I was in Milwaukee for a business trip and all my fellow coworkers wanted to go to Water Street to find a bar. They found some crappy college/singles bar with $2.00 beer specials and I refused to go in, so I waled down the street to find something else. And I did!
The place was very nice and not over packed at all on a Friday night. The beer selection was very different, not your everyday beer, which was a nice change. I had a few and the prices were nice for a draft craft beer. I was also very impressed what kind of brewing knowledge the staff had. Normally you donít find too many cute girls serving on a Friday night that no much more than how to open a beer. Made my visit a lot better. I didnít eat any food so I canít vouch for that but I can say that the beers were ok at the worst. Nothing I tried was bad. I would definitely go back if stuck on Water Street with all those jerks from work again.
The beers were good from the brewery and the service was very attentive. The ambiance could be better and the food was a bit marginal. Though, they did have some cool menu items such as the scotch eggs!
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 Iím 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.
A brewpub that was more like an upscale restaurant (a step up from Chiliís, a step down from Ruthís Chris). The beers were pretty good, although the prices were more expensive than other places on Water Street. All in all, a good experience, but I prefered the Milwaukee Ale House a lot more.
Located on Water Street in the downtown area, this place is a lot of fun. They have quite a few beers to sample, many which are a little lighter in body, but very tastey. They have a nice outdoor seating area where you can enjoy the beer. The waitstaff was very helpful and pleasent. Check this place out.
Not a bad place. The setting was comfortable and our bar tender was nice. While she tried to be knowledgable about the beers she was serving she had a few misunderstandings (the bannana clove flavor in the Weiss was due to the beer being brewed wtih bananna and clove). Food was good, not great, but I had no real complaints. Good selection of beers though none of them really stood out as particularly great. Most were drinkable and enjoyable in their own way.
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.
Itís in a nice building with the expected old world beer stuff. The waitress did her job. Selection was mostly limited to German type stuff with a bock being the most interesting option. Food was sorta mediocre. I donít know that Iíd bother going back.