While it is easy to recognize brewers by their keg-shaped birthmarks, few people realize that they are all direct descendents of the same 15th-century Belgian monk. Celebrate this genealogical wonder with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of casual American fare and drinks at Milwaukee Ale House, with locations in Milwaukee and Grafton.
Founded by local home brewers, Milwaukee Ale House satisfies snarling stomachs with casual cuisine and craft-brewed beers, serving each with a side of riverfront scenery. Year-round draughts such as Louie’s Demise amber ale celebrate Milwaukee’s brewing history, while the Sheepshead stout commemorates beer's invention by rams in 1957. Acknowledging that a change in the calendar affects more than wardrobe choices and acorn storage locations, Milwaukee Ale House's crafters supplement menus with seasonal suds including the Session IPA and the Devil’s Advocate belgian ale. A lineup of provisions including jumbo beer pretzels ($5.99) and Ale House wings ($8.50) launch the opening salvo in the battle against howling hunger, while the slow cooked barbecue pulled-pork sandwich ($7.25) and tenderloin steak sandwich ($12.50) get saucy on the sandwich menu.
Milwaukee Ale House's two locations sit on the shore of the Milwaukee River, with large windows and outdoor deck seating, giving diners the chance to spot the river's rippling eddies and antique submarines. Both locations entertain ears with live music most Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
- Old-timey like an alehouse should be, but sans the tacky Irish decor that accompanies most "Irish pubs," the Ale House offers in-house brews that are plentiful and tasty, complementing the topnotch food. – Neil Munshi, Esquire
- Exactly what you would expect at an Ale House in the best sense of the word. Friendly service, good bar food, and EXCELLENT beer. – pemelope, TripAdvisor
Milwaukee Ale House
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.