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The Fermentorium Pivots to Create the Vinyl Lounge Taproom/Record Shop

Unleashing imagination while preserving tradition

This is the foundation of every beer brewed at The Fermentorium. In name, Fermentorium essentially translates to “a place of fermentation.” And while Latin-ish sounding, honestly, it’s probably imagined. Regardless of Latin origin accuracy, something about the name stuck with founder, Kristopher Volkman.

The concept of the brewery dates back to 2007, the roots of which first grew in Kristopher's humble backyard home garden.

Inspired by the idea of 1890’s elixir carts — and the somewhat eccentric alchemists who piloted them — The Fermentorium was originally envisioned as a three barrel brewery which would focus on mixed fermentation and foraged ingredients, in true farm-to-table fashion. Kristopher even picked out the exact farmhouse he was going to purchase and convert into a brewery.


The culmination of this idea evolved, but has not been forgotten.

What began as a hobby, turned to love, and in time (plus a few conferences, seminars and classes later), the vision evolved into what is now — The Fermentorium Beverage Company.

After years of home brewing experimentation and the complete renovation of a former retail space, The Fermentorium found its first home in Cedarburg WI, and opened its doors to the public on January 28th, 2016 as a 20 barrel craft brewing facility.

Among the first craft beer taprooms and breweries to open in the Ozaukee county area, The Fermentorium proudly features 24+ brews on tap.

Our taps always include at least a few unique machinations from the mind of the head brewer. The Fermentorium is known for its flagship brew — Juice Packets — and can be found across the state of Wisconsin in both cans and on draft.