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Lakefront Brewery's Riverwest Stein won best local product for the third straight year. (PHOTO: Matt Mueller)

Milwaukee's best local product, 2016

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For the third straight year, the battle for best local product – whether it be a beer, bitters or some other boozy libation – has ended with Lakefront Brewery's Riverwest Stein coming away with the title. This year, the brew scored more than double that of the closest competition, the still strong second place finisher Rehorst Vodka.

Lakefront's flagship beer is named after the Riverwest neighborhood where the brewery was founded, with the amber lager delivering a hint of sweetness that was made to complement German delicacies like schnitzel and rouladen. Riverwest Stein is available on tap or in a bottle at most Milwaukee bars and clubs, as well as available in packs at most liquor stores.

Milwaukee Brewing Co.'s Louie's Demise, Rumchata and Miller Lite wrapped up the rest of the top five, while the OnMilwaukee editors decided to go in a different route for their pick, giving the nod to Bittercube bitters.

OnMilwaukee editors' pick: Bittercube bitters

Runners-up:
2. Rehorst Vodka
3. Milwaukee Brewing Co.'s Louie's Demise
4. Rumchata
5. Miller Lite


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