caber Tossing Scottish Ale had some nice flavor. But my favorite was the Fox River Slam Dunkel, which had tons of malt and a nice smoky base. I ordered a pint to go with dinner. This brew had plenty of character, kind of like this part of Wisconsin.

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