Eastern Wisconsin Brewery To Expand

The city of Port Washington is getting a $250,000 state grant to help Inventors Brewpub expand to a larger space downtown.

“Investing in our downtowns is key to building thriving communities,” says Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes. “When people come downtown to shop, eat, or do business everyone benefits because those small businesses are more likely to reinvest their customers’ money back into the community.”

Inventors Brewpub was started by Adam Draeger in Port Washington in 2016. Since its founding, Inventors has quickly filled serving capacity and no longer has the space to keep up with demand. There is also very little room for further brewing capacity or occupancy at the current location inside the American Legion, 435 N. Lake St., Port Washington.

Inventors plans to build a new brewpub and restaurant at 305 E. Washington St. in partnership with Gertjan van den Broek, who owns the land. The development calls for construction of a building containing the new Inventors Brewpub location, upstairs office space, and an attached event space. As a multi-purpose building it will provide office, dining, drinking, and event space in the heart of downtown Port Washington, directly on the harbor. This project transforms space previously used only for parking into a destination for both Port Washington residents and tourists alike.

“We are excited to complement the Heart of the Harbor,” says Inventors Brewpub owner Cameron Huck. “The City and Main Street Port Washington have done a fantastic job with this project, and we are excited to serve the community with a much-needed event space, more local craft beer, and to provide a central location where the community can gather and build Port Washington into a Great Lakes destination.”

The Main Street Bounceback grant program started in April 2021. So far, WEDC has provided more than $66 million in to more than 6,600 small businesses and nonprofits in all 72 counties. Gov. Tony Evers has allocated a total of $100 million for the program to serve 10,000 new businesses through Dec. 31, 2022.