The holidays are upon us, and you know what that means – ‘tis the season for seasonal beer!  And, Milwaukee is the city that beer built. Whether you’re looking for that Autumnal flavor of pumpkin spiced or toasted brown ale, this is the perfect time to check out the area’s local breweries.  

From micro to macro, to sour beers, gourmet sodas and more, Milwaukee is the place to get your taste buds hoppin’.  Tourists and locals alike can tour individual breweries or hop on a beer tour bus for guided journeys through multiple breweries.  Here are just a few favorites to add to your brewery bucket list:

Sprecher Brewery (701 W. Glendale Avenue)

Sprecher is Milwaukee’s original microbrewery.  It offers family-friendly tours where adults can sample European-style beers and Sprecher’s famous gourmet sodas all while learning about their unique brewing process.  Tours are offered daily.

Milwaukee Brewing Co. (1128 N. 9th Street)

When you tour this craft brewery, you’ll tour with a beer in-hand, all while sampling the new and seasonal beers.  Then, by the end, you’ll leave with a token that can be redeemed for a free beer at one of the nearby bars. Tours are offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  Private tours are also available.

Lakefront Brewery (1872 N. Commerce Street)

This Beer Hall prides itself on their homemade recipes made from local ingredients, like their award-winning cheese curds, and serving some of the finest beers in town.  Their menu is served every day through counter-service, and tours are available on weekends.

Black Husky Brewing Company (909 E. Locust Street)

This family and pet-friendly taproom is a great place to kick back and sample beers while sharing quality time with your K9 companion.  Be sure to try the unique Sproose 2 pine-flavored IPA, and pair it with your favorite foods from home or from a select carryout list of local restaurants.  Tours are on Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

City Lights Brewing Company (2200 W. Mt. Vernon Street)

City Lights brewery tours offers a mix of modern day brewing and historic architecture, as it’s located in the 115-year old Milwaukee Gas Light Building.  This brewing company was built by a group of passionate individuals who have made it their mission to deliver an unforgettable experience to all who enter, adhering to the same traditions and fashions as their historic building.  The brewery is located in Milwaukee’s Menomonee River Valley and offers tours on Fridays and Saturdays.

Good City Brewing (2108 N. Farwell Avenue)

This urban taproom has a family-friendly vibe and an atmosphere that encourages community and conversation.  They also offer great food from their full-service kitchen and award-wining beer, like the Reward Imperial IPA that won the “Brewing News” National Imperial IPA Competition.  Tours are on Saturdays on a first-come, first served basis.

Mobcraft Beer (505 S. 5th Street)

Mobcraft is a crowdsourced brewer that turns ideas into beer.  They’re a production brewery equipped with canning and bottling lines in addition to their stellar tasting room that has 25 taps, outdoor seating, games, tours, live music, frequent food trucks, and beer to go.  Tours are offered on Fridays and Saturdays.

Like Minds Brewing (823 E. Hamilton Street)

This brewing company focuses on sours and barrel-aged beers.  Like Minds originally opened in Chicago before moving to Milwaukee and is open for tours by appointment only. 

Miller Brewery (4251 W. State Street)

When you visit the Miller Brewery, you’ll experience over 155 years of brewing history with a modern-day twist.  You’ll even get a peek into the famous Miller Caves where Frederick Miller once chilled his beer. Tours are offered daily.   

Happy Sampling!