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The Sprecher Brewery tour is a must-do for all Milwaukeeans, their guests and visitors. Itâ€™s low-key, educational and fun, and, best of all, ends with samples in a Bavarian beer garden. Slice of perfection, you say? Indeed.
The tour begins in the Sprecher memorabilia-filled gift shop, followed by a tour through the brew house, the cellar adorned with Bavarian murals, the bottling room and last but not least, the beer garden.
The beer garden features oompah music and a variety of beer and soda samples on tap.
When to go: Sprecher generally offers tours throughout the year on Fridays at 4 p.m., Saturdays at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. and Sundays at 12, 1 and 2 p.m. Call for exact times as they may change slightly from week to week.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Sprecher offer tours on weekdays -- contingent upon production and special event scheduling -- at 4 p.m. Call ahead.
Why should I go? Brewing beer is an integral part of Milwaukee's history and a way to really get a feel for the local culture. Plus, learning and sipping suds during the same outing is fun!
Cost: Adults are $4. Anyone with a military ID gets in for $3. People under 21 are $2 and, of course, allowed to only drink Sprecher soda.
How many beers do you get? Adults get four samples of beer, chosen from 10 different beers on tap. Adults and kids can sample as many sodas as they want.