Milwaukee Ale House
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4.53/5 rDev +17.1%
Arguably the citys best brewpub. Established in 1997 the Milwaukee Ale House is located in downtowns Historic Third Ward and right on the Milwaukee River. The renovated building that is now home to the Ale House once served as an old saddlery facility. From the street you can see the brewing vats through the large glass windows. The interior consists of Cream City brick, exposed timbers and wooden floors. Various paintings, vintage beer posters and photographs adorn the walls.
The brewpubs main floor is essentially split into two areas. The main bar is up front, with tall table seating and a stage for live musical acts. Separating the main bar area from the restaurant seating inside is and open brick archway. You can also choose to dine outside on the deck overlooking the Milwaukee River and the newly extended Riverwalk deck below. Downstairs, the Ale Houses 2nd bar, Hop Side Down, serves those frequenting the outdoor lower deck.
The Milwaukee Ale House has five handcrafted beers on tap and each of which are named after a local lore pertaining to the city or the owners. Louies Demise, Sheepshead Stout, Solomon Juneau Ale and the Pull Chain Pail Ale are all excellent. Its also worth trying whatever the current Session Ale is at the time. In addition, a cask-conditioned ale is often usually available. You might consider grabbing a growler on your way out. The Ale House also does a good job of featuring several local city micros on tap.
The menu ranges from various pub sandwiches and burgers to dinner entrées featuring some of the Ale Houses own beers. The food has always been tasty and seems to compliment a lot of their brews. Service is friendly and accommodating, especially considering that the place can get pretty busy on weekends and warm summer evenings when the outdoor deck is open.
07-29-2003 03:42:17 | More by Winter
4.38/5 rDev +13.2%
This place is on the Milwaukee River in an old cream city brick building. The deck overlooking the river is an awesome place to get some some and enjoy some beers. The beer and the selection of beer is great - along with the standards they usually have a couple seasonals. Solomon Juneau Hop is my favorite to chase a Bloody Mary - their Bloody Mary's are very good as well. I recommend the chicken nachos - the chicken is prepared in beer - they are the best chicken nachos I ever had. Pizza is also good.
10-10-2008 18:06:12 | More by tjkurz
4.38/5 rDev +13.2%
The atmosphere of this place was very solid, a huge place, they were setting up for a band that was playing later. We sat at the bar and all the local's were very friendly and pleasant.
The beers were all very good, everything our group tried was above above average.
The service was a bit slow as they were very busy, but they were all very helpful, quick to give us samples and try and answer questions.
The selection was pretty solid, there must have been close to 10 beers to chose from on tap plus a couple on Cask.
The food was very good, some nice little twists on classic recipes like the Blue Cheese Potato salad was great.
The pricing was all very fair and pretty much about what you expect for a downtown metro bar.
03-26-2012 14:42:34 | More by bashiba
4.3/5 rDev +11.1%
This is another place without any secrets. The brewhouse sits in the window overlooking N. Water St. There are exposed heavy wood beams; exposed cream brick; a long, curving bar; an extensive restaurant area; a great view of the MIL River from both the patio out back, as well as the downstairs lounge. It is my kind of place. I only remain ambivalent about the black porcelain urinals. Very unusual. The Mug Club is the Greek letters Tau Kappa Delta, which stands for Tappa Kegga Dei, which I was told that no one had ever guessed before (I left a tip for that ego boost). The club's coat-of-arms is equally inspired, but I don't want to give away all of their secrets.
08-21-2004 03:04:42 | More by woodychandler
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
Good selection of very fine house brewed beers in a good atmosphere and with great outdoor seating on the river. A must for any beer advocate passing through Milwaukee.
I made two trips to this place during my week in Miwaukee, once for lunch and once for dinner. I tried their Belgian golden ale, which was excellent, their IPA, which was good, and their porter, which was excellent.
Lunch was great, dinner was good. Service was very good both times.
Very large dining room and bar area with a couple pool tables.
09-17-2009 03:13:44 | More by RedBeerchetta
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
The location is god, right in downtown close to other great places. Also the atmosphere is really cool-seems like "that local bar" everyone goes to. Their beer selection is not extravagant, and the beer itself is not fabulous, but it is definitely worth checking out. The service is great and their beer is better than a lot of beer you will find in many of the local bars. i have to say however, that while i did like the atmosphere in is not to personable. because it has that local bar feel you may feel like an outsider at times.
12-23-2008 23:23:57 | More by poland7
4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
Stop #403 on my world brewery tour.
Research warned me that downtown Milwaukee was a challenge for visiting a high-quality craft brewery. Have to say I disagree with that finding based on my experience at the Milwaukee Ale House.
Sure, this place probably draws the masses which tends to turn off us beer dorks. Not much going on downtown the Friday night in early November that I visited. They had a 70's rock cover band that only played three songs (around 9) while I was there - maybe a sound check?
I had their seasonal flight plus the cream and hoppy beer. All the beers were very well done in terms of balance and mouthfeel. As a home chef, I'm embarrassed to admit my fondness for wings as bar food. The MAH has probably the best wings I've ever had. No bad too-long-in-the -freezer taste and a great sauce.
I would definitely recommend a stop here is you're in the area.
11-03-2013 01:46:58 | More by Yetiman420
4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
Enjoyed visiting this place since late 90's on Milwaukee trips. Good range of food options and sincerely appreciate the vegetarian menu choices. Most beers are fairly decent, none bad, but also none that were really hitting it out of the park. Examples for styles seemed aimed at a more general audience, which is fine with me because that's more in line with my tastes as well. Parking can be tough downtown in this area sometimes, which is a common annoyance with me.
06-16-2014 13:50:54 | More by yemenmocha
Milwaukee Ale House in Milwaukee, WI
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