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These Area Taprooms Are Open for a Visit

Here are the Southeastern Wisconsin breweries that are open for on-site drinking, from Kenosha to Milwaukee to Cedarburg.

AFTER WEEKS OF BEING SHUTTERED, many area brewery taprooms are in the process of slowly reopening. Those in the city of Milwaukee received word that beer drinkers could return on June 5, about two weeks after those in suburban Milwaukee County were able to open. Other counties in Southeastern Wisconsin had their own open dates.

Most area breweries appear to be taking the process very seriously. For example, Explorium Brewpub has installed plastic dividers between tables and City Lights Brewing has an impressive 20-page COVID Guidelines manual for employees. Many didn’t feel ready to open as soon as the city or county deemed it safe to do so.

We’re compiling a running list of area taprooms that are open to the public and any details specific to their opening. All of them promise to respect social distancing with the removal of seating and all have noted added attention to sanitation. Hours and procedures may change, so check with your favorite taproom before making the trip.

We’re glad to see these breweries come back, and hope that the craft beer public respects the staff and other customers of these important establishments when enjoying a beer or two. Note, some of these openings are still in the future!

1840 Brewing 
342 E Ward St.
No Projected Opening Date
Details: Though the taproom isn’t open yet, you can pre-order beer on Fridays to be picked up over the weekend. Also open for to-go sales Fridays and Saturdays.

3 Sheeps Brewing
1837 North Ave., Sheboygan
Open: June 3
Details: New hours, a taproom capacity of 80 people, disposable plastic cups and a few other changes. Download the Arryved App for contactless payment while at the taproom.

Bavarian Bierhaus
700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale
Open: May 22
Details: Limited capacity in the Bierhall and Biergarten Patio (Bierhaus has plenty of space). Staff is wearing masks and gloves and menus are disposable. Make a reservation by calling 414-236-7000.

Big Head Brewing
6204 W. State St., Wauwatosa
Open: May 27
Details: To-go services continue, but the taproom is open with added safety precautions.

Brewfinity Brewing 
N58 W39800 Industrial Rd., Oconomowoc
Open: May 22
Details: Limited hours and seating. Masks are optional.

Broken Bat Brewing
135 E. Pittsburgh Ave.
Open: June 18
Details: Broken Bat is celebrating the grand opening of its new, much larger location. Tickets are available in advance for 90-minute blocks of time in the taproom. Between sessions, they’ll clear out the place and thoroughly clean. Smart. Check out the details on Facebook.

Captain Pabst Pilot House
1037 W Juneau Ave.
Open: June 12
Details: The patio of this bar, formerly the Pabst Milwaukee Brewery and Taproom, is reopening with limited seating and extra sanitation measures. Brewery tours are set to begin July 8.

City Lights Brewing 
2200 W. Mt Vernon Ave.
Open: June 6
Details: Taproom and patio are open for beer and a limited food menu. Taproom capacity has been reduced by 75% and tables are spaced 6 feet apart.

Company Brewing
735 E. Center St.
Open: June 16
Details: Only the patio is open as of now. Curbside pickup and online ordering are also available.

Delafield Brewhaus
3832 Hillside Dr., Delafield
Open: May 21
Details: Dine in and patio service available. Added attention to staff and customer sanitization.

Eagle Park Brewing
823 E. Hamilton St.
Open: June 12
Details: Enter through the main door and exit through the patio. Credit cards only. Kitchen is closed temporarily. Muskego location remains open only for curbside sales.

Enlightened Brewing
2020 S. Allis St.
Open: June 12
Details: Masks are required when not sitting at a table. For now, kids and pets aren’t allowed. Try to have one person per group order and pay.

Explorium Brewpub
5300 S. 76th St. (Southridge Mall), Greendale
Open: May 27
Details: Beside reduced seating, Explorium has installed barriers between tables. The staff has been trained extensively on the list of new safety measures.

The Fermentorium
7481 State Road 60, Cedarburg, and 6933 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa
Open: May 28
Details: Both locations are offering only tableside service (no trips to the bar) and are cashless. No groups larger than 10 people can be accommodated.

Gathering Place Brewing
811 E. Vienna Ave.
Open: June 12
Details: Disposable drinkware. Credit cards only. Ordering and paying is done at a station at the bar, while order pickup is further down the bar. Details here

Kenosha Brewing 
4017 80th St., Kenosha
Open: May 20
Details: The patio is open and so is dining in, all with adherence to CDC guidelines.

Lakefront Brewery
1872 N. Commerce St.
Open: June 12
Details: Face coverings are required for all patrons. Credit card transactions only. Single use silverware, drinkware and menus. Lakefront offers its promise to you on its details page, but also asks something from you too.

Melms Brewing 
418 Merton Ave., Hartland
Open: May 27
Details: Melms opened to Mug Club members on May 20, and the general public a week later.

Milwaukee Ale House
233 N. Water St.
Open: June 5
Details: Riverfront patio is open for drinks and dining with a new, distanced table layout and sanitation stations.

Milwaukee Ale House Grafton
1208 13th Ave., Grafton
Open: May 14
Details: The Milwaukee Ale House’s Grafton outpost has opened for dine-in and patio seating along Grafton’s stretch of the Milwaukee River. Reservations are recommended due to limited seating.

Milwaukee Brewing 
1128 N. Ninth St.
Open: June 5
Details: Brewery tours aren’t back yet, but MKE’s taproom is open for limited service with a new distanced layout and safety protocols for staff.

MobCraft Beer
Open: June 12
Details: The patio is open for beer drinking. Guest temperatures will be taken and anyone above 100.5 will be asked to go home. Reservations are highly recommended (call 414-488-2019). Masks are required when not seated. Credit card only.

Public Craft Brewing 
716 58th St., Kenosha
Open: May 26
Details: For now, Public Craft has only opened its patio. Single-use plastic cups and limited seating help to keep the visits safe.

Racine Brewing 
202 Main St., Racine
Open: May 27
Details: Guests must make reservations for a spot in the taproom. Seating has been reduced by 50%, barstools have been removed and each table is limited to six guests.

Raised Grain Brewing
1725 Dolphin Dr., Waukesha
Open: May 20
Details: Raised Grain installed a new tableside ordering system that makes it easier to order beer and food, and they’ve put in place several new cleaning and operational procedures.

R’Noggin Brewing 
6521 120th Ave., Kenosha
Open: May 14
Details: According to Facebook posts, drafts are poured in single-use cups for drinking outside on appropriately spaced picnic tables.

The Runaway Micropub & Nanobrewery
109 E. Chestnut St., Burlington
Open: June 19
Details: The new spot was originally slated to open in April. Owners Bernard and Michelle Petersen are hoping to open the doors to their taproom and beer garden in late June.

Rustic Road Brewing 
5706 Sixth Ave., Kenosha
Open: May 22
Details: Limited seating both inside and outside.

Sahale Ale Works
1505 Wisconsin Ave., Grafton
Open: June 5
Details: Sahale’s large outdoor patio is well-suited for reopening. The brewery is suspending curbside pickup but continuing to-go orders. A new stocked cooler also allows for quick grab-and-go purchases.

Sprecher Brewery
701 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale
Open: May 22
Details: Open for brewery tours, which are limited to 10 guests a time, and drinks in the taproom, where every other table is blocked off to encourage social distancing. Tours can be booked on the Sprecher website.

Stock House Brewing
7208 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa
Open: May 26
Details: Both the taproom and the patio are open and Stock House has extensive safety protocols posted on its website.

Third Space Brewing
1505 W. St. Paul Ave.
Open: June 19
Details: A contactless ordering system is in place for patrons enjoying the Third Space tap room and beer garden.

Vennture Brew Co.
5519 W. North Ave.
Open: July 1
Details: Indoor seating is limited to 20 people at a time; outdoor seating also available. 

Water Street Brewery
2615 E. Washington St., Grafton; 3191 Golf Rd., Delafield; 140 W. Town Square Way, Oak Creek
Open: May 23 and May 29
Details: Water Street’s Lake Country location opened for dine-in on May 23, and Grafton and Oak Creek followed on May 29. The Downtown Milwaukee location remains closed for now.

Westallion Brewing 
1825 S. 72nd St., West Allis
Open: May 22
Details: Limited days and hours during the early days of the reopening of West Allis’ only brewery.

Wizard Works Brewing
231 E. Buffalo St.
Open: June 9
Details: This new brewery in Broken Bat’s former Third Ward location has limited capacity of a dozen people for now. One half of the bar is reserved for to-go orders.


Additional reporting by Jude Cramer

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Dan Murphy has been reviewing bars for Milwaukee Magazine for roughly 15 years. He’s been doing his own independent research in them for close to 25.