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8/18/2016 – Lakefront Brewery Tour

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Green Drinks Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s Monthly Green Networking Event

Join us for good drinks, good conversation and a chance to network with other environmentally minded people. Let’s bring together the environmental/ green/ sustainability community in Milwaukee and have fun doing it!


Thursday, August 18th, 2016  5:30 – 7:30 PM

NOTE: due to high volume of groups at the brewery this night, we will be having our tour right at 5:30 PM.



Lakefront Brewery

1872 N Commerce St

Milwaukee, WI  53212


Tour of Lakefront Brewery


TBD, Tour Guide


$9 for tour. Paying using the link above will help make sure we meet the minimum for a tour and reduce the hassle at the brewery.

Free for socializing


Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery began as a hobby spurred on by sibling rivalry between Brewery President Russ Klisch and his brother, Jim. In 1987 sold its first barrel of beer to the Gordon Park Pub and the rest is history. The brewery has since become a Milwaukee landmark and has integrated tenets of sustainability into many aspects of its operations. Here are some highlights:

  • Throughout its history, Lakefront Brewery has inhabited and re-developed old buildings. From an old bakery building in Riverwest to the current building that used to house the Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company’s coal-fired power plant and the historical lights originally designed for and hung in the Plankinton Hotel in 1916 for their beer hall, the brewery has helped keep historical preservation and renewing old infrastructure alive.
  • In 1996, Lakefront became the first certified organic brewery in the country and made the country’s first certified organic beer, the “Organic ESB (Extra Special Bitter)”. The ESB is still made today and has always been made with 100% organic malt and 100% organic hops.
  • In 2005, Russ began to work with local farmers to grow both hops and barley here in Wisconsin. Both were grown here before prohibition and Russ wanted to help start the industry again and create beers with the flavor these local ingredients once provided. Russ provided hops rhizomes free of charge to several farmers to see if hops could be grown again in the state.
  • In 2009, the brewery produced Local Acre, the first beer since before prohibition made with 100% Wisconsin-grown hops and malt.
  • In 2012, the brewery took things one step further with the introduction of Wisconsinite. Wisconsinite is unique because it is brewed with a native Wisconsin yeast. This is the first time in North America that native yeast, along with locally grown ingredients, was used to make a beer.


5:30 – 6:00: Tour
6:00 – 7:30: Socializing & Appetizers
7:30: MKE Green Drinks officially ends, but you are free to stay and socialize until the brewery closes at 8 PM!

Don’t miss the fun!


Thursday, September 15th, 2016 5:30-7:30 pm

Sustainable & Local Food Panel

Location: TBD

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