By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published May 08, 2018 at 11:12 AM

It was a big weekend for 5Points Brew & Sweets, a newfangled sort of cafe that opened on May 5 at 279 W. Main St. in Waukesha.

The new venue, which serves a combination of beer, coffee and (mostly sweet) treats, is operated by small business owners Brian and Carrie Cieslak of Carrie’s Krispies, Mark Knutsen of Pop’s Kettle Corn and Megan Giersch, who manages Pop’s Waukesha store.

"I’m always torn about how to describe it," says Giersch. "Either as a cafe with beer or a bar with sweets."

In the end, it’s a bit of both.

The bright, welcoming interior was designed and built by Jimmy Clark of NextGen Metalworks. It sports cement floors, industrial chic booths and tables and a checkout area that’s decked out in metal and subway tile. There’s also decorative shelving that houses a variety of games including cards, mancala, puzzles and cribbage.

"We think of this as a meeting place," notes Knutsen. "And we want it to be a place that has something for everyone across the generations. The kids can enjoy Crispies (Rice Krispies treats) or ice cream and the parents can sit down and have a beer. And during the day, it’s a place where folks can come in, grab a coffee and get some work done."

It's also a spot where local products are the focus of the menu.

On the beverage side, there’s coffee and nitro cold brew from Pilcrow Coffee, Titletown rootbeer, Cider Boys Sangria and locally brewed tap beers including selections from local breweries including Broken Bat, Raised Grain, Black Husky and City Lights.

There are also snacks like pretzel bites with mustard ($5), Pop’s Kettle Corn in flavors like spicy caramel, spicy cherry berry, honey garlic, chocolate coffee stout, peanut butter protein, Muskego mix (caramel, cheese, and kettle corn) and unicorn ($5 per bag) and Crispies in flavors like plain, strawberry, chocolate root beer and pretzel, maple pecan, birthday cake and mint julep ($4).

Eight flavors of Purple Door Ice Cream are available by the scoop ($3.50 for one and $5 for two) or in a cone or waffle cone for an additional charge.

The ice cream is also available in a variety of floats including a classic root beer float ($5), a whiskey Coke float with Classic Coke and whiskey ice cream ($5), a nitro coffee float with espresso ice cream ($7), a beer float featuring City Lights Coconut Porter and salted caramel ice cream ($8) and a puckery fruity float made with Cider Boys Sangria and raspberry sorbet ($8, pictured above).

Of course, there’s plenty of room for creativity. Want unicorn kettle corn in your ice cream? You can totally do that.

Like most small businesses, 5Points is still evolving. Within the next month, the menu will also be expanded to include a number of savory snacks like hot dogs and pizza.

There are also plans to make the shop a hub for a variety of events. NexGen is building a hydraulic table that can function as both a booth for seating or a stage for live music, performances or presentations. In the coming weeks, guests are likely to see it operational in the front corner of the space.

5Points is open Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.