The Brewhouse Inn & Suites
What We Love
- Oversize windows flood every room with natural light
- Full kitchenettes and a well-provisioned gift shop offer two different solutions for midnight snackers
- Original features like copper kettles and a cast iron staircase acknowledge the building’s brewing history
What To Know
- The interstate and the Milwaukee River put some of the city’s attractions out of walking distance
- High ceilings mean you may find yourself adjusting the thermostat more than usual
- The hotel is part of a 20-acre LEED Platinum–certified eco-development
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A reception desk made from amber bottle glass and a vintage-looking mural by Adam Nilson nod to this hotel’s life as a 19th-century brewery. Meanwhile, exposed whitewashed brick, reclaimed wooden headboards and leather furnishings lend a degree of masculine sophistication. Most impressive, however, is the atrium, where the five original copper brew kettles gleam like new and a two-story stained glass window depicting King Gambrinus, patron saint of beer, welcomes travelers.
Bed and Bath
The loftlike guestrooms are spacious and bright, with exposed brick, beam ceilings and a muted modern palette. A separate living area furnished with plush chairs, a pullout sofabed, and a Pabst beer bucket waiting to be filled encourage lounging, and the white-tiled bathrooms have organic bath products from Pharmacopia.
Around the corner from the main entrance, Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub upgrades the bar food experience; think Wisconsin cheese curds and a swordfish sandwich. Big-screen TVs over the bar make it easy to keep up with sports scores any time of day, while the small outdoor beer garden is a pleasant place to savor one of the local drafts on tap. Work it all off in the small fitness room on the atrium level.
In the Area
Beer fans will want to visit Best Place, a stone’s throw from the hotel, on Juneau Avenue. Join a guided tour of the former Pabst corporate offices (beer included, naturally) and learn about the company that was the country’s largest brewer until 1946. If liquid culture isn’t your thing, try the Marcus Center for Performing Arts, home to the city’s ballet company and symphony orchestra. When hunger strikes, head to Mader’s, a Milwaukee institution, or reserve a table at the classy yet casual Rumpus Room for small plates such as Wisconsin cheese, housemade charcuterie and grilled romaine hearts with anchovy vinaigrette and garlic chips.
How to Get There
The service was exceptional. The rooms were well appointed with high ceilings and great views... oh, and the bathrooms were lovely. The remodel of this historic brewhouse was well done. We had a 2 bedroom 2 bath suite and another 1 bedroom suite. both had kitchens (not that we used them, but they were very nice with dishwashers too)
Everyone was very friendly. Very nice hotel, close to everything we wanted to visit. Be cautious if using a debit card with a daily limit. They processed card twice, so was declined
Take advantage of the valet, parking garage is a mess.
We headed to Milwaukee to explore the local beer scene and there's no better place to stay than The Brewhouse Inn & Suites. The history, the rooms, and the location are all perfect for beer travelers coming to town.
The history of this original Pabst Brewing brewery is amazing and the restored copper brew kettles on the 2nd floor are so cool to see. The stained glass and Gambrinus are stunning.
Rooms are wonderful, with high ceilings, exposed brick and wood beams, and huge windows. They're clean, quiet, and have plenty of room to move about. The bathrooms are nice, with big showers that are easy to get in and out of.
Parking was simple, less than a block away at the ramp and valet is offered too. Being able to come and go from the ramp as we pleased made getting around in the city easy, without having to worry about finding street parking when we returned each time.
The restaurant was great for a quick meal and a pint of beer or two and the local being across the street from Best Place and the PBR Taproom gave us plenty of additional options to explore.
The Brewhouse Inn & Suites is an amazing spot to stay when coming to explore the beer scene or for any stay in Milwaukee. I'd highly recommend it and will certainly be back to stay again next time we come to explore the city.