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Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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3.67/5
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9,443 Ratings
Place Score: 95
Ratings: 203
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.27
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1872 N Commerce St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53212
United States
phone: (414) 372-8800

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @lakefront

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Ratings: 203 | Reviews: 72
Photo of bolognasuave
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

beautiful building all around from inside and out. knowledgeable and friendly staff, and food is awesome. selection of beers is obviously limited cause its a brewery and they only have their things. however thats not a killer cause its some really good beer.

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.98/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Do the technical tour it's worth the $30.

90 minute tour geared toward beer geeks and brewers.

Unlimited samples

Food pairing, free pint glass, and ticket for a free beer at local bar/pubs.

Photo of milwaukee512
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Fun tour; guides are knowledgeable, interesting and funny. Cool old building. Ability to take a beer on the tour is a plus. I'm not sure why every tour isn't that way; I mean, it is a brewery, right? Tour is about 45 minutes, with the ability to taste several beers before and/or after. My only knock is that the selection of taps at the brewery seems weirdly limited. Lakefront is known for having one of the best fish fries in Milwaukee, which is no small feat.

Photo of boothbeer
4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is by far the BEST brewery tour I have been on. I like it so much that almost every time I go to Milwaukee, I make a point to reserve a spot at the Lakefront tour. Price is perfect. You get 4 beers and a Pint glass for less than $10. Tour guides are great and will make you laugh! Beer is good, not great. Experience is top notch, and the food is really good too!

Photo of imdabuzzard
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 1.25

Best brewery tour we've ever done

Photo of kansascobleigh
3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is a Milwaukee staple, and I particularly enjoy chilling here in the summer by the river and it is located in a beautiful building but this place is far from perfect.

The Good:
-Fun, Inexpensive Tour with knowledgeable guides. Spend the $7 to do this, but save your tokens (4) for the tour beers.
-The Friday Fish Fry is awesome, I especially love the smelt when it is in season! Also this is one of the few good places to get "Lake Fish."
-They do an AHA discount and give you a coupon for a free pint (from select bar) for doing the tour.

The Bad:
-While I am sure they cannot control the crowd that comes into their establishment really the crowds do get excessive, and the "white-girl wasted" factor raises exponentially.
-The beer is hit or miss, while they do stay true to there core beers those core beers are just okay. Seek out the Grand Cru, or something that is only at the brewery.
-For just "Okay" beer the staff is quite rude, and doesn't seem to care about the customer. It seems they have the mentality of "you can be replaced," This may be true for a time but what happens when brewery tours that hipsters do to impress their friends?

If you have a week to spend in Milwaukee and end up with a couple hours with nothing to do, go do this brewery, but don't out of your way or plan this into your schedule with limited time.

Photo of twb0392
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

the best tour in brew city.

Photo of Seeker_11
4.1/5  rDev -4%

This place gives fantastic and funny tours. A great place to visit if you are in Milwaukee.

Photo of Timbo5555
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Very fun tour, decent beer

Photo of ackeeper
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Recently stopped in at Lakefront Brewery to see the sights and have a beer or two. The building, which we were told is a former electric company building, is a true beer hall. High ceilings, banners hanging from exposed brick walls, and many tables. Very nice atmosphere for a beautiful afternoon.

We "took the tour"--meaning we paid $7 for the tour, a pint glass and 4 6-8 oz. samples of whatever was on draft, although we were limited on time so we did not follow the tour guide on the tour. We opted instead to belly up to sip our samples, chat with the bartenders, and grab a number of to go beers from the cooler. (Growlers were also available.)

They had 10-12 beers on tap--a nice selection. The service was very nice--knowledgeable about the beer and the building; great personalities with whom to chat across the bar. Beers were very good--the IPA and coffee stout were the best of the bunch.

If you are in Milwaukee, this old guard craft brewery is a must stop.

Photo of Dan_McNeely
4.61/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

The tours are just a great time. Anyone visiting Milwaukee should tour this brewery. They don't always have my favorite beers on tap, but I like all their beers so I can't complain. They provide four 8 oz samples AND they have a beer stop half way through the tour. The tour guides are a hoot...well worth it.

Photo of robear
2.2/5  rDev -48.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 3.75

Have visited several times. This is a tough one for me to rate because if it's your first visit and you're taking a tour, you are going to have a much different experience than if you're returning to have a few pints or take home a growler fill.

Atmosphere: Basically, you're in a big old room. Lots of character in the bricks/window/floor, but it's still just a giant room. Very loud. Very difficult to get inside (crammed entry way leading to the bar/beer hall). Some sort of movie was playing on the wall, but it just felt too noisy and disorganized. IF you're headed for a tour, this is your waiting space- basically feels like a giant, beer-related holding pen.

Quality: Pretty standard- the beer is fresh, but poured into plastic cups, even for flights, which diminishes the brewery tasting room experience. I can understand not wanting people carrying glasses around on their tour, but in the tasting room of a successful brewery it just screams cheap.

Service: Easily the worst brewery tasting room experience I've ever had (and that includes several Macro breweries). I think the bartender knew the beers, but he seemed more interested in finishing his shift than in letting us know what our options were. I could live with that. When we were heading out (with two growlers), we noticed that neither of them was even filled to the 64 oz line- one was closer to half full. There didn't seem to be any manager in charge- just a bunch of college kids pouring beer and not paying much attention to the customers.

Selection: Another low point. The taps here pour the regular lineup, but don't expect anything extra (unless you're here on Friday for the fish fry). Local bars have a more interesting Lakefront selection than the brewery itself. I can understand this from a tour perspective (you don't want to give your best beer away for "free") but every brewery should have 2 or 3 specialties or brewery-only releases on. Was hoping for their latest "My Turn" series (available in SE Wisco only) but no dice. Ultimately disappointed.

Food: Didn't eat. I hear that the food is actually pretty good, so I'm going to give them a good rating here.

Bottom line: sign up for the tour, take it, and then buy your Lakefront beer elsewhere. They don't fill growlers properly and they won't have anything out of the ordinary on tap. Maybe give the fish fry a try?

Photo of Svyturys30
4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

The prices were very reasonable for the food and beverages when I had lunch/dinner/fish fry there. The portions were huge! The burger I had was a 1/2 pound of deliciousness, the fries were great and the pickle had a tasty crunch to it! The fish I have had for the fish fry was fried to golden perfection and tasted, oh so good! The beer I had was fresh, served in a chilled pint glass and served as soon as it was poured. I try to stop by Lakefront Brewery every time I am in Milwaukee. Don't take my word for it, go and try it for yourself!

Photo of weonfire
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of guityler83
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
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?

Photo of Beric
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of blindtiger24
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of BigBadBeerSnob
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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.)

Photo of lovethebelgians
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of soupermirl
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of KellyScottMad
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Photo of Offa
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of racingkenny14
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of norris-of-homewood
4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Not only do I find this to be the best brewery tour in Wisconsin; I find it to be the best that I have been on. The atmosphere is second to none. while waiting for the tour to begin you get to do one thing that you don't do on all of the other tours...drink. I remember being stationed in Germany while serving in the army. The waiting room for the tour resembled an old beer hall. The tour guide was well informed and answered all questions. We even got to sing Laverne and Shirley's theme song. In addition to a free pint glass you receive, you also get a free Lakefront beer at a local restaurant should you stop on the way home.

Photo of oak1971
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Went for the fish fry and got a combo of cod , perch, and bluegill. Food was great and I had four beers between dinner and the tour of the brewery. Its not cheap, but they give you a lot for the money. All the beer was great, especially the East Side Dark and Wisconsinite.

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Lakefront Brewery, Inc. in Milwaukee, WI
95 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.