A Beer Lover’s Guide to Milwaukee, WI

Good City Brewing Beers | Courtesy of Good City Brewing
Good City Brewing Beers | Courtesy of Good City Brewing
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Freelance Writer17 February 2018

Home to Miller and Pabst, Milwaukee has had a long-standing love affair with beer. Wisconsin has been hot on the craft brew scene in recent years, and Milwaukee’s beer culture has flourished as a result. Whether it be a pilsner, lager, or ale, there’s a good chance that beer lovers will find their new favorite in Milwaukee.

Sugar Maple

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Sugar Maple
Sugar Maple | © Art Montes/Courtesy of Sugar Maple

Conveniently located in downtown Bay View, Sugar Maple is a great spot for grabbing a pint with friends. They offer 60 different American craft beers on tap, including several Wisconsin brews for those looking for a taste of something local. Be sure to check out Sugar Maple’s upcoming events as the list is nearly as extensive and varied as the draft beers you’ll be sipping on.

Palm Tavern

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Considered to be one of America’s best beer bars, Palm Tavern offers 25 world beers on tap and more than 120 different types of beer in bottles. As if that weren’t enough, they also have a selection of over 450 types of whiskeys. In addition to its wide range, Palm Tavern also offers regular classes for visitors to learn more about their favorite beverages.

Good City Brewing

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Craft Beer in Milwaukee
Craft Beer in Milwaukee | Courtesy of Good City Brewing

Three friends bonded over their dream of helping Milwaukee grow as a craft beer city, and that was how the idea of Good City Brewing came to fruition. The founders are committed to brewing beer that will help people fall in love with Milwaukee and become passionate about its resurgence. For a beer with a purpose, check out their extensive list of permanent and seasonal offerings.

Burnhearts

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Burnhearts doesn’t pretend to be anything that it’s not, and that’s why people love it. This cozy corner bar has 24 craft beers on tap, two traditional beer engines for hand-pulled cask ales, and hundreds of bottled and canned brews available. Those feeling overwhelmed by the selection can ask one of the bartenders, who are all Certified Cicerone Beer Servers, for a recommendation.

Lakefront Brewery

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Lakefront Brewery | © VISIT Milwaukee

For those looking for a taste of history with a locally brewed beer, the Lakefront Brewery tour is a must. The historic building that the brewery is housed in was constructed in 1908, and visitors on the tour will be treated to a glimpse of Bernie Brewer’s Chalet. On top of their already excellent craft beer offerings, Lakefront Brewery also created the first certified organic and gluten-free beers, serving up something for everyone.

Third Space Brewing

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The concept behind this brewing company is that people have home and work, but they also need a third space where they can simply stop everything else and just enjoy a great craft beer. Visitors can appreciate the Milwaukee brewed beer in Third Space’s taproom, beer garden, or take a tour of the brewery located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

Milwaukee Brewing Co

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Milwaukee Brewing Company's Ale House
Milwaukee Brewing Company's Ale House | © VISIT Milwaukee

Every beer at Milwaukee Brewing Company has a story. A combination of local culture and culinary expertise brings to life some of Milwaukee’s most unique beer combinations. Demand for their creations became so high that they even had to open a second brewery. As they are committed to crafting beer using the best local ingredients and suppliers, their sustainable practices make their beer good for the taste buds and the environment.

Milwaukee’s Craft Beer Garden at Humboldt Park

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Milwaukee’s Craft Beer Garden is basically the love child of the city’s craft beer scene and German heritage. Visitors can enjoy one of Wisconsin’s finest seasonally in the beautiful outdoor setting of Humboldt Park or the indoor seating area on rainy days. The beer garden is dog- and family-friendly, and you can even bring your own stein to fill up.