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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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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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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Perfect for couples first date to celebrating an anniversary

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was fun and energetic. Our taste tester guide was funny and was a wealth of knowledge on spirits. We will definitely go back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was fun and energetic. Our taste tester guide was funny and was a wealth of knowledge on spirits. We will definitely go back.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I attended the distillery tour on 2/6/15 with my wife and a few friends. For a tour that only lasts an hour, the information, enjoyment and tasting made the time feel like 10 minutes. Everyone was very knowledgeable and personable. The tastings (even for those who may not like straight alcohol) was very nicely done and very professionally done. I... More 

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Thank PewaukeeJeff
Oak Creek, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Surprised my boyfriend for his birthday by taking him and our good friends here! It was a lot of fun and It was great tasting the spirits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our tour was during the week at 5pm. Small group with lots of time to ask questions and learn. Brendan(?) , our guide, was gracious and well versed on the art of liquor making. The mixologist behind the bar was amazing! Come early for a specialty cocktail. Fun and interesting.

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Thank jerrybeth1
Milwaukee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour was fun and the tour guide was great. The tasting room upstairs has a rustic and laid back atmosphere. I will defiantly be coming back to enjoy the bar.

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Thank ekatuszonek5
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have never been to a distillery before so I wasn't sure what to expect. The tour guide was fun and witty. She made the event lively and informative. I will definitely come again!

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Thank cmorgan1321
Mequon, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

fun and informative. I really enjoyed the in depth information about all of the different craft liquors distilled there and how they are made. The bar was very nice and comfortable.

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Thank scottmH3717FR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

The distillery is Wisconsin's oldest (a little over 10 years old) being the first to open since Prohibition shut them all down back in the 1930's. The place is not large. You do not tour it so much as stand and get a short presentation on what they do, how and why they do it etc. The production, bottling and... More 

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Thank William M
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Went to this place after an unfortunate experience at El Conejitos Place. Great way to spend an afternoon or evening; we were too late to tour. Great bartending service. One of the best mojitos I've ever had. Showed good care into making the drinks, and the bartender had a great knowledge of what was in the spirits being used. Had... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Very interesting and informative tour. Tasting bar was superb. I was very impressed with our guide's knowledge of the business and your products.

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