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Capital Tap Haus's "turn-of-the-century beer hall" is right at home on State Street

It’s more than a little ironic that a place that used to sell cheese (House of Wisconsin Cheese) now sells … beer. No one can say we Wisconsinites aren’t predictable.

Capital Tap Haus (107 State St.) serves about ten Capital Brewery beers plus limited-edition Capital varieties when they’re released. The cozy wooded interior was constructed to resemble a turn-of-the-century beer hall, also known as a tied , house. Explains co-owner Jack Sosnowski, “Tied houses served one brewery’s beer—since bars were so heavily taxed they looked to breweries for support, so the breweries subsidized them.” Look for historic details in keeping with the theme, including an ornate chandelier once housed in the Milwaukee County Courthouse and Turner Hall and large, black-and-white Angus McVicar photographs featuring revelers in the old Fauerbach Brewery (located off of Willy Street) the day Prohibition ended and an old shot of the Hausmann Brewery on Gorham and State.

Find pub-style sandwiches (burger, veggie sandwich, chicken club and pulled pork), an every-day fish fry, appetizers and entrées—all under $14. Many dishes use beer as an ingredient, notes co-owner (and Sosnowski’s fiancé) Julie Stoleson.

The couple wanted to open a downtown venue that focused on beer—after all, their other cocktail lounge, the Ivory Room, has a completely different focus.

“I truly believe Capital beer is the best beer in Wisconsin—if not the Midwest—and I think that should be celebrated,” says Sosnowski.

We’ll raise a glass to that.

Capital Tap Haus, 107 State St. 310-1010. capitaltaphaus.com

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