(K.C. in Yosemite National Park)
K.C. Rocks your morning from 6am-10am Monday through Friday.
At Noon, YOU take over the radio station with your requests during
On my vacation, I did a couple of brewery tours in Milwaukee.
The 1st one was the Miller Brewery.
That's me going into the old caves, that they used to keep the beer cold.
The tour itself was free, and lasted about an hour. The first 15 minutes we watched a video of the history of Miller. Then we actually walked along the facilites, to see where/how beer was made, and got to see the packaging line. They were making Leinenkugel, and Coors light when we walked by.
A cool thing, is from the street you can see beer going from one warehouse to another.
This time we saw Milwaukee's Best.
After the tour, you were able to get 3 free samples, though the first one HAD to be Miller Lite (Their biggest seller). I was hoping to get Miller High Life, but oddly enough the only "Miller" beer you could get a free sample of was Miller Lite. The others were Leinenkugel, Third Shift, and a couple other beers that they distribute.
The other brewery tour I did in Milwaukee was the Lake Front Brewery tour.
That one cost 7 bucks, but you were able to get a pint glass and 4 samples. The 1st sample you could have before the tour started.
The Lakefront brewery felt to me like the St. Arnold's of Milwaukee. The tour guide said that they didn't put their money into hiring cute/hot tour guides and multi-media presentations. They put their money into making their beer.
Halfway through the tour, you were able to get another sample of beer. So you got to drink a couple of beers on the tour, which was cool.
A couple other things of note. They bought the old beer mug from County Stadium, where the Brewers used to play. Their mascot would slide down a slide into a beer mug when someone from the Brewers hit a homerun. And the brewery bought that Beer mug and put it in their brewery.
The other thing, was that they recreated the opening scene from Laverne & Shirley.
Remember them putting a glove on a bottle going around on the conveyer belt.
Oh, and one other thing about that tour. After it was done, you got a coupon for a free pint of beer at one of 12 bars off the premises.
Both tours were fun, but I think the Lakefront Brewery tour was better.