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I had a visitor in town this weekend from Austin. As host, it was my duty to show her that Milwaukee is where you go to have a good time. I wanted to make sure she experienced the Lakefront Brewery Tour, but it was closed for Memorial Day. Sprecher was the back-up plan, and I […]

I had a visitor in town this weekend from Austin. As host, it was my duty to show her that Milwaukee is where you go to have a good time. I wanted to make sure she experienced the Lakefront Brewery Tour, but it was closed for Memorial Day.

Sprecher was the back-up plan, and I was pleasantly surprised. There were about 30 people on the tour, and our guide was accommodating to the large crew. She made eye contact, cracked a few jokes and knew what she was talking about. What more could you ask for? A beer. Unlike Lakefront, you have to wait until the tour is over for your first brew.

The tour was brief, so waiting wasn’t really an issue. We learned about the history and brewing process. They follow the European style of brewing, using four main ingredients: yeast, hops, malts and water. Randal Sprecher founded the brewery in 1985 after a stint working for Pabst Brewing Company. The tour was not as comical as Lakefront, but different is not bad.

We learned a little bit about their sodas, which are gluten free and contain no caffeine. The ginger ale is pretty killer. At the tour’s end, the guide quickly explained the beers that would be offered on tap, and we headed to the bar. The cost of the tour was $4, which includes four tasting tickets and a free souvenir tasting glass. We joined another couple at a large white banquet table. They were good sports — there were five of us, and we were not subdued. The social part of the tour was my favorite part. We shared our beers and critiques. The Black Bavarian was my favorite, and the Abbey Triple was the most dangerous at 8.4 percent ABV.

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And then things got weird. At the table next to us, we noticed the same young couple that we saw just hours ago at brunch when we were planning our Sprecher visit. They must have overheard and followed us here. Stalkers. After a couple beers, my brother suggested we turn the day upside down and follow our stalkers to their next destination.

In the end, my bold friend Jenny confronted the couple. They were in town from Chicago and trying to do everything uniquely “Wisconsin” that they could find. They already went to the Lakefront tour, and Sprecher just happened to be on their agenda. They favored the Lakefront tour but preferred the Sprecher beer. We chatted for a short while, gave them a few suggestions for dinner and parted ways.

The Sprecher tour provided a nice venue for interaction. I enjoyed the décor as well. The old barrels, white tent and allusions to a pastoral German countryside added to the charming facility.

Lakefront is not the only tour in town.

Mikey’s
811 N. Jefferson St.
Friday-Saturday, June 4-5
“Bye, Bye, Liver: The Milwaukee Drinking Play.” Enjoy this interactive, comedic performance from 9-11 p.m. Go to www.byebyeliver.comfor ticket and show information.

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
From 9 p.m.-close, take advantage of $1 slice night.

 

Blackbird
3007 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Tuesdays
Free tacos from Hector’s, 4-8 p.m., or until supplies last. Also, $4 margaritas and $2 Pacifico and Corona.

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Café LuLu
2265 S. Howell Ave.
Wino Wednesdays
Every Wednesday starting at 5 p.m., enjoy $10 off bottles of wine.

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.

Apartment 720
720 N. Milwaukee St.
Saturdays
Enjoy the spins of special guest DJs from LA, Las Vegas, New York City and Chicago. The special of the evening: $100 bottles of Belvedere vodka, of course.

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.

Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge
1579 S. Ninth St.
Tuesday-Thursday
Old-Fashioned Cocktail Hour
Bryant’s happy hour is from 5-9 p.m. and includes half price Old-Fashioneds and Depression-era cocktails.

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