About Miller Brewery
Here in Miller Valley we define hospitality in a whole new way. From your personal tour guide to the ghost of Frederick Miller, you will experience over 155 years of brewing history with a modern-day twist.
International visitors and local guests alike experience something new with every tour. Commemorative photos, gift shop keepsakes and an unforgettable exploration of large-scale brewing await you! More importantly, you will end every tour with our famous hospitality and what everyone is waiting for – ice cold beer samples! Relax and enjoy your brew in our Bavarian-style Miller Inn or outdoor Beer Garden (seasonally) with friends and family at this historic Milwaukee landmark. We hope to see you for a visit soon!
Miller Brewery Hours
- Monday: 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m
- Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m
- Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m
- Thursday: 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m
- Friday: 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m
- Saturday: 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m
- Sunday: 10:30 am – 2:00 p.m
Miller Brewery Tour Information
- Tours typically run every 30 minutes between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (10:30 am – 2:00 p.m. Sunday’s seasonally).
- Cost: Free. Yup. Free.
- Length: 1 hour plus whatever you spend sipping a few beers.
Miller Brewery Tour Review
On a nice sunny June day in 2015 I got up nice and early after a night @ Summerfest and took a tour of the Miller Brewery & Miller Inn. They are free but if you dont have a car you will likely spend a fair amount on taking a taxi to and from the downtown/Third Ward areas. From the Milwuakee Art Museum (the big boat like building on the lake front) it is a good 10 minute/5ish mile drive one way. If you do have a car you also get free parking – double bonus!
The day I went I caught the first tour of the day and got there just 10-15 minutes early. There is a bus, retail shop, and some other small things to poke around at to keep you busy. I had some friends arrive right before the tour started and they snuck in – I imgagine that as the day goes on you might want to give yourself a bit of extra time. Should you get there and there is a long wait you will quickly find yourself a bit bored as there isnt much that I saw nearby to do.
The tour is a typical big brewery type tour. The brewery is active so walking the floor and literally touching equipment isnt something you will do on this tour. You start with a short intro movie that gives a quick history of the brewery and then get to walking. If my memory serves me correctly there were a number of stairs on this tour – not a ton but there are some (especially when you go down to the caves).
You get to see the bottling, the caves, some storage with basically all the beer that Chicago drinks, and a fair bit more. The one fact that I still recall is that some 80% or more of the beer produced in this brewery ends up in Chicago. Milwaukee really should thank the Chicago Fire of 1871 for the city’s love of beer from North of the border.
Similar to when I took the Paulaner and Yuenling tours I think the coolest part was when you go down in the caves (and to see the history). Overall the tour is a nice mix of history and seeing the modern production but for some reason I always enjoy seeing that really old and historic side of breweries.
So even if you “hate” big beer I recommend at least checking out the brewery. The scale that they produce and the history (plus the free tour and free beer) for me make it worth seeing.
Miller Brewery Tour Beer Review
You get 3 beer samples and most everything they had available at the time was something I was going to have at Summerfest later in the day or already usually have. So I got one and didn’t check it in to Untappd and now forget but the other selection was the High Life – not a beer I often get. Luckily we went on a nice sunny day so we were outside in the beer garden/courtyard area and got to enjoy our beers. Quite a nice way to finish a tour and start the day.
- Miller High Life – It’s the High Life