Silver Creek Brewing Co.

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Silver Creek Brewing Co.Silver Creek Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.87/5
Based on:
11 Beers
58 Ratings
Place Score: 92
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar ]

N57 W6172 Portland Road
Cedarburg, Wisconsin, 53012
United States
phone: (262) 375-4444

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 3 p.m. - Close
Wednesday: 3 p.m. - Close
Thursday: 3 p.m. - Close
Friday: 3 p.m. - Close
Saturday: 12 p.m. - Close
Sunday: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Please note: The “close” time is typically around 12:00 a.m. on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends.

(Place added by: lampkins)
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Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Silver Creek Brewpub is like something out of a Robert Frost poem (that is until the beer is tried). The approach to the brewpub itself winds around an old mill building that is nestled right up next to a rushing brook, complete with bridge and waterfall closeby. Upon entering the foyer, one passes over the old diverted waterflow that used to power the mill, also complete with running water and an ambiance of old-town must in the air. The front door is made of heavy, solid wood with an iron handle. quite a sensory experience, and quite the perfect atmosphere for drinking a few pints on a brisk fall day.

Once inside, the atmosphere lacks a bit; the heavy timber structure is present, but much has been done to furnish the place to look like the basement of a newly (and poorly) built house. Historic pictures and documents of the mill building adorn a couple walls, with two TVs above the bar and the brewing equipment behind the bar to one side, spilling out the other side of the bar as one walks in.

Quality is the weak point here; the brews are infected with the ubiquitous butter/butterscotch flavors that could pass as the house yeast after one or two rounds, but become all to familiar once a few styles are sampled. Think Sprecher, where most styles are hurt by this presence, but one or two brews work well with the flavor. The positive note here is that there are a bunch of guest taps, that seem to be relatively fresh. Gulden Draak, Lindeman's Peche, Flying Dog Dog Schwarz, Left Hand Milk Stout, Spaten Optimator, among a few others. For house beers, they were out of the two beers this BA was looking forward to: the Imperial Mai-Bock and the Vintage Ale. They did have the standard american offerings: a Session Ale, Pale Lager, Hefe, Oktoberfest, IPA, and a Porter. This BA had the Pale Lager, the Session Ale, and the Porter.

Service was good; This BA and his girl were the only two in the place (a Sunday afternoon), which made it very laid back, and the barkeep was friendly and willing to discuss the house beers and various brewery inquiries.

Food is not offered; only bar snacks (bowls of pretzels, cheese-its, etc.).

Overall, this place has an excellent atmosphere, the beers just need a bit of work. if the infections can be quelled, this would be a solid stop, about a 25 minute drive north of Downtown Milwaukee. A return is inevitable for this BA, because it is such a picturesque place that it almost calls to be given a second chance.

More User Reviews:
Photo of atone315
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of josephwa
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Racquel
1/5  rDev -75.8%

Photo of JeffSK
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Yetiman420
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Stop #402 on my world brewery tour.

Hard to find as it's in the basement of a huge mill on the corner. If not for a small lighted sign out back, I might have given up on it. Wonderful outside patio on the scenic river. Would be great in the summer (and not on a cold fall rainy night as was my visit).

The entrance is like a dungeon. Really cool. Got the house English IPA ($2.50) and Baltic porter ($3.50). What a deal. Also had a great guest tap list. The bartenders knew their stuff in terms of beer so it was fun talking beer and brewing with them.

10 BBL operation with ambient controlled temperature for fermentation which seemed a bit unusual to me but it works for them. Was told they used to do open fermentation but recently gave that up.

Unisex bathroom has a shower in it which I got a kick out of. People also bring their own munchies and food.

Among the better and more unique places in all of my beer travels.

Photo of sisterthelonious
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of lovethebelgians
3.21/5  rDev -22.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Been here a couple of times. They have odd rareities on tap that no one else should have and so it was worth going to, but once I tried their Hefe' and it tasted like Dawn dish soap, not a fan of what they make but the other stuff there was good. Very small place kind of a well-kept secret in Cedarburg

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Stopped in here with ratatat on 6 Jul 2011.

Entrance is from the back by the river, over a little bridge that crosses a diverted portion of the water. Remnants of the paddlewheel machinery can be seen.

This was the third time we've been here. Normally we are inside at the bar but started outside on a very nice summer day. On the patio are 6 or 8 tables. All but one table was full. Service was prompt, adults had beers and kids had SCBC root beer. Food is not available but most of the nearby restaurants have take out or will deliver there. About 15 taps, half were SCBC, the others were Euro imports and micros from the region.

After we had our beers, A & S took the kids to the nearby park while ratatat and I went inside for another round. We shared a growler of Live Oak Hefe with the bar staff and a couple of customers, they all seemed to enjoy it. Will was our bartender, he was happy to talk about beer when he wasn't serving.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.86/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I stopped here in summer of 2010 and it was like a step back in time... the old building has its charm. It is sort of difficult to find, as the entrance is the rear behind the old feedmill or whatever building it is. Very nice location whether drinking out by the rolling waters of the creek or inside seemingly back in the 19th century. I tried their all their current beers and was impressed they had an imperial maibock, a style I never had before. They also had a handful of imports in bottle and on tap that I was told rotates. Wish the place was open more. Definitely a treat and hope to go back again.

Photo of jester27lax
4.5/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I love going to Silver Creek whenever I'm in Cedarburg. If you don't know where it is, it's somewhat hard to find, but it's worth the search. Kind of small, quaint, and a lot of fun. Their beers are top quality and selection is great. I've had all of their brews and their hefeweizen is amazing. I've been to a number of brewpubs, and this one ranks near the top of the list. The bartenders are quite knowledgable and openly share their thoughts on the beers served. They also carry a great selection of liquor and spirits distilled in Wisconsin. All around, Silver Creek offers a great atmosphere and when the weather is good, the patio area is a great place to sample the various brews.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Had the pleasure of spending the evening here last night. Walking down the path to the front door I was already excited. The blacktop path leads you into a tree covered canopy bordering a flowing creek. This leads you to their outdoor seating area. More on this later. As you walk into the actual pub you cross a beautiful wooden bridge covered by the farmhouse field stone architechture. The huge castle like wooden door opens to a typical pub. Modestly sized bar with stools and a handful of tables. Flat screens in the corners a dart board in back. Brewing equipment can be seen which every brew pub seems to put on display.

The inside is an after thought in my book. In Wisconsin we appreciate outdoor drinking more than anything else that comes with warm days. The beer garden is a picturesque setting with the tables nestled next to the afformentioned creek. Trees almost completely cover the garden giving a camping/forest vibe. On a warm almost breezeless evening the sound and smell of freah flowing water while drinking beer is heaven.

I grabbed a seat with my buddy at a table that also sat the owner/head brewer Steve. Talk about an interesting evening. Downing some very enjoyable beers while asking Steve every beer related question that popped into my head.

The servers were friendly and accomadating. I belive I tried about five different offerings with not a clunker in the bunch.

Overall this will be a place I frequent often during the summer. A short 30 minute drive from my house is so worth it.

A special thanks goes to BeerFMAndy for inviting me out here and introducing me to the fine folks at Silver Creek.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.09/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

With out knowing where Silver Creek is, it's a little frustrating to find. A small sign marks the location poorly to new-comers but eventually leads you there. Down the steps, around the building to the back and right by the river gets you to a door next to water bubbling down rocks on the wall into a hole.

Once inside the door you'll see the best part of Silver Creek: the river. It pours from a giant keg-type thing, like a Frank Lloyd Wright house through the building, under your feet as you walk across a bridge to the main door.

Once inside you're greeted by brewing equipment tucked into the corner yet exposed. Here is where the great atmosphere ends and a typical sports bar begins. The other side of the wall features pictures and wood lining with tables spread out and a dart board in the corner. The bar is nothing exciting save for what it holds:

A few glorious brews. The more craft brews from Goose Island, Belgian beers, and regional craft breweries as well as their own beer. I split an $11 flight of 5 beers and a Pale Non-Alcoholic Root Beer.

With out actually rating anything (which I will go back for) It was of good quality. Delicious and fresh brought out by two bar-tenders who seemed like they didn't really want to be there.

Over all, I enjoy looking at all the taps and bottles on the wall and I'll certainly be back for ratings, but apart from the initial presentation, its mediocre in atmosphere.

Photo of poland7
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This place is great. A little hard to find because the door is in the back, but it is worth it. The entrance to this place is like nothing i have ever seen. Their beer is great, and the selection is very good. Definitely worth the drive from Downtown Milwaukee. Also i recommend the seasonal brews, they put a lot of care into their brews and these are exceptional. Also the service is excellent. The bar tender sat down with us and helped me and my friends find other great places in and around Milwaukee and gave us the 101 on Wisconsin beer.

Photo of hopdog
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Very cool building. Located in the basement of an old historic mill. Bar tender told me it was the feed store's, located above it, area where they threw all the junk and garbage. They did a good job cleaning it out! The only had 4 house beers but a decent tap list of 'guest' beers (I'm giving the selection a 3.5 based on the # of house beers). My only major knock is they don't serve food. They have menus from where you can order and bring in food though. I'm in Wisconsin once a year, and this place is always on my list of places to get to.

Photo of timmlimestone
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I am even going to give them a 4.0 for food. This is what it is, a wonderful brewpub and beer spot in a town full of amazing restaurants. Why muddy up the waters and bring in a food menu that distracts from the beer. The cheese assortment is very good on its own right and the local beefsticks are tasty enough to rival a crappy $9.95 rubber cicken at other beerspots.
The Silver Creek Porter is probably one of the best Porters of all time.

My wife and I stopped in early on a Friday afternoon for a sampler and a cheese plate. We wish we could have stayed longer, but we were on the way to a conference for the weekend. Everything was perfect. Our next trip will be longer, warmer, later, and may include an overnight stay in Cedarburg.

The atmosphere was impeccable, the service was fun, and the clientele were knowledgable about beer, while actually interested in others. This is the best spot we have been to in a long while and we went in February, which we all know is freakin freezing here in WISCONSIN.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

After sampling the porter and root beer at the Beer Barons pf Milwaukee festival in 2006, I've wanted to visit this place. They had only a few beers, but they were good, and this place is quite cool. I'm definitely glad I visited.

Silver Creek is in historic Cedarburg, about 25 minutes north of Milwaukee, right along the river below an old dam. The brewery is in a historic mill, and the creek still runs through the brewery today. The brewpub is old riverstone but is very modern and nice. It is a bit musty inside, but in a good way. Smells...authentic.

Inside were 4 house brews (lager, porter, hefeweizen, and pale ale) along with 13 guest taps which had a few interesting ones like NC Old Stock Ale and some locals. This place also had a great (nearly clear) root beer, which was excellent.

This place opens in the afternoon, and has no food, making it a poor lunch stop, but a very interesting place to stop for a beer.

Photo of MrVisegrips
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A very nice atmosphere along the Cedar Creek. The decor and historic setting of the building as an old mill is very nicely preserved making for a very interesting and relaxing atmosphere. While I was there, I had the privilege of sampling the house Porter which, I must say, I would put against the best out there. Although I don't think I'll wait until spring to return again, I do look forward to trying the outdoor beer garden by the creeks edge as soon as possible. A very high thumbs up for this exceptional brewpub.

Photo of jimbotrost
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I love this place. They had not started brewing when I last visited but were getting close. THis place is beautiful, it is in an old mill building along side the river and you get to walk across what was once the mill race.

Outdoor seating might be the best anywhere, within feet of the creek, the water crystal clear, the soothing sounds...There is also a dam right there, wow.

They had 16 beers on tap, each placed on the menu by BJCP beer style. They had a deal when I was there that you get a pint and a glass to keep for what most places charge for the beer, can't beat it.

Don't miss this place.

Photo of Sixpack595
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I visited here while visiting my sister for New Years eve. Stopped in the night before New Years. Nice location right by a creek, nice looking building, cool place. Pretty laid back crowd as usual for a brewpub. The bartender was very quick and helpfull even if she did call last call pretty early. They were quick to offer a sample of any of the beers on tap. From what I saw on the menu it looked like they kept to a set style for each tap so the variety would allways remain as they cycled through the tap. All their house beers I tried were very good, but the Hefe could use a bit more carbonation. Overall a good place to check out. As a bonus one of the bartenders stopped by the house and cooked his ass off to get us drunks fed. Thanks to The Grogsman.

Photo of grynder33
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

One of the best kept secrets in Wisconsin. This fantastic brewpub has the most exquiste outdoor seating view of any place selling beer of this quality. Inside its very pleasant and comfortable. The list of the current 16 brews available on tap hangs at the front of the bar. And what a great list it is. No macro's here. Great micro's and imports representing just about every style there is. The service couldn't be better or friendlier.Look for "Big Steve Roensch,one of the owners usually with a brew in his hand. Very very plesant gentleman,as knowledgable about beer as anyone I've met. Food isn't a big deal here, but thats not why you come here. They do have a variety of cheeses to cleanse your pallete between brews. They have a great happy hour, and the most wonderful and unique root beer you'll ever see or taste. You'll have to go there to see what I mean.The website at www.scbco.com will list what's currently on tap. Watch the tourist's come in and experience for the first time to beauty and wonder of the world of craft brew. An absolute must stop when your around Cedarburg.

Photo of lampkins
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Silver Creek Brewing Co. is located in the heart of Cedarburg and has quickly become my favorite bar for a number of reasons. First and foremost the quality and selcetion of beer is head and shoulders above similar bars in the area. This month they have had Dogfish Head and Great Lakes Brewing Company on tap. In addition, to a decent selection of beers produced locally they also have a nice selection of imported beers.

The bar also has a website updated weekly to let you know what is on tap and what will be on tap.

Two things about this bar have dissapointed me:

1) Due to licensing problems Silver Creeks beers are not yet on tap; and

2) The food selection is cheese and bread, ok, but I would like to see some more traditional bar type food.

All in all a very decent watering hole.

Silver Creek Brewing Co. in Cedarburg, WI
92 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.