By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jul 20, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Oak Creek's very first brew pub opened today at 11 a.m.

Water Street Brewery will serve its first Oak Creek guests at a new location at the intersection of Howell and Drexel Avenues at Drexel Town Square. The new restaurant is just steps away from the location for Bel Air Cantina, which is scheduled for construction later this summer.

According to a release issued today, the new restaurant will feature cream city brick and turn-of-the-century factory design, including exposed steel beams and intricate woodwork, connecting the building to the industrial history of the area.

The location will also be the home for numerous signature, one-of-a-kind pieces from the Water Street Brewery memorabilia collection, which features over 50,000 beer cans, 1,300 beer tap knobs and handles, 825 bottle and can openers, 25 original Wisconsin brewery lithographs, 250 server trays, and over 100 rare neon signs.

The Oak Creek restaurant will be the fourth location for Water Street Brewery, which first opened in downtown Milwaukee in 1987. The brew pub also maintains locations in Delafield and Grafton.

All locations brew their beer on premise, offering continuous variety of award winning beers and plentiful menu items in a casual family-friendly atmosphere. To date, the brewery has produced over 74,630 half-barrels – approximately 12,334,026 glasses of beer in over 70 different styles.

Water Street Brewery in Oak Creek will be open daily at 11 a.m. Weekend brunch will be available on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 a.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.