Spring is here and so is the beer! Enjoy the first installment of our Milwaukee brewery series focused on great craft breweries just in time for warmer days and baseball games.
Broken Bat Brewing Company
All-American vibes ooze at Broken Bay Brewing Company in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood, which combines the love of beer with baseball. This large industrial space provides ample TV’s to watch all of the game-day action and boasts cool baseball-themed beers like Batter’s Rye, Harry Cherry, Ball & Glove and Big Red Machine. Check out the Mug Club – where members can enjoy their beer from a unique a hollowed-out bat mug. Broken Bat Brewing Company has an in-house wiffleball field that is rentable by the hour (recommended for 10 to 12 players). Dog and kid friendly, Broken Bat’s homage to all things baseball is sure to get you in the mood to cheer on the home team.
Bonus Beer Fun: Check out the impressive collection of bobbleheads!
Broken Bat Brewing Company is open Monday through Thursday, 3 to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.
Indeed Brewing Company
A must stop on your Milwaukee brewery adventure is Indeed Brewing Company in Walker’s Point. Brewery operations are front and center upon entering, giving guests the ability to see and experience the brewing action up close and personal in this 8,000-sq.-ft. space. The original Indeed started in Minneapolis, but this Milwaukee pilot brewery and taproom is really where the hops’ magic happens. Enjoy the large communal space, back barrel room, streetside patio on 2nd Street or belly up to the bar and enjoy staff spinning their vinyl favorites. Or bring your own vinyl on Wednesdays! And don’t leave without trying the unique and refreshing pistachio cream ale.
Bonus Beer Fun: “Indeed We Can” is a community giveback initiative where 100 percent of all proceeds on Tuesday benefit a different charity each week.
Indeed Brewing Company is open Monday, 2 to 10 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 2 to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
MobCraft Beer Brewery and Taproom
Swing on over to the MobCraft taproom in Walker’s Point across from the Iron Horse Hotel to indulge in great beer and delicious flatbread pizzas. MobCraft offers a build-your-own-flight option as well as a nice collection of sours, gluten-free and N/A beers. The spacious taproom is filled with foosball and shuffleboard as well as a dog-friendly outdoor patio area. The outpost also offers 30- to 45-minute tours of the brewery – the perfect stop before any Milwaukee Brewers’ home game. ModCraft is opening a second Wisconsin location in Waterford in 2023.
Bonus Beer Fun: Crowdsourced beer!? YOU decide what to drink at MobCraft! Beer fans from across the US submit ideas and recipes, and MobCraft brews those beers throughout the year based on votes.
MobCraft is open Monday through Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.
Third Space Brewing
Truly a Happy Place! Open since 2016, Third Space Brewing has quickly become a Milwaukee (and Wisconsin) fan favorite. Visitors to the Menomonee Valley location can enjoy year-round beers like Heavenly Haze, Nice Day IPA, Unite the Clans and, of course, Happy Place along with seasonal offerings and special releases. Grab a beer and soak up the sunshine on the ever-expanding, dog-friendly alfresco beer garden and recently completed stage or enjoy the large indoor space overlooking the garden. Stop by Friday for $5 pints from 5 to 7 p.m., among other cool happenings on the Milwaukee brewery’s event list. Whenever you visit, chances are you will run into Wisconsin natives, co-owners and brewers Andy and Kevin, who are happy to share their love of beer with you.
Bonus Beer Fun: Deep dive into beer and the process of making it at Beer School, held the last Wednesday of the month and taught by Third Space brewmasters.
Third Space Brewing is open Monday through Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m.; Friday, 2 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.
City Lights Brewing Co.
Located in a collection of beautiful historic buildings dating back to the early 1900’s once owned by Milwaukee Gas Light Co., City Lights Brewing Co. has been brewing great beers since 2017. Enjoy this unique open-concept space with full views into the brewhouse as well as an extensive outside patio to soak up the summer sun. The Milwaukee brewery’s full lineup of craft beers, hard seltzers and non-alcoholic CBD-infused/THC-free sparkling teas offer a little bit of something for everyone. City Lights also offers appetizers, sandwiches and Friday night fish fry.
Bonus Beer Fun: Park at City Lights Brewing Co. and take the complimentary shuttle to and from American Family Field – dropping you a stone’s throw from the stadium’s front doors.
City Lights Brewing Co. is open Monday through Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Enlightened Brewing Company
Enlightened Brewing Company has been brewing in Milwaukee since 2013, but moved to a roomier Bay View location in 2019 providing the perfect space to enjoy great beers and a cool atmosphere. Guests savor the natural light, cool art, plant décor and ample seating in this former Louis Allis motors plant industrious space. Enlightened Brewing has year-round staples like Cream City Brix, Kettle Logic and Bright Idea as well as unique seasonal delights and experimental offerings from its Rough Draught series. Enjoy old school arcade games, live music and fresh air when the western-facing garage doors are open on warm weather days. Enlightened is uber dog- and family-friendly, to boot.
Bonus Beer Fun: Local groups serve up delicious food in the rotating on-site mini-kitchen!
Enlightened Brewing Company is open Wednesday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 3 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.