Saturday, August 16, 2008
Weekend Watering Hole: Water Street Brewery, Milwaukee, Wisc.
As a regular weekend feature, Lyke2Drink will visit some of the world's great watering holes. This week we find ourselves in Milwaukee and making a stop at a brewpub founded in 1987.
Water Street Brewery
1101 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Milwaukee is the most famous brewing city in America. Most of the breweries are gone now, but Water Street Brewery has been turning out great tasting beers for 21 years. The brewpub sits across the Milwaukee River from the core of downtown Milwaukee. Over the years, the brewery's two locations have made more than 50 styles of beer, many of them winning awards.
We tried two beers with our lunch: a Raspberry Weiss that brewmaster George Bluvas III made by adding 200 pounds of fresh raspberries to a traditional weiss beer recipe; and a German-style Black Lager that had a nice roasted malt flavor. Both were served up in ample half liter mugs. You won't leave thirsty at this place.
The menu at Water Street has a nice mix of salads, typical brewpub sandwiches and items such as grilled rosemary chicken and grilled flat iron steak.
Water Street Brewery has an impressive collection of brewerania, including hundreds of antique cans, tab handles, openers and neons signs. The cans behind plexi-glass are a tour of 1970s and 1980s beer in America. The neons will make many Midwesterners long for one more taste of a defunct brew.
Water Street has a second location in Delafield if you don't want to travel into the center of Milwaukee.