OnMilwaukee’s Beer me: Your guide to Milwaukee brewery tours

Beer me: Your guide to Milwaukee brewery tours

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Bavarian Bierhaus

Bavarian Bierhaus

Est. 2016

The Bavarian Bierhaus is a Glendale-based, German-style beer hall featuring craft brews, German comfort food, live music, outdoor seating and Friday tours. Prost!

Tours:

  • Fridays, every 30 minutes from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Reservation required: No
  • Minors allowed: Yes, with parent or guardian
  • Duration: 25-30 minutes
  • Cost: FREE
  • Includes: Samples and $5 off beer flights

TIP: Recommended for brewing enthusiasts. Will walk away knowing "The craft secrets behind all 10 Bavairan Bierhouse brews."

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Best Place

Best Place

Est. 2009

This is a beer history tour, not a brewery tour that includes lots of information, some walking and plenty of PBR.

Tours:

  • Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 12:30, 2, 3:30 & 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m., 12, 1, 2, 3 & 4:30 p.m.
  • Reservation required: No. You can purchase tickets ahead of time but 20 walk-up tickets are available first come, first serve.
  • Minors allowed: Yes, with parent or guardian
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Cost: Adults $10; Seniors (60+), Military & Students (w/ID) $8.00; Kids 12 and under, FREE
  • Includes: One pint; choose from Pabst, Andeker, 10 Wisconsin craft brews, and Sprecher root beer.

TIP: Stop by the Vintage Gift Shop before or after the tour. It’s like a retail store and mini museum in one.

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Biloba Brewing

Est. 2014

Biloba Brewing is a small microbrewery in Brookfield that focuses on crafting unique beers using the simplest and purest ingredients. Come for a tour, stay for a beer (or two.)

Tours:

  • Biloba offers informal, spontaneous tours on Saturdays. No set times.
  • Reservation required: No, but call ahead if you want the tour from Gordon Lane himself.
  • Minors allowed: Yes, with parent or guardian
  • Duration: 15-30 minutes
  • Cost: FREE
  • Includes: Beer for sale

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Black Husky Brewing

Black Husky Brewing

Est. 2010

Black Husky was inspired, not surprisingly, by dogs. The rustic, woodsy taproom is located in the heart of Riverwest and offers signature and seasonal brews as well as regular brewery tours. Woof.

Tours:

  • Saturdays at 2 p.m.
  • Reservation required: Yes, use this contact form to reserve your spot!
  • Minors allowed: Yes, with parent or guardian
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Cost: $10
  • Includes: 2 samples and a Black Husky pint glass

TIP: Prides itself as "Milwaukee’s worst tour."

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City Lights Brewing

City Lights Brewing

Est. 2016

City Lights features vintage buildings designed by the famous Alexander Eschweiler and offers an educational and easygoing tour. Check it.

Tours:

  • Saturdays: 2, 4 and 6 p.m.
  • Reservation required: No, but you can secure a specific time here.
  • Minors allowed: Yes, with parent or guardian
  • Duration: 60 minutes or more
  • Cost: $10
  • Includes: 1 beer, souvenir pint glass

TIP: This is a smaller, more intimate tour through a 115-year-old building!

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Delafield Brewhaus

Delafield Brewhaus

Est. 1999

Delafield Brewhaus is a restaurant and microbrewery offering house-made brews, American food, live music and brewery tours. The ‘burbs got the brews, too!

Tours:

  • Tours take place about once a month.
  • Reservation required: Group tours available via reservation
  • Minors allowed: Yes, with parent or guardian
  • Duration: 60 minutes-ish
  • Cost: $10
  • Includes: 2 pints and souvenir pint glass

TIP: Very engaging tour. Come with questions!

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Explorium Brewpub Explorium Brewpub

Explorium Brewpub

Est. 2016

Explorium Brewpub is Greendale’s first and only brewery. Located inside the Southridge Mall, Explorium offers a fun casual atmosphere, a crowd pleasing menu and a list of brews that's perfect for the beer-curious. Take some time and explore it.

Tours:

  • Saturdays usually between 1 & 3 p.m.
  • Reservation required: Yes, call (414) 423-1365 to choose your date and time
  • Minors allowed: Yes, with parent or guardian
  • Duration: 60 minutes-ish
  • Cost: $10 (regular tour)
  • Includes: Samples and a keepsake

TIP: A "technical tour" is also available for those who want to dive deeper into the brewing process. It’s $30, takes two hours and includes samples and brewing ingredients.

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Gathering Place Brewing Company

Gathering Place Brewing Company

Est. 2017

The Riverwest-based company creates vibrant and unique ales and lagers that reflect the brewery’s vibrant and unique community and beyond.

Tours:

  • Each Saturday and Sunday afternoon of every month or by appointment.
  • Reservation required: No, but you can purchase tickets in advance here.
  • Minors allowed: Yes, with a parent or guardian
  • Duration: 45-60 mins
  • Cost: $10
  • Includes: Four 6-ounce beers

TIP:Might wanna pre-order tickets. They keep tours small with 15 tickets available for advanced purchase and 5 tickets reserved for walk-ins.

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Good City Brewing

Good City Brewing (East Side)

Est. 2017

Good City Brewing is an East Side brewery with an industrial-meets-chic taproom offering craft beer, chef-driven internationally-inspired plates and weekly tours. Good City = good times.

Tours:

  • Saturdays, 1 & 2 p.m.
  • Reservation required: First come, first served but advance tickets available.
  • Minors allowed: Yes, with parent or guardian
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Cost: $10
  • Includes: 1 full pour or token to redeem at downtown location/ 10% off packaged beer (day of tour)

TIP: Tour offers specialty glassware not available for general purchase.

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Lakefront Brewery

Lakefront Brewery

Est. 1998

Lakefront Brewery is located on the edge of the Milwaukee River and features an array of beers, bar bites and the best brewery tour in Milwaukee, according to OnMilwaukee readers.

Tours:

  • Multiple times daily. Check website for details.
  • Reservation required: Yes
  • Minors allowed: Yes, with parent or guardian.
  • Duration: About an hour
  • Cost: $11. Kids under 12 are free.
  • Includes: Four 6oz pours and a pint glass

TIP: This is a larger craft brewery tour with up to 60 people. Remember the Lakefront Brewery tour motto: touring is thirsty work.

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MillerCoors

MillerCoors

Est. 1855

MillerCoors has more than 450 years of combined brewing experience and shares the history and process through free tours. Mmmmmm... Miller samples.

Tours:

  • Daily: Tours typically run every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Sundays: Every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Check online or call ahead; dates and time depending on holidays and time of year.
  • Reservation required: No
  • Minors allowed: Yes, with parents or guardians
  • Duration: 40-60 minutes
  • Cost: $10, Free for attendees up to 20 years of age
  • Includes: Multiple samples

TIP: To see an active production line, go on the tour during the week. This tour takes place both indoors and outdoors, so dress accordingly.

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Milwaukee Brewing Company

Milwaukee Brewing Company (2nd Street)

Est. 1998

Milwaukee Brewing Company started as a brewpub at the Milwaukee Ale House in 1997 and 20 years later, it's still going strong. So strong, in fact, that the brewery opened a larger facility on North 9th Street this past year.

Tours:

  • Saturdays, every 30 minutes from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Reservation required: No, but you can.
  • Minors allowed: Yes, with parents/guardians
  • Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $12
  • Includes: Unlimited samples, plus a pint glass

TIP: You will also receive a token for a free beer at a partnering bar, so plan to go out after.

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Mobcraft Brewery

MobCraft Brewing

Est. 2013

Mobcraft Brewing is the nation’s only crowd-sourced brewery.

Tours:

  • Saturdays at 2, 3:15 and 4:30 p.m.
  • Sundays at 12:30 and 2 p.m.
  • Reservation required: No
  • Minors allowed: Yes, with parents/guardians
  • Duration: 45 minutes-ish
  • Cost: $12, $8 for designated drivers without beverages
  • Includes: 2 beers/tickets, complimentary MobCraft glass

TIP: Stop at Conejito’s (on the same block) for tacos before or after the tour.

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Pabst Brewery

Pabst Brewery

Est. 1844

The new Pabst Brewery, located inside a former church, is a spiritual experience for PBR people. OK, that might be an overstatement.

Tours:

  • Virtual Brewery Tour
  • Wed - Thurs: every 30mins. between 5 & 8 p.m.
  • Fri: between 4 & 8 p.m.
  • Sat - Sun: between noon & 4 p.m.
  • Reservation required: No
  • Minors allowed: Yes, with parent or guardian
  • Duration:
  • Cost: $10
  • Includes: Get a pint glass and tap of beer.

TIP: Check out Best Place for an up-close history of the Pabst Brewery.

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Raised Grain Brewing

Est. 2015

Raised Grain is located in Waukesha and offers handcrafted beer, homemade pizzas and says it’s "the biggest little brewery tour."

Tours:

  • Saturdays at 3 and 4 p.m.
  • Reservation required: Yes. Reserve your spot online.
  • Minors allowed: Yes, with parents/guardians
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Cost: $10
  • Includes: Samples throughout the tour and a beer of choice and a pint glass at the end

TIP: This is a very intimate tour in a small brewery. Show up ready to be interactive.

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Sprecher Brewery Sprecher Brewery Sprecher Brewery

Sprecher Brewery

Est. 1985

Sprecher Brewery is an old-school brewery with beer and soda tours, tastings, live music and food in an indoor Bavarian beer garden.

Tours:

  • Sunday: Up to 4 different tours
  • M-F: 4 p.m.
  • Saturday: Up to 9 different tours
  • Reservation required: Yes. Order online or call (414) 964-2739 between 11am-6pm CST (11am-5pm Sundays) the week of the tour to make a reservation.
  • Minors allowed: Yes, with parents/guardians
  • Duration: 50-60 minutes
  • Cost: Adults (21+): $8 | Minors (20-): $5
  • Includes: Adults get 4 samples of beer (chosen from up to 20 beers on tap) and a tasting glass to take home. All ages may sample all available sodas to their heart’s content.

TIP: Reserve tastings are available. These small group tours feature the company’s premier and limited edition products, each paired with a different artisan cheese.

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Brewfinity Brewing Company

Brewfinity Brewing Company

Est. 2016

Brewfinity Brewing Company is a casual brewpub with house beers on draft, small plates and tours. Mullet hairstyle not required.

Tours:

  • By appointment only
  • Reservation required: Yes
  • Minors allowed: Yes, with parents/guardians
  • Duration: 30-60 minutes
  • Cost: FREE
  • Includes: Beer for sale

TIP: Tours are better with a taste. Be sure to buy one before you leave.

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Third Space Brewing Third Space Brewing

Third Space Brewing

Est. 2016

Third Space Brewing offer hand-crafted beer, a beer garden with food trucks and tours on the weekends.

Tours:

  • Saturdays at 1:00pm and 3:00pm
  • Reservation required: No
  • Minors allowed: Yes, with parents/guardians
  • Duration: 30-45 minutes
  • Cost: $10
  • Includes: 2 beers and a Third Space pint glass

TIP: The tours are always led by one of the brewery owners, Kevin Wright or Andy Gehl.

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Urban Harvest Brewing Company

Urban Harvest Brewing Company

Est. 2016

Urban Harvest, located on Fifth Street in the Walker’s Point neighborhood, is a small-batch brewery and taproom with indoor and street-side seating. #414letshaveonemore

Tours:

  • 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at 3 p.m.
  • Reservation required: No
  • Minors allowed: Yes, with parent or guardian
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Cost: $6
  • Includes: 5 beer samples

TIP: This is a very small brewery, so the tour is more of a presentation than a walk-through tour. More info on their Facebook page.

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Water Street Brewery

Est. 1987

Located in the heart of downtown, and complete with a brand new, state-of-the-art brewing system. Get a tour and a beer, and then sit down for some delicious food afterwards.

Tours:

  • Call (414) 272-1195 to arrange a tour with Brewmaster George Bluvas III.
  • Reservation required: Yes
  • Minors allowed: Yes, with parent or guardian
  • Duration: 15-30 minutes
  • Cost: FREE

TIP:The Water Street Brewery is Milwaukee’s oldest brewpub.

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Westallion Brewing Company

Est. 2017

Westallion Brewery is West Allis’ only brewery and offers a relaxing, family-friendly and natural light-filled environment. Liberace would drink here if he could.

Tours:

  • Saturdays at 1 p.m.
  • Reservation required: No
  • Minors allowed: Yes, with parent or guardian
  • Duration: Plan to stay 1-2 hours. The tour itself is 30 minutes but … unlimited drinking.
  • Cost: $10
  • Includes: All-you-can-drink samples

TIP: There is plenty of street parking available.

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