Miller Time Pub, Milwaukee

Brew City

The Beer Capital of the World

Only one city can claim to be the “Beer Capital of the World” and that city is Milwaukee. Once home to Miller, Schlitz, Pabst and Blatz breweries (to name a few), Milwaukee is now a leader in the ever-evolving art of craft brewing. Whether you take a tasting tour, relax at one of the area’s many beer gardens, hop on the Beer Titans History bus tour, ride on the East Troy Beer Tasting Train, or simply grab a cold pick-six to share at a tailgate or BBQ, “Brew City” is sure to serve up a “hoppy” experience! We don’t have room to list all that the region has to offer, so we recommend you see visitmilwaukee.org/beer-brewing to explore what's on tap!

The Beer Baron Legacy

Beer is embedded deep in Milwaukee’s history, architecture and culture. Captain Frederick Pabst built the ornate Pabst Theater, which is the city’s most elegant performance venue. His former brewery has been transformed into a restaurant, office and residential space, while his home, the Pabst Mansion (pabstmansion.com), is a museum furnished the way his family would have lived. Holiday tours are especially memorable. Many of the city’s beer barons – including Pabst, Joseph Schlitz and Jacob Best – were laid to rest at Forest Home Cemetery on the city’s south side.

Brewery Tours

You can probably talk yourself into a tour at any of the dozens of craft breweries in the region, but there are some more formal tours worth knowing about:

  • Molson Coors: One-hour walking tour allows guests to experience an up-close look at the brewhouse, packaging center and historical caves. Tours conclude at the historic Miller Inn, where adult guests can enjoy frosty samples. 4251 W. State St., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 931-BEER. millercoors.com
  • Lakefront Brewery: Engaging tours through a historic landmark on the Milwaukee River. 1872 N. Commerce St., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 372-8800. lakefrontbrewery.com
  • Milwaukee Brewing Company: Enjoy your favorite MKE staple beers, sip a seasonal brew, and be the first to try a new or experimental recipe. 1128 N. 9th St., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 226-2337. mkebrewing.com
  • Sprecher Brewing Company: Tour Milwaukee’s original craft brewery, known locally for its selection of beers and nationally for its root beer. 701 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale. Telephone: (414) 964-BREW. sprecherbrewery.com

Craft Brew Events

  • Food and Froth Fest: Milwaukee Public Museum (February 15)
  • VinterSköl Musik Fest: Brewery District, Milwaukee (February 15)
  • Crafts & Drafts Spring Beer Festival: American Serb Hall, Milwaukee (Early May)
  • Firkin Fest: Cathedral Square, Milwaukee (Early June)
  • Beer Barons' World of Beer Festival: Schwabenhof Pavilion,Menomonee Falls (June 6)
  • Milwaukee Brewfest: McKinley Park, Milwaukee Lakefront (July 25)
  • Great Lakes Brew Fest: Racine Zoological Gardens, Racine (Mid September)