Stopped here for a late lunch on a Friday afternoon. This is a standard American brewpub kinda place, except it’s packed with a pretty cool array of breweriana. The bartender was friendly enough and knowledgeable. The food was OK, and the beer was kinda average, but not bad either. (Brewery #616)
Fuck this place. Tia got it right. I didn't try the food. Customer service was mediocre. It seems to be in a basement... the brick arches are cool, but combined with the booths everywhere it feels claustrophobic. The beer was just god awful. The flight is pre-set. Big pet peeve. Beer quality ranged from mediocre and cloying to WTF how did they even do that? Definitely avoid. Too bad, it's a cool building in a nice part of town.
The place is just slightly upscale and located conviently downtown. Prices were reasonable across the board. I had bratwurst here which was awesome. There were 9 beers on tap which covered a good array of styles. Looking around and studying the menu (which is printed to imitate a newspaper, pretty cool) I realize I’m sitting in a mini beer museum. There are thousands of cans on display and hundreds of tap handles, old bottles, etc. Definitely worth a stop if in Milwaukee.
Visited here in June ’05. Great downtown location in a converted old building. Interesting decor with beer cans and a huge collection of tap handles. Food was serviceable, and has a wide variety. I had the Wisconsin sausage combo. The beers were standard brewpub caliber and they bring out nine in the sampler. None really jump out, but all palatable. Worth a stop if in downtown Milwaukee.
JK (420) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | July 19, 2009
The beers were mediocre,except the maibock and the raspberry. Service was friendly and the food was good, they have a very large menu and reasonable prices. As far as the quality of the beer this place is ok, but it is good enough for a reasonably priced meal. Try the beer sampler.
Sat at the bar - no food. Bar tender was nice and informative (even gave us a tip about another bar up the street). About 10 different beers on tap (average to below average). Cool vintage beer can & tap handle collection (hence my 5 for ambiance - although nothing else is special inside).
DuffMan (345) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | November 12, 2013
We went here because it was within line of sight of our hotel. Very average interior, kind of a tired feel. Friendly service but clueless. Below average beers across the board. Would not return.
I've visited Water Street several times, and was surprised that it wasn't already on the Milwaukee tour. It's downtown, and the beer isn't exactly world-shaking, and it's more a family-oriented restaurant than anything else (maybe that explains it). Still, the wheat beers have been good even if the rest (pils, oktoberfest, pale, etc) have just been ok. Never got there when they've had the doppelbock. I've mostly had the German food, wursts and such, it's hearty and reasonably well done though not a patch on the "authentic" German restaurants in the city (Maders, Karl Ratsch's). Mostly young, friendly servers -- no point in asking them for real details about the beer.
Stopped in on a Saturday afternoon. Little crowded, but plenty of room. We didn't try any food, looked ok what we saw. As others have said, not the best service, beers were ok. Lots of other places to visit in the area.
Decent looking place with beer tanks greeting you as you walk in the door. Collections of old beer cans and bottle spread throughout the restaurant, neat stuff to look at. Perhaps it might have been better if I were able to sample some of those as their beer was below average and almost all of them felt over carbonated to me. Staff was friendly and I was able to get a nine sampler for $8, so the value was okay. I’ve eaten here in the past, but it was a long time ago but I do remember liking the food.