Water Street Brewery
Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
4.05/5 rDev +12.2%
Established in 1987, it is situated at the corner of N. Water and E. Highland Sts. It is an extensive place, running about half of the block on the Highland side. There is lots of exposed brick, of the light color that gives MIL its nickname, "Cream City." The real attraction here, however, is the breweriana, including an unbelievable amount of cans, many in pristine condition, housed behind glass in large wood-framed cases. There is also a large display of beer tap knobs and handles. Neon signs and vintage photographs are also in abundance. I had a nice meal called "The Old Worl;d Selection," consisting of Usinger Bratwurst and Stuttgarter Knockwurst. Big surprise, for those who have been reading my reviews.
08-21-2004 02:47:38 | More by woodychandler
3.64/5 rDev +0.8%
stopped in this joint as we were looking for a pre-dinner drink on water street
entrance was festive and lined with giant copper fermenters - tons of beer schwag inside that was pretty cool.
unfortunately, this place obviously suffers from being located on water street. the clientele was pretty terrible on a saturday evening. we sat at the bar, watching bama-florida, and saw more glasses of terrible brewpub wine and crappy cocktails being made than pints being poured.
i had a pale ale - it was average. there was an imperial stout on the menu (didnt see a single one poured in over an hour) but i had no interest in stick around
food was pubfare, but we didnt eat anything
12-06-2009 18:35:21 | More by dirtylou
3.98/5 rDev +10.2%
Stopped here on a Sunday night, place was not crowded at all. Service was great as far as accommodating customers, although you got the vibe some of the people there weren't passionate about beer. Spent some time looking at the old beer can collection on the wall and some of the decor gave the vintage old town Milwaukee feel. Beers were ok to good, and it was nice to actually have a locally made black IPA. No palate challenging beers of the imperial sort.... I might go back again if I was in the immediate area, but right now there are other alternatives I might prefer more.
05-23-2011 08:07:20 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
2.93/5 rDev -18.8%
The ol' Water Street brewery, located on, yup, Water St.
If you know anything about Water St. in Milwaukee, you know this is the main drag for nightlife on the weekends. This place can be a very different experience depending on your timing. Of course, the beer is the same regardless.
Anyways, nestled between all kinds of other alcohol and food purveyors, is this brewery. Its on Water St., so parking is atrocious, and of course, meter maids hover 24/7. The quality of the beer is average. Nothing horrible, nothing special.
The selection is usually the standard stuff (pale, wheat, stout, lager, light), it seems to be a rare occasion when they have a seasonal or one off brew available. All the beers taste like they have the same yeast strain and even hops (although in different levels). The food goes beyond typical pub fare, but I haven't had anything any better than typical pub fare there either. Worth checking out, but I tend to prefer other brewing establishments when I'm in Milwaukee. But it is one of the better beer destinations on Water St. if your friends drag you that way on a Thu-Sat night. Go Marquette!
08-12-2010 23:34:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.75/5 rDev +3.9%
After a long day, I mean long I visited Water Street sometime after 10:30 pm on Saturday night, Labor Day Weekend. I sat at the bar with my girlfriend. We sat at the bar that really wasnt used. The taps had no handles and the bar tenders only visited this section when they needed to cut limes or something. Our backs were to Water Street; it was cool to have such privacy. In this little room was a flat screen TV and a couple of booths by the window. Looking to my right was a wall of old beer cans. Nice. On my way to the bathroom (which were big enough and clean) I noticed a wall of old tap handles. Cool.
I looked around the rest of the establishment, this is more of a restaurant than bar. That fit my mood perfectly. The sections not by the bar were very busy, so much so, I didnt really check it out much. Most of the people were dressed business casual so that should give you an idea about the vibe of the place. There werent many people my age (25) yet it was rather loud. Take that for what its worth. Overall, the place was clean, friendly, and family orientated. I dont think Joe Six-Pack would like this place.
I noticed some outside seating, seasonal I assume!
As for the beer, I tried the Oktoberfest and Pale Ale. I was too tired to review them, plus I had palate fatigue. Both were good, the Pale Ale was yellow-gold, unfiltered with a decent citrus bite. The O-fest was dark brown, malty but not rich, I thought it fell apart at the end. I wasnt in the mood to try any more.
The menu was a newspaper. I really didnt look it over thoroughly. I order some chicken strips that were very tasty and my girlfriend order a steak; she liked it. There seemed to be enough to choose from. The day before two of my friends visited here and liked there dinner but wasnt blown away.
If I find myself in Milwaukee again will have to check it out when I can review some beer and eat a full meal. Still, this place was a Godsend after a long day of many activities.
09-07-2004 22:11:24 | More by bditty187
3.25/5 rDev -10%
Atmosphere- We went on a Sunday afternoon and sat at a table by the bar. We didn't realize we entered from the side and not the front door where they were seating people. It is a nice clean space with lots of T-shirts of other brewpubs covering the walls and a great collection of old taps and bomber. The piped in music played everything from Van Halen to the theme from Shrek and Hanson but it was a good level so conversation wasn't difficult.
Quality- When the manager brought us these ratty old newspapers I thought he was trying to beg for money (typical for a Chicago street corner). It was actually the menu and the beer list. It seemed like the beer were turned down a little to cold and the air conditioning didn't help
Service-Our waiter happened to be the manager and he wasn't really happy that we seated ourselves so he spent more time flirting with the other wait staff. My friend asked if they had Sprecher, since he noticed non Water Street beer on the list, and the waiter went on and on about how Sprecher is their competition an why on earth would they sell their competitions beer.
Selection- They had a good mix of German American beers with nothing to unique.
Food-The food was good and it came with pub chips which were various roots (beets, potato, yucca?) fried. The chips alone were great. The food is typical of trendy brewpubs that serve oversized buns and big plates so they can charge you double the price. But it was warm and well plated. I had a vegetarian friend that ordered grilled cheese of the kids menu cause everything else is focused for carnivore. Interestingly it came with a big piece of corn beef stuck on the bottom of the sandwich. We got a good laugh about that one.
Value- This is the prices I would expect to pay in the Theater District. Reasonable for a big city which is usually a bit overpriced.
05-24-2005 22:24:46 | More by rhoadsrage
3.85/5 rDev +6.6%
This place gets a 5 on atmosphere because of its huge beer memorabilia collection. The displays of classic cans and tap handles was a sight to behold. According to their website it is 6,000 cans and 1,400 tap handles, not to mention coasters, bottle openers, signs, etc. Also, the interior is just a warm comfortable space. The beers with good. I drank two and sampled some others from people with me. The service was a little slow, but maybe it was just a bad night. The food was pretty good. Very large portions and quite tasty. Not the usual pub fare, either. It was a pretty good value the beer prices were on target and the food portions were great for the price. Nice place, I'd like to go back and try more of their seasonal brews.
11-06-2008 18:44:28 | More by zeff80
3.06/5 rDev -15.2%
Visited in a recent trip to Milwaukee.
An interesting place in the water street bar area. The bar/restaurant is quite large and very rustic looking. The tap list was about 10 strong, most of which were fairly tame offerings with the exception of an IPA and a "black lager." I was in the mood for a stout or porter and was disappointed to not see either style represented despite about 10 taps being offered. I had the pale ale, which I found to be very average, if not below average. My friends ordered a munich lager and it was pretty good.
Prices were reasonable but considering how ridiculously cheap beer is on all of water street during happy hour, it was disappointing to see no happy hour special here.
Didn't have food. The service was friendly yet describing their pale as a "Sierra Nevada clone" was more than just a little bit misleading...
Not sure that I would return but worth checking out once.
08-01-2011 01:26:27 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.4/5 rDev -5.8%
I was pleased with my lunch experience at the Water Street Brewery. My food was pretty good, and the two beers I had were better than others I've had lately at other area brewpubs. A friend told me that Water Street had good food but beers inferior to other brewpubs, and I disagree. Reading the other reviews, I'm a bit confused about my experience, but here it is.
Ambience of the place was pretty cool - lots of brick like a lot of brewpubs, with a very impressive of old beer cans impressively displayed. The menu looked quite good. We had some great pretzels for appetizers, and my sandwhich was pretty good, served with some great home-made chips. Service was a college aged woman, and we didn't talk much about the beer, but she served us adequatelyl. The beers I had (the APA and the Irish Stout) I thought were good, and the highlight of my visit.
03-30-2007 22:02:40 | More by BeerBelcher
Water Street Brewery in Milwaukee, WI
84 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.