Your generous gift will restore a relocated tavern & create a festive outdoor space.
While early fundraising has paved the way for initial design, site planning, and construction of the Brewing Experience building in Phase 1, $2 million in additional funds are needed to complete Phase 2 and make this immersive experience a reality.
Wittnebel’s, located 30 miles north of Old World Wisconsin in Old Ashippun (near Oconomowoc), was founded in 1906 and operated by two generations of the Wittnebel family until 1987. It will be the first historic structure relocated to Old World in 25 years.
Once placed onto its new foundation and restored, the two-story building will become a prominent, popular attraction and add authenticity to the historic experience. The first floor will serve as a functioning tavern that will transport guests back in time and tell the story of rural Wisconsin tavern life immediately following Prohibition. A vintage beer truck in front of the tavern will offer guests a glimpse at how kegs were delivered and serve as a popular spot for selfies and other photos.
The outdoor Beer Garden, meanwhile, will tie the Brewing Experience building and Wittnebel’s Tavern together, and be a comfortable space for guests to relax, enjoy drinks and food, and discuss their memorable experience.