an urban farmhouse brewery 

About us

1840 was the first year that a commercial brewery started in Milwaukee.  We chose 1840 as our name, because we wanted to pay homage to Milwaukee's rich brewing heritage, our family's brewing history, and the rustic brewing techniques we use.  From our family to yours, cheers!
Kyle Vetter, Owner & Brewer

Kyle discovered his love for beer and brewing while in college in Durango, CO.  Most recently he was the Oak Manager for Aspen Brewing Co. where he identified his passion for the art of barrel aging and blending. A Milwaukee native, Kyle wanted to bring what he has learned in Colorado home to share with the beer lovers of Wisconsin. 1840 is his dream. Thank you for making it a reality!

Our Process

We source wort (unfermented beer) from several local brewers.  Using our recipies, our partner brewers make wort that meets our strict standards.  We then transfer the wort to our facility where the fermentation process begins.  After extended aging in oak, our beers are blended and bottle conditioned. Our beers are ready to be enjoyed immediately although they are designed to age gracefully for years.

For information on our monthly beer releases, please visit our Contact Page .

Local First

We use local ingredients and work with local companies whenever possible.  From sourcing Wisconsin grown hops, to using native Wisconsin yeast, to brewing with grains malted in Wisconsin, we work hard to make sure the distance from "grain to glass" is as short as possible. We also employ that mindset when it comes to picking the companies we work with.  In fact, our architect , marketing team , tank manufacturer , and brew system builder are all Milwaukee or Wisconsin companies.

The most important local ingredient is you!  We love making creative barrel-aged beer, and we do it for you!  If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact us!