About Milwaukee Brewing Company
Milwaukee Brewing Company was founded on principles of crafting and creating beers using the best local ingredients and suppliers in a sustainable, creative and innovative environment. Milwaukee Brewing Company started as Milwaukee Ale House, a brewpub with a custom 15bbl brewery. Founder Jim McCabe applied engineering experience and home brewing momentum to design a very functional and robust brewery, built by W.M. Sprinkman in Franksville Wisconsin. The first beer was produced in October, 1997 at a time when Milwaukee was a still a lager town.
MKE is not a taproom or brewpub so if you want some beer you need to take a tour or visit the Open House on Saturdays
Milwaukee Brewing Company Hours
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: Closed
- Wednesday: Closed
- Thursday: Closed
- Friday: 3-8pm
- Saturday: 12-7pm
- Sunday: 1-5pm
Milwaukee Brewing Brewery Tour
The tour is “Beer in Hand”, and samples are offered when you check in and for some time after the technical tour end. We encourage questions and discussion, as the tour and sample guides are mostly brewery scoundrels and/or accomplished home brewers. You will have the opportunity to taste ingredients, and learn about systems that uniquely support our sustainability values.
The Saturday 5pm Open House is a casual two-hour opportunity to sample flavors, ask questions, socialize, and see the brewery on “mini-tours”. This format is ideal for those that have taken the technical tour, and are interested in sampling our new or seasonally released flavors.
Some quick information on the tours at MKE Brewery:
- Fridays: 4pm, 4:30pm, 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm & 6:30pm
- Saturdays: 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm 3:30pm & 4pm and Open House from 5 to 7pm ($15)
- Sundays: 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm & 3:30pm (June 26th thru September 4th)
What you get:
- A Tour
- MKE Brewing Pint Glass
- A Token for a Beer at a Later Time
- Free Beer Samples
- A good time (BTG added this!)
Milwaukee Brewing Brewery Tour Review
I took a tour on July 1, 2016 after an afternoon at Summerfest. I assumed I would get to try a beer sample or two… little did I know that I would be able to try a TON of beers for a good 30-60 minutes. I have to say that the value you get – sampling beer, a token for a free beer somewhere nearby, a pint glass AND the actual tour all for $10 is one of the best values I have ever seen.
Parking? There is street parking and a garage down way over in the Historic Third Ward. There may be one closer but not that I saw or can find.
I suggest getting there early so you have time to try as many beers as possible. It also can back up so if there is something going on locally expect there to be a crowd. I want to say my group was a good size of 15-20 people but I am writing this review some time later so I may be a few off. If you can I would recommend that you go to their site and reserve a spot. If the time you want is full they do leave half the spots open for walk-ins so getting their early is REALLY something you need to do.
The guide was great. We never really left the one big room that is the brewery but you are taken low and high and hear a good mix of history, current processes and future of MKE Brewery. The tour itself lasted 30-45 minutes and went by pretty quickly. The group peppered the guide with questions and he answered everything and more that was thrown at him.
Overall it was a great tour and a great chance to try a ton of their beer. I would certainly go back and since their beer is only starting to make its way into Chicago it is a great chance for me to try their newest beers.
MKE Brewery Beer Review
So you get to sample a TON of beers while there (did I mention that you should get there a bit early?). I visited in 2016 and for the most part I dont think that I didnt like any of the five beers I tried. I dont usually give 4 or higher on Untappd but the average for the 5 beers was 3.75-4 so yeah, I liked everything.