By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Mar 27, 2022 at 9:10 AM

When Station No. 6 opened in 2019, the four seasons beer garden aimed to fill a void on the West Allis scene. But just a few years later, most of which transpired during the COVID-19 pandemic, the venue has evolved into a popular hang-out for craft beer and cocktail enthusiasts alike.

This week, we sat down with Miles Patzer, operator for the indoor/outdoor venue, to chat about his beer background, his growing passion for cocktails and the programming he’s put in place to make Station No. 6 a worthy destination for local residents and visitors. Along the way, he shares the thinking behind some of the fun pop-ups he’s hosted, the videos he created to engage guests during the pandemic (including this chortle-worthy treasure: Tiger King Cocktail Video), and more.


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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.