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Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Active Beers: 43
Beer Ratings: 6,617
Beer Avg: 3.67
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: Y
$ - inexpensive
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1872 N Commerce St.
phone: (414) 372-8800
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 55 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $
Visited Lakefront on a beer tour of Milwaukee from Chicago just before New Years. This place would make the trip worth it almost in itself.
$6 gets you 4 8 oz. samples, which you pick from 5 they have on tap at the time, or 2 20 oz. root beers, the tour, plus a new clean pint glass at the end.
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and very interactive with the crowd. Perfect for anyone with any knowledge of beer, from the Bud drinkers to the fools who don't call it beer, but just by it's variety. Especially nice for the homebrewer.
I highly recommend this place for anyone passing through Milwaukee.
And the beer wasn't too bad either!
02-02-2009 23:21:50 |
More by mdwalsh
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited both the brewery and the restaurant the day after Christmas. I figured everone would be returning terrible gifts. I was wrong.. This place was SLAMMED. The tour was great and much more informational than most. The tastes at the end are a nice touch, although I am not much of a fan of Lakefront beers. It was tough to move around upstairs. Again, it may have been because of the day. If business is like this everyday, they won't be effected by the economy. It is well worth the trip if you are in the Milwaukee area.
12-31-2008 15:21:29 |
More by DownDaHatch
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I went for the tour and I was quite impressed. You get four tokens for four pours of your choice, and the best part is that you can request a bottle if they don't have your pleasure on tap. The tour was interesting, but perhaps just a tad too long...maybe I have a short attention span. You also get a pint glass at the end. One recommendation is avoid the last tour of the day. They sort of rushed us out right after the tour and I still had a token left over (thankfully I traded it in for a bottle to-go just in time!) Cute part of town too.
12-07-2008 02:32:56 |
More by whiterascal
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
I will echo what many others have said...This may be one of the best brewery tours in the country. Fun, educational and FULL of beer. The beer is good and comes before, during and after the tour!
Fun times were had by all...our tour guide, a teacher during the school year, was a hoot. Picked out Sierrags to be Shirley during the bottling line demontration. We all sang the theme song and Sierrags was a good sport about the whole thing.
My only negative...and thanks to his co-workers service still gets a 4....was the guy in the brewery store. He was a bit of a douche canoe and made me feel like he could really care less about taking my business. even told me why dont you come back AFTER the tour....even though I was there 15 minutes prior and wanted to take care of my purchase BEFOREHAND so I didnt have to buck the crowd after!
Oh well...the only downer which was quickly washed away with MORE BEER!
The Lakefront experience is something that needs to be enjoyed by anyone remotely interested in a brewery tour. Now, if I can only get there and stay on a Friday for the awesome looking fish fry!
12-05-2008 08:10:33 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
I came here with some friends for a tour. Considering how busy it was they kept things moving quite well. We arrived at 12:45 but didn't make it in time for the 1 o'clock tour, so we had to take the one at 2. If this were annother tour we would of been bummed to wait this long. Beer to the rescue! At Lakefront you are given 4 tokens for your samples which you can use before the tour even starts. There is also a midpoint along the tour to get refiled. Just make sure you don't use up all your samples before the tour even starts.
On to the tour itself. Unlike the Miller brewery tour which starts out with a 15min commericial, and is quite orchestrated. The Lakefront tour brings about a refreshing change. The tour guide takes you right in the brewery. Hell, for the first part of the tour I was leaning up against the lauter tun. He went on to describe the brewing process in great detail, describe which changes are made to achieve different results in the finished beer. Before you get to the packaging area you are given a chance to get a refil, this is where they had Bridge Burnner on tap, so save a token. In the packaging area the tour guide explains all about the "bung hole". Then its back up for more beer.
Overall a really great experience.
07-20-2008 16:49:08 |
More by Pauly2X
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $
As a brewery, Lakefront is pretty hit-or-miss in my opinion. Their steinbier is fantastic by any metric, their IPA is acceptable and some of their other beers, well, their sixpacks are pretty cheap so I suppose they have their place.
But what isn't hit-or-miss is the brewery tour. When people say it is the best brewery tour they have ever been on, they aren't kidding. Let's face it, one brewery is more-or-less like another. While some might have some fancy devices that allow for decoction mashes, as a general rule all a brewery has is: grain mill, bags of grain, a mash tun, a lauter tun, and big tanks for fermenting the beer. Done. Not terribly interesting.
So why do we go on brewery tours? Free beer, that is why. Or at least cheap beer. For $6 you get 24oz of beer easy (the 4oz tasting glasses hold six oz and they normally fill to the top) and if you are creative you can get a good deal more than that (or at least I managed to). The pacing is also key. At the start, you get some beer. Then in the middle, you get some beer. And then at the end, you get some beer. That is key. Plus they sorta let you run around their brewery, which is awesome. How many brewery tours have you been on where you can play around with their blow-off tubes to the extent that you can get splashed by a gigantic bubble of beer? It is very hands-on for the adventurous.
But beyond that they also explain how beer is made. Using the Reinheitsgebot as a rhetorical device, they take you through the brewing process. Some people might complain that certain liberties are taken, both with respect to the Reinheitsgebot and the process of brewing in general. While that is true, as someone who has taught I can understand the sort of shortcuts they took. It is aimed at the general beer-drinking populace, after all. And I spoke with one of the brewers for a while and the guys clearly know their stuff -- it isn't inaccurate, it is just presented in such a manner so as to be accessible to the average customer. I can respect that.
Good times abound, and at $6 are you kidding me? Plus they throw in a pint glass *and* a free pint at a local bar/restaraunt (good selection there too). What's not to like?
07-11-2008 21:26:50 |
More by shbobdb
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
As a graduate of Marquette I may be a bit partial, but this place was and is amazing. This IS the brewery tour you want to take. I went to the original tour when it was just a house next to a pub as a sophomore (underage ;>) and continue to go whenever I get up to Milwaukee. $5 gets you a sample of a fair selection of beers and a pint glass from the brewery. You can even refill on the tour. My only complaint is that they used to give you a coupon to go next door to The Brown Bottle Pub at the famous late Schlitz Brewery but as that pub has closed - no more. Highly, highly recommend going to the top brewery tour in the Milwaukee, the city of beer.
06-15-2008 23:35:45 |
More by inhoc00
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
This is one of the best brewery tours I've been on. For $6 you get to try the beers at the beginning and middle of the tour, and at the end you get a full pint with a logo glass to keep. The tour guide keeps things lively and entertaining, and if you're lucky you get to hear the Laverne & Shirley theme song (our tour was not so lucky).
The fish fry is good, the fish is crisp and not greasy. There are several varieties of fish to choose from, including cod, perch and bluegill.
The restaurant is only open on Fridays and it gets pretty crowded, but it is family friendly. They have a German polka band that plays three sets with all your favorites, including the Chicken Dance.
The tours seemed to sell out pretty quickly, so be sure to get your tickets before you sit down to eat.
05-25-2008 17:19:56 |
More by htomsirveaux
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
As others have said this is definitely the brewery tour to take while in Milwaukee (with all due respect to Sprecher). I have gone on this tour several times over the past 8 years and enjoyed their fish fry a couple of times.
Atmosphere: The brewery tours are a blast, even though they no longer have the original Bernie the Brewer slide from old County Stadium. All of the tour guides are hilarious and educational. The Friday Fish Fry is also a great time and the polka band only adds to the fun.
Quality: I have to give their beers a slightly above average rating because some are lacking. I think they have definitely raised the bar with the new IPA.
Service: Good service considering the amount of obnoxious people are being served samples. Also, the fish fry can get quite hectic and I haven't had a bad server experience yet.
Selection: Oddly enough, the selection could be better. I have never been on a tour when all of their beers that are currently in the stores and bars are available at the restaurant. But their overall selection is good.
Food: The 2 times I have had the fish fry everybody goes home happy.
Value: $5 for at least 4 beers?! That is great value in my book. Plus you get a pint glass and if you save up your tokens from bringing out of town guests that don't drink a lot of beer, this can be a very cheap afternoon. Unfortunately, they pass out plastic cups for the brewery tour now so you can't bring your old pint glass and tokens and take the tour anymore.
05-25-2008 13:04:46 |
More by nsmartell
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
This is THE place to go in Milwaukee for a fun afternoon. In the spring and summer, they have 3 brewery tours that costs a wopping $5!! For this, you get a pint glass to take home with you, 4 tokens for full beers, and the 45 minutes tour (which is always good and the guides are funny). They have pretzels for you to eat as you wait. After the tour, you can go to the back patio that is right on the Milw River and soak in some sun and suds. This is always a good time and you can usually get a free bier or two if you work it...
I think the biers are top-notch and are really in the German-style. You can't go wrong with any of them, so please go to the brewery and enjoy yourself! You won't be disappointed.
05-21-2008 17:08:24 |
More by nocheinsbitte
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. in Milwaukee, WI
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