PetSkull Brewing Expansion Press Release

PetSkull Brewing Expansion Press Release


Tuesday, January 26th, 2021


PetSkull Brewing Company to expand and open new brewery and Cajun restaurant in The River Point District



PetSkull Brewing Company, which opened its small taproom and brewery at 220 North 9th Street in August of 2017, will be moving and expanding into a new facility, located at 1015 Buffalo Street.  Adjacent to downtown Manitowoc’s new River Point District, PetSkull Brewing Company will occupy the former Junk Fur and Hides and Manitowoc Iron and Metal Company building.  This 100-year old two story, brick building is owned by Peter and Alex Allie, and boasts exposed cream city brick, wood floors, magnificent wood beams, and an old freight elevator.   The new location will accommodate 200 patrons.


According to co-owner Paul Hoffman, “We knew that having such an abundant and loyal customer base would eventually demand a bigger location.  But we couldn’t have imagined having the opportunity to move into such a magnificent and character-filled building.  Alex and Peter Allie have been amazing guys to work with, and if it not for them and their support and their love for this city, I’m not sure this type of expansion could happen for us.”


PetSkull Brewing will be installing a brand new ten-barrel brewery built by Quality Tank Solutions out of Oconomowoc, WI.  The bigger brewery will allow PetSkull Brewing to keep up with taproom demand, as well as continue its already successful distribution business with Triangle Distributing out of Green Bay. 


In addition to the brewery expansion, PetSkull will also be opening a restaurant, serving authentic Cajun and Creole fare.  “There are so many fabulous restaurants in Manitowoc that serve great pub food.  We wanted to ensure we were bringing something completely new to Manitowoc – and the region, for that matter” adds Hoffman. 


The new location will also boast a 1,750 square foot, west-facing patio, which will allow an additional 100 guests.  The patio area will feature yard games and live music.  Hoffman further stated that “With not knowing the future of crowds in this COVID-19 era, having a large outdoor patio was critical.  Plus, it’s going to have an awesome view of the river and the new River Point District”. 


Hoffman says the support of the city made him feel very confident about its potential and hopeful success.  “Mayor Nickels, Community Development Director Adam Tegen, and the City Council were instrumental in making this project come to fruition.  They understand the impact that having unique things to do in a city drives tourism, city growth, and potential new business. “


The plan for the building remodel is to begin in February with a planned opening of mid-summer 2021.  The buildout will be completed by Manitowoc’s A.C.E. Building Services and financed by Investors Community Bank.  To follow the progress of the expansion, visit