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Flagship Beers

Sawmill Cant Hook Kölsch

ABV: 4.9% IBU: NA
This is a German-style ale originally from Köln (Cologne). It is clean, crisp, refreshing and slightly sweet and fruity. The Cant Hook was a very important loggers tool traced back to the early 1800’s. It was used to roll logs into proper positions for loading or sawing. One try and you’ll be hooked!

Boom Decker Becker IPA

ABV: 6.8% IBU: 50
Legend has it that Boom Decker Becker continues to haunt Merrill’s school forest as he has for over 100 years. However, our IPA is nothing to be afraid of. It is crisp, refreshing and well balanced. Much like this historic ghoulish figure, people will tell the story of our IPA for years to come.

Sawmill Rip Saw-Irish Ale

ABV: 5.8% IBU: NA
A rip saw is a tool that is specifically designed to make a cut parallel to the direction of the wood grain. Our Irish Ale is reddish-brown in color, with sweet maltiness and minimal bitterness.

Sawmill River Hog Oatmeal Stout

ABV: 5.5% IBU: 43
A River Hog was a man who rode on logs floating down the river heading to a sawmill. He was responsible for risking his life by dislodging possible log jams. These men were bold, strong, and courageous. The first two words fit in perfectly with our Oatmeal Stout. The third is how you’ll feel after having a few pints.

Walter-Amber Ale

ABV: 5.4% IBU: NA
This beer is named after a famous Merrill Truck named Walter. Walter’s owner died on deployment in Iraq. Our wonderful community came together to help restore this truck, knowing how much it meant to him and his family. The beer is deep red in color, sweet on the nose and leaves a pleasant slightly-sweet, malty aftertaste.

Limited Release and Seasonal Beers

Sawmill Black ‘N’ Razz

ABV: 5.2% IBU: NA
This wheat ale was brewed with blackberry and raspberry puree. The appearance comes from the haze of the wheat and the deep red/purple of the berries. This spritzy drink is not too sweet and the tannins leave a slightly tart, dry finish.

Sawmill Wisconsin River Brown Ale

ABV: 5.8% IBU: NA
Our brown ale is slightly nutty, has moderate roast flavors and finishes with a solid, earthy-hop background. This brew gets its name from the dark and murky Wisconsin River water that carried all the logs heading to various sawmills throughout Wisconsin.

Trapper’s Cabin-Chocolate Porter

ABV: 5.9% IBU: 25
Our chocolate porter is named after a former DNR technician who worked in this building, Mr. Trapper Morrison. He received his nickname for being able to trap any animal that crossed his path. Fill a growler of this chocolate porter and enjoy it at your cabin, feet up, wool socks on, sitting around a fire, as you dose off after a long day in the woods.

Sawmill Logger Lager


We set out to create a beer that a lumberjack would approve of after a hard day’s work. The result is a Lager that is crisp, clean, and crushable. Whether you physically or mentally worked hard today, raise a pint of this in honor of another work day done. Cheers!

Sawmill Stammholz German Alt

ABV: 5.4% IBU: NA
Stammholz means usable parts of a tree for lumber, trunk wood. This German Alt pours a pleasant reddish-amber color, has balanced sweetness, mild hop bitterness, with hints of caramel beneath.

New Deal IPA

ABV: 7.1% IBU: 50
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a major part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal that provided jobs for young men looking for work. Our red granite building was built by one of these work programs back in 1940-41. Now CCC (Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops) means something a bit different as it provides this IPA with pine and floral notes with a hint of citrus.

Sawmill Schwarzbier

ABV: 5.6% IBU: NA
Do not let the color fool you, this is a dark beer with a blonde soul. The color comes from the roasted malts but they do not leave big, heavy flavors. Instead, you get a dark lager that is very easy to drink. This truly is a beer for everyone.

Sawmill Wisconsin River Brown Ale

ABV: 6.2% IBU: 41
Our brown ale is slightly nutty, has moderate coffee flavor and finishes with a solid, earthy-hop background. This brew gets its name from the dark and murky Wisconsin River water that carried all the logs heading to various sawmills throughout Wisconsin.

Sawmill Flannel Tuxedo-Red IPA

ABV: 6.6% IBU: 70
Our Red IPA has a medium body with a pungent, dank nose. Notes of citrus shine throughout until it’s bitter finish. Its rich, red color reminds us of our favorite plaid shirt that comes out of the dresser just in time for fall. So go ahead, grab your Flannel Tuxedo and have a few pints.


ABV: 5.3% IBU: NA
Try our version of this German classic that perfectly portrays the changing seasons. This medium bodied, copper-red lager brings notes of toasty maltiness that finishes dry on the palate. Enjoy this beer outside with friends as you take in the beautiful fall weather. Prost!

Barrel Aged Rip Saw

ABV: 6.7%% IBU: NA
We took our best-selling Rip Saw and aged it in “2nd turn” Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels for 5 months. As a result, the Irish Ale has a restrained woodiness and a touch of bourbon flavor. Aromas and flavors of smoke, vanilla, applewood and cherry flow into a dry slightly-boozy finish.

Sawmill Cinnamon Roast Krunch

ABV: 11% IBU: NA

While hanging out with our friends at Rocky Reef Brewing, we decided to brew this Imperial Stout after one of our favorite cereals…we actually brewed with over 50lbs of it. It has a medium-thick mouthfeel and mocha-tan head. You’ll taste notes of cinnamon and vanilla which shine through to a sweet finish. *Brewed with Lactose*

Sawmill Winter Warmer

ABV: 10% IBU: NA
This year’s Winter Warmer is an Imperial Stout. It is very well balanced leaving you wonder if it is actually 10%…until it catches up with you. Enjoy this dark, highly-drinkable beer as it warms your belly on a cold winter night.

Private Idaho 7 IPA

ABV: 5.8% IBU: 55
This is a hop forward beer with Idaho 7 hops being the star of the show. Large amounts of this hop strain were added at the end of the boil and to the dry hopping to bring tastes of pine, tropical fruit, citrus, and hints of earthy black tea leaves.

Witness Tree

ABV: 8.3% IBU: 80
A “witness tree” was used to mark corners on parcels of land. Our Witness Tree stands at the edge of our parking lot at an estimated 240 years old. This Double IPA is unfiltered and double dry-hopped, with half being “Skyrocket” Chinook hops from Arendt’s Hop Haven in Nekoosa. The other half is comprised of Ekuanot and Calypso which give it flavors of pine, stone fruit & citrus.

De Lente Ale

ABV: 5.6% IBU: NA
De Lente Ale, or “Spring Ale” in Dutch, is a Belgian Style Pale Ale. The floral, spice notes of this light, yeast driven beer will remind you of a sunny Spring day, giving you hope of the Summer that lies ahead.


ABV: 9.3% IBU: NA
This Belgian Strong Ale is named after the King of Monsters, Godzilla. We brewed this with our good friend, Karl Liebmann, using his recipe and maple sap from the Krueger Crew, instead of water, leaving it big and bold with plenty of flavor. A crisp spiciness compliments fruity aromas and flavors that finishes dry with a touch of sweet malt flavor.

Sawmill Missing Finger-Imperial Red Ale

ABV: 9.6% IBU: NA
Leave your saw at the door; this beer is nothing to mess around with. It has an aroma and flavor of red fruit, with a hint of booziness, making it very smooth and drinkable for such a big beer. This brew pairs well with a tall tale, not heavy machinery.