Downtown Milwaukee Brewery Tour

Downtown Milwaukee Brewery Tour

City Tour, 17 Miles

Overview

Sam Dodge (pictured far right) of Coast in Bikes loves craft beer and curated a route connecting his favorites.

Sam Dodge (pictured far right) of Coast in Bikes loves craft beer and curated a route connecting his favorites.

Milwaukee is a city with a long beer history but things get interesting when you leave behind the macro brews and check out the new brewers in town. This route highlights the urban craft beers that residents love, plus steers you towards some of our favorite bars that always have stellar tap lists. And of course you’ll be needing food so check out our favorite food destinations, new and old. Disclaimer: Drink responsibly and ride safely!

Founder's note: We chose the route with respect to hours of operation, food intake and stress free biking, but please look at the hours to ensure each place is open.

Map & Logistics

Google Map

Click map image to download printable PDF

Click map image to download printable PDF

Paper Map

Voice navigation app

Download the RideWithGPS app to experience this route with voice navigation.

Bikes

BIKE SHARE

Bublr bike share (map) - $3 for 30 minutes for sturdy city bike with generator lights and a front basket for your bag

RENTALS

Coast in Bikes - $45+ daily for adult, cargo, tandem, kids, seat or trail-a-bike

Transit Connections

Milwaukee County Transit System, MCTS (Map) - 100% of buses equipped with bike racks. "All Milwaukee County Transit System buses are now equipped with bike racks which are simple to use. "

Start of route - Green or Gold line buses

End of route - Green line or #15 buses

Real time bus app

What to Bring?

Water bottle (stay hydrated while drinking!), money for beer and food, ID

Highlights

Comet Cafe is a greasy spoon with great craft beer choices.

Comet Cafe is a greasy spoon with great craft beer choices.

A. Comet Cafe  1947 North Farwell Avenue | www.thecometcafe.com | (414) 273-7677

The elevated pub food Comet offers is sure to win your heart. A great tap list (with custom baseball cards!) pairs wonderfully with the Midwest beers that are highlighted. Come for the entrees, stay for the desserts! M-Th 10-2am / F 10-2:30am / Sa 9-2:30am / Su 9-2am

LakeFront Breweries Taps

LakeFront Breweries Taps

B. Lakefront Brewery  1872 North Commerce Street | www.lakefrontbrewery.com | (414) 372-8800

Award-winning beers and a great Friday Fish Fry make Lakefront a Milwaukee institution. Take the hilarious-yet-informative tour then head out to the Riverwalk to enjoy the views. M-Th 11am-8pm / F 11am-9pm / Sa 9am-9pm / Su 10am-5pm

Stubby's Gastropub & Beer Bar. Photo credit to Tom Lynn.

Stubby's Gastropub & Beer Bar. Photo credit to Tom Lynn.

C. Stubby's Gastrogrub & Beer Bar  2060 North Humboldt Boulevard #1 | stubbysgastrogrub.com | (414) 763-6324

With 53 taps every beer fanatic can have a happy time at Stubby’s. The tap list rotates frequently and always has a great selection of Wisconsin beers. Check out the small plates if you need a snack. Tu-W 11am-10pm / Th-F 11-12am / Sa 10-12am / Su 10am-10pm

D. Estabrook Biergarden  4600 Estabrook Park | www.oldgermanbeerhall.com | (414) 226-2728

Situated along the Milwaukee River and almost always with live music, this beergarden has been packed since it opened. Sing along with the polka music while enjoying the weather and whatever your stein is filled with. 7 days 12-9pm

E. Draft & Vessel  4417 North Oakland Avenue | www.draftandvessel.com | (414) 533-5599

A cozy taproom with eclectic and ever-changing beer options. Get a growler of something special and head out to share with friends. M-Th 3pm-12am / F 1pm-2am / Sa 11-2am / Su 11am-10pm

Milwaukee Brewing Company. Photo credit to MKE Journal Sentinel.

Milwaukee Brewing Company. Photo credit to MKE Journal Sentinel.

F. MIlwaukee Brewing Company  613 South 2nd Street | mkebrewing.com | (414) 226-2337

Spawned from a river-side restaurant, Milwaukee Brewing Company has grown into a haven for beer-lovers. With selections from many beer styles you’ll be sure to find something to tingle your taste buds. Plus, the tour is awesome! M-F 8:30am-7pm / Sa 9am-5pm

G. Brenner Brewing  706 South 5th Street | www.brennerbrewing.com | (414) 465-8469

A brewery, art gallery and artist studio space, Brenner Brewing is one of the newest additions to the Milwaukee beer industry. Check out the tap room and take a tour, or come back for the Beer Yoga on Saturday mornings!  M & Th 4-10PM / F 2-11PM / Sa 11AM-11PM  / Su 11AM-6PM

H. Sugar Maple  441 East Lincoln Avenue | www.mysugarmaple.com | (414) 481-2393

Focused on their all-American 50-beer tap list backed by knowledgeable bartenders, Sugar Maple is a perfect place to try something new or hunt for a rarity.  M-Th 4pm-2am / F 4pm-2:30am / Sa 2pm-2:30am / Su 2pm-2am

I. Burnhearts  2599 South Logan Avenue | burnhearts.tumblr.com | (414) 294-0490

This was our little secret but now the nation knows how great Burnhearts is. Amazing rare taps. Awesome events (including an outdoor party in February). With a neighborhood-bar feel you’ll be tempted to stay here all night. M-Th 3pm-2am / Sa 12pm-2:30am / Su 12pm-2am

Holton Bike Bridge

Holton Bike Bridge

Tire Swing Park

Tire Swing Park

Extras

1. Tire Swing Park  HOlton Bridge

So many different types of swings made of repurposed tires to try, so little time!

2. Holton Bike Bridge

Beautiful wooden bridge connecting Brady Street hood with Lakefront Brewery.

3. BENJ I'S DELI  4156 NORTH OAKLAND AVENUE 

WWW.BENJISDELIANDRESTAURANT.COM | (414) 332-7777

A decades-old deli offers amazing sandwiches that help balance out the beer intake. Try the Hear-O-Israel to be taken to sandwich nirvana. M-F 8am-8pm / Sa-Su 7am-8pm

Transfer Pizzeria is a local favorite. Photo credit to Kate Silver.

Transfer Pizzeria is a local favorite. Photo credit to Kate Silver.

4. Transfer Pizzeria Café  101 West Mitchell Street | www.transfermke.com | (414) 763-0438

With fresh ingredients and an art-and-music-filled space, Transfer Pizza is a great place to get some food. Their Garlic Sauce pizzas are out-of-this-world, and their traditional selections won’t disappoint. Su-Th 11am-10pm / F-Sa 11am-11pm

5. Vanguard  2659 South Kinnickinnic Avenue | www.vanguardbar.com | (414) 539-3593

Artisanal sausages might sound overly-fancy until you taste the awesomeness. With great beers and cocktails on tap and an inviting patio, Vanguard is worth the stop. 7 days 11-2am