Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1872 N Commerce St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53212
United States

(414) 372-8800 | map

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4 by PapaGoose03 from Michigan on May 08, 2022
3.86 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Oct 07, 2021
4.43 by Archfiend from Illinois on Oct 03, 2020
3.89 by Hend from Wisconsin on May 09, 2020
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
by cratez from Canada (ON)

Visited with my wife on a recent trip to Holland, MI and Milwaukee, WI.

Tried the following:
Lakefront Maibock (draft)
Lakefront India Pale Ale (draft)
Lakefront Hazy Rabbit (flight sample)
Lakefront Funnel Cake Cream Ale (flight sample)
Lakefront My Turn #30 Chuck Malt Liquor (flight sample)
Lakefront Brewers Series: Gose w/ Lime & Salt (flight sample)

The Maibock and IPA were excellent while the flight beers ranged from decent to very good. For lunch we split the Spicy Italian Sausage with sauteed peppers, Fried Brussels Sprouts and Cheese Curds, and Buffalo Chicken Salad – everything was delicious. Seems like they run a solid kitchen here. Laidback and approachable atmosphere in the gargantuan taproom; gorgeous patio on the river. We had fun taking pictures with the statues in front of the brewery. Service was strong as the bartenders did an admirable job of describing the beers and our food came to the table in reasonable time. Also bought some schwag and beer to go. Our overall experience was enjoyable, and we would probably come back.

Apr 13, 2020
4.46 by B-rett from Wisconsin on Apr 09, 2020
4.25 by ahuey333 from Wisconsin on Mar 29, 2020
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3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4
by DoubleJ from Wisconsin

This is the craft brewery that was made famous by Milwaukee. With redevelopment happening on the drive to the brewery, the building looks out of place, as it stands to remind of the past. Whenever I visit any new place, I visualize what I'm going to get, and I couldn't had been more off at Lakefront. First off, Lakefront has a massive taproom with the look and feel of a Munich beer hall. The bar to get your beer is off to one side, the food counter off to another side. Long wooden tables aplenty here, a stage for music just off-center in the beer hall. Solid Wednesday night crowd on hand.

I saw 13 different beers pouring from tap and a couple coolers worth of four and six-packs, plus single bottles (for here or to-go, I don't know. Heavier on the German influence, so expect several lagers (pale and dark), a bock, plus a few American-styles like IPA, pale ale, and American wheat. Slender stange glassware serving the beer in pints, along with half-pints and tasters being available. No qualms of the beer I had, as it further washed down the bad memory of Fuel Cafe I had over a decade ago (which prompted me to pass on Lakefront beers until I recently moved to Wisconsin).

Food is a little better than the standard sandwich and fried concoction. They served pot roast poutine, which sounded great. One problem, kitchen's out of gravy. Time to change for fried cheese curds and beer bread. Cheese curds, amazing. Beer bread, hard on the outside and work to chew (though with a rewarding center).

My one criticism, such as it is, would be the beers available for consumption at the beer hall. True, over a dozen beers on-tap is a nice list at a brewery. I didn't find much that was "special", like a seasonal, or a variant beyond the wild rice bock I had. Most breweries often have a few "brewery only" or harder to find beers of their portfolio available.

Lakefront is a curveball of breweries to visit. You get a big beer hall and mostly easy to drink beer with good vibes while you visit. It does close relatively early to other drinking holes, so be sure to have other places to visit if you plan a long night of drinking.

Nov 08, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25
by michaelsmith11 from Illinois

Fun brewery to visit. For $9 you get a 1 hour tour, 4 6oz samples, and glass, and a ticket for a free beer. The brewery is right on the river and there is a nice patio out back.

Jul 25, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4
by Hibernator from Massachusetts

Milwaukee Trip: Day Two

We went on the Lakefront Brewery tour this afternoon and it was a great experience. The brewery is spacious and truly executes all of the brewery experiences in a positive manner.

The tour was educational, engaging and entertaining. A recommended visit when in Milwaukee.

Jun 20, 2019
4.13 by REVZEB from Illinois on Apr 28, 2019
4.63 by Philip3shady from Minnesota on Apr 09, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
by Milktoast75 from Wisconsin

Very nice small brew tour. Tour lasted about an hour with lots of fun facts about Lakefront and beer in general. Tour group participation is a must. The more you participate, the more free beer tokens you earn.
Large open beer hall, open wood beams and exposed brick give a beer hall look. Large bar with full selection of beers plus cold bottles and cans available as well as growlers.
Recommend tour because of the wonderful staff and products.

Apr 04, 2019
3.78 by scaliasux from Wisconsin on Mar 28, 2019
4 by Griffith from Connecticut on Mar 18, 2019
4.81 by mikebeeeezy from Wisconsin on Mar 18, 2019
4.25 by pkeating59 from Illinois on Aug 30, 2018
4.39 by cd34 from Illinois on Aug 13, 2018
4.05 by GulDukat88 from New York on Jul 13, 2018
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4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

If you want to visit an authentic beer hall experience, you can’t beat Lakefront brewery, polka band, fish fry on Friday night, and the single hop IPA was damn good!!

May 26, 2018
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3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5
by DotDrinks from Illinois

Great tour

May 19, 2018
4.5 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Apr 30, 2018
5 by kd0h from Wisconsin on Mar 10, 2018
3.99 by jwyrwa2421 from Massachusetts on Feb 22, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
by krombopulos from Wisconsin

The perfect example of if you have seen one tour you have seen them all. Yea maybe the tour guides are more fun, articulate, and educated than your average tour but not my cup of tea. If you're bringing someone from out of town it's a must though.

The beer is amazing. You don't see many craft breweries being so lager oriented. To me if a brewery can make a pale lager well it's a sure sign they know what they are doing. All their beers are flawless. Maybe not the most exciting or desirable. But always completely flawless. No contamination, no off flavors, no oxidation issues. You can always expect a product that is actually worth the price tag here.

The food will make you visit the bathroom within an hour but its delicious and worth it. What else goes with beer other than grease. I'm sure they have a salad too.

Jan 11, 2018
5 by jjnelsen418 from Wisconsin on Nov 26, 2017
3.74 by johunnic from Illinois on Nov 21, 2017
3.78 by SusanP from California on Nov 16, 2017
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75
by jkaczinski from Iowa

A very cool historic old building that is just a blast to visit. Best tour I've ever been on and our guide was absolutely hilarious. Food is good and comes very quickly. We had the award wining deep-fried cheese curds and the Rueben. Tried Eastside Dark and Snake Chaser, both are very good. We will make time to visit again on our next trip to Miwaukee.

Sep 27, 2017
3.88 by scootercrabb from Illinois on Jul 31, 2017
5 by Bryan12345 from Texas on Jul 14, 2017
4.25 by camiconnell from Minnesota on Jul 14, 2017
3.38 by Z_Anderson_0406 from Minnesota on Jun 21, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
by Luckydog91 from Texas

Stopped in on a Thursday for lunch and a tour while in town on business.

Lots of enticing options on the food menu and the wurst plate was delicious.

Tour is a good deal and includes 4 six ounce samples and a pint glass to take home. Our tour was a little brief but I heard on the weekend they offer more in depth tours when they're not brewing.

Beers I tried ranged from a little below average to good. Was most impressed by their hoppier offerings.

By far the best thing about this place is the location though. Giant inviting beer hall and nice riverside patio.

Well worth the stop.

May 26, 2017
3 by zaraspook from Illinois on May 06, 2017
4.35 by Krusader from Wisconsin on Apr 25, 2017
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4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
by Ty1776Ler from New Jersey

Bright golden beer with a light ale taste and a dark Mike's hard lemonade aftertaste. Citrus/orange scent, tastes like a soda with a kick. Refreshing summer beer. Definitely worth a try!

Apr 11, 2017
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4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
by hawkssb04 from Utah

This place was phenomenal. The tour guide is totally worth the price of admission, the beer was solid, and the food was to die for. Easily the best pretzel and cheese I've ever had. The location itself is also one-of-a-kind, with an awesome riverfront patio.

Apr 09, 2017
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
by allrghtallrdy1 from New Jersey

Great tour....... great food

Feb 24, 2017
3.98 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado on Jan 31, 2017
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. in Milwaukee, WI
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