Was here on a crowded weekend night. Big, open place that is fairly clean. We had terrible service, it took us about 30 minutes to get our beers. Selection of beers was not too good, they 6 beers that were all pretty mediocre. Didn’t eat here because of the bad service, had our beers and left. Prices seemed alright. Not a place I’d go out of my way for.
The setting in the Old Third Ward area worked well for this place. The inside was nice and spacious with a nice bar and seating areas. Even though most of the brews are made serveral blocks away, the lmited brew equipment is a nice touch. Service was a bit slow in the bar area, so we moved up to the bar which helped. The beer and food selection is good and the food quality good (we had some killer chicken nachos). Prices are average. Overall, a nice place to visit if you get to Milwaukee.
ambiance was pleasant, sat on the patio overlooking riverwalk on a drizzling day (but stayed dry). service was off, server was not aware of what a ’flight’ of beers was, spilled a drink, had us wait a stretch after being seated to even get drinks. food was served an instant after beer was. selection is a bit poor, they call themselves the ’ale house’ and while no lager styles were available many were golden ales and cream ales, weak boring ales that may as well have been pale lagers. food was pretty good, turkey/ham club was nicely put together but blue cheese potato salad was utterly lacking in blue cheese (though i am spoiled by the same salad at revolution brewing). value was quite good, flight (sorry, a ’sampler’) of beers, a diet coke and 2 sandwiches plus tip was $33.
Nice room with brick walls and exposed wooden rafters. Long meandering bar and a room decorated in a combo of beer and Milwaukee kitsch. 12 taps and 2 cask offerings. Seemed to have some good specials and events, live music. Lively but not busy on a Wednesday evening. Bowl of chili was above average. Great location.
This brew pub is well located in Milwaukee’s Third Ward with a large parking garage one half block away. Situated in an older brick warehouse type structure, this brew pub has loads of character and is well decorated. There is a large bar area with room for a band and an equally large restaurant area in the rear which overlooks the Milwaukee River. Our service was prompt and friendly. I tried a Belgium ale called Devils Advocate which made me an advocate of the style and MAH’s brews. Our dinner was very good as well with lots of choices on the menu. A definte must stop if you are in the area.
lithy (156) Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania | November 30, 2009
Pretty cool building. They had 13 beers on tap when I went, forgot to ask if they had anything on cask so not sure on that one. Samplers were standard pricing about a dollar per beer. Beer itself was varied some inconsequential, others pretty good, nothing spectacular. Service was nice, did not eat. Pints were expensive outside of happy hours, looked like a band was setting up for Saturday night while I was there.
Conveniently located amid the Historic Third Ward District and easily accessible downtown via the Riverwalk, the Milwaukee Ale House is a mandatory stop for any Beer Advocate - at least it has been during my many trips to Irishfest (also nearby). It’s riverside location also makes it a prime target for the tourist-laden Brews Cruises that ply the murky Milwaukee River.
It is a large establishment with a sizeable bar area, a smattering of high tops and tables towards the river side; of course, Milwaukee Ale House offers a waterfront patio, a prime location. Of course, for me, the bar is good enough.
There are several year round beers and a few seasonals, the former includes their Juneau Ale, Louie’s Demise Ale, Pull Chain IPA and a stout, a creamy and delicious elixir whose name escapes me. But it was tasty.
In addition, the thirsty BA can indulge in an eclectic menu filled with a variety of filling entrees, soup and sandwiches. (For lunch, I enjoyed a tender roast beef on baguette with a hearty dollop of potato salad on the side; all of it being delish.) The bartender was efficient and knowledgeable as to the aforementioned beers. None of this, "It’s the closest thing we have to Budweiser" here. Always an inviting touch.
In a city dominated by Miller Brewing, and haunted by the lonely ghosts of Blatz and Schlitz, the Milwaukee Ale House serves as a haven to anyone in search of quality beer. I recommend it during any trip to Cream City.