Milwaukee Ale House echoes with notes of live music and the laughter of pub goers, but the building is also the site of serious work. Beyond a pair of glass doors, the pub's stainless steel fermentation tanks bubble with Milwaukee Brewing Company's creations. When they're ready, these beers make the short leap from brew room to bar tap, forming a beverage selection that Esquire described as, "plentiful and tasty, complementing the top-notch food."
The menu sports a convenient pairing chart that helps diners match prime rib, pulled-pork sandwiches, and spicy beef-and-chorizo burgers to house brews. Ideal with chicken, Louie's Demise exudes the smooth maltiness of a typical amber ale but with a balanced kick of Perle and Tettnanger hops, A meat-and-potatoes porter, the Admiral Stache ages for one month in bourbon barrels, lending a toasty vanilla flavor to subtle notes of milk chocolate and dried fruit.
Situated in the heart of the Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee Ale House's century-old building provides the main dining room and patio areas with waterside views of the Milwaukee River. The pub's decor exudes its own historic charm with exposed brick, a scattering of empty wooden barrels, and vintage beer signs. When live bands aren't performing, focus turns back to the bar area, where the taps form an ornate centerpiece built to resemble a copper-topped wooden vat. Around the vat hang white mugs belonging to members of the Mug Club and office workers who "got lost" during their coffee break.
Sparrow Collective curates a selection of apparel and accessories made by more than 95 independent designers from across the nation. One-of-a-kind dresses, printed T-shirts, and artisanal jewelry are a few of its well-stocked categories, along with art prints and plush toys for children. The boutique has an online shop and a physical location in Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood. The Bay View shop hosts classes and workshops in which groups learn to use sewing machines and construct their own one-of-a-kind clothes from scratch.
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Burbach's Market helps customers stock their freezers and fridges full of high-end meats, from juicy center-cut pork chops to smoked beef to seafood. They even offer frog legs and alligator meat. Skilled butchers freezer-wrap each order on request, and they help hunters process their deer. Burbach's also sends seasoned chefs to off-site banquets and parties for catering, and it rents and sells rotisseries and barbecue supplies for pig roasts.
Signature Service: Gluten-free cooking
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Brands Used: Molly's Gluten-Free Bakery, RP's Pasta
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