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
We stayed one night. The area is developing and a bit out of the center. We walked to downtown in 25 minutes and it was a fun walk. Some along the river. The hotel looks great and it is an old building. I liked the common areas. The rooms were ok. I wish they would put a bit more into making the room more lived in. It gas a cold and sterile feel. No art on the walk. Given this is a old brewery I am sure done if the room decor could reflect that. StFf were very friendly. Rooms feel more like an extended stay hotel given it has stove and kitchenette too.
My sister and I were passing through and needed a place that would take her little support dog. We loved everything about your boutique hotel. Special thanks to Parker at the front desk. Very personable!
The hotel is so interesting! It’s great that they left the top of the copper kettles in place. When you walk inside, look up and you are underneath them. Go up to the next level and you can see the top of them. Our room was very spacious with nice amenities. I would highly recommend the restaurant that is attached to it, as the food was GREAT. There are 2 breweries in walking distance, plus a Pabst tour! What’s not to love. Would return!