Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Active Beers: 45
Beer Ratings: 7,376
Beer Avg: 3.65
Taps: - / Bottles: -
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4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25 | $
Lakefront brewery/brewpub is outstanding. Out-stand-ing. I place it right there with Founders. Tour is awesome. Go right inside, beers in hand while production is in process. Get right up and close to what you want to see. Yes I agree, the beers are not to the 'outstanding' level just yet - but the atmosphere most certainly is. But, their Black Friday Black IPA shows just what they are capable of. Possibly one of the best Black Ales i've ever had. But the beer selection is very inexpensive and always has a wide variety. Take any group - and your going to have a great, i mean GREAT time. If you don't....know, there is something wrong with YOU.
Located directly on the River, on the lower East side - its a beautiful place. Always packed but not the kind of packed that its uncomfortable. The right kind of packed that you get the feeling you're at the right place.
04-11-2014 03:12:26 | More by weonfire
3.99/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | $
One of Milwaukee's best brewery tours, a group of friends had nothing to do on the weekend of St. Patrick's Day so we decided to do the Lakefront Tour again. We got walkup tickets pretty easily and only had to wait 30 mins before our time slot was ready to go.
In the interim, I tried a new beer they had on tap with one of the 4 tokens for the tour (8 oz pours) it was a very tasty hop forward (hop bursted) ipa called hop experiment #14 (or something like that). Glad to see they are doing some new stuff.
Lots of people in the main room, but It didn't take long to get a drink. After finishing of the first sample and grabbing a second (a Fixed Gear) the tour group was getting together to voyage into the brewery.
The guide was charismatic and incorporated humor with history and facts about the brewery and process. He answered a few questions about there process and cleared up one of my observations about their beers. Along the way we grabbed another fill, (this time an IPA) and made it through the crowning of the bung queen.
Finally we sang the classic Lavern and Sherly song and back into the main hall to finish off our tokens. Not bad for $7.
If you are from out of town its a great spot, if you are an MKE native and haven't been before.. what is wrong with you?
03-18-2014 17:35:32 | More by guityler83
4.02/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited: 3 January 2014
When first walking in, I walked into this giant empty room with empty tables and 30 foot ceilings- it really made me wonder if anyone was even around. At nearly 2pm on a Friday of a holiday week, I wasn't expecting it to be nearly so dead at first. Hopefully this place gets hopping at later times of day.
Paid $7 for probably the best brewery tour I've been on. It wasn't good because it was educational- actually it really didn't talk much about the brewing process at all, beyond the basics, but that wasn't what this tour was about. The tour guide really told the story of Lakefront Brewing Co and did a great job doing so. Funny, energetic, and engaging the whole time. Very entertaining even if it wasn't educational. With the four drink tokens, you can drink beer before, during, or after the tour. There was a beer stop half way through the tour to refill your cups.
For that $7 you get four drink tokens redeemable for any 6oz pours of whats on tap, or you can redeem two for a 12oz bottle from the coolers behind the bar. Had 12 beers or so on tap. Redeem the plastic sampler glass on your way out for a Lakefront Brewing Co pint glass.
Fantastic deal and one of the most entertaining brewery tours I've ever been on. Highly recommend.
01-04-2014 03:55:47 | More by Beric
3.71/5 rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Brewery tour was over the top, energetic, and interactive. Tour itself was reasonably priced and included 4 beers that are enjoyed before, during, and after the tour. Tour guide was more focused on cracking jokes and making innuendos than educating about brewing process, but that might be their intention. A very cool old coal plant converted into a brewery in the 90's and includes some fun pieces of Milwaukee history (relics of old County Stadium and Schlitz canning line ala "Laverne and Shirley").
None of the beer is amazing, but none of it is bad either. Same thing with the food. The giant banquet hall is reminiscent of old German Bierpalasts and is lively when they have their weekly Fish Fry and polka music.
Great for the atmosphere, have a beer or two, then check this Milwaukee legend off your list.
12-30-2013 17:13:53 | More by blindtiger24
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | $
I have been on over 20 brewery tours all over and this has to be one of, if not the most fun tours you can go on. The first time I went on the tour, a Klisch brother was giving the tour. He told us a story that his brother bought him out of the brewery and now his brother let's him give the tours. Kind of funny! The selection of beers on tap after/during the tour is the only thing that I didnt like about the tour.
(NOTE: if you wait until near the end of the tasting, there are always people that will give you their extra beer coins. Last time i went there I started with 4 coins and drank about 11 samples because people gave their extras to us.)
10-01-2013 16:49:44 | More by BigBadBeerSnob
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
Lakefront tour is the #1 attraction in Milwaukee and that's because it is fun and cheap and they give you plenty of tokens and their beer is delicious. Best value in town, the atmosphere is cool, German food hall, just a great experience and the tour guides are funny.
08-27-2013 18:45:27 | More by lovethebelgians
4/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Great tour. Great time. Cool building. Worth the trip in you are in the area. Looks like a giant beer hall inside. Met two people from North Carolina and had a few drinks with them. Almost didn't want to go through the tour the company was so good. Enjoyed the tour and the people were most cool. Go do the tour, then walk the riverwalk for a while.
08-26-2013 18:27:25 | More by soupermirl
4.68/5 rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $
Went there for a Brewery Tour. This place was by far one of the best tours that I have been on. We walked in for our tour time. Paid our entry fee, which included a take home pint glass. Before the tour started they allowed you to have a pint or two of their brew. The tour started right on time. This place is a small brewery so it isn't very long of a tour of the facility, but you spend more time drinking their beer. Usually you only get a few tokens to fill up your pint glass, but the day that we went they were having an event that night so we were able to stay longer than normal to partake for the barley pops. All in all I had 4 or 5 beers. As an added bonus, Lakefront has the old County Stadium Bernie the Brewer slide in it brewery. Very Cool!
07-18-2013 02:32:48 | More by KellyScottMad
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
I have enjoyed many Lakefront beers, when I can get my hands on them, which is not often in California, and was very happy to visit the pub/brewery itself.
The place is a neat converted old powerhouse on the river north of downtown. It's a bit cavernous inside, a single huge, tall-ceiling room, which is a minus when it's quiet and empty but good when it's packed, as it eventually gets on the Friday night fish fry, which we experienced. Then, it has German/central European folk and polka music, etc., and it's a fun experience.
Beer quality overall is outstanding, with great examples of German/Czech lager types, my primary interest in their beers. These tend to be excellent, particularly their Riverwest Steinbeer (a strong Vienna) and the Eastside Dark (an outstanding dunkel). They also have a great IPA and some other good beers as well.
Service is efficient and friendly.
Beer selection is not big and lacks range, numbers, and cask selections. However, it's still a good mix.
Food that we had was great, nothing super special, but well-made, very satisfying food.
07-15-2013 20:43:40 | More by Offa
4.89/5 rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
We were in town on Vacation. We were at Miller Park for a baseball game. But my team was losing big. So call to see if they still had spots open for a tour. and they did. I cost $7.00 which you get to sample 4 beers and you get a pint glass when you leave. Our tour guide Dillon was a great tour guide. half way through the tour you get to stop and have another beer. This was the best brewery tour that we took in Milwaukee.
07-13-2013 23:24:40 | More by racingkenny14
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. in Milwaukee, WI
94 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.