theisti (899) Kansas | October 26, 2006| Updated September 8, 2014
I was among the first to tour Lakefront back in the River west days. I had not been back to the brewery since the move to the river, but my goodness, what a change. The facility is tremendous. Beautifully done, and the wit, personality and class of the original is still maintained. Many thanks to the KiIsch’s for their contribution to Milwaukee.
100 = ★★★★★ (A very special beer place)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
If I lived in Milwaukee, I’d do this tour every weekend. $5 for four 8oz samples, a coupon for a free drink at a local bar, and a pint glass? Sign me up! Tour was more entertaining than informative, although they did explain the process throughout the tour. Heavy emphasis on drinking during the tour, which I was happy to oblige. Selection was ok, but would have liked to see some of the better beers offered on tap. All in all, a great way to spend an afternoon in Milwaukee.
Do you like to drink beer? No, really, that’s what this tour is all about. The tour doesn’t start until everyone fills up their brand new pint glass with a choice of the five or so Lakefront products in production. After the initial part of the tour, you are encouraged to get a refill. As you loop around the little brewery, you are again offered another fill-up. And, after the tour is over, if you sit on the patio overlooking the Milwaukee River (summer only), the tour assistants come out the back door with a box of freshly poured cups. Do not even DREAM of driving home from this tour. Make sure to take along an understanding partner who will take the car keys and get you home (and also keep refilling his or her glass for you once they have entered designated-driver mode). Honestly, this is THE Milwaukee beer tour (Miller is completely bogus) and one that should be made on a Friday evening when the fish fry is served and the polka band is playing.
gws57 (92) Saint Charles, Illinois | August 4, 2006
Stopped by to see if a group of 10 could force our way into a tour at noon, which we couldn’t. Bummer! But we did score ourselves some brewery-fresh samples and some Lakefront gear. Excellent selection, and incredible atmosphere. If I were getting married all over again, I would definately consider having the reception there!
Fun tour where you can sip the first of your four samples while touring. Pretty basic tour but it includes a midway stop at a second bar where you can refill and try another choice. Very relaxed atmosphere. Nice variety of samples. Tasting room is large open space with picnic tables that was noisy, crowded and fun. Good variety of bottled beer for purchase, otherwise gift shop is limited.
The tour is very funny, several jabs at Miller. Tour is $5 plus 4 tokens for drinks, usually 4-6 beers on tap. When I was there the tour receipt also had a free beer value at a local bar. Most of the Lakefront beers are very good, esp the Riverwest. A good time and a good value.
5 dollars, 4 pints and you get to keep the glass. The only problem with taking a tour there was the tour availability, but a trip I’ve taken more than a couple of times and will take again many times...
I’ve been to Lakefront a number of times (dating back to when they were actually on the Lake) as I went to Marquette and knew about this place early on.
Skip the big brewery tours and hit Lakefront. I even took a spin down the old slide from County Stadium (for charity). Wish they had a little food, but they stick to what they do best, BEER!
A trip to Milwaukee isn’t complete without a visit to the brewery (or at list pick up a 6 at the Jewel Grocery store).
I won’t beat a dead horse here: everything good about Lakefront has already been mentioned... except that you can exchange TWO tokens for a bottled beer upstairs (I was able to get a Snakechaser and a White Beer this way). Tour is a great value, although other merchandise seemed pricey.