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Milwaukee is ideally located in the heart of the Upper Midwest.
Situated on the western shores of Lake Michigan, one of the five
Great Lakes, it is a 90-minute drive from downtown Chicago, a
five-hour drive from Minneapolis-St. Paul and Indianapolis, and
slightly more than an hour away from Madison, the capital of
Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s fabled North Woods and Michigan’s Upper
Peninsula are just three hours away. But you don’t have to travel
that far to find plenty to do in the metropolitan area, which
consists of five counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee,
Washington and Racine.
The People
Milwaukee is an ethnic melting pot that celebrates its heritage
every summer in a series of lakefront festivals. Though most
Milwaukeeans are American by birth, they are proud of their
cultural heritage. Thirty-eight percent of Milwaukee residents
report having some German ancestry. Other ethnic groups include:
African (15 percent), Polish (13 percent), Irish (10 percent), English
(5 percent), French (4 percent), Italian (4 percent), Hispanic (11
percent), Asian and Pacific Islander (4 percent), and American
Indian (1 percent). Racine has a rich ethnic heritage of its own. It
was home to the largest Danish settlement in the world outside of
Denmark and continues to have a strong Danish community.
The Climate
Lake Michigan, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world,
moderates temperatures in the Milwaukee area, taking the sizzle
out of the summer sun and warming winter winds. According to
the National Weather Service, temperatures range from an average
high of 54 degrees (Fahrenheit) in the spring and 79 degrees in the
summer to 59 degrees in the fall and 31 degrees in the winter. The
average annual precipitation is 35 inches. This includes 53 inches
of snowfall, which equals slightly more than 5 inches of rain.
The Area’s Roots
Native Americans were the first to realize the beauty of
Milwaukee’s location at the mouths of the Kinnickinnic,
Menomonee and Milwaukee rivers. They called it “Milwaukie,”
which means “where the waters meet.” Its natural harbor and
lightly wooded bluffs made it a perfect location. By 1817,
Milwaukee was already a cosmopolitan village with an estimated
300 people representing a variety of tribes, including the Sac, Fox,
Chippewa, Ottawa, Winnebago, Menomonee and Potawatomi.
They speared fish in the three rivers and grew wild rice in the
grassy swamps where Milwaukee’s downtown now stands.
One of the first known Europeans to visit the area was Jesuit
missionary Father Jacques Marquette, who camped here in 1674.
He was soon followed by fur trappers drawn to the area by its
wealth of natural resources. Indians and fur trappers kept a
cautious distance from each other, but from time to time Native
Americans helped fight white men’s wars, most notably the
Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
Once known as “Beer Town” due to its prominence in the Golden
Age of Beer Barons, Milwaukee draws from its draft heritage in its
current role as a leader in the ever-evolving art of craft brewing
thanks to inventive, local brewers who offer a wide variety of
distinctive brews. Whether you take a tasting tour, relax at one of
the area’s many beer gardens, hop on the Beer Titans History bus
tour, or simply grab a cold pick-six to share at a tailgate or BBQ,
“Brew City” is sure to serve up a “hoppy” experience! See to explore what’s on tap!
Miller Brewery Tours
MillerCoors offers a free tour guiding visitors through the rich history and
brewing process of Miller beers. The one-hour walking tour allows guests to
experience an up-close look at the brewhouse, packaging center and historical
caves. Tours conclude at the historic Miller Inn where guests can relax and enjoy
frosty beer samples (if 21 or older). Soda and water provided for guests upon
request. 4251 W. State St., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 931-BEER for tour
Lakefront Brewery Inc.
Engaging guided tours through a historic landmark on the Milwaukee River. Daily
tours; check the website for tour times. Private tours available for large groups.
Tours include four tokens for beer or root beer and a pint glass. 1872 N.
Commerce St., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 372-8800.
Milwaukee Brewing Company
“Beer-in-hand” tours include samples of year-round flavors, current seasonal
offerings, and, most likely, a treat or two from the Herb-In Legend, Destination
Local Series and the small-batch, experimental brews. Tours are $10 and include
a pint glass and a token for a beer later. Reservations suggested. Friday and
Saturday afternoons. 613 S. Second St., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 226-2337.
Sprecher Brewing Co.
Learn how the brewers make their award-winning beers and gourmet sodas.
Guided tours weekdays at 4. Saturdays and Sundays at 12, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
(Please check our website, as tour times do change); $5 (over age 21), $3 (under
age 21). Additional tour times offered during summer and holiday seasons.
Reservations required for all tours. Gift shop open 11-6 Mondays-Saturdays, 11-
5 Sundays. 701 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale. Telephone: (414) 964-BREW.
The Pabst Legacy
Discover the impact Captain Frederick Pabst, world-famous 19th century beer
baron had on Milwaukee by exploring his brewery and Flemish Renaissance
Revival mansion.
Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery
(901 W. Juneau Ave.)
offers a history tour that begins and ends in the cozy Sternewirt guest center,
once the brewery’s tasting room. The Vintage Gift Shop is a must-see, filled with
iconic beer ephemera. Pabst’s opulent home, located at 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave.,
offers stunning interiors and elegant furnishings. Holiday tours are especially
memorable. Hours, tour details, prices and additional information available at:
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