From one beer town to another, Milwaukee has a special feel about it. Whether it’s the beauty of being along Lake Michigan or the unavoidable whiff of hops in the air, the city brings about a different kind of adventure. If you ask my best friend, Jackie, it brings fond memories of college at Marquette University – hopping on the LIMO to take young students into the city, followed by a 3am trip to the Dogg Haus. For me, it echoes a 3-day weekend full of laughs, beer and videos that shall remain locked in a shared iCloud album.
Brew City is just a stone’s throw from the Chicago area, and a 6-hour drive from St. Louis. While bitter cold in the winter, summers are perfect for outdoor activities, including boating on Lake Michigan. If you find yourself heading to MKE, I recommend the following:
STAY: Aloft Milwaukee Downtown
Have you stayed at an Aloft hotel before? This modern concept from SPG is super fun – think bright colors, open concepts and funky lighting. What’s great about this location in particular is that you are in walking distance from Milwaukee’s Public Market, which is filled with restaurants and shops to wander through. Plus, if you have a late night craving for corn beef and cabbage (or Guinness), Trinity, a trio of Irish pubs, is just across the bridge.
EAT: Cheese curds
Ever wonder why Green Bay Packer fans wear cheeseheads? Wisconsin ranks 4th in the WORLD in cheese production. You’ll even catch a glimpse of the Mars Cheese Castle when driving in from Chicago. Nearly every restaurant in the city features cheese curds, an early step in the cheese making process. Personally, I prefer them fried (because everything is better fried!) but you can eat them fresh as well.
DO: Brewery Tours
What, you think it’s called Beer City for nothing? The pride and joy of Milwaukee is Miller, however, I highly recommend Lakefront Brewery and Milwaukee Brewing Company. While the first features gorgeous views of the Milwaukee River, you can enjoy all-you-can-drink brews for two hours at the latter.
Have you traveled to Milwaukee in the past? What are your recommendations? Let me know in the comment section below!