The Best in Beers – Seeing Milwaukee, WI

If you like beer, then Milwaukee probably holds a special place in your heart. If you want to see Milwaukee through amber-colored waves of grain, consider visiting these well-known breweries and sampling their wares.

The Landmark 1850 Inn is located across the street from the Milwaukee airport, so you won’t have to waste any time in your quest to sample Milwaukee’s finest brews. With 50 beers on tap, Milwaukee’s oldest tavern can also be found on the city’s registry of historic places.

There’s probably no danger that you’ll confuse the Landmark 1850 Inn with Landmark Lanes, where you can find great beer and bowling, but both are definitely worth your attention. Here, you can sample a variety of regional microbrews here. And speaking of microbrews, the Lakefront microbrewery located on the Milwaukee River is a great place to stop for tours, a fish fry, or the Oktoberfest celebration. Another popular microbrewery is the Sprecher Brewery, just a short drive from downtown Milwaukee. Sprecher’s is famous for their ales, lagers, and soda pops, including a root bear that’s served on tap around Wisconsin.

For German beers, consider Von Trier, home to some very old school German beers and traditional German fare. Or sample the Honey Lager Light, Munich Lager, or Bavarian Weiss at the Water Street Brewery. The Water Street Brewery also offers an Irish Stout, a Doppelbock, and a Scottish Brown, though if you’re thirsty for a simple pint of Guinness, you might try the Harp, a local Irish pub located in old downtown.

If you’ve quenched your thirst, but you’re ready for a meal, you can get any kind of food you like in Milwaukee. There are a number of ethnic restaurants, including German, Polish, Mexican, Indian, Russian, French, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Hmong and Serbian cuisines. Milwaukee is also home to chef Sanford D’Amato, who was chosen by legendary chef Julia Child to prepare the meal for her 80th birthday. Sanford is the executive chef at Sanford, a five-star restaurant located on Jackson Street downtown.

And if you’re looking for a way to get from one brewery to the next, you could do worse than riding a Harley. The Harley-Davidson Museum is located near downtown Milwaukee, where motorcycles and artifacts tell the history of the legendary bikes, and you can relax strolling around the museum’s 20-acre site. You can also tour the Harley-Davidson manufacturing plant – no other manufacturer in the United States inspires loyalty quite like that of Harley-Davidson.

And finally, no beer tour of Milwaukee would be complete without a visit to the Miller Brewing Company, the second largest American-style brewery. In 2007, SABMiller and the Molson Coors Brewing Company joined to form the MillerCoors operation. You can tour the brewing company and take a trip to the brew house where you can watch beer being made, or you can visit the company’s historic cave museum. Either way, the tour ends with samples of several of the company’s brews.

Beer is important enough to Milwaukee that you can plan your entire visit around it. If you visit in the summer, you can even catch a game at Miller Stadium, the home of the Milwaukee Brewers – Wisconsin’s Major League Baseball team. But as much fun as your trip will be, remember to drink responsibly and save some time for all the other wonderful things Milwaukee has to offer.