After sampling the porter and root beer at the Beer Barons pf Milwaukee festival in 2006, I’ve wanted to visit this place. They had only a few beers, but they were good, and this place is quite cool. I’m definitely glad I visited.
Silver Creek is in historic Cedarburg, about 25 minutes north of Milwaukee, right along the river below an old dam. The brewery is in a historic mill, and the creek still runs through the brewery today. The brewpub is old riverstone but is very modern and nice. It is a bit musty inside, but in a good way. Smells...authentic.
Inside were 4 house brews (lager, porter, hefeweizen, and pale ale) along with 13 guest taps which had a few interesting ones like NC Old Stock Ale and some locals. This place also had a great (nearly clear) root beer, which was excellent.
This place opens in the afternoon, and has no food, making it a poor lunch stop, but a very interesting place to stop for a beer.
Nice place, especially on the patio that rests alongside the creek and a miniature waterfall. Weather was perfect, and we passed away many minutes just soaking up the sun and sipping our beer. In fact, the patio is so relaxing that it kept my son (18 months at the time) perfectly content with the scenery around him. Service was slow on the deck, but the bartender inside was happy to help. Good prices - a pint of the IPA and a snifter of the Porter cost $7 total. They do have a sampler of 6 beers for $9, if that’s your thing, but they only had 3 of their own beers on tap, so we opted for the bigger servings. Nevertheless, recommended if you’re in the area.
Very cool building. Located in the basement of an old historic mill. Bar tender told me it was the feed store’s, located above it, area where they threw all the junk and garbage. They did a good job cleaning it out! The only had 4 house beers but a decent tap list of ’guest’ beers. My only major knock is they don’t serve food.
keoki182 (18) West Bend, Wisconsin | July 15, 2006| Updated December 19, 2006
I haven’t tried any of their own beers, but their tap list is usually pretty good. They try to have one beer per style, which is on a rotating basis. You can check their website to see what’s on tap in the coming week(s), although that’s subject to the availability of the current beers. The only food offered that I saw was pretzels, which serve to cleanse your palate between beers. The brewpub is located just off the main street in Cedarburg in an old mill, so the atmosphere is perfect for some good drinking, imo. As JCapriotti mentioned before me, the best part of the place is the happy hour. The couple times I’ve been there, they featured pints for $2 until 6pm. You can’t beat that with a stick. They have a nice combo of a couple house beers (ie their IPA or porter) but also carry a pretty wide selection of either celebrated US "craft" beers and hidden Wisconsin gems. The only downside to the place in my mind is the fact that they’re closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
They have a decent tap list of about 15 beers, plus another 10-15 beers or so in bottles. The beers they brew are pretty good, had the porter (not spiced porter), it was very good. Will have to go back to try the others. Happy hour is a definite bargain... two good beers for about $4.50. Seems to be non-smoking, but maybe allowed outside.
CMD (3) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | January 20, 2006
We spent a summer weekend in Cedarburg and found Silver Creek to be our favorite attraction. The beer selection is very good, their brown ale being worthy of note, among others. One word of advice, make sure to bring the mosquito repellent during the summer.
DavidP (58) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | July 5, 2005| Updated July 13, 2005
A quiet place to hange out and drink good beer. I really enjoyed sitting by the babbling brook.
Stopped here the other night w/ some friends for some beer. Decent selection of taps, some good stuff on it, there 1 local i tried was pretty poor though, but it was just a beta lager. They had some little games to play, a great outdoor area right on the river/creek and a nice clean atmosphere. No food really (just cheese and pretzels but the chesse was good).
I stopped in here during Cedarburg’s Strawberry Festival. They have some wood/metal games to play, some other adult mind games, 3 tv’s, and it’s right on the river. I thought this place was such a hidden gem. Very quaint. Also, they carry BREAKFAST STOUT for $4. A bar bargain. I’d recommend this place if not to try one of the 16 taps, then to just hang out and drink excellent beer.