Lakefront Brewery
Lakefront Brewery
4.5
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
On December 2nd, 1987, brothers Russ and Jim Klisch opened Lakefront Brewery and sold their first batch of Riverwest Stein Amber Lager to a neighborhood tavern in Milwaukee. We have grown to brew 46,848 barrels of beer in 2017 and distribute our products to 35 states, Canada, Ukraine, Japan, Korea, Sweden and Australia. Lakefront Brewery was the first certified organic brewery in America, the first brewery to produce a government-approved, gluten-free beer and the first indigenous beer using all Wisconsin grown ingredients. We currently produce 20+ year-round and seasonal beers as well as our innovative one-off My Turn Series which gives each of our full time employees a chance to choose a style we've never brewed. Beer aside, Lakefront is also known around the country for their highly entertaining and sought-after brewery tours.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • dsj019
    Carrollton, Ohio58 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Piece of tv history GONE.
    Took this tour today, 8/2/23. Parking is up and down the street if you cannot find a space in the limited lot. Apparently if you have a Kia or Hyundai, these are high theft items in this area. I do not (have a Jeep), this made me question the safety of my vehicle and the contents in the street, which it turned out fine, no one bothered it. We did not book online and were able to get on the next hours tour. I felt this was a generous tour, you get four generous half pours of the beer of your choosing (can have before, during and after the tour) and receive a free pint glass or bottle opener with your wrist band. The tour was $12 per person. We tasted the cheese curds and enjoyed some beer while waiting for the tour. Curds were good and the beer was fresh and cold! Now for the actual tour. We stood in a warm room with a window that showed the brewing room. Our guide thoroughly walked us through the process and was very humorous through the tour. We walked down the steps and into a loading area where we learned about the bottling process. We had watched several videos on YouTube before coming and this tour WAS NOT the same tours others have experienced. We were really disappointed to learn that they had sold a piece of Milwaukee history AND it’s not even in Milwaukee anymore (shame on you Lakefront for not keeping that treasure local - but money talks, I suppose), the bottling line from Laverne and Shirley (old Schlitz factory) is now in Mexico City, this was something we were really looking forward to seeing. We did sing the song with the group, which was fun.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Tim & Lisa
    Cincinnati, Ohio93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a fun tour!
    This was a lot of fun… and I don’t even like beer! Jesse was our tour guide and did a wonderful job. They explained the whole process by showing us four different sections of the brewery which even included a small tribute to Laverne & Shirley. The bar out back by the river was a lovely spot to spend some time after the tour.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 12, 2023
  • AndyLube
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    JD Gives Great Tour
    Such a cool place to take a brewery tour and throw back a couple of pints. All the staff was genuinely kind and engaged with the customer needs. I recommend the tour! Four 8 oz pours and a free souvenir glass!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
  • Johnny Trekkie
    San Diego, California11,200 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    PROST!
    The best brewery out of the 5 we visited in Milwaukee. Right on Milwaukee River, this brewery has an amazing riverfront patio complete with a lovely view on a bright sunny day. The main building is an expansive beer hall, clean, simple, relaxed and inviting. Having been to the real Oktoberfest three times, this ambience almost take me back to Munich Germany, almost! Unlike Oktoberfest, rather just one lager, you can choose over 20 different kinds of beer of all kinds...lager, pilsner, ales, IPAs, stouts...yes please! The food is delicious as well, and affordable! The sausages and cheese curds were great! 2 Sausages of Polish and Bratwurst and a pretzel bun costs only $11. $10 Basket of Cheese Curds was crispy, chewy, cheesy and delicious. Costs might lower due to this being a order at the counter and take a number setup, rather than a full waitstaff.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 20, 2023
  • aviendha963
    Chicago, Illinois12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great beer great food!
    I was looking for something to do in Milwaukee this weekend and I stumbled across lakefront brewery. We took a tour of the brewery with JD who was absolutely amazing. He’s a fantastic ambassador for the brewery. we tried many beers and enjoyed each one. We also had lunch after the brewery tour. Fish fry, and bread amazing. The cheese curds were the best that we ever had! I highly recommend coming to Lakefront brewery be sure to do the tour and stay for lunch. You will have a ball.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 24, 2024
  • Katty M
    Bronx, New York1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't Sleep on Milwaukee
    Wonderful city with tons to do. Went to a Yankees vs Brewers game and really enjoyed it. Next time will do the Lakefront Brewery tour. We stayed in the downtown area area near the Third Ward. Overall awesome trip and definitely would go back.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 6, 2024
  • russianwulfgar
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin1,563 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vegan Fish Fry! Thank you for offering, but it needs a bit of work.
    We specifically went because they offer a Vegan Fish Fry! The vegan coleslaw and vegan tartar sauce were terrific, the hand-made fish fry not so much. I don't want to give them a knock because they are doing a wonderful thing by even offering a vegan fish fry - most places don't have the guts to do so. The batter was tasty, but the interior texture needs work. It was a bit mushy and stringy. Flavor - FINE! Texture needs improvement, which I'm sure they can do and will do. I will keep coming back for the Vegan Fish Fry and tell all my vegan compadres to do the same. And the Beersicle beer was delicious!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 2, 2024
  • Amanda T
    Pflugerville, Texas44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family friendly for adult children
    The brewery tour was both educational and entertaining! I don’t recommend taking young children- it’s a lot of standing around and listening. They won’t understand the adult references and the content of the jokes is inappropriate for children. We took our 18 year old and it was entertaining for us. They offer a variety of beer flavors, many of which were very good. The atmosphere is comfortable and friendly. The view from the deck outside is really nice. The cheese curds were really delicious!! It was a bargain for a tour and the samples- it was about 4 hours of entertainment.
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2024
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WhatBucketList
Chicago, IL528 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
The price point of the brewery tour is very affordable and worth the time while you are in Milwaukee.

For a hour tour and a few beers at the end of the tour for $20, totally well worth your time and money.

Additionally the fried food (fish fry) is yummy.

Will and have returned when I come to Milwaukee.
Written March 2, 2020
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dsj019
Carrollton, OH58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Took this tour today, 8/2/23. Parking is up and down the street if you cannot find a space in the limited lot. Apparently if you have a Kia or Hyundai, these are high theft items in this area. I do not (have a Jeep), this made me question the safety of my vehicle and the contents in the street, which it turned out fine, no one bothered it. We did not book online and were able to get on the next hours tour. I felt this was a generous tour, you get four generous half pours of the beer of your choosing (can have before, during and after the tour) and receive a free pint glass or bottle opener with your wrist band. The tour was $12 per person. We tasted the cheese curds and enjoyed some beer while waiting for the tour. Curds were good and the beer was fresh and cold! Now for the actual tour. We stood in a warm room with a window that showed the brewing room. Our guide thoroughly walked us through the process and was very humorous through the tour. We walked down the steps and into a loading area where we learned about the bottling process. We had watched several videos on YouTube before coming and this tour WAS NOT the same tours others have experienced. We were really disappointed to learn that they had sold a piece of Milwaukee history AND it’s not even in Milwaukee anymore (shame on you Lakefront for not keeping that treasure local - but money talks, I suppose), the bottling line from Laverne and Shirley (old Schlitz factory) is now in Mexico City, this was something we were really looking forward to seeing. We did sing the song with the group, which was fun.
Written August 3, 2023
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DERRICK S
De Pere, WI24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
I didn't take the tour this time around but I have heard great things about it! I ordered the pot roast sandwich with cheese curds and a beer and it was all amazing!! The pot roast was tender, and the sauce was flavorful. The cheese curds were some of the best I've ever had. The beer was delicious also. Everybody working there seemed friendly. Someone stopped by my table and asked me how my food was and cleared my plates. Overall, a very enjoyable experience. I will return some other time and take the tour and try something else off of the menu.
Written March 9, 2020
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TourGuideWannabe
Austinburg, OH657 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We took the Lakefront Brewery tour (bought the tickets in advance) as the end point for us on the Milwaukee River Walk. I'm not sure it was a tour as much as it was a non-stop stand-up comedy routine for forty-five minutes. Our tour guide was an actor at night playing in a Shakespeare comedy (which explained why he looked like Jerry Colona), He is very talented and kept the whole group in stiches. Very entertaining. And by the way, lots of free beer comes with the tour. I thought the pumpkin beer was excellent.
Written September 15, 2021
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RecreationV
New York City, NY417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We wanted to check out a brewery, and memories of the TV show Laverne & Shirley prompted us to head here. The tour guide (Greg) was both entertaining and informative, making this one of the most fun tours we've done. We couldn't walk through the brewery itself, but there was a lot to see from a distance and through some large glass windows. A few jokes along the way and a finish with the whole group singing the theme song (as a tribute) to Laverne & Shirley made this a most memorable tour. Then off to get a couple of beers (or non-alcoholic soda) which is included in the tour price. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Written May 15, 2023
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USACorgi
Eagle, ID409 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We were visiting family from Florida and they love this place and they dont even drink alcohol. We went on a Saturday afternoon for lunch and it was quite busy but no wait for a table. The kids were disappointed that we didnt go on Friday night because apparently there is live polka music and dancing that they love.
It set up with long tables, like you see in Germany, for the most part so it’s a very social place and a few smaller tables as well. The brewery conducts tours regularly throughout the day. Food is ordered at a counter and delivered to your table. Beer is purchased from the bar, so no table service other than delivery of food. Its a huge hall, very cool inside , complete with a gift shop. Food was excellent and of course we always judge a good Wisconsin restaurant by their cheese curds and I have to say I think these were the best we have ever had. All 7 of us loved our food and the ambience. It’s right on the river, so it’s a nice walk before or after dinner when the weather is nice out. Highly recommend this place and we will go back again!
Written January 27, 2020
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kaceykam
Sacramento, California2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
I can’t recommend this tour enough. You get generous beer tastings and an incredibly entertaining tour. The beer is great and for $15 you more than get your money’s worth - four tastings plus a souvenir pint glass and a coupon for a free pint at a local restaurant. Justin was a fantastic guide - so funny! Location on the river is also great. A great time was had by all!
Written July 15, 2023
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Derik M
Reno, NV59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
We went to the brewery for the tour. While the tour is relatively short at about 45 minutes it is well worth your time. You get two beers included with the tour and a souvenir glass to take with you. The tour is very informative about the history of the brewery and also the process of making beer.
Written June 13, 2021
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russianwulfgar
Milwaukee, WI1,563 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We specifically went because they offer a Vegan Fish Fry! The vegan coleslaw and vegan tartar sauce were terrific, the hand-made fish fry not so much. I don't want to give them a knock because they are doing a wonderful thing by even offering a vegan fish fry - most places don't have the guts to do so. The batter was tasty, but the interior texture needs work. It was a bit mushy and stringy. Flavor - FINE! Texture needs improvement, which I'm sure they can do and will do. I will keep coming back for the Vegan Fish Fry and tell all my vegan compadres to do the same. And the Beersicle beer was delicious!
Written June 2, 2024
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Amanda T
Pflugerville, TX44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
The brewery tour was both educational and entertaining! I don’t recommend taking young children- it’s a lot of standing around and listening. They won’t understand the adult references and the content of the jokes is inappropriate for children. We took our 18 year old and it was entertaining for us. They offer a variety of beer flavors, many of which were very good. The atmosphere is comfortable and friendly. The view from the deck outside is really nice. The cheese curds were really delicious!! It was a bargain for a tour and the samples- it was about 4 hours of entertainment.
Written July 2, 2024
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