Minhas Brewery, Monroe, WI
Minhas Brewery, Monroe, WI

A Day trip with dad: Visiting Monroe, Wisconsin

Every month or so, my dad and I take a trip to Monroe, Wisconsin, the Limburger Cheese Capitol of the US. The population is like my hometown, but it seems to have a different feel. The city is about an hour and a half drive and makes for a nice short day trip.

Where dad and I like to eat

Amy’s Corner Café

Amy's Corner Cafe
Amy’s Corner Cafe, Monroe, WI

My dad enjoys Amy’s Coner Cafe, a quint hometown restaurant with a long counter, built-in stools, booths, and a few tables and chairs to enjoy your meal. Often, it was busy on Saturday mornings, or we had to wait for a place to sit. Once, we even shared a table with a few people; that was fun.

Amy’s offers a breakfast and brunch menu and is not open for dinner. If you are looking for an old-school place to eat, this is it!

Baumgartner’s Cheese Store & Tavern

Baumgartner’s is a fun place to go, for they don’t judge you if you have a beer with your soup and cheese sandwich at 9:30-10:00 in the morning!

Baumgartner Cheese Store and Tavern celebrates the Swiss history of Monroe with decor interlaced with whimsical signs. If you come in for a drink and food, you will choose several beers, both on tap and in containers, plus a full bar. They offer cheese and other sandwiches for food, including their famous Limburger cheese sandwich, soup, or chili.

Before you leave, check out the merchandise area and bring home something fun. You can have your server attempt to get your dollar bill to stick to the ceiling for fun.

Places to visit

We explore the farmers’ market or the Flea Market at the fairgrounds in season.

Marv’s Farm Toys and Antique Store

Marv runs a low-tech store; bring cash because he doesn’t take cards, and you probably figured out he doesn’t have a website. The retired carpenter gathered farm toys and other treasures that, for the right price, he will let go home with you.

The store’s location: is 1512 1/2 11th street Monroe, WI; phone (608) 558 2185 and is only open on Saturdays.

Direction to Marv’s to the best of my ability

Getting to Marv’s can be tricky; his shop is in an alley that runs parallel with 15th Ave and 16th Ave, and access to the ally is off of 11th ST and 12th St.  The best way to find Marv for the first time is to look for 1512 11th Street you should see a sign for Marv’s. Walk down the alley, and once you pass a set of stairs, you should find Marv’s door.

Visual Direction to Marv's
The red arrow points to his door in visual directions to Marv’s off 11th Street.

Minhas Brewery, Winery, Distillery, and Restaurant


Minhas Craft Brewery, the former Hubber brewery, is a fun place to visit. The brewery offers tasting, tours, a beer memorabilia museum, and retail.

The retail area includes a brewery and beer-branded clothing and beer accessories. If you want to bring some suds home, the brewery sells its brews plus the overruns of contract beers they brew.

My favorite brews include

  • Hubber Premium
  • Hubber Bock
  • Rhinelander Special

Distillery and more

Across the road from the brewery are the Minhas Distillery, Winery, and restaurant.

I have purchased a few things from the distillery; the sample bottles work well for travel. I have not been to the winery or restaurant.


We occasionally follow beer procuring with cheese gathering at Alp and Dell Shop or another local cheese shop. Apls and Dell is an award-winning cheese producer, plus they sell other cheesemakers’ cheese.

Not in Monroe but a stop on our way there.

This journey’s first or last stop is Kauffman’s Country Store outside Beloit, WI, for spices and candy novelties such as gummy chicken feet. What determines when the stop takes place is who is behind the wheel. If I drive to Monroe, we stop there, but if my dad is behind the wheel, it becomes a return trip stop. (We both have reasons for going there when we do, but we learned not to argue the point over time.)

We don’t often change things up too much, but for an occasional guest. Sometimes if the flea market is going on, we go to that, but that is about the only change.

Dad waiting for me so we can go in the brewery
Minhas Brewery

Why do we go to Monroe?

What makes us happy and possibly the root of this Wisconsin pilgrimage (the gathering of beer and cheese) is our time together.

Our conversations are often about work and how jobs can be stressful. We never solve any world problems, but we spend time together. I think that is what our Monroe trip is all about.

What you can get out of this tale

Bitterness can engulf much of our lives, often caused by politics, work, people, or other worries. We need time to be grateful, even for trivial things. It amazes me how quickly we become depressed and bitter.

I am thankful for the time I can spend with my dad. Not everyone has this privilege anymore. I am very grateful that I can travel as much as I do, I am lucky, and I know that.

If we are more grateful and look for the good in things, we can improve our outlook on life. We can improve our lives by having an event to look forward to, such as a road trip with our dads or another cherished person. Often what brings joy to our life can also bring joy to someone else’s.

What do you need for a trip like ours:

  • A destination
  • Patients and understanding
  • Your listening skills and a good story
  • A full tank of gas
  • A decent car
  • Someone you love and any excuse to spend time with them will do

Safe travels!


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Kev has been traveling with Amtrak since 2012, celebrating his tenth year this year. Over those years, he has been on over 700 trains covering over 200,000 miles of rail. Kev enjoys helping others achieve their travel dreams by assisting them with support and information. Kev enjoys making music as an organist.