Perched on a scenic hilltop, G Five Brewing Company opened its doors to the community of Beloit, Wisconsin in May of 2019. Situated in a prime location with a breathtaking view of the sunset over the city, the brewery quickly became a popular destination for beer enthusiasts and locals alike.
Founded by Lee Gunderson, an avid homebrewer turned entrepreneur, G Five Brewing Company was the culmination of Lee’s passion for brewing and his desire to share his craft with others. With a meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to quality, Lee embarked on a journey to create a brewery that would not only produce exceptional beers but also provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere for visitors.
The location of G Five Brewing Company was carefully chosen to showcase the beauty of Beloit. Nestled on a hilltop, the brewery offers panoramic views of the city, allowing patrons to enjoy a pint of their favorite G Five beer while taking in the picturesque sunset. The serene setting creates a relaxing and inviting ambiance, making G Five a perfect spot to unwind and connect with friends and family.
To ensure the success and excellence of G Five Brewing Company, founder Lee Gunderson made a strategic decision to enlist the expertise of Keith Symonds, a renowned brewhouse consultant and nationally certified Master Beer Judge. Keith’s involvement in establishing the G Five Brewing brand added a significant layer of industry knowledge and experience to the brewery’s operations.
With a deep understanding of the brewing process and an extensive background in the craft beer industry, Keith Symonds brought invaluable insights and guidance to G Five Brewing Company. His role involved working closely with Lee Gunderson and the brewing team to fine-tune recipes, optimize brewing techniques, and elevate the overall quality of the brewery’s offerings.
For the Gunderson family, G Five Brewing Company is more than just a business venture—it is a legacy project that celebrates their family bonds and the places they hold dear to their hearts. The brewery serves as a testament to their shared values and love for their community.
The Gundersons have always prioritized the importance of family and have instilled in their children a deep appreciation for their roots. G Five Brewing Company embodies this sentiment by creating a space where family and friends can come together, connect, and enjoy great beer.
Lee Gunderson, the patriarch of the family and the driving force behind G Five Brewing, envisioned the brewery as a place where the Gunderson family legacy would thrive. By involving his wife, children, and even his brother in the brewery’s operations, Lee ensured that G Five Brewing became a true family affair. Each family member brings their unique skills, passion, and dedication, contributing to the success and vibrancy of the brewery.
G Five Brewing Company beautifully melds the essence of Montana and the Midwest in its design, creating a space that pays homage to both regions. The brewery and restaurant effortlessly blend local vernacular, contemporary details, and western materials to create a timeless and inviting atmosphere where patrons can come together for good company and a pint or two.
Drawing inspiration from the rugged landscapes of Montana and the warm hospitality of the Midwest, the design of G Five Brewing embraces elements from both regions. The architecture and interior design reflect a harmonious fusion of rustic charm and modern aesthetics, striking a balance between old and new.
The architectural design of G Five Brewing Company beautifully weaves together elements that pay homage to both Beloit’s industrial heritage and the cherished memories the Gunderson family holds from their time in Montana. The thoughtful combination of tumbled red brick, rustic wood siding, and corten steel accents creates a visually striking and inviting space that tells a story of both local history and personal experiences.
The tumbled red brick used on the exterior of G Five Brewing is a nod to Beloit’s industrial past. Beloit, like many cities in the Midwest, has a rich history of manufacturing and industry. The brick symbolizes the factories and warehouses that once stood as pillars of the city’s economy, serving as a reminder of the hardworking spirit and resilience of the community. By incorporating this element into the brewery’s design, G Five Brewing pays tribute to the city’s heritage and establishes a sense of connection to Beloit’s industrial roots.
Inside the brewery, the rustic wood siding and corten steel accents evoke the memories and landscapes of Montana, a place that holds special significance for the Gundersons. The rustic wood represents the warm and inviting nature of Montana’s mountainous regions, while the corten steel accents reflect the rugged beauty of the state’s landscapes. These elements bring a touch of the Montana experience to G Five Brewing, infusing the space with a sense of nostalgia and personal connection for the Gunderson family.
G Five recently in March 2022, made an exciting move by acquiring a four-acre plot of land, signaling their plans for expansion and growth. The purpose of this expansion is to construct a state-of-the-art barrel aging facility that will be dedicated to aging beer, and to host special events.
With the expansion and the construction of the new barrel aging facility, G Five Brewing Company will significantly increase its capacity for barrel aging. Currently, the brewery possesses 30 barrels for aging beer, but with the expansion, they anticipate having an estimated 200 to 300 barrels available for use.
This substantial increase in barrel capacity opens up a world of possibilities for G Five. With a larger inventory of barrels, the brewery will have the opportunity to experiment with a wider range of beer styles, ingredients, and aging techniques. This expansion will allow their brewers to showcase their creativity and expertise, pushing the boundaries of flavor and complexity.
The additional barrels will also provide G Five with the ability to scale up production and meet the growing demand for their barrel-aged beers. These unique brews often require extended aging periods, anywhere from The aging process can take anywhere from 12 months to 24 months, and with the increased barrel capacity, the brewery can ensure a steady supply of these sought-after offerings to their loyal customer base.
Furthermore, having a larger selection of barrels allows G Five to diversify their aging program. Different types of wood, such as oak, bourbon, or wine barrels, can impart distinct flavors and characteristics to the beer. With a greater variety of barrels at their disposal, the brewery can experiment with different combinations, creating a captivating array of flavors that will excite beer enthusiasts.
The Gundersons’ connection to their community is also an integral part of G Five Brewing’s identity. Beloit, Wisconsin, holds a special place in their hearts, and the brewery serves as a way to pay homage to the city and its residents. The family takes pride in sourcing local ingredients and collaborating with neighboring businesses to create a sense of unity and support within the community.
By establishing G Five Brewing Company, the Gundersons have created a lasting legacy for future generations. They hope that their children and grandchildren will carry on their passion for craft beer and continue to foster a strong sense of family, community, and connection.
Sour – Other
Beer is our first love, there’s no denying that! But sometimes a cocktail does more to lift the spirit, opening the door to new flavor combinations you would never have dreamt of. Our G5% cocktail sour series pushes us past our comfort zone to come up with cocktail combos that pair with our house sour. So raise your glass and let G5% raise your spirit!
Pale Ale – New Zealand
Collaboration with Farmhouse Brewing Supply in Janesville. This all New Zealand hopped pale ale is one of the only ones you’ll find outside of New Zealand itself. While New Zealand might be more famous for Rugby, and Kiwifruit. they have also made quite the name for themselves in hop growing. While we love Nelson Saugviougn hops…named after the city of Nelson we chose four different hops that are all named after cities west of Nelson. These hops differ from American hops because they offer more sweet fruit notes with citrus as a background. Kia ora!
Stout – Imperial / Double
While pondering the universe and wondering what Midnight might taste like we made the bold leap and determined that the booze should be hidden in the shadows, have hints of coffee because we weren’t sure if we wanted to stay up but definitely have layers of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar and honey. We’ll let you decide if this tastes like midnight to you, but I think we can all agree this is a stout for the upcoming winter months.
Sour – Other
We took our favorite kettle sour and paired it with our favorite locally produced barrel-aged gin. This little beer packs a ton of flavor with the harmony of sweet lemon, citrusy coriander, juniper, sage, with hints of vanilla, and oak. This collab combines how spirits and beer can uniquely work together.
Sour – Fruited
We’re bringing you a bold new beer — Blueberry Cheesecake sour. It’s kettle-soured to be delightfully tart. The addition of a lot of blueberry and graham cracker bring balance and complexity. Loaded with cheesecake flavor, our version won’t set you back a factory-load of calories.
Sour – Berliner Weisse
AAAAAAAY, Shortcake! Have you guessed it? Correct-amundo, we’re talking about The Fonz, Happy Days! This strawberry shortcake-inspired kettle sour is beautifully pink and deliciously tart. The addition of almond flour adds an interesting nuttiness to the finish-just give your tongue a few moments to notice it. It feels so right it can’t be wrong. Enjoy!
IPA – New England / Hazy
Like an elephant under a blanket or your excitement for vacation, we built this beer color so it would be hard to hide the beautiful hops we use in our IPAs. Our Mosaic gives off dank stone fruit, pine that flows into a soft pillow landing and ends with just a hint of mango, citrus and just the right amount of smooth bitterness to let you know it is a fresh IPA.
IPA – New England / Hazy
We love how everything from the past is making a come back. Don’t be fooled by the name, this is a new school IPA. Dripping with juicy mango and subtle white grapes flavor, this super hazy IPA still carries some of that old school bitterness that made IPAs popular back in the early ‘00s. Sip, relax, and reminisce of the days of late you spent playing Berzerk, Asteroids and Pac Man.
Sour – Fruited Berliner Weisse
If you’re like us you’ve examined the fruit you eat and come up with little names. The top of the Blueberry does exactly that for us. Now you get it, right? This new kettle sour is packed with fresh blueberries, local honey for a touch of sweetness, vanilla, and lavender, which hints at a floral nose with mint and rosemary. Tip a few of these and you’ll be ready to wear that tiny crown.
Stout – White / Golden
Decked out in your favorite fleece, wool socks, and hikers, this delicious beverage will welcome you in after getting past that damn false summit hike. This tasty trail mix beer comes in easy-to-recycle cans and not those old-school plastic pouches. All that’s missing are birks, a stand-up paddleboard, a trusted Subaru.
Farmhouse Ale – Other
We partnered with Heritage Honeybees from Sullivan, WI. When we called Tim the Beekeeper, he had 60 lbs of honey on hand, but we needed 180 lbs, so he was gracious enough to get up early and get us the remaining 120 lbs! All that local fresh honey goodness ended up in this beer. When you first give it a whiff, you’ll smell all those wonderful flowers the bees got their pollen from and transformed into honey. First taste dances on your tongue like champagne followed by the smooth creamy mouthfeel from all that honey.
IPA – Triple New England / Hazy
Our general manager wanted to take a stab at one of his favorite styles, a triple IPA. This beer needed more body. More ABV. More juice character. More of all the IPA things. Easy right? Well, we love challenges and decided that less is more. With a simplified grain bill with a tad more oats, this beer’s color and texture are just right. Then we hopped it, and hopped again and hopped again. This triple IPA packs notes of pineapple, stone fruit, and citrus. One too many of these beers will have you seeing shadows in your room during Lucid Dreams!
Pale Ale – American
When you look into the night sky what are you usually looking for? An awesome star display? UFO? Falling star? Moon or planets? Since you’re up past your bedtime…probably all of them. Objects coming towards the earth end up being burned up and create light curves. A new hop to us, but old school hop, is Comet. It gives our newest pale ale a bit of old-school hop resin with an array of citrus flavors. An easy drinker that will take you into the night and looking up for those light curves.
Brown Ale – Imperial / Double
Spring in Wisconsin? Only when it feels like arriving. The slow transition to warmer weather gives us all permission to wear socks and sandals. Our imperial brown gives your nose/sniffer hints of molasses and brown sugar and your taste buds toffee and caramel.
Stout – American
Let us tell you about a topic we know all too well here in the Midwest. Volcanos. Well, ok, lava cakes. This chocolaty, chewy stout, we think, tastes exactly like that decadent dessert. Aged for a week on cocoa nibs, the notes of dark chocolate and espresso won’t be missed. Sit and enjoy this simple pleasure we call the American Stout.
IPA – Milkshake
This milkshake IPA has nearly 250 pounds of mango, copious amounts of Madagascar vanilla and lactose sugar. We weren’t shy with the vanilla so you really think you’re sipping on your favorite ice cream treat. Don’t worry though, we still added plenty of hops to create a balanced beer for everyone to enjoy. We believe this milkshake will bring all the boys AND girls to the yard.
Sour – Berliner Weisse
In a daring collaboration brew with Explorium Brew Pub, we’re bringing to you a bold new beer–Cherry Cheesecake Berliner Weisse. Kettle-soured to be delightfully tart, the additions of 60lbs of house-toasted almonds, sweet cherry, and graham cracker bring balance and complexity. Loaded with cheesecake flavor, our version won’t set you back a factory-load of calories.
Cider – Ice / Applewine
Apple Kringle inspired Beer — We thought it would be about time to bring the official state pastry to liquid form. Welcome Wisconsin’s first Kringle inspired beer. We teamed up with our friends at Cider House of Wisconsin to layer on all the fall flavors to this beloved dessert. Danish kringles are made up of 32 layers of pastry and takes three days. While this beer took a tad longer to produce we believe it’s got just as many layers. Besides the obvious apple notes, you’ll find hints of walnuts, brown sugar, cream and vanilla frosting. Enjoy the most Danish beer in America!
Porter – Coffee
While we love our IPAs and Stouts we didn’t want to forget our second favorite style, the porter. This dark brown semi-bitter beer was brewed with caramel malt, dark chocolate malt and oats to help round it out. We then brewed up a bunch of lovely JBC Kenya coffee that gives this beer an extra kick of dark cherry, strawberry and milk chocolate. Don’t miss out on your second favorite style!
Dark Ale? What the heck is a dark ale? Think IPA but maltier; brown ale but hoppier. The contrast of this beer really helps bridge the gap for those of us who want the best of both beers. Notes of orange, caramel with a dry finish will have you say ahhh, after every sip. Have a beer that defies categorization but is still categorically pleasing. Follow us to delicious.
IPA – New England / Hazy
It’s almost the new year and we’re ready to party! Sophisticated grape and melon hop aromas are balanced with a kick of dry-hopped Citra. Bursting with juicy honeydew and cantaloupe, this hazy IPA is ready for the (melon) ball. And after a few sips, you’ll be ready to celebrate as well.
Farmhouse Ale – Saison
Welcome to a new kind of “winter warmer”. We worked with our good friends from State Line Distillery in Madison, WI to create a unique farmhouse that we aged in their barrel aged gin barrels. Just like that last sentence this beer feels like a run on…expect a sweet ripe lemon nose and a first taste of bright lemon citrus, then welcome the layered flavors of fresh juniper, lemon, bright citrus, sage and if you can help it, as it warms you’ll get a warm bourbon vanilla and spice. This light colored brew isn’t your normal “winter warmer”, but at first taste we believe this beer will become your new arrow in your quiver.