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I’m conflicted with what I’m about to say: The Lakefront Brewery (1872 N. Commerce St.) tour is not that cool on the weekend. My hesitation stems from my undying love for this brewery’s products, owners and humble success story. We arrived at the brewery a couple minutes late for the 1 p.m. tour. There were […]

I’m conflicted with what I’m about to say: The Lakefront Brewery (1872 N. Commerce St.) tour is not that cool on the weekend. My hesitation stems from my undying love for this brewery’s products, owners and humble success story.

We arrived at the brewery a couple minutes late for the 1 p.m. tour. There were three wristbands left and three of us – destiny. But we asked to wait for the next tour in hopes that there would be fewer people. The young man assured us, however, that each group fills up with 60 boozehounds.

So, I let him slap the band back on my wrist, and we each turned over a token for a Snake Chaser Irish Style Stout. For $6, you get a small plastic cup (redeemable for a Lakefront pint glass or $2 off any item in the gift shop), four beer tokens and a coupon for a free beer at participating bars after the tour.

We sat at a long banquet table, and before we could put a dent in our cup, a shouting blonde firmly suggested we get another beer and meet her at the top of the stairs. She carried an abrasive tone throughout the tour and cracked jokes – some laughable, others not so much. Her beer-in-hand irreverence carried well with the cracked, wet floors and used brewing equipment. She would skip over facts, though, or brush off a visual supplement if she couldn’t locate it. Another brewery worker on the tour actually gained a sort of renegade following, as he tended to expand on or disagree with some of our guide’s assertions. For example, during the packaging part of the tour, our guide couldn’t reach the light to show off the room where the beer bottling takes place. As this final section came to a close, the rebel reached over the assembly line, flipped the switch and explained to us few deserters a bit more about the packaging process.

With the next tour creeping in behind us, we made our way back upstairs to the large Cream City brick hall and ordered our final beers at the bar. I dropped two tokens for the Holiday Spice Lager. I was told the batch gets better with age, and the spices are more noticeable later in the season. I enjoyed the brew just as it was though.

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We escorted ourselves to the other end of the hall and down the stairs to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful day. Three white plastic chairs were facing the river, under the Holton Bridge. Again, we meet with destiny. We finished up our drinks and decided, “Today is a good day to be in Milwaukee.”

I love the Lakefront Brewery Tour, but I love it more during the week when you’re privileged with the company of either Russ or Jim Klisch. The owner/brother duo makes for hilarious guides and tends to work with slightly more intimate crowds. They let you taste the toasted malts and are a bit more liberal with their tap pours. So, if you know what’s good for you, make your first time a weekday.

And try Wolski’s (1836 N. Pulaski St.) for your post-tour, free-beer stop. They have a great pool table and metal dartboards to finish out the afternoon.


Special Event:

We’ve all heard of the backward-robe phenomenon otherwise known as Snuggies, but do you know about Snug N’ Chug? This Saturday, Nov. 28, from 4-9 p.m. join the Snuggie-wearing bar crawl with nine participating bars in support of the Hunger Task Force. Bars include: Charlie’s, Fanatics, Fire on Water, The Irish Pub, MJ’s, MOCT, Stir, The Swingin’ Door and The Wicked Hop. The evening drink specials are $2 Lakefront beers and $3 Rehorst cocktails. For more details, visit thewickedhop.com.

Apartment 720
720 N. Milwaukee St.
Wednesday, Nov. 25

Looking for something to do before for you head home to fill your bellies? Go to the Thanksgiving Eve Bash, of course. Enjoy complimentary Ketel One vodka cocktails from 10 p.m.-midnight.

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Cactus Club
2496 S. Wentworth Ave.
Friday, Nov. 27
10 p.m.

Group of the Altos, Cages, Helen Money with Jon Mueller

Stonefly Brewery
735 E. Center St.
Friday, Nov. 27
7 p.m.
Check out the Relative Theory CD Release Party with special guests.

Benno’s Genuine Bar & Grill
7413 W. Greenfield Ave.
Mondays
$1 off all taps, and three sliders for $3.

Rustico Pizzeria
223 N. Water St.
Mondays

I’m excited about this one. From 9 p.m.-close, take advantage of $1 slice night.

Blackbird
3007 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Tuesdays

Blackbird offers one of my new favorite Happy Hour specials: Free tacos from Hector’s, 4-8 p.m., or until supplies last. Also, $4 margaritas and $2 Pacifico and Corona.

Polish Falcon’s Nest 725
801 E. Clarke St.
Wednesdays

Open Bowl on the oldest lanes in town. And it only costs $3.25 a game plus $1 for shoes.

Decibel
1905 North Ave.
Thursdays

Hey ladies! Free drinks until midnight. Everyone else pays $3 for Stoli drinks. Not bad. No cover.

Hi Hat Lounge & Garage
1701 N. Arlington Pl.
Thursdays

Ladies Night: DJs Kid Cut Up and Steve Marxx. Two complimentary drinks for the ladies.

Kenadee’s Ultra Pub
718 N. Milwaukee St.
Fridays

Bitch Pleeze Fridays: Ladies drink free mixers every Friday from 10 p.m.-midnight. Kenny Perez provides the music. No cover. No dress code.

Brocach Irish Pub and Restaurant
1850 N. Water St.
Monday-Friday

From 3:30 to 6 p.m., try happy hour: half off all top-shelf Irish and scotch whiskies. 20 oz. pint of Guinness and shot of Powers for $6.25. $5 wines by the glass.

Café Lulu
2265 S. Howell Ave.
Monday-Friday

Join the Lulu crew and watch Cash Cab from 4-5 p.m. Enjoy $1 off all rail drinks, tap beer and wine.

Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge
1579 S. 9th St.
Tuesday-Friday

Old-Fashioned Cocktail Hour from 5-9 p.m. Half-price Depression-era cocktails, including the signature Old-Fashioned.

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