By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer 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

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.