Fifth Ward Brewing Company


Enjoy beer that explores the boundaries of style and tradition at the Fifth Ward Brewing Company. As Oshkosh's newest brewery, the brewmasters at Fifth Ward Brewing Company are always on a quest to bring you the best beer ever! Located on Main Street, only a few blocks from the Oshkosh Arena and Downtown, you'll always find something to do when you visit Fifth Ward. Have a beer in the tap room, enjoy the weather in the outdoor patio or bring your favorite record and have them spin it on their record player.



  • excerpt: In the mid 1800’s, when Oshkosh was earning it’s reputation as “Sawdust City,” communities were bonded by the ideology of hard work and family. At the end of these long and laborious days in the sawmills, people would gather and celebrate a job-well-done by sharing a beer at their local watering hole. Oshkosh, at that time, had a number of growing breweries. One of them was located in the Fifth Ward district, where the campus of UW-Oshkosh now sits. Aptly named Fifth Ward Brewery, the business was owned and operated by a young German immigrant named Christian Kaehler. Christian was known for brewing small quantities of quality beer in the traditional German style, that were intended to be enjoyed by those in the community who worked hard and deserved it. After 25 years of operation, the Fifth Ward Brewery poured its last batch of beer in 1882. This was considered the end of old world brewing traditions in Oshkosh and gave way to more modern industrial processes and equipment. Over a hundred and thirty years later, Ian Wenger and Zach Clark had no idea that they were home brewing in the shadow of the original Fifth Ward Brewery that stood just blocks away form Clark’s college house. The two young home brewers and entrepreneurs from Oshkosh who share a similar brewing mentality as Christian, decided to start a brewery and bring small batch, quality beer back to those who share their Midwest work ethic.
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