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Taps: 60 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
441 E Lincoln Ave
phone: (414) 481-2393
(Place added by: guthrie on 05-04-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 39 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Dropped by with some friends for a drink before a concert. The atmosphere was nice, comfy couches to sit, was a little dark which made it hard to carry on a conversation. I really didn't get a chance to speak with the staff because it was pretty crowded. I was impressed with the number of taps and the prices were all around 4-6 for healthy pours into appropriate glassware. My only real complaint was although they had 4-5 DIPAs on the beer menu but not one RIS(I am sure this isn't always the case). Overall a great place.
12-29-2010 22:31:00 |
More by drpdaddy
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Sugar Maple was mentioned to me by a good friend in Milwaukee as being a good beer bar, so when we went last night, I had high hopes. They've got 60 taps, with a good variety of local and national coast-to-coast micro brews including some things from big breweries like DFH (Poppa Skull) that I hadn't seen before, even at places with much larger selections, so that was pretty exciting. The place was loud and dark, and they had some really bizarre music choices. But the service was nice and friendly and informative, and the selection was very good, so that trumps the poor atmosphere for me. Check this place out!
12-11-2010 15:05:32 |
More by ColdPoncho
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
finally made it to Sugar Maple. I had intentions of going here on my birthday this summer but drinking all day and watching the Cubs win at miller park caused me to pass out on my Hotel Intercontinental bed
stopped in pre and post dinner at Cafe Centraal, located directly next door. I really do not like Milwaukee, but the Bayview neighborhood is pretty great. Steer clear of downtown and head south to Bayview.
very dark bar, lots of room with a long bar, couches, a private (reservable) back room, outdoor ping pong tables. There are no tv's and that allows you to focus on the brew.
60-ish taps, with no nonnsense. There are lots of local options (4-5 lakefronts, a few sprechers, a few from ale aslyum, new glarus, tyranena, etc). There were 4 three floyds taps including dreadnaught and arctic panzer wolf. I also snagged a Weyerbacher Double Simcoe.
Great place - will return.
10-23-2010 16:51:11 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
The Sugar Maple. WOW! This is one of the best beer bars I've ever been to, no question about it.
My wife and I got there right when it opened, at 4pm on a Thursday. Super nice bartender and great, cozy ambience. Would love to hang out there forever! Cool art on the walls too. The owner Bruno was there, great guy.
Exceptional prices! Most beers five dollars except for rare ones like Founders Nemesis, which was six dollars (eleven dollars at my local bar in Columbus). Everything served on the right glass (tulip, snifter, pint).
The draft menu is outstanding, with lots of quality local brews and rare offerings from the big craft brewers. They had an event the night I was there, a special tapping of Bell's Oracle and Hopslam plus a firkin of Two-Hearted. Nice! Tried the Oracle and Hopslam...
Not much food other than soup or bread, which is kind of a drawback if you're having lots of high-gravity beers.
Two more beers I had never tried: 3Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf DIPA and Grand Teton Lost Continental DIPA.
We were incredibly cozy and happy at Sugar Maple and can't wait to go back!
10-02-2010 05:46:20 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Easily my favorite beer bar in Milwaukee. Tap list is huge, the range of beers they cover is equally huge, and the bartenders know their stuff, as does Bruno, the owner.
They always seem to have the latest and greatest on tap, even finding somethings I would not have expected were distributed into WI. Hitting up their $10 (4) 3oz sampler is probably their best deal for anyone looking to try a lot of different beers in one night without having to get carried out. They do have a beer engine, but seldom have cask beers, but when they do they're stellar (for example they had Hopslam last year on cask which was epi)c.
Do yourself a favor, unless you're there with a sizable group, sit at the bar. The couches are basically a no man's land and you really do miss out on the beer geekiness of the place if you don't chat up the bartenders.
Food is limited to soup and bread while it lasts, which is always excellent and always hits the spot (especially the white bean chili they have in the winter).
Pretty solid choice for anyone looking for a great draft beer bar.
09-23-2010 02:37:23 |
More by jmp485
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
A great beer bar in an area with a load of great beer bars.
They have an unreal tap list that's always moving and changing. My only real hang up with this place is the atmoshphere. Low lit, loud hipster music and if you aren't at the bar you will be sitting on couches or undomfortable chairs. Not my thing.
The owners are real knowledgable and very friendly. The service is dependable but can get a little slow at times.
I've never tried the soup but my friends tell me it's pretty solid.
We held a beer gathering here last winter and it was a great event.
A solid choice if you are looking for some great draft beer geek options.
09-05-2010 04:36:35 |
More by beerwolf77
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Entering the bar from its unassuming front, I am immediately struck by the comfortable and orderly nature of the place. The West side of the long bar area is occupied by couches and chairs with low tables conveniently placed to accomodate groups both large and small; the far wall finds high chairs and a bar "shelf" for a little extra room on busy nights. The long bar snakes along the east side of the room, curved and beautifully finished light wood. Track lighting provides a low glow to the room and various artwork- much of it music themed- along with brick and metal give texture and a modern feel. There is a patio area with several large and sturdy picnic tables as well as a ping pong table, and a separate room used for live music (unfortunately detached from the bar area), particularly contemporary/avant-garde jazz.
The beer selection is excellent, all domestic micros with a large number of regional beers offered. The styles vary and although some remain consistent for certain breweries, most seem to be in flux for seasonality. I know I can consistently find rotating Breuery and Jolly Pumpkin taps here, the latest New Glarus and Central Waters beers, Southern Tier, Left Hand, etc. etc. etc., 60 tapper total. Proper glassware is generally used although I don't often visit during peak hours. The pours and prices vary depending on style and scarcity but I never feel as though I am paying too much. Especially nice is the happy hour that takes $1 off all taps between 4 and 8 p.m. Non-beer fans can also be satisfied with the extensive liquor offerings although I can't speak on the mixing skill of the bartenders (I have never ordered a cocktail here).
The bartenders have always done a fine job for me by answering questions, offering samples, and displaying knowledge and love for beer. The rare time that the bartender made an error I was promptly comped the drink without having to ask- excellent service.
Delicious soup from Triskele's is served daily, although no other food. You receive a generous portion with bread for $5, $6 if you want protein.
A comfortable atmosphere, knowledgeable staff and a large selection of quality tap beers makes this place a must-visit for beer lovers.
07-13-2010 21:26:46 |
More by Beerfayce
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Came here, as always, after a Brewers game. I was, as always, already drunk.
It was dimly lit in a good way. I felt classy, not like there was any stabbing or grifting afoot. The bartenders were very pretty. The bar itself was made of gilt, polished wood. The music was good, too. A playlist instead of a jukebox, and so long as the person making that playlist knows anything about music that's usually a good thing. Or, well, really all I ask is that there's no Jack Johnson, Nickelback, or Lady GaGa, nor any other of the dozen or so shades of beige that make up the music at must pubs. If you toss in F-IRE Collective and Portishead, then that's just a double win.
The tap selection is expansive in the best possible way. There are several beers for every mood. I adore Waterloo, Iowa's Lava Lounge, but too many of their beers are high ABV. Same with the Map Room. On the other end of the spectrum, Hook's Pub in Clinton, Iowa brags about having 21 beers on tap, but aside from a single Sam Adam's all of those taps are from Bud, Miller, or Coors. Sugar Maple's selection is not only crapless, it is also varied enough so that you can get tipsy or sloshed or both, depending on your mood. Lots of rares and one-offs, too.
Large, relaxed, clean, and inexpensive, this the easily the best beer bar in Milwaukee.
06-16-2010 17:15:13 |
More by mynie
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
Found out about this place by a suggestion from a Milwaukee BA. I was out there checking out the baseball game and stopped here.. I am glad I did!!
A: you walk in and there is a nice long S shaped bar with modern decor, very neat set up. There are tables dispersed throughout the place with short chair. Some couches. Very comfy and inviting atmosphere. At the time I went it wasn't busy, but the place looks prepared to handle a sizeable crowd. There is also an outdoor patio with a ping pong table.
Q: Everything here is high quality... the beer, the soup, the service, the decor, the glassware, two thumbs up!
S: The bartender was very knowlegable about beer and allowed me to sample quite a few to figure out what my next brew would be. She used the perfect balance of attending to me when necessary and leaving me alone when necessary. She was very friendly and inviting, not stuck up in the slightest. I had a great experience.
Selection: the beer selection is phenomenal, all American craft selection (about 60) with a focus on local WI breweries. All beers are listed on a chalkboard with prices clearly marked, a nice variety of styles (stouts, imperial stouts, scotch ales, IPAs, IIPAs, sours, lambics, brown ales... everything I could want in a selection). The selection included some beers I've never seen on draft including Bell's batch 9K, DFH world wide stout, GI Pepe Nero, Sprecher Bourbon barrel Scotch ale etc. This may be the best lineup of draft beers I have ever witnessed at a bar.
F: Well they don't have a kitchen, but they do serve soup and the soup is damn good. The SOD when I was there was a potato corn chowder that was nice and spicy and complex and paired very nicely with the Tyranena Benji's smoked chipotle porter.
V: The prices were ridiculously reasonable. Especially considering that drafts are a dollar off from 4-8 on M-F. The most expensive beer on their menu was DFH WWS @ 7.50 a glass. In the Chi area, I'm used to paying that for much more standard selections. The majority of beers ranged from 4-5.50 and all were served in proper glassware. I enjoyed 3 beers each with my girlfriend and we each had soup... our entire bill was $32! Talk about value!!
This place was a pleasure to visit, I will make sure that any Milwaukee trip I make includes a stop here. I recommend this for anyone who loves American craft beer... with that being said there was a lack of any imports (aside from Unibroue). For me this didn't matter, there was enough exciting stuff to keep me interested!
04-10-2010 15:52:42 |
More by homebrew311
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Located in the Bayview neighborhood, this bar boasts one heck of a tap list. Over 60 different beers on tap ranging from the WI staples such as New Glarus all the way to beers from Stone and Ommegang. Very nice to see that they use the proper glassware for the beers. It was a little busier than usual because of the BA gathering but the service was still decent. They had about 4 bartenders working.
The beers are pretty well priced at about $5 a glass with the exception coming with some harder to find seasonal beers. A bunch of breweries and a bunch of different styles makes this place a must stop if you are ever in the area. They have a soup of the day but other than that they don't serve anything. Again, this is a good showcase for the Bayview night scene.
02-28-2010 03:02:41 |
More by Wisconsinality
Sugar Maple in Milwaukee, WI
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