About Lakefront Brewery
Milwaukee’s own Lakefront Brewery Inc. started in 1987. The industrious and inventive microbrewery located on the Milwaukee River has become a Milwaukee landmark. Its rich history includes partnerships with local taverns, preservation of local historical pieces, unique tours, family style dining options and most importantly, great beer.
Lakefront Brewery Hours
- 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: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Lakefront Brewery Tour Information
Over the years they have expanded the types and number of tours they offer – they have a TON now. Also for the LOVE OF BEER do NOT think you can just show up and get in the next tour. If you do… go buy a powerball ticket. It was 2015 when I visited but even then there were people walking up and being told it was 1-2 hour wait or more. By the time my tour started the next opening was for a tour 5 hours later. Plan ahead and get a ticket if you are heading on the weekend. They have added a ton of tours so it might not be AS BAD but if you are unsure just call them and ask.
Here are the types of tours (as of July 2017):
- Weekday Tours (Mon – Thur) $9 – you dont get to see EVERYTHING since the production lines are running
- Weekend Tours (Fri – Sun) $10
- Tours in Spanish – contact Lakefront for more info
- Mini Tours on Saturdays $8
- Technical Tours $30 – Sundays @ 11AM and lasts 90 minutes
- Private Tours – contact Lakefront for more info
Lakefront Brewery Tours
The schedule below does NOT include Private Tours or Technical Tours.
- Monday: Hourly from 12-8
- Tuesday: Hourly from 12-8
- Wednesday: Hourly from 12-8
- Thursday: Hourly from 12-8
- Friday: Every 30 minutes from 12-8
- Saturday: Every 30 minutes from 10-8
- Sunday: Every 30 minutes from 12-4
A few more tidbits about the tour(s):
- 12 and under do not require a ticket but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.
- Kids and families are welcome on the tour but at their own descretion.
- Saturdays: All 60 tour tickets will be sold online for every tour, every Saturday
- Lakefront will presell 45 tickets online and will take 15 people that walk-up for the tour.
- Tours last ~45 minutes
Lakefront Brewery Tour ReviewSo one if only downside to the brewery tour at Lakefront Brewery is the parking. Part of it is that there isn’t a ton and part of it is that there are just so many people there, on the tour before you, on your tour, or trying to get into one. Now I did go early on a Saturday, I want to say it was the 12 or 1PM most likely and it was still a mad house.
My best tip or advice for anyone going is to BOOK AHEAD ONLINE. Just do it. Yes they accept walk-ins but not on Saturday and if you think you are going to “sneak in” at say 6PM on a Friday I imagine you will have better luck at the local casino putting $20 on red 4 times in a row. Just book and secure your ticket in advance if you really want to go. If you are one that doesn’t mind waiting then roll the dice and gamble a bit more – the worst thing that will happen is you will sit and have some food or drink some good beer.
I was there for a bit in 2015 and while it was around lunch time I was heading to Summerfest and didn’t stick around for food. If you head over to Yelp they do have almost 1200 (as of 2017) reviews and a 4.5 overall rating so I don’t imagine the food is bad by any means. And yes I bet 80-90% of those reviews are for the tour but still!
So the process of getting in is straight forward. Stand in line, show your ticket (or have them look it up) and ID and get a wrist band and some other stuff. You do get some beer samples with the tour and I snagged one before, during, and after. Groups can get up to 60 people so pay attention to when it is your turn by the way!
To be fair to Katie and Lakefront I am writing this review some 2 years later (been busy sorry!) and I wont go into details because honestly the day I went included 2 brewery tours and a day in the sun drinking beer at Summerfest. I don’t think I remembered everything about the day the next day even.
I do however recall that the tour guide (I am 99% that I am correct on her name) Katie rocked. The tour itself is a typical tour that walks you through the process, the equipment, the history and such but she just made it fun. There is a reason that Lakefront offers so many tours on so many days – they are fun.
So would I go again? Yes I would and I really need to soon to give a better (i.e. detailed) review here for those that are curious.
Lakefront Brewery Tour Beer Review
When I did the tour they gave you 1-2 tokens that you could use before or after the tour for beers. This was beyond the beer you get on the tour.