I visited Wisconsin for the first time on Saturday. Graham and I drove to Milwaukee for a Cubs game at Miller Park. We met our friends at Lakefront Brewery before the game for some beer and food. The plan came together quickly and haphazardly, so we weren't able to buy brewery tour tickets in time. The website says the tickets usually sell out for weekends, but mini tours are available. Instead, we just hung out in the beer hall. I immediately asked for cheese curds and mac and cheese, which Graham and I shared. I'm not typically a beer drinker, but when in Rome ... you at least have one.
I loved the communal vibe of the beer hall, where you share tables with strangers. Chances are they might not be strangers when you leave. And I could not get enough of those cheese curds. (I also snacked on friends' fries and more cheese curds.) My diet on Saturday was 60 percent cheese and 40 percent assorted carbs. No regrets!
Some kind strangers gave us tokens for beer, but those are only good for the 6 ounce pours you get on the tour. We're saving those for next time. Another nice lady tried to take a photo for Graham and me, but when I went to look at the photo, it was missing. Turns out she just thought she took the photo. It's the thought that counts, right? As a people-watcher, I find places like these are a treasure trove of entertaining moments. Of course, Cubs fans made up a large portion of the people in the beer hall. The workers were animated about the tours and their announcements. One announcement: "We love your beautiful faces, but please no camping near the taps. Hang out in the beer hall."
I could not get enough of those cheese curds.
Milwaukee is such an easy drive from Chicago that I know we'll be back for a tour soon. The Pabst Mansion is also on my list. What other things should I do in Milwaukee?
Marette Flora is an editor, writer, fitness fanatic and adoption mom living in Chicago. She has experience in newspaper and research editing as well as freelance writing. Subscribe to the Floradise newsletter for exclusive content and to catch up with her adventures.
I'm an editor, writer, runner, foodie and yogi living in Chicago who loves to write about fitness, food, mom life, favorite products and travel. You'll find me exploring new places and taking too many photographs with husband Graham, our daughter Victoria, and our dog, Capone. Follow along!
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