April 7 is National Beer Day, and there are plenty of taverns and breweries worthy of your visit.

So, today is National Beer Day. Don’t roll your eyes, this is a legit deal. April 7 marks the day that Franklin Roosevelt took a step toward ending Prohibition by enacting the Cullen-Harrison Act, which essentially made really weak beer (3.2% ABV) legal. Thanks, FDR.

Regardless, Milwaukee has an abundance of places to raise a glass to celebrate this pseudo holiday. Let’s start with the legends. Burnhearts (2599 S. Logan Ave.), Palm Tavern (2989 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.), Romans’ Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) and Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) have all earned coveted spots on Draft Magazine’s Top 100 Beer Bars list. You can’t go wrong at any of these fine places, and if you haven’t been to them yet, go now.

But if you’re looking for other options, consider a few spots that happen to be some of my favorite places in Milwaukee to indulge in a beer or two.

Owner Tony Lewanovich has managed to make Champps Americana (1240 S. Moorland Rd.) a craft beer powerhouse in just a few years. Lewanovich gets some serious rarities, and if you manage to catch him behind the bar he’s a gifted storyteller and more than happy to talk beer.

Camino (434 S. 2nd St.) has a short beer list, but it’s a smart one. Owner Casey Rataczak spent time behind the bar and working for a beer distributor before opening his bar, so he knows a thing or two about brews. Camino is friendly and cozy, and it serves an amazing yellowfin tuna sandwich.

Stubby’s (2060 N. Humboldt Ave.) has more than 50 taps and a food menu that doesn’t disappoint. Plus, it’s just down the road from Lakefront Brewery. This all adds up to a good time.

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I’m not a fan of chains, but The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) gives me reason to believe. For starters, the place has 80 taps. But they also have plenty of tap takeovers, rare brews on tap and other events that make you want to belly up to the bar.

This is just a drop in the bucket. The Milwaukee area has some pretty amazing beer bars, and you can’t go wrong by visiting a brewery in Milwaukee (I recommend them all).

Good luck celebrating National Beer Day, and cheers!


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