Walking into Uncommon Pints in Rothschild is a unique experience.
You might be tempted to think that it’s just one more taproom for people to grab a beer — but there are several things that help it stand apart.
The taproom, which is the brainchild of Kate and Emily Ohlrich, is unique in a number of ways. First off, it’s built in a former bank. The building on Rothschild’s main drag used to be a branch of the Covantage Credit Union, which had been closed for a few years before the Ohlrichs renovated it into a bar.
Second, are the taps themselves. Emily told City Pages they wanted to include beers from lesser-known breweries. Many of those are small operations that don’t distribute or have limited distribution. That means when you stop in there, there’s a good chance one or many of their 30 taps will contain a beer that’s new to you. Beers such as Ursa Minor and McFleshman’s in Appleton.
And, Uncommon Pints’ owners set aside one of those taps for gluten-free beer. No beer with fluten will ever touch that tap, Emily explains.
And if that’s not enough, they’re doing something pretty unusual — they allow dogs on leashes at Uncommon Pints. They even have dog treats for your little (or not-so-little) K-9 friend. And they have plans for a patio area in the back of the taproom where the drive-through area of the bank was. Doggie owners will be able to get ice cream pup cups for their pooch.
From Ringle to Uncommon Pints
Emily has experience in the business — she also owns Clubhouse Bar and Grill in Ringle. The two places keep them quite busy. The two also did a lot of the remodeling themselves.
Besides beer, they’ve been serving mead, which has been surprisingly popular Kate says. And, they have a variety of non-alcoholic drinks which have become increasingly popular in general and have done well at Uncommon Pints.
Emily says they went through what seemed like a thousand names before coming up with the one that stuck for Uncommon Pints. They had a hard time finding a name that fit that wasn’t already taken.
Kate says the taproom is a combination of all the things they liked in their travels to different breweries and taprooms. And the name refers to the number of beers they serve which are just a little off the beaten path.
A unique Rothschild spot
Uncommon Pints does serve pizza but otherwise generally doesn’t consider itself a food place — people are allowed to bring food in or order takeout to the place itself. They’ve also had food trucks do sessions there.
They also host live music — they tend to play a little earlier in the evening, which many patrons appreciate. Foxfire Affair played last weekend from 4-7 pm, for instance.
Uncommon Pints might be uncommon, but it’s quickly building a loyal following of patrons. One thing they’d like you to know: they have parking in the back. Many aren’t aware of that, and assume they have to park on the street in front.