By Zack Zupke
Creative Services Manager
Ah, summer. It seems like we’ve waited since last summer for it to get here. Now it’s here and there’s no better way to celebrate it than on a patio or deck with an ice-cold beer, breathing in its warmth and soaking up its rays all day. Unless you’re sitting in an office tapping on a keyboard like I am right now, dreaming of after-work hours.
Alas, summer hours don’t have to mean just “weekends and weekdays from 5-8 p.m.” We’re all entitled to a standard lunch break. And we should all make a point (and a pint) of it to take a break at Milwaukee Ale House in the Historic Third Ward and soak up their summer scene.
My uncle and I soaked up some awesome lunch specials, a few pints of Milwaukee Brewing Company’s best (note to boss: pints consumed on a Saturday) and a Brewers game last week at Milwaukee Ale House. Big-screen TVs abound in the expansive bar and we had a seat in front of the biggest.
We were soon also sitting in front of some big-time lunch specials. He opted for the Reuben – stacked with thin-sliced corned beef, it oozed sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and sandwich goodness. I wanted to try something different and was not disappointed with the Roma sandwich melt – onions, red peppers, goat cheese, pepperonis and roasted garlic baked on French bread. My stomach just gave a longing gurgle.
Next time I’m trying the Wisconsin brat…and a few more pints. My sampling that day included a Booyah Farmhouse (barley, malted rye and wheat – quite flavorful and deserving of several “BOOYAHS!”) and a Pull Chain Pail Ale (hybrid of American and British pale ales but the name’s classic Milwaukeean). My uncle’s not a huge fan of pale ales and all the flavors, but he loved the love ROCK, the Vienna-style lager formerly known as Flaming Damsel.
The flame on lunch (and a Brewers win!) soon went out, but our damsel thirst was still in distress. She was soon saved by a two-minute trip to Milwaukee Brewing Company (which started as Milwaukee Ale House and since expanded – Mmmm, beer expansion). The “Beer in Hand” tour is just $7 and includes a free Milwaukee Brewing Company pint they never let you empty. Refill after refill after refill after…you get the idea. As did a guy on the tour from that one bignormous city way south of us: “You pay $7 for ONE beer in (insert crowded, expensive hard-to-find-parking city name here)!”
I parked my pint under a tap of another Pull Chain to start the tour, then followed with a Weekend At Louie’s, which was the most flavorful (blueberries, strawberries and malts – oh my!) of the day. The tour and guides are “mostly brewery scoundrels and/or accomplished home brewers” as Milwaukee Brewing Co. puts it, so you know there’s just two words to describe this brewery tour: “fun” and “beer.”
But, aren’t “fun” and “beer” synonymous? Isn’t that redundant? Shouldn’t we just do away with “fun” and let “beer” suffice? “Oh yes, we had so much beer at your daughter’s baptism!” OK, so they’re synonymous and equally relevant. As is Milwaukee Ale House and Milwaukee Brewing Company. Fun and beer. Beer and fun.
Milwaukee Ale House
233 North Water St.
Milwaukee Brewing Company
613 South 2nd St.