Wondering where to find the best breweries near you?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable breweries in Milwaukee, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to satisfy your cravings.
1. Best Place At The Historic Pabst Brewery
Topping the list is Best Place At the Historic Pabst Brewery. Located at 901 W. Juneau Ave. in Kilbourn Town, the venues and event space, brewery and historical tour spot is the highest-rated cheap brewery in Milwaukee, boasting 4.5 stars out of 173 reviews on Yelp.
If you're curious for more, we found these details about Best Place At the Historic Pabst Brewery.
"With the closing of the Pabst Brewery in 1996 came the opening of an opportunity," the business says in the history section of its Yelp profile. "After many years of blood, sweat and beers, the 'best use' of these buildings has fermented into Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery – taking its name from the founders, Jacob and Phillip Best, and its spirit from the Captain, Frederick Pabst. In December 2009, the vintage gift shop re-opened its doors and since May 2010, beer is served again at the bar in historic Blue Ribbon Hall, the Sternewirt Guest Center & The Great Hall."
As to what the business is known for, "A Gift Shop featuring the largest selection of beer related merchandise in the Midwest," it writes on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties. "There is the Guest Center/Tap Room along with two beautiful outdoor courtyards."
2. Urban Harvest Brewing Company
Next up is Walker's Point's Urban Harvest Brewing Company, situated at 1024 S. Fifth St. With five stars out of 35 reviews on Yelp, the brewery has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an affordable option.
Yelper Jason D., who reviewed Urban Harvest Brewing Company on Jan. 4, wrote, "Great brewery and awesome atmosphere."
Dee V. noted, "The beer is great. There are lots of places to sit. When we came, there was a food truck outside."
3. Enlightened Brewing Company
Enlightened Brewing Company, located at 2020 S. Allis St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the budget-friendly brewery 4.5 stars out of 28 reviews.
If you're curious for more, we found these details about Enlightened Brewing Company.
"Enlightened Brewing Company started with a group of friends that frequented craft beer bars and held conversations on all the things that one might consider 'off-limits' around the dinner table or in polite conversation," per the history section of its Yelp profile. "The idea was to assemble in a public place where we could hash out these topics among something we could all agree on: Quality beer. We called ourselves The Enlightened Imbibers."
Regarding signature items, "Enlightened Brewing Company makes handcrafted quality beer on a small scale, where we can still fully appreciate its magic," it notes on Yelp in the section about specialties. "Drink it down. Enlighten up."
4. Broken Bat Brewing Co., LLC
Broken Bat Brewing Co., LLC, a brewery in Historic Third Ward, is another inexpensive go-to, with four stars out of 54 Yelp reviews. Head over to 231 E. Buffalo St., LOWER Unit to see for yourself.
If you're curious for more, we found these details about Broken Bat Brewing Co., LLC.
"The vision of lifelong friends Tim Pauly and Dan McElwee, Broken Bat Brewing Co. provides its patrons with sight lines to the brew house and fermentation tanks," per the history section of its Yelp profile. "Specialties on tap, with a tip of the cap in homage to America’s Pastime are: Double Play (double) IPA; Climb the Wall Farmhouse Ale; Straight Chedd – an apricot ale, and; Mint Condition, the clubhouse porter with just a hint of infused mint. The roster of beers will be expanded throughout the regular season, prior to the trade deadline."
Furthermore, we found this about the business's signature items: "Stepping up to the plate in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward is Broken Bat Brewing Company, a baseball-themed sports bar featuring plentiful seating and multiple televisions for the spectator's viewing pleasure," it writes on Yelp in the section explaining specialties.
5. Gathering Place Brewing Company
Over in Riverwest, check out Gathering Place Brewing Company, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 22 reviews on Yelp. Dig in at the brewery by heading over to 811 E. Vienna Ave.
Yelper Chadrick J., who reviewed Gathering Place Brewing Company on Nov. 4 wrote, "The collaboration beer they created is tasty as can be, Syndicate series #1. It also has a solid selection of other craft beers and is a great addition to the craft beer scene in Milwaukee."
Rachel H. noted, "This is a hidden gem. The inside is super spacious and well decorated with lots of seating. The beer is great and has a wide variety and the flights are very generous. Some of our favorites were the Festbier and Captain Kirsch (a dunkelweizen) but there are many other options."