"Former Beer Capital, May Be Again" Top 5 Page for this destination Milwaukee by blaird

Milwaukee Travel Guide: 528 reviews and 824 photos

The weather

Milwaukee has quite a varied climate...cold, cold winters, but sometimes humid summers. The spring is such a welcome relief and the fall is a wonderful time of year. Talk about changing of the seasons, you will definitely experience it here. Summers aren't so hot in the city, due to the lake effect, but overall it gets hot in summer.

The City

For me, Milwaukee is a top notch city with great diversity. The city isn't too huge, but it does have a decent downtown and lots and lots of stuff to do and see. It has arts, major sports, and good people.

It is no longer the cheese capital, as California and the many government subsidies have changed that.

The Beer

It is no longer the beer capital, although there are still many beers brewed here and Miller is really going after Anheiser Busch to at least be a semi-close second for barrels brewed...drink Miller beer to help even things out.

Many of the big names from long ago are no longer big names...Blatz, Schlitz, Pabst. You may know the names, but you don't buy them often or even find them often. There are now a number of good local smaller breweries, such as lakefront, Sprecher, and others. Anyway, Milwaukee has diversified and has many types of businesses and much to offer...including Harley Davidson...just don't drink Miller Beer and ride a Harley.

Enjoy Milwaukee.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:clean, fairly metro, great architecture, good beer
  • Cons:undeveloped retail compared to larger cities
  • In a nutshell:Not just beer and brats, but that's a good start
  • Last visit to Milwaukee: Feb 2005
  • Intro Updated Dec 28, 2006
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  • Babzz's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2008 at 9:21 AM

    Love the brewery tip! Had a good laugh.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2006 at 1:39 PM

    I was shocked to learn that the Schlitz Brewery shut down in the early 80's (just shows how long I've been away). Anyway now I won't make a fool of myself and order a Schlitz when I return. I've often been to Wisconsin, but never Milwaukee (yet).

  • Mar 6, 2006 at 2:38 PM

    I toured the Midwest, from Holland, in October of 2005. The MAM is the most beautiful piece of modern architecture in the world: Milwaukee beats any US city, plus London, Paris .. you name it!

  • shikokuzen's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2006 at 10:19 PM

    My daughter lives in Milwaukee and loves it......i can see why...thanks

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2006 at 9:30 AM

    Now I know what Rod Stewart was singing about BEER! Enjoyed my virtual tour!

  • londonlover's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2005 at 10:46 PM

    Wow, I haven't been in Milwaukee's lakefront area recently--didn't realize the "MAM" was so impressive. And I have many fond memories of visiting the Domes every winter as a kid!

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2005 at 10:39 PM

    Buildings are getting stranger and stranger these days...

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2005 at 3:45 AM

    Not much of a Miller fan myself, but New Glarus is one special brewery and Sprecher had some great stuff too. Not been to Milwaulkee proper but sounds like one cool place especially on New Year's day around noon! Great ethnic food tips.

  • Karolina01's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2005 at 12:34 PM

    Even the winters are same as Saskatoon. Cheers.

  • gkitzmil's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2004 at 6:56 PM

    Great! I am looking forward to spending several days in Milwaukee next week! -- Greg

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