By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jan 30, 2017 at 12:37 PM

After a seemingly interminable wait, City Lights Brewing Co. has announced that it will officially open its taproom to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. 

City Lights – now among the largest craft breweries in the city – is located in the former Milwaukee Gas Light company building at 2200 W. Mount Vernon Ave. The new brewery boasts a 30-barrel brewhouse along with a canning line, quality control lab, tasting room and (a boon for the summer months) an outdoor beer garden.

Four taps created by brewers Jimmy Gohsman, Paul Johnston and Ryan Burac are expected to make their debut at the taproom on Wednesday, including City Lights’ brown ale, amber ale and both an IPA and a session IPA.

You can get a peek at the transformation of the space in this slideshow featuring photos from Kris Hinrichs.

And watch for a fact-filled first look at the brewery here at OnMilwaukee later this week.

Once open, City Lights' initial hours will be Monday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to midnight and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.