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Great Lakes Distillery

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Neighborhood: Walker's Point
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Address: 616 W Virginia St, Milwaukee, WI 53204-1537
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+1 414-431-8683
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Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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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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A Fun Afternoon!

Nothing like getting a lesson on distilling whilst drinking what's currently being distilled! Friendly staff, great drinks, fun afternoon.

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5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I heard this place was awesome with awesome drinks. The tour was ok, nothing special. It was a small building so i wasn't expecting much. I was mostly there for the cocktails. When we ordered our first round of mules, they tasted funny. Honestly, probably the worst Moscow mule I've had. So we told the bartender and she got us... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nothing like getting a lesson on distilling whilst drinking what's currently being distilled! Friendly staff, great drinks, fun afternoon.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Spent a quiet winter afternoon learning about and drinking distilled spirits. An absolute requirement for Gin drinkers. Easy walking. Once you get down the stairs, it's about twenty feet of walking, but the amount of information available is incredible. You also get to taste a lot.

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Villa Park, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Tour was very informative. Not too much to see since it is basically about the chemistry and this is a small facility. Both speakers were good at there job and answered questions effectively. Think it is time to build my own distillery, or at least a brewery!

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Menomonee Falls
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Tour guide was fantastic!! Great atmosphere. Friendly staff! Plenty of seating as well! Overall great experience!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After going on so many great tours in Milwaukee, I was surprised by how boring and uninteresting this tour was. In short- they talk to you for about 10mins, throw in a joke about the Cubs, show you their two distillers and then you spend the last 30-40 mins sampling some Spirits. It's a newer distillery so I know they... More 

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Greenfield, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great time. Our tour guide was wonderful. This was our second time and it was a large group of people. I personally had a hard time hearing what he was talking about. I should have moved toward the front of the group. Other than that, we had a great time!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I started here on our date night. It was a fun tour that explained the distilling process and taught about alcohol that is produced locally. The facility is small, so the tour is relatively short. The second half is tasting some of the products. We sampled 6. All items are for sale in the gift shop and... More 

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Jackson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tour is excellent. The guide, Ross, was knowledgeable and made it fun. Tour took about 20 minutes with remainder of time sampling. Be sure to spend some time in the bar--great atmosphere.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The distillery is a bar serving house distilled drinks upstairs with the small distillery downstairs. Good, unique drinks at the bar and a fun, informative tour followed by liquor tasting in the distillery. Highly recommended for anyone in Milwaukee!

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