Downtown Milwaukee Brewery Tour
City Tour, 17 Miles
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
Coast in Bikes - $45+ daily for adult, cargo, tandem, kids, seat or trail-a-bike
Start of route - Green or Gold line buses
End of route - Green line or #15 buses
What to Bring?
Water bottle (stay hydrated while drinking!), money for beer and food, ID
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
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
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
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
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
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