By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Aug 11, 2011 at 3:01 PM

When I see cool, new designs in Downtown I have to give props.  So, hats off to Water Street Brewery, 1101 N. Water St., on its new facade.  The new wooden awnings look great and provide a classier look to that stretch of Water Street. 

I’ve driven and walked by several times recently, and I've got to say that the rich, deep wooden look catches my eye and truly stands out.   The building also has a new coat of paint and lighting that enhances the exterior.  

All of these improvements are needed and welcomed, and they should help better position the longtime brew pub once the new Bartolotta gastropub opens in the fall at the old Eagan's space.  

Water Street Brewery, by the way, has been serving beer and food on Water Street in Downtown Milwaukee since 1987.  It will celebrate 25 years in 2012. It’s a bit of an icon, and with its massive collection of beer memorabilia it’s also a fun and historic place to visit.

Owner R.C. Schmidt also owns and runs Rudy’s, Louise’s, Trinity, SoLo and The Harp.  

Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.

He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.

Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.  

He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.

He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.