Milwaukee Journals

The Wisconsin Series - The City of Milwaukee

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A travel journal to Milwaukee by MilwVon

MillerCoors/Miller Brewery Tour Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin More Photos
Quote: The City of Milwaukee has a lot to offer visitors. While I have lived here for more than 15 years, there are still attractions I'm just getting around to visiting. This journal features just a few of the places I've recently been.

Lots of History Throughout the City

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Usinger's Sausage  Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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For visitors coming to Milwaukee, I encourage you to enjoy a walk or ride through the city to take in a snippet of history through the architecture that has been well preserved in many areas. I have always been impressed with all that surrounds me, even as a resident, when I go downtown.On this particular day trip, I traversed the city from the near southside area known as Walker's Point (Great Lakes Distillery) heading north to the trendy eastside (Lakefront Brewery). On my two and a half mile jaunt, I passed through some very historical areas including "Old World Third Street" and "Brewer's Hill".I did make a stop at Usinger's Sausage Company in the area of the city that ...Read More

Great Lakes Distillery

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Attraction | "Small Batch & Handcrafted Spirits"

Great Lakes Distillery Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Founded in 2004, Great Lakes Distillery was the first licensed distillery in the State of Wisconsin. They are proud of their local roots and attention to quality as a small batch producer of premium spirits. They currently produce several products including vodka, gin, brandy, rum, whiskey and absinthe. Right now they are also selling their Pumpkin Seasonal Spirit that comes in at a heavy 90 proof.One of the few free tours I've taken, Great Lakes Distillery does a nice job of promoting their tours separate from their sampling and bar business. For those wanting to do the sampling, it generally includes five to seven spirits that they produce, for a $5 fee. They have a very large sampl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2012

Great Lakes Distillery
616 West Virginia Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204
(414) 431-8683

Lakefront Brewery

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Attraction | "Brewery Tour That is Educational AND Fun!"

Lakefront Brewery Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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I've heard a lot about Milwaukee's Lakefront Brewery, from locals as well as others who have visited our city. I was glad that I finally made the time to take the tour to see what all the buzz was about. I had high expectations given that to get in on many/most Saturdays, you need to make advanced online reservations. A couple of weeks ago, I was looking on a Tuesday for that coming Saturday and they were sold out for many of the most desirable time slots. Now that I've taken the tour . . . I know why!Lakefront Brewery is a family owned business, founded in 1987 by brothers Jim & Russ Klisch. Their grandfather had worked for Schlitz Brewery, often bringing home beer to his son (th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2012

Lakefront Brewery
1872 North Commerce Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212
(414) 372-8800

MillerCoors/Miller Brewery Tour

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Attraction | "Great Beer Heritage in a City Known for Beer"

MillerCoors/Miller Brewery Tour Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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The very first tourist attraction I visited when I came to Milwaukee nearly 20 years ago was the Miller Brewing Company's tour of their historic facility. I remember thinking how impressive and rich Milwaukee's history was. Today, as a proud resident, I remain impressed in all that surrounds us here in this city.With some free time after an appointment, I thought I would stop by the MillerCoors facility which has changed quite a bit over the past several years. First, their name . . . Miller Brewing Company and Coors merged in 2008 to form this international conglomerate. Well technically, Miller Brewing Company had been purchased by South African Breweries in 2002 and THEY merged with...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2012

MillerCoors/Miller Brewery Tour
4251 West State Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
(414) 931-2337

Pabst Mansion

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Attraction | "Old World Victorian Style in Milwaukee"

Pabst Mansion Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Anyone visiting Milwaukee is probably aware of the rich German history which includes a tradition of old world breweries and beer. No name is quite as synonymous with this history as that of Frederick Pabst. Ironically, Captain Pabst did not come to Milwaukee to pursue a dream of beer making; rather, he came here from Chicago to follow love after meeting Maria Best, daughter of Jacob Best - the founder of Best and Company (brewery) of Milwaukee.Having arrived to America from Germany with his family in 1848, Captain Pabst became one of the most known and best ship captains to navigate Lake Michigan out of his then home city of Chicago. This was how he met the lovely Miss Best in 1860; th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 3, 2012

Pabst Mansion
2000 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
(414) 931-0808

Miss Katie's Diner

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Restaurant | "Decent Diner Food Near Marquette University"

Miss Katie's Diner Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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I have mostly dined here for breakfast, always enjoying my meals with a business colleague who does a lot of work at Marquette University. Typically I have an omelet or some egg dish served with the usual accompaniments (toast, hash browns) which have always been good. For my most recent visit, however, it was for lunch after touring the Pabst Mansion which is located just a few blocks away on Wisconsin Avenue.My friend Alice and I arrived after their lunch rush around 2:00pm, so we were able to have a leisurely dining experience. I ordered the hamburger (5 oz. of freshly formed ground beef) while she had "The Whitehouse" . . . an open faced sandwich that consisted of hot turkey and ham...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 3, 2012

Miss Katie's Diner
1900 West Clybourn Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
(414) 344-0044