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Taps: 60 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
441 E Lincoln Ave
phone: (414) 481-2393
(Place added by: guthrie on 05-04-2008)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Visited Sugar Maple around 10PM on a Friday night for the Upland Draft Release Party. The place was pretty busy.
It took us a bit to find right off the weird intersection, but when we were on Lincoln it was easy to find the place with the big sign. We we carded when we walked in and made our way to the bar which was pretty packed all the way along. It was a beautiful laquered light wood that curved through out the left side of the building and housed a HUGE number of awesome craft beers. To the right were modern low chairs and tables which I didn't sit at but found to be incredibly awkward. Due to my large stature I imagined them uncomfortable. My interior designer girlfriend told me that they were there to serve only as a place to hold your drink and allow you to freely engage in conversation with out slouching on a normal table. Hmm. Well, I stayed at the bar. Lower lighting wasn't advocating the beer's appearance but seemed like a nice place to just chill with a great beer.
Looking at the clientele it seemed a bit artsy-fartsy but who am I to judge people who love good beer?
The service was fairly good. It took a while to be served at first but after that they were pretty quick to be over. Everything seemed like it was in the right glass. Southern Tier Creme Brulee in a Sprecher snifter. And tulips for other beers I saw being poured as well as Pilsner glasses.
The most impressive thing though was the tap selection. A wide variety of fantastic beers. I saw a few bottles you could purchase but they were outrageously priced. XX Bitch Creek for $23? I'm pretty sure I picked that up in the store for $13. The tap pours, for the Creme at $5, was not bad at all. If there was an in between $$ and $$$ that's where I'd put the price.
Over all, Its pretty out of my way to just have a beer but my brother's studio is down the road so I may have to go visit "him" more often. I really love the place though.
08-29-2009 13:08:57 |
More by BeerFMAndy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Headed up past the cheddar curtain today with fellow BA Jay23, thanks for driving dude!
Off a corner it what looks to be a very low key, laid back young area is Sugar Maple. There's a huge sign out front and some flyers in the windows. Walking in you'll find a very spacious room with a curving bar top to your left. Lot's of couches and seating to the right and in back. There were a bunch of screen printed posters in frames and other paintings on the walls. The place feels very modern and comfortable, almost like an independent coffee shop.
The tap list is massive! 60 taps split in between local and non-local beers, Central Waters, New Glarus, Lake front etc... I had a Central Waters Mudskipper Porter and Stone Ruination. Both were fresh and served at the correct temp and in the proper glassware. They also had a ton of spirits and Rogue Whiskey, which I've never seen before. I was extremely impressed with the selection, diversity and prices.
Atmosphere was very low key and the music was right up my alley. A healthy mix of acid jazz and post punk(Joy Division mostly, heck yes!).
We brought food in from a gyro place from around the corner, but they did have some soup on, blue ribbon white bean with chicken, which I'm sure was tasty.
This is a great bar with a much different feel than I'm used to. I wouldn't mind moving up North and spending my weekends there. A must stop if you're in the area!.
08-16-2009 00:29:23 |
More by beertooth
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
UPDATE - August 2009
this place loses some of its splender the second and third time around. the acoustics are such that when more than fifteen people are there, it feels like a noisy sports bar without the flat screens. the first time this BA visited there were only about six to ten people around, which is just the right amount. the service was less than impressive, with unattentive bar staff and long waits for drinks. that being said, the tap list is still the best in Milwaukee and the prices are still excellent.
Sugar Maple may be the best beer bar in the Milwaukee Area. Why? A tap list that is 50+ beers deep without any standard or easy to find offerings (and a light emphasis on local-esque brewers), laid back conditions without heavy traffic, and very inexpensive prices. This BA had the following:
Dogfish Head Festina Pêche - 12 oz - $5
Lakefront Rosie Sour Kriek - 10 oz - $3.5
Sprecher Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale - 10 oz - $5.5
atmosphere is laid back, with a faux-modern feel and an airy overall aura. lounge seating in the form of Bertoia Chairs and wooden tables are throughout, along with a rail and bar stools against the wall opposite from the bar. on a Friday night, there were only around fifteen to twenty people there, no drunks or obnoxiousness. very laid back place, pleasant to drink a good brew.
quality and service were good. proper glassware, knowledgeable barkeeps and timely service.
selection was quite deep. very obscure and unique offerings, none of which are standards or easy to find elsewhere.
food is only in the form of two daily soups and bread, though ordering in is allowed.
overall, this was a wonderful experience. this BA has found a new go-to spot in Milwaukee for obscure and great beer. cheers!
07-19-2009 23:48:49 |
More by botham
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Pretty easy to find with the big sign and the sugar maple seed pod. This is one of those must stop places in Milwaukee if you are a fan of American craft beer. The interior is sparse with some low tables and couches throughout the length of the place to the right. Across the left wall is the curving bar that is a beautiful lacquered light wood. It was hand made and is quite impressive. Dim lighting and a good selection of music. A nice place to chill.
Sit at the bar and you will immediately see the wall of taps. 60+ taps to be exact that take you through the range of American craft beer from across the country. Seriously, if you cannot find a beer on tap here that you have never had before I would be more than surprised. I had Tyranena's Imperial Weizen last time I was here along with New Glarus Apple Ale...both tasty. All pints are reasonably priced and the bartenders are super friendly and always ready to re-fill your glass.
Overall, Sugar Maple is a place I basically always go to if I am making a trip to Milwaukee and I'm jealous for everyone that is within a close proximity to this establishment. They have a big bottle selection as well. I really, really enjoy this place and recommend it highly if you are anywhere near Milwaukee.
12-20-2008 01:16:01 |
More by orbitalr0x
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
If you like good Quality beer and a great selection this is the place. Never really crazy busy this place is a diamond in the rough. Surrounded by great places to eat like Cafe LuLu's and riviara mya.
Great atmosphere, and a killer S style bar, this place has a ton of room. Great decor, and lighting. The only grip that I have are the sit down tables. They are a little low, and not real good for big groups of people.
With 60 micro brews on tap, and just as big of a hard liquor selection you never get board. They even have two pump handle tappers which never have the same two beers on tap. They have an extra glass door cooler with a pretty big selection of 750ml and smaller bottles as well.
The staff is very knowledgeable about what they have on tap and if your not sure they will even give you a little taste before buying. (only stuff on tap 750 ml bottles are excluded)
This is a CASH ONLY place with an ATM on hand. And is SMOKE FREE!! which is a plus (to us non-smokers).
** For value I gave it a bit pricey and here is why. I personally think this bar is right on tap with what they charge, Personally if your into micro brews than you know what your going to pay up front at a place like this, but most people (especially in Milwaukee) are used to the paying for Miller Lite, and the stuff that you get down on Milwaukee Water St. DON'T LET THAT DISCOURGE YOU!! Trust me this is one of Milwaukee's best.
10-28-2008 09:38:45 |
More by vkrazzy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I was just there yesterday. I was impressed.
It was clean, spacious and thankfully smoke free. I am not a designer so I really don't care about the table and art but it seemed nice. I went straight to the bar to check out the taps and the beer list.
I was impressed by the heavy Wisconsin presence that was rounded out by other upper mid-west breweries (and PA). I like to buy local and I like beer. This is my new favorite bar. Total bonus that I can walk to and from it.
The service was quick and friendly. But due to my limited cash on hand brief.
The cash only issue is not that big of a deal. There is a bank about 100 feet away with a public ATM machine right on the sidewalk. In the future I just plan on hitting the ATM on the way to the bar instead of at the bar.
emerge077 is totally spot on when he says this place is crawlable.
This location is becoming amazing. There are already two good bars within one city block with another opening right next door.
There is a nice covered bus stop at the street corner and a public parking lot across the street. The neighborhood is pedestrian and bicycle friendly.
Enjoying a fresh draft beer at this location can not go wrong in my opinion.
Update: I was there again tonight and sat farther into the bar. There is an ATM nestled in back past the bar. No worries if you head over and have no cash on hand.
Second Update 4-2-09: I was at the Sugar Maple this evening and they no longer have beer in bottles. They are now serving soup and have removed the bottle cooler to have a bread and soup stand in the bar area.
08-30-2008 03:22:47 |
More by Rennpferd
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here over the weekend, and really enjoyed it.
Sign outside is huge, it's boxy form juts out directly above the glass doors in front, emblazoned with the iconic "whirly-gig" seeds from the sugar maple tree. Classy, modern interior, with show posters lining the wall and geometric art hanging behind the bar. Walls are freshly coated in mellow, muted colors. The finish on the bar was slick, the iridescent birchwood surface gave off a dull gleam.
The sixty taps are on the back wall in full view, in addition to a lengthy beer list. Focus is on regional and American craft beer. Two handpumps are in use, on the service end of the bar. Bourbon selection was also well above average. A few exclusive taps, such as the latest one-off from Tyranena, and a farmhouse ale from Lakefront. Bottled beer covered all the bases, but the focus was on the taps. A few gems on the bottle list, such as Bourbon County, Devil Dancer, and a few from Jolly Pumpkin.
Service was quick and attentive, several tastes were offered and very much appreciated. Music was great, soul and jazz mostly. Only way to go is up...this place makes Bayview somewhat of a destination, the crawl potential is there.
05-19-2008 03:04:22 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Bayview/Cudahy/St. Francis might be America's best beer bar neighborhood with the addition of Sugar Maple to Palm Tavern and Roman's (both down the street on Kinnickinic). Sugar Maple is bright, new, and modern with about 60 taps of crowd pleasers and a few off-the-beaten path beers. It was built from the ground-up to be a craft beer bar, and manages to feel in atmosphere and decor like a martini-bar might, but without feeling anti-beer. However, they could use a TV over the bar. I agree with SurlySober that there is a lot of fairly unexciting beer to wade through on the menu to get to the good stuff, which is hardly severe condemnation. Other than that, my only two complaints - no food and cash only. Hopefully both will change.
I think Roman's will remain my favorite beer bar in Milwaukee, but I'll be happy to add Sugar Maple to the mix of others I visit occasionally.
05-09-2008 17:47:14 |
More by BeerBelcher
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Beerbelcher, Surlysober and I have been anticipating the opening for months, and Id say it was worth the wait. A great complement to Bruno's other place, The Palm Tavern, which is Belgian-oriented, dark, and kind of edgy-loungey, the Sugar Maple is bright and roomy, with lots of blond wood and windows, a long bar with a cool S-curve, and minimalist modern furniture. Did I mention 60 taps? Getting past the fact that there are a few too many mundance micros, that still leaves room for some really good, distinctive selections, capped by DFH 120. And enough bottles to round out the menu. Knowledgable bar staff (of course), and smoke-free. Destined to be one of Milwaukee's bastions of beer culture. Bay View now has three craft beer bars (including Romans' Pub, of course) that can compete with any threesome in the country.
05-07-2008 19:55:23 |
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