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A dash of barley, a pinch of hops

The first thing to know about brewing is that basically, it's cooking. The brewer is a chef, the brewery is his kitchen and the brew kettle no more than a pot. The beer we serve at Bluewater is made right next door at Big River Grille! Big River is brewing beer like it ought to be...fresh, handcrafted by a local brewer and with the best ingredients available.

Ales vs. Lagers

Beers are generally divided into two categories, either Ales or Lagers. Traditionally, lagers have a crisp flavor with a clean finish while Ales offer a fruitier flavor that lingers. At Bluewater, we feature Big River's Ales and Lagers, each having a character and richness all of its own. Big River brews beers that range in color from gold to auburn to brown and to black. The bottom line? Judge a beer based on taste, not color.

Our Beer Selection

Light Lager

Light in color and body, a true American lager.

Vienna Lager

Auburn, medium-bodied, clean crisp finish.

Brown Ale

Light brown, medium-bodied, subtle sweet finish.


Light golden, highly hopped, crisp full flavor.


Copper, medium-bodied, pronounced hop flavor.

Award Winning Handcrafted Beer

World Beer Cup

2004 Silver Medal:
Iron Horse Stout
Sweet Stout

2004 Bronze Medal:
Espresso Stout
Coffee Flavored Beer

2002 Gold Medal:
Iron Horse Stout
Sweet Stout

1998 Silver Medal:
Iron Horse Stout
Sweet Stout

Great American Beer Festival

2007 Silver Medal:
South Side Pilsner
International Style Pilsner

2003 Gold Medal:
Rocket Red Ale
American-Style Amber/Red

2000 Bronze Medal:
Iron Horse Stout
Sweet Stout

1998 Gold Medal:
Sweet Magnolia Brown Ale
American-Style Brown