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Great Lakes Distillery

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Neighborhood: Walker's Point
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Address: 616 West Virginia Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204
Phone Number: 414-431-8683
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Description: Great Lakes Distillery is a small-batch distillery located in Milwaukee...
Great Lakes Distillery is a small-batch distillery located in Milwaukee Wisconsin. We hand-craft award winning distilled spirits in limited quantities using old world methods and traditions which we believe result in a superior product. We’re a bit of an anomaly in the spirits business - we actually make our own products! We’re a handful of people devoted to the craft of distilling and creating the best distilled spirits possible. As Wisconsin's first distillery since prohibition we are anxious to share our unique products and look forward to meeting people who appreciate high quality craft distilled spirits. Give us a try and see for yourself how unique these hand crafted spirits can be. We are pleased to be able to open our distillery to the public everyday for tours. During our approximately 1 hour tour, visitors will learn about our award winning products, how & why we make them and receive a flight of five products to try (complimentary soda is available for non-drinkers).
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A nice change from all the brewery tours. Our guide was knowledgeable and humorous. Be sure to stop upstairs early for any one of their hand crafted cocktails. The Mooncusser... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

A nice change from all the brewery tours. Our guide was knowledgeable and humorous. Be sure to stop upstairs early for any one of their hand crafted cocktails. The Mooncusser is the best! The bar staff is very friendly too. Remember to eat - lots of sampling so it helps to have eaten. Fun and a great value at $7.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Ross was a very knowledgeable guide and shared an interesting perspective of distilling. He was technically adept, artistically minded, and blended the two like a fine whiskey.

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Lisle, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Really informative tour and great products. The staff and guide are great and I learned a lot about the different liquors. For $7 you get the tour and tastings of Vodka, flavored vodka, Gin, Whiskey, Rum, and Absinthe. Absolutely worth it! I'm not a big liquor drinker but I very much enjoyed this. Great cocktails at the bar that you... More 

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Nashotah, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The tour was interesting and the beverages were tasty. Choose one of the specialty ones (and maybe have a second). The bottled liquor is on the pricey side, but if you believe in buying local, well . . .

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Millington, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The distillery wasn't very big and the tour only takes 15 or 20 minutes but Andy was very knowledgable. The tasting took longer where we samples six of their products - very tasty. We even stayed on after the tasting for a cocktail also made with their product.

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Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Very informative-learned a lot. Our guide was very knowledgeable and it was interesting to learn some of the history along side the processes. The tasting at the end was delightful. We were pleased to know Texas is on their distribution list so we could purchase their products at home!

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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Saw their tourism card in our hotel lobby and we were intrigued. Our bartender and fantastic tour guide, Andy, was the best! He's been a loyal customer before he became an employee, and you can tell the passion is there! Go and experience a Milwaukee "gem" destination. Oh, yes, the barrel reserve gin is divine...brought a bottle home.

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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Took the distillery tour at the recommendation of some coworkers, and was pleasantly surprised. Their gin is fantastic, and the absinthe was a nice find.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

My husband and I live in Milwaukee and this is our favorite place to go for cocktails. Matt is fabulous, brilliant, and will create a cocktail based on your mood/taste if you ask. The rotating daily cocktail specials are always outstanding. Can't say enough good things about this place. Perfect if you like a low-key place with high-end artisanal beverages.... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Loved this place! Tour was very informative. My husband and I were the only ones on the 1pm tour and our guide was excellent. Loved the sampling at the end. Definitely eat before you go though. Their store inside is great and I brought some bottles home. Would love to return here..

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Additional Information about Great Lakes Distillery

Address: 616 West Virginia Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204
Phone Number: 414-431-8683
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Walker's Point
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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